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Crossing through ChuecaLesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid$
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Jill Robbins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669899

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669899.001.0001

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Abrief History of Chueca and Madrid’s Queer Space

Abrief History of Chueca and Madrid’s Queer Space

(p.1) Chapter 1 Abrief History of Chueca and Madrid’s Queer Space
Crossing through Chueca

Jill Robbins

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter discusses how the Chueca Plaza in Madrid became the center of LGBTQ’s (Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexuals, Transexuals, Queer) social, political, and cultural activities. It begins by describing the strategic location of Chueca Plaza where major centers for culture and learning are found. Its location reveals that the people crossing through Chueca Plaza are either condemned or empowered not only by their sexual orientation, but also by their labor membership, artistic interests, fashion sensibility, social class, military status, and physical disability. This chapter explores the rest of the events in Chueca Plaza’s history, from the discussion about the urban working class before the death of Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco, the replacement of Madrid’s conservative ideology with a radical and artistic leftist one, to the rise of the carnivalesque city of the movida madrileña.

Keywords:   Chueca Plaza, Madrid, LGBTQ, sexual orientation, labor membership, urban working class, Francisco Franco, conservative ideology, movida madrileña

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