In this talk, I locate Esther Newton’s work in three distinct but interlinked ways. First, I trace its position and influence in the history of anthropological theory and practice. Second, I trace its position and influence in queer anthropology. Finally, playing off of Newton’s analysis in her book Margaret Mead Made Me Gay, I trace how her work has inspired at least two generations of anthropologists who identify in terms of nonnormative gender and/or sexuality. I conclude by drawing together these three lines of analysis to ask how Esther Newton has, in a sense, made anthropology gay.