Onni Gust Robert Baden-Powell, Cecil Rhodes and Lawrence of Arabia have three things in common: 1) They are all white and male- assigned; 2) They are all suspected to have harbored homosexual desires, and, in the case of Rhodes, to have had a male lover and partner; 3) They all […]
Sunday 26th January 2014 marked three years since the murder of David Kato.
Helen Smith In 2009 when I made the decision to come back to academia and start a PhD, I had it all planned out how it would go. I was freshly inspired by my umpteenth re-read of the brilliant Queer London and was determined to try and do something similar […]
Claire Hayward February 2014 marks the ninth celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The first LGBT History Month was launched by Schools OUT in response to the repeal of Section 28, which had prohibited the positive discussion of homosexuality in Local Government institutions, including schools. Since that […]
Onni Gust Nineteenth-century British travel writers and colonial officials rarely passed on the opportunity to prefix some derogatory hyperbole to the word ‘eunuch.’ Frequently they offered extensive defamation, referring to eunuchs as “the vilest and most polluted beings” and commenting on the “revolting” practices that they imagined, but could rarely […]
Bob Cant I was rather scared of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). And when I saw them taking part in a demonstration against Ted Heath’s Industrial Relations Bill early in 1971, I became confused. I had, at that stage, never been to a GLF meeting but I imagined that they […]
Katherine Harvey One of the biggest challenges facing medieval historians, and perhaps especially historians of medieval sexuality, is interpreting the actions of individuals at a remove of several centuries. Take, for example, the case of King Richard I of England, who has sometimes been considered something of a gay icon. […]