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.
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