Toward a history of gay bars in Israel: A memoir

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For lesbians and gay men, bars mean more than a place to have a beer, more than a place for a fun night out, even more than a cruising site. For many of us, these are the places where our sexual identity is confirmed and consolidated. There we learn the rules of the game, learn to understand and speak a new language. There we learn what it means to be gay and how to fashion ourselves as such. In other words, bars are a central institution of lesbian and gay culture and one of the major sites of socialization into it.1 Entering a gay bar is often a significant rite of passage in the process of acquiring a lesbian/gay identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSappho in the Holy Land
Subtitle of host publicationLesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel
EditorsErella Shadmi, Chava Frankfort-Nachmias
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780791463185, 9780791463178
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSUNY series in Israeli Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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