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Plane Queer: "Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants"

Phil Tiemeyer


Plane Queer details the history of men serving at flight attendants. It begins with the founding of the profession in the late 1920s and continues into the post–September 11 era. Throughout, the book examines the precarious position of men who occupy jobs customarily identified as “women’s work.” It examines the various hardships these men faced at work: a conflation of gender-based, sexuality-based, and AIDS-based discrimination. It also examines how this heavily gay-identified group of workers created an important place for gay men to come out, garner acceptance from their fellow workers, fi ... More

Keywords: flight attendants, homosexuality, Randy Shilts, HIV/AIDS, domestic partner benefits, homosexual panic, culture wars, 1964 Civil Rights Act, Patient Zero, Gäetan Dugas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520274761
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Tiemeyer, author
Philadelphia University