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The Great Reorganization of Sexuality and Gender / Hugh Ryan

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At every step of this history, our ideas have changed because queer people—often young, often poor, often marginalized—have refused to distort their lives to fit the whims of the powerful and conservative. If this is contagion, I’m happy to be infected.

Hugh Ryan on his Boston Review article, "Who’s Afraid of Social Contagion?: Our ideas about sexuality and gender have changed before, and now they’re changing again."

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Hugh Ryan

Hugh Ryan is a writer, historian, and curator based in Brooklyn. His latest book is The Women’s House of Detention.