Legendary queers and our gay past

How queer is science fiction?
For GLBT and straight authors alike, science fiction lends itself to exploration of new possibilities in the realms of sexuality, gender, and intimate relationships. Among the first stories to portray homosexuality sympathetically was Theodore Sturgeon's "The World Well Lost" (1953). Read more

Who was Stephen Donaldson (aka Robert Martin)?
Stephen Donaldson founded the first gay student organization, was one of the earliest out bisexual activists, and was the first sailor to contest a discharge for homosexual conduct.
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Who was Tove Jansson?
Lesbian author Tove Jansson is perhaps the best-known contemporary Finnish writer outside her native country. Although her Moomintroll children's stories never achieved major popularity in the United States, Jansson became a household name in Europe. Read more

How queer was the Weimar era in Germany?
The era of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) witnessed a flourishing of the arts, liberalization of social attitudes, and the emergence of a vibrant queer culture in Berlin and other German cities. Read more

Who was Aileen Wuornos?
Despite her grisly crimes, Aileen Wuornos – branded by the media as a lesbian serial killer – garnered sympathy from some due to her tragic life and her futile quest for love. Wuornos was born Feb. 29, 1956, in Rochester, Mich. Read more

Who was Christopher Marlowe?
Although extremely popular in his day, Elizabethan poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe is now much less renowned than William Shakespeare. But some consider Marlowe to be greater than the bard, and his frequent queer themes may have reflected his own life. Read more

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Who were the Cockettes?
What was Germany's Paragraph 175?
Why is figure skating so gay?
What was Clause 28?
Who was John Preston?
Who was Marie Equi?


Who was Marlene Dietrich?
Who was Dusty Springfield?
Why are vampires so queer?
What is the history of the Metropolitan Community Church?
Who was Freddie Mercury?
Who was Dr. James "Miranda" Barry?
How queer was Abraham Lincoln?
What was the 'Save Our Children' campaign?
Who was Mercedes de Acosta?
Who was W. Somerset Maugham?
What is the history of transsexual surgery?


What was the Wolfenden Report?
How gay is fashion design?
Who was June Jordan?
What is the history of the rainbow flag?
Paris ready for Martina's third coming
Sodomy at the Cape of Good Hope
What is the history of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force?
What was the Society for Individual Rights?
What is the history of the same-sex marriage movement?
What was the Society for Individual Rights?
Why is ballet so gay?
Who was Langston Hughes?
What was The Boys in the Band?
Who was Bobbi Campbell?
Who was Brandon Teena?
Who was Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette?
What is the history of the Folsom Street Fair?
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (1926 - 2000)


Who was Edith Piaf?
Who was Vito Russo?
Who was Joe Orton?
Shaun de Waal finds out Who is Judge Edwin Cameron
Alan Turing invented the field of computer science in 1936
Hans Christian Andersen created a fantasy world and lived in it
Sodomy in 18th century Paris
Wanking made you gay in 1710
Alexander the Great
The emergence of sodomitical subcultures in Europe, 1700 - 1800



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