Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
My Desire for HistoryEssays in Gay, Community, and Labor History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Allan Berube, John D'Emilio, and Estelle B. Freedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834794

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877982_berube

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 05 July 2022

Resorts for Sex Perverts A History of Gay Bathhouses

Resorts for Sex Perverts A History of Gay Bathhouses

(p.67) Chapter 4 Resorts for Sex Perverts A History of Gay Bathhouses
My Desire for History

Allan Bérubé

University of North Carolina Press

This essay describes how Berube devoted himself to historical research that was specifically sexual in its focus. The result was intervention in the public policy debates about how to respond to the epidemic. Based on another innovative slide lecture and first published in a San Francisco gay newspaper in the immediate wake of the city's closure of gay bathhouses, the essay builds on and extends the thematic concerns of the previous two essays. Here, Berube describes gay male sexuality and the places where it could be expressed as forms and sites of resistance. Sexual expression became a route to the creation of community, and the bathhouses proved to be key locations where this happened over time. Arguing that, in the past, attempts at repression have failed, Berube calls instead for more creative solutions that make use of gay male spaces such as bathhouses to educate the community about safer sex practices.

Keywords:   Berube, historical research, public policy debates, gay bathhouses, gay male sexuality

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .