• Queering Urbanism: Insurgent Spaces in the Fight for Justice
    Stathis Yeros
    University of California Press, 2024
    Stathis G. Yeros

Andriy Bezuglov, "Rainbow Crosswalk in the Castro District, San Francisco, California," 2018. Digital Photograph. Courtesy Alamy

Conflicts about space and access to resources have shaped queer histories from at least 1965 to the present. As spaces associated with middle-class homosexuality enter mainstream urbanity in the United States, cultural assimilation increasingly erases insurgent aspects of these social movements. This gentrification itself leads to queer displacement. Combining urban history, architectural critique, and queer and trans theories, Queering Urbanism traces these phenomena through the history of a network of sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within that urban landscape, Stathis Yeros investigates how queer people appropriated existing spaces, how they expressed their distinct identities through aesthetic forms, and why they mobilized the language of citizenship to shape place and secure space. Here the legacies of LGBTQ+ rights activism meet contemporary debates about the right to housing and urban life.

Stathis G. Yeros is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Florida. His work examines how space affects and is affected by struggles for social justice, focusing on queer and transgender cultures and politics. He has published articles and book chapters on spaces of black and brown transgender activism, most recently focusing on the Southern United States, on the subject of queer ecologies. His recent work examines collective housing in the United States and Mexico and how the iconographies of domesticity and death during the AIDS devastation changed contemporary urban homosexual politics. Yeros completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He is coeditor of Arris, the journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (2023–24), a member of the Society of Architectural Historians IDEAS Committee, and the recipient of the Society’s 2024 H. Allen Brooks Fellowship.