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England’s ‘gay’ kings and queens defied society – during perhaps the most homophobic era of human history – to have same-sex lovers. Of 41 monarchs since William The Conqueror, we’ve identified seven who were likely lesbian, gay or bisexual. That’s an…

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In the late 16th century, the famous French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about two marriages between people of the same sex. The first involved women in eastern France, the second a group of men in Rome. At the time, same-sex marriages were not…

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Over the years, I’ve written dozens of articles on queer history, and some of the most interesting figures I’ve come across have been queer women. Action, adventure, wisdom, subterfuge, determination, whimsy, lust, genius — I’ve found a wonderful range in…

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These amazing trans people have helped shape the world we live in today, whether through their activism, visibility or setting new legal precedents. Schools hardly feature LGBT people in history class – let alone the history of the struggle for LGBT…

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Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has died aged 90 – prompting strong debate about his time in power that included the rounding up, persecution and murder of LGBT people. Homosexuals were viewed as inherently counter-revolutionary and homosexuality was…

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On June 28, 1969, Ray “Sylvia Lee” Rivera was a 17-year-old street kid and self-described drag queen just looking for a good time on a hot summer night in Greenwich Village — a night that would mark a key turning point in the nearly two-decade-old gay…

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Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15], 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first…

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George Cecil Ives (1 October 1867 in Germany – 4 June 1950) was a German-English poet, writer, penal reformer and early homosexual law reform campaigner. Life and career Ives was the illegitimate son of an English army officer and a Spanish baroness. He…

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The crime against nature or unnatural act has been a legal term in English-speaking states for forms of sexual behavior not considered natural and seen as punishable offenses. Sexual practices that have historically been considered to be “crimes against…
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