Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland

Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines

  • Lukasz Szulc

Part of the Global Queer Politics book series (GQP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Global, Eastern and Polish Homosexuals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 61-90
    3. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 91-122
  3. Transnationalism in Gay and Lesbian Magazines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 125-154
    3. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 155-181
    4. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 183-209
    5. Lukasz Szulc
      Pages 211-230
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-253

About this book


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. The work 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.


gay and lesbian magazines transnational homosexuals LGBTQ globalization self-organizing Iron Curtain self-identification AIDS Eastern Bloc Communist Poland homosexual identity gay rights Europe Etap Filo Warsaw Homosexual Movement Operation Hyacinth

Authors and affiliations

  • Lukasz Szulc
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom

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