Cover of Lukasz Szulc's book Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland. Cover contains author and title in white text against a black and white photo of a field with a barbed wire fence, overlaid with a pink strip

Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines

Author: Lucasz Szulc

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Global Queer Politics Series

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This book traces the fascinating history of the first Polish gay and lesbian magazines to explore the globalization of LGBT identities and politics in Central and Eastern Europe during the twilight years of the Cold War.

It details the emergence of homosexual movement and charts cross-border flows of cultural products, identity paradigms and activism models in communist Poland.

Szulc demonstrates that Polish homosexual activists were not locked behind the Iron Curtain, but actively participated in the transnational construction of homosexuality.

Their magazines were largely influenced by Western magazines: used similar words, discussed similar topics or simply translated Western texts and reproduced Western images.

However, the imported ideas were not just copied but selectively adopted as well as strategically and creatively adapted in the Polish magazines so their authors could construct their own unique identities and build their own original politics.

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Cover of Lukasz Szulc's book Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland. Cover contains author and title in white text against a black and white photo of a field with a barbed wire fence, overlaid with a pink strip