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Welcome to FairylandQueer Miami before 1940$
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Julio Capó

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635200

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635200.001.0001

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(p.277) Epilogue
Welcome to Fairyland

Julio Capó Jr.

University of North Carolina Press

The epilogue introduces some of the major changes that came about after World War II and their effects on Miami’s queer individuals and communities. Miami’s liberal policy remained in place—albeit with some post-tourist-season or arbitrary crackdowns and raids—until the late 1940s. The early Cold War era, however, brought about massive changes that radically altered the lives and experiences of the city’s gender and sexual renegades. This included an effort to diversify Miami’s economy and reduce dependency on tourism, a local and national “lavender scare,” the national crackdown on gangsterism, corruption, and graft, changing zoning laws and municipal incorporation policies, urban renewal programs that decimated and displaced black communities and cultures, and the advent of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The epilogue also introduces some of the limitations of homophile organizing in Miami and the U.S. South more generally, while emphasizing other modes of resistance that took place outside of traditional political organizing and those guided by an emerging sexual identity politics.

Keywords:   Miami and Miami Beach, Zoning laws, La Paloma, Jewel Box Revue, Lavender scare, Cuban Revolution of 1959, Fidel Castro, Urban renewal, Colored Town, Homophile activism

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