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The Queer 1990s

The Challenge and Failure of Radical Change

4. 1976 to the Present

3. 1989–1998

  1. Michael Bronski

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf083

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

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Bronski, M. 2011. The Queer 1990s. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 4:3:78.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011


The 1990s are unique in the history of lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) cinema in that they saw the release of an unusually large number of LGBT-themed films — more than 75, including Hollywood productions, independent productions, and British and European films released in the United States. This output spans a wide range of themes, genres, and artistic and narrative approaches and, as will be argued below, it reflects a spectrum of political perspectives. This cinematic embarrassment of riches makes perfect sense when viewed against the background of the decade's extraordinarily vibrant political and social developments. In retrospect, the 1990s were clearly a pivotal period for LGBT politics and artistic endeavor.


  • queer cinema;
  • cross-dressing;
  • gay;
  • homosexual;
  • lesbian;
  • drag;
  • transgender