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Gaydar, Marriage, and Rip-Roaring Homosexuals: Discourses About Homosexuality in Dear Abby and Ann Landers Advice Columns, 1967-1982.

Authors
  • Johnson, Patrick M1
  • Holmes, Kwame A2
  • 1 a Department of Media Studies , University of Colorado, Boulder , Boulder , Colorado , USA.
  • 2 b Department of Ethnic Studies , University of Colorado, Boulder , Boulder , Colorado , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
66
Issue
3
Pages
389–406
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1413274
PMID: 29199907
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Over the past 70 years, the history of acceptance of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) community within the United States has seen much change and fluctuation. One of the places that this dialogue has been preserved is through the syndicated advice columns of Dear Abby and Ann Landers, in which individuals in the United States were writing in for advice to deal with their anxiety over a newly emerging and highly visible new community of individuals once considered to be mentally ill and dangerous. Using discourse analysis, this article traces the evolution of public and scientific opinions about the LGBT community during the years leading up to the Stonewall riots all the way to right before the AIDs epidemic. This analysis sheds light on several moral panics that emerged regarding this newly visible population, especially in regard to disturbances within the domestic sphere and a stigmatization of bisexuality.

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