1st Edition

The Gay Past A Collection of Historical Essays

Edited By Salvatore J. Licata, Robert P. Petersen Copyright 1985

    Fascinating reading on the plight of gay men and women through the ages. The contributors to this compassionate book document how society has made life difficult and even dangerous for homosexual people. Through narrative history as well as biography, these essays trace the legal, social, and physical consequences of this oppression.

    Contents Foreword
    • Introduction
    • The Myth of Lesbian Impunity: Capital Laws From 1270 to 1791
    • A Lesbian Execution in Germany, 1721: The Trial Records
    • Sodomy and Heresy in Early Modern Switzerland
    • Conceptions of Homosexuality and Sodomy in Western Europe
    • Ho Hum, Another Work of the Devil: Buggery and Sodomy in Early Stuart England
    • Defining Sodomy in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts
    • “Writhing Bedfellows”: 1826--Two Young Men From Antebellum South Carolina‚Äôs Ruling Elite Share “Extravagant Delight”
    • The “Third Sex” Theory of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
    • Inverts, Perverts, and Mary-Annes: Male Prostitution and the Regulation of Homosexuality in England in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
    • “Stigmata of Degeneration”: Prisoner Markings in Nazi Concentration Camps
    • The Pink Triangle: The Persecution of Homosexual Males in Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany
    • The Homosexual Rights Movement in the United States: A Traditionally Overlooked Area of American History
    • Homosexuality in History: An Annotated Bibliography
    • Index


    S. J. Licala, R. P. Peterson