This book would not have been possible without the support of a number
of institutions and individuals. None of them is responsible in any way for
the content of this work, but all of them provided me with invaluable sup-
port- financial, intellectual, and emotional. The International Research
and Exchange Board
provided funding for nine months of disser-
tation research in Russia during 1994. A Social Science Research Council
dissertation-writing grant allowed me to write full-time in 1995. A
postdoctoral grant from Columbia University's Harriman Institute in 1997
allowed me to transform the dissertation into this book. I would also like
to thank Ken Wissoker and all the wonderful people at Duke University
Press for seeing this manuscript through two years of revisions and reader
reports and computer viruses. Ken stuck to it through deaths and births,
career changes, and hurricanes.
In Moscow, friends and acquaintances too numerous
mention took
talk with me, dance with me, and drink with me. Masha Gessen
and David Tuller were not only comrades in queerdom, but true friends.
Viktor Oboin's archival research with the Moscow Gay and Lesbian Library
made my research a much easier task. My Moscow family, the Shakhnaro-
viches, not only helped me find computer parts and formulate survey ques-
tions, but have always opened their home and their hearts to me and all of
my queer friends. Between New York and Moscow was Mark von Hagen,
an always encouraging and supportive presence in either city. In New York,
several individuals have been patient enough to read through several very
rough drafts of this work. I would especially like
thank Guenther Roth,
Mary Ruggie, Anders Stephanson, Harrison White, and Priscilla Ferguson
for their stamina and support. Priscilla not only read the drafts, but pro-
vided detailed commentary on them. Fifteen years ago, Anton Ugolnik led
me to Russia for the first time. Since then, he and I have been having an
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