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Symptoms of ModernityJews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna$
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Matti Bunzl

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238428

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238428.001.0001

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Cafés and Parades

Cafés and Parades

Chapter 4 Cafés and Parades
Symptoms of Modernity

Matti Bunzl

University of California Press

On Saturday, June 29, 1996, Vienna witnessed an epoch-making event. On a gloriously sunny day, around ten-thousand marchers and twenty-thousand spectators populated the city's historic Ringstraβe to join Austria's first Regenbogen Parade (Rainbow Parade). For Austria's queers, the Regenbogen Parade was a watershed. In the course of a single day, it not only inscribed Vienna's lesbian/gay community in the city's social topography, but effectively suspended the country's postwar arrangements, which had consigned homosexuals to a self-evident closet. As such, the parade was both a massive act of resistive visibility and a crucial form of publicized identification. This chapter discusses the historical trajectory of Austria's lesbian/gay movement, which mirrored the development of queer communities across Western Europe and North America.

Keywords:   homosexuals, queers, gays, lesbians, Regenbogen Parade, lesbian/gay movement

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