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On the brisk night of February 9th, 1927, New York City Police crammed the casts of two Broadway plays, one of which Edouard Bourdet's The Captive, into the back of a paddy wagon. These arrests and the legislation that enabled them were just one step taken by institutions to hide lesbians from the public. The eclectic nature of New York City in the early twentieth century fostered a growing scene of gender and sexual expression unlike anywhere else in the United States. Here, lesbians found freedom to express their sexuality and explore a growing subculture.
Lesbians; Lesbianism; Homosexuality; Homophobia
Law Enforcement and Corrections | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Theatre History
Clouse, Aimee, "Lesbian Visibility and Censorship in Early Twentieth Century New York City" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 98.
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