Listen in: Queer Career

Listen in: Queer Career

By Margot Canaday

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Workplaces have traditionally been viewed as “straight spaces” in which queer people passed. As a result, historians have directed limited attention to the experiences of queer people on the job. Queer Career rectifies this, offering an expansive historical look at sexual minorities in the modern American workforce. Arguing that queer workers were more visible than hidden and, against the backdrop of state aggression, vulnerable to employer exploitation, Margot Canaday positions employment and fear of job loss as central to gay life in postwar America.

About the Author

Margot Canaday is professor of history at Princeton University. She is the author of The Straight State (Princeton).