I n April , Carlos Martinez was visiting a prison for gang members in El Salvador, having gained rare access to help with a photography project. A reporter for national newspaper El Faro , Martinez, 41, was used to dealing with the gangs that have over decades made his country one of the most violent in the world. But this time he saw something that shocked him. In this particular prison, San Francisco Gotera, in the east of the Central American country, gang culture was not the only source of virulent homophobia.
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Criminologist Vanessa Panfil spent over a year studying gay gangs in Columbus, Ohio, before she even found a single active gay gang to study. Eventually, over two years, she identified 48 gay men , most of them black, who were current or former gang members and willing to be interviewed. Twenty-six were in gangs with percent gay membership; many were in "hybrid" gangs with sizable gay minorities; the rest were closeted members of gangs where everyone's heterosexuality was assumed. The Gang's All Queer , Panfil's book documenting her investigation, is a gem of contemporary sociology: a potent reminder of the discipline's power to work past a culture's assumptions and, in the process, to articulate the reach and influence of those assumptions. It is a decidedly academic title, but its influence is likely to eventually spread far beyond the academy. Sadly, if you have already encountered a consideration of gay gangs, it's likely thanks to Bill O'Reilly and Fox News.
The Chicago Gaylords , also known as the Almighty Gaylords , is a Chicago street gang which was most active during the mid and late 20th century. It originated in the neighborhood of Grand and Noble. This ethnic makeup reflected the population of the Grand and Ogden area at the time, that was known as one of Chicago's " Little Italies. The Gaylords' clubhouse was on the corner of Ohio and Noble Street. The Gaylords grew in the s as middle class whites left for the suburbs, leaving poor whites behind to fend for themselves in increasingly black and Hispanic inner city slums.
While we are building a new and improved webshop, please click below to purchase this content via our partner CCC and their Rightfind service. You will need to register with a RightFind account to finalise the purchase. Many people believe that gangs are made up of violent thugs who are in and out of jail, and who are hyper-masculine and heterosexual. In vivid detail, Panfil provides an in-depth understanding of how gay gang members construct and negotiate both masculine and gay identities through crime and gang membership. Panfil provides an eye-opening portrait of how even members of straight gangs are connected to a same-sex oriented underground world.