We're from Oz: Marking ethnic and sexual identity in Chicago

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Abstract

In 1998 the City of Chicago installed street furniture (including twenty-two twenty-three-foot-high, illuminated, rainbow-ringed pylons) designed to mark a gay neighborhood known as Boys Town. In this paper I describe the historical context for this project and the debates it occasioned in a US context where, sociologists suggest, sexual and ethnic identities are increasingly convergent. I challenge, from a visual-studies perspective, the values attached to invisibility by critics who would prefer that sexual identity remain unmarked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-440
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2003

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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