Category: LGBT+

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ALT-CONCLUDE. Breaking: New study shows LGBT historians live longer

Before putting pen to paper, or hands to keyboard, it occurred to me that the phrase ‘to conclude LGBT+ History Month’ is a form of oxymoron – one that reveals within it all the paradoxes, perils and indeed the problematics of LGBT history. The ‘underdevelopment’ of this field of history...

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LGBT in Medieval Islam

Contrary to popular belief, Islam has not always had a strained relationship with the LGBT community. In fact, during the medieval period the Muslim community was rather tolerating and accepting in this regard. It is definitely telling that homosexual relationships involving  high-ranking officials (rulers, generals etc.) were the subject of...

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Homosexual desire in nineteenth-century British politics

Sex scandals are not a new occurrence for the political elite.  Though ‘homosexual’ had not emerged as social category until the late-nineteenth century, homosexual sex scandals challenged the heteronormative masculinity of the British government during the nineteenth century. British politics prided itself on close homosocial bonds between politicians, whether in...

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Michel Simonin: Breaking the Silence about AIDS in 1980s France

Michel Simonin’s personal and political struggle to speak publicly about his experience of living with AIDS helped to break the silence imposed on PWAs (people with AIDS) in France in the mid-1980s. Compared with the situation in the US and the UK, the gay community in France at this time...

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LGBT+ Public History: ‘Queering’ Museums and Archives

As explored in Jack’s introductory article, the history of sexuality is a problematic endeavour. The historical contingency of sexual identities renders quests to ‘reclaim’ an LGBT+ past problematic. In an attempt to avoid imposing the categories of gender and sexuality of our contemporary world onto the past, historians have focused...

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The Problematics of LGBT History

Writing and researching LGBT history is a problem, or at least presents certain problems. Writing history at all is far from unproblematic, of course, but little is more polemic and polarising these days than ‘the gay issue’. Byrne Fone has described homophobia as ‘the last acceptable prejudice’ in Western society...