Tagged: LGBTQ

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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...


Parallels of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and Irish LGBTQ Activism in the 70s and 80s

Gays Against Imperialism, a small group of radical activists, 1984. In the history of LGBT activism in Ireland, RTÉ’s The Late Late Show is perhaps best remembered for the ‘back passages incident.’ In a 1989 televised debate, the show’s host Gay Byrne responded to an evangelical Christian horrified at the idea...