Tag Archives: LGBTQ

1529: Fortifications

In 1527, a republican government was established in the city-state of Florence after residents ousted the ruling Medici family. The pope at the time, Clement VII, was himself a Medici—and he took affront at the rebellion and resolved to capture … Continue reading

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1792: The Chevalier d’Éon

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont—known more simply as the Chevalier d’Éon—was a French soldier, diplomat, and spy who settled in London, living from 1762-1777 as a man and from 1786-1810 as a woman. Born to a poor noble family in Burgundy … Continue reading

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1989: Drain

Robert Gober: Drain (1989)

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100 AD: Leucippus

Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading

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1661: Elizabeth Russell

[———–] Russell, always known under the guise or habit of a woman, and answered to the name of Elizabeth, as registered in Streatham parish, Nov. 21, 1661, but at death proved to be a man. He was buried April 14th, … Continue reading

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600 BC: How Can Someone Not Be Hurt and Hurt Again

πῶϲ κε δή τιϲ οὐ θαμέω̣ϲ̣ἄϲαιτ̣ο, Κύπρι, δέϲπ̣ ̣ο̣ιν̣ ̣’, ὄττινα [δ]η̣ ̀ φιλ̣́ ̣[ηϲι,] [κωὐ] θέλοι μάλιϲτα πάθα̣ν̣χ̣άλ̣[αϲϲαι;] [ποῖ]ον ἔχηϲθα [νῶν] ϲά̣ λοιϲί μ’ ἀλεμά̣τω̣ ̣ϲ̣ δ̣αιϲ̣̈́ δ̣ ̣[ην [ἰμέ]ρω⟨ι⟩ λύ{ι}̣ ϲαντι γ̣όν’ ωμε-̣ [x [ ̣ ̣ ̣] … Continue reading

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1920: Drag

Drag ball in the USSR, 1920’s From a review of Dan Healey’s Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: Famously, the Russian Revolution brought the decriminalization of homosexuality in an act both nearly unique in Europe and astonishingly advanced in a country … Continue reading

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1680: Indiscreet

In [Renaissance] France homosexuality was long deemed a caprice reserved to the nobility, the intellectual and artistic elite, and the princes of the Church. To be sure, other classes are known to have been involved, but their activity tended to … Continue reading

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1964: Satyrs MC

Members of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club at Salton Sea in southern California, 1964; founded in 1954, the club is the oldest continuously operating gay organization in the United States.

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1948: Kriophoros

John Craxton: Boy with Kid (1948); see this post.

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