Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 by Julio Capó Jr.

By Julio Capó Jr.

Poised at the fringe of the USA and on the middle of a much broader Caribbean international, latest Miami is advertised as a world vacationer hub that embraces gender and sexual distinction. As Julio Capo Jr. indicates during this interesting historical past, Miami's transnational connections show that town has been a queer borderland for over a century. In chronicling Miami's queer previous from its 1896 founding via 1940, Capo exhibits the multifaceted methods gender and sexual renegades made town their own.

Drawing from a multilingual archive, Capo finds the forgotten heritage of "fairyland," a advertising time period crafted by way of boosters that held a number of meanings for various teams of individuals. In viewing Miami as a contested colonial house, he turns our consciousness to migrants and immigrants, tourism, and alternate to and from the Caribbean--particularly the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti--to extend the geographic and methodological parameters of city and queer heritage. recuperating the area of Miami's outdated saloons, brothels, immigration checkpoints, borders, nightclubs, bars, and cruising websites, Capo makes transparent how severe gender and sexual transgression is to knowing the town and the wider zone in all its fullness.

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