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Major Professor

Mosterman, Andrea

Second Advisor

Mitchell, Mary

Third Advisor

Compton, D'Lane

Fourth Advisor

Krochmal, Max


This thesis examines queer women’s history and space/places of community in New Orleans using spatial analysis and feminist theory to fill the silences. The Special Citizens Committee for the Vieux Carré laid the foundation for regulating queer women and transmasculine people starting in the 1950s. Even after the committee ended, New Orleans Police Department and the Vice Squad had the power to invade and harass places of community for queer women and transmasculine people. Despite this hostility, queer women and transmasculine people resisted and made a place for themselves in New Orleans. As a result of their persistence through visibility in New Orleans, many queer women and transmasculine people shared the experience of being arrested and placed in jail. This paper aims to show that queer women's resistance continued into the various spaces of incarceration in New Orleans.


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