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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan$
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Hans Tao-Ming Huang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083077

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.001.0001

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Prostitution, Perversion and AIDS: The Secrets of the ‘Glass Clique’

Prostitution, Perversion and AIDS: The Secrets of the ‘Glass Clique’

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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Hans Tao-ming Huang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the journalistic representation of male same-sex relations from the 1950s to the 1980s, analysing the disparate regimes of knowledge—police administration, psychiatry and epidemiology—with regard to the production of male homosexuality. The chapter shows how the “glass clique”, a local epithet attributed to the imagined male homosexual community, was subject to state regulation of social morals and was policed as prostitutes. Such an equation of male homosexuality with prostitution continued to figure in the eroto/homophobic discourse of AIDS as the “glass clique” came to be identified as a disposable population.

Keywords:   prostitution, perversion, AIDS, male same-sex relations

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