Phil Tiemeyer, author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants recently spoke about the history of the profession and how it came to be identified with gay men on the Michelangelo Signorile Show.
Tiemeyer will be at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco on Thursday, April 11 to talk about the book. Joining him will be Bill Wright, a Pan Am flight attendant from the 1950s through the 1980s. Together, they’ll reveal the neglected queer history of a gay-identified career that emerged with the dawn of commercial passenger flight in the late 1920s and that continues today. The program will highlight the ways that gay men at times thrived in this workplace, and at other times encountered sexism and homophobia that threatened their foothold in the profession.