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Semi QueerStories of Trans, Gay, and Black Truck Drivers$
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Anne Balay

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469647098

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647098.001.0001

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Stopping: The Pickle Park

Stopping: The Pickle Park

Truck Stops and Rest Areas

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Semi Queer

Anne Balay

University of North Carolina Press

Scholars have argued that same-sex desire was historically widespread in the USA, and has only recently been hidden and linked to gay identity. I argue that in working-class work settings, same-sex desire has continued uninterrupted, and that these settings are a nexus of queer liberation and possibility. Truck stops are such a setting where pleasure and risk are unhinged from geographic and familial limits.

Keywords:   heteronormativity, sex in public, HIV/AIDS, sex work, sex trafficking, men who have sex with men

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