Chapter 6. A Queer Situation: Poverty, Prisons, and Performances of Infidelity and Instability in the New Orleans Lesbian Anthem

  1. Ellen Lewin professor2 and
  2. William L. Leap professor3
  1. Natasha Sandraya Wilson

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch6

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

How to Cite

Wilson, N. S. (2009) A Queer Situation: Poverty, Prisons, and Performances of Infidelity and Instability in the New Orleans Lesbian Anthem, in Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (eds E. Lewin and W. L. Leap), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Iowa, USA

  2. 3

    American University, USA

Author Information

  1. Ernest G. Chachere Doctoral Fellow, University of New Orleans in the Department of Urban Planning and Regional Studies, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191029

Online ISBN: 9781444310689

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Keywords:

  • poverty, prisons, and performances of infidelity and instability in New Orleans Lesbian Anthem;
  • Makayla, emerging from cigarette and marijuana smoke-filled air;
  • performance of lesbian anthem - lip-synched drag performance;
  • anthem in context;
  • gay community, being common with many other gay and lesbian communities in USA;
  • proving loyalty, knowing the rules, and coping with infidelity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Anthem in Context

  • Poor, Black, Female, and Gay in New Orleans

  • The Community

  • Choosing a Family: Proving Loyalty, Knowing the Rules, and Coping with Infidelity

  • Performing the Anthem

  • Conclusion

  • Epilogue

  • References