Katherine Harvey Although Notches is a blog about the history of sexuality, as a historian of the late medieval Church I spend most of my time thinking about a group of men who were not supposed to engage in any form of sexual activity: the medieval clergy. The ideal of […]
On Valentine’s Day, women give presents to men, while on White Day, men return the favor.
Adam Shapiro T.J. Tallie’s post on this blog last week does an excellent job describing the problems with historical appropriation – especially of the ongoing struggles for African-American civil rights in the United States. He rightly points out that the phrase “Gay Jim Crow” implies an equivalence between America’s long […]
T.J. Tallie This week, Notches contributor Adam Shapiro posted a detailed article investigating Arizona’s controversial attempted ‘religious freedom’ bill, SB1062 (the bill has since been vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer). The article did great work in critically engaging the paradoxical potential for the bill to allow legal discrimination of […]
Adam Shapiro Several US states, most notably Arizona have considered legislation to ensure the “religious freedom” of individuals and businesses who wish to exclude customers on the basis of their sexual orientation. These bills don’t really signal a new change in the cultural or legal understanding of sexuality and sexual orientation in […]
Onni Gust On 11th November, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal code, which declares “carnal intercourse against the order of nature against any man, woman or animal” to be a crime. The ruling came as a shock to LGBT rights activists. In 2009, following […]
Bob Cant In 2009, I addressed the LGBT Trades Union Congress (TUC) about the Millthorpe Project, a sound archive of the lifestories of LGBT trade unionists. Thirty years previously, it would have been inconceivable for the TUC to host an annual event about issues facing LGBT people at work. I […]