Gay Nineties


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Gay Nineties

n.
The last decade of the 1800s in the United States, considered as a time of middle-class prosperity and increased opportunities for leisure and recreation.
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An American icon through the Gay Nineties, the Wild Twenties, and a survivor of the Great Depression, Lohe was a popular entertainer, her era's Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Grace Kelly all rolled into one.
Do they think that the Gay Nineties was a homosexual era?
Phelon, the redoubtable Chicago correspondent to Sporting Life, back in the gay nineties, "but they would leave Baltimore so far behind that they could not be seen with a spyglass.
She exploded onto the Gilded Age of the 1880s like a rose tree in full bloom, and she embodied the decade known as the Gay Nineties, but it was during the first decade of the 20th century known as the Naughty Naughts that she became a living legend.
Clearly not all queers were empowered during the so-called gay nineties.
Had she read that novel, she would not say that "Wilde's parable of Gay Nineties decadence portrays an artist whose handsome self-portrait supernaturally turns uglier as the artist himself becomes corrupt" (26).
Monday was old time dancing night with Ralph Everitt and his Rhythm Players Dance Orchestra - they called it the Gay Nineties Old Time Club, and very popular it was too.
How on earth that appalling decade became known as "The Gay Nineties," I cannot imagine.
Paul Cameron has promised that he will be in the forefront of these campaigns with his latest book, The Gay Nineties.