Bohemians and the Birth of a Gay Identity

Lecture Description

Charles Warren Stoddard, founder of San Francisco’s secret society of elites called the Bohemian Club, created a network of “tempermental men” for whom the “Orient” stood as a central unifying theme. Stoddard’s relationship with Japanese immigrant poet Yone Noguchi, events at the Bohemian Club, and finally a fellatio ring organized by club members illuminates how race crucially came to inform same-sex desires and identity at the turn-of-the-century.

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Asian American LGBTQ+

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