Since the publication of George Chauncey's Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture,and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (New York, 1994), a growing number of scholars have engaged in a lively debate about the history of homosexuality in the United States. In recent years, scholars have begun to explore the possibility that same-sex desire and behavior meant different things to people in different regions. The most articulate advocate of this position is western U. S. historian Peter Boag, the author of Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest (Berkeley, 2003). Daniel Hurewitz's Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics represents a strikingly original contribution to this debate. At the heart of the book is an explanation of the emergence of the Mattachine Society, the first homophile organization, in Los Angeles in 1950.
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Leonard, Kevin Allen, "Review of: Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics, by Daniel Hurewitz" (2008). History. Paper 59.