How do gay men respond to controlling notions of masculinity in society and stereotypes of gay sexuality? This book explores the ways in which gay men in the United States engage in, contest and modify these notions and develop a sense of masculine identity. The book examines the creation of identity through the everyday lives of gay men: their work; home; community; and relationships.

Gay Female Impersonators and the Masculine Construction of “other”

Gay female impersonators and the masculine construction of “other”
Steven P.Schacht

In memory of Vance He gland/Zenith Rockefeller (March 11, 1949 to October 30, 1996). A truly beautiful individual in all the personas s/he adorned.1

One of the mistresses of ceremonies and co-emcee for tonight's event, Jack-E (Empress V, X, XV of Reno, Nevada), exhorts the audience,

And now ladies and gentlemen please welcome your hostess for this weekend. Her Most Gracious Imperial Majesty. The Snow Leopard Empress. The 23rd elected and reigning Empress of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Spokane and All of Eastern Washington State (I.S.C.S.). Ladies and gentlemen, Zenith Rockafeller.

Anxiously awaiting her entrance, the already-standing crowd of over 325 people obediently and vigorously begins to clap in ...

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