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...

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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...