(1940 - living) U.S.A.
Born in New York and educated at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, she did her Ph.D. work on the culture of drag and drag queens. In a series of important books, she has explored lesbian and gay studies, anthropology and homosexuality, history and human rights.
A founding member and co-chair of the Committee for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Scholarship at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, she has also served on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and as an adviser for documentary films. She is professor of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor at Purchase College at the State University of New York; she is also co-chair of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Program there.
Source: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001 - et alii
Her work include:
- Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972)
- Amazon Expedition (1973)
- Womenfriends (1976)
- Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993)
- Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas
- My Butch Career