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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Pre--World War II "Gay" Flight Attendant 2. The Cold War Gender Order 3. "Homosexual Panic" and the Steward's Demise 4. Flight Attendants and Queer Civil Rights 5. Flight Attendants, Women's Liberation, and Gay Liberation 6. Flight Attendants and the Origins of an Epidemic 7. The Traynor Legacy versus the "Patient Zero" Myth 8. Queer Equality in the Age of Neoliberalism Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Phil Tiemeyer is Assistant Professor of History at Philadelphia University.


"A stunning success and an enormously important contribution to not only LGBT history, but also to the labor, feminist, legal, aviation, and AIDS historiographic literatures... Plane Queer is essential reading for anybody interested in LGBT history... Pick the book up. Read it. You won't be disappointed, I promise." -- Chrislove Daily Kos "In this seemingly narrow demographic, Tiemeyer finds notable achievements in equal rights, from the first workplace health benefits for domestic partners, in 2001, to a 1984 legal decision forcing an airline to reinstate a flight attendant with AIDS, which he argues was a key step in the run-up to the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act." -- Don Sapatkin Philadelphia Inquirer "Tiemeyer's fascinating, in-depth study reveals that the very assumption that male flight attendants are gay has led to major conflicts--and major progress." -- Jim Gladstone Passport Magazine

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