History Of 'Gay Hotels' in Provincetown?
February 17, 2012 9:13 AM Subscribe
Recently, I found out that a now deceased family member worked at a 'gay hotel' in Provincetown MA in the 1940's. I'm trying to find out more about what 'gay hotels' were like in Provincetown, and just generally more about gay life in Cape Cod during that time. Can someone point me toward some good resources? I'm particularly interested in the sexual identities of the men who lived and stayed in Provincetown.
posted by shushufindi to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Would it have been assumed that my relative was gay because he worked at a gay hotel? Were people who identified as straight involved in running them as well? Were there other 'gay hotels' in other cities and towns on the Cape? Would working at a gay hotel have been the sort of thing that you would have been seriously mocked for doing, or were people just so generally in denial about homosexuality that they denied that some hotels were 'gay?'
Also, what was a 'gay hotel,' back then? Am I imposing a contemporary concept upon a period of time when the concept had not yet existed?
What are the addresses of the most famous 'gay hotels' of that time? I'm curious, because I'm going up to P-Town this weekend.