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A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, on NOTCHES

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A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers is a lesbian and queer historical geography of New York City. In this edited extract, the author Jen Jack Gieseking explains the conceptual and political limitations of imagining neighborhoods as the emblematic form of queer space. The book draws upon interviews with 47 lesbian and queer New Yorkers (women and trans and gender non-conforming people) who came out between 1983 and 2008, and scholarship in queer theory and geography, to argue that the concept of what Giesking calls “constellations” better captures queer practices of space-making against the assumption of queer liberation through “the myth of neighbourhood liberation.” Gieseking then goes on to show how constellations can help us to better understand the lesbian and queer practices of “U-hauling.”

cover art for the book, “A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers,” by Jen Jack Gieseking

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