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Queer Nightlife : Books and other sources

This guide lists resources for the students in the course Queer Nightlife. Professor Deborah Vargas.


Some of the resources listed on this page are contributions from Ruette Watson, Douglass College, Class of 1977. She was one of the panelists of the event Dink Dykes: Lesbian culture at Douglass College, 1967-1977. A condensed version of her interview is available in the blog entry Story of Rue. 


For book in RUL collection, the holding library and the call # are noted. For books NOT in RUL collection, please request them via E-Z Borrow service. 


Bert Shrader. To want a boy. Call #: Douglass PS3569.H69T6 1967  

Bert Shrader. Fee males. Call #: Douglass PS3569.H69F44 1968   

Quote by Andrew Holleran

" Now of all the bonds between homosexual friends, none was greater than that between people who danced together."

From Dancer from the Dance


Journal article, book chapters, reports, blogs, etc.

Kayo Denda, Mary Hawkesworth, Fernanda Perrone. Douglass Century: transformation of the women's college at Rutgers University. 2018. the chapter 7 (pp.143-170) on student activism includes a narrative on "Gays and Lesbian Student Activism."   The link to the book record is here 

Elizabeth Fraenkel (NJC ’44) “Peer counseling the Lesbian,” Douglass Alumnae Bulletin 49, no. 4 (1974): 5-7.

Tim Lawrence. "The forging of a white gay aesthetic art The Saint, 1980-84." Dancecult: journal of electronic dance music culture (June 2011), 3:1.

David Nichols & Morris Kafka-Hozschla. “The Rutgers University Lesbian/Gay Alliance, 1969-1989: The First Twenty Years,” Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 51, no.2 (1989): 63

Megan E. Springate (editor). LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. National Park Foundation 2016. 

Asbury Park, a gay history provides a brief history of gay friendly places in Asbury Park, NJ. 



Night clubs

San Francisco Disco Preservation Society  preserves DJ mixtapes and artifacts related to the 70s SD Disco scene. 

The Den or Manny's Den, next to the restaurant Sophie's bistro on Hamilton Street, Somerset, NJ, closed recently. Peter Mac is the grandson of the founder of the Manny's Den. 

The Melody Lounge & Bar was a legendary music scene on French Street in New Brunswick, NJ. The location is now occupied by buildings of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. 

The Roxy, another important bar,  was located across the Melody Bar on French Street, New Brunswick, NJ. 


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