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gayhistory.com is an introduction to the stories and the people of modern gay history (1700-1973). The site is an ongoing project and most articles about gay male history from 1700-1900 have been completed. -- Andrew Wikholm http://www.gayhistory.com/ [Sept 2004]


The People and the Stories of Modern Gay History

    Introduction:  What's a Modern Homosexual?
    1700-1800:  Sodomitical Subcultures Emerge
    1710:  Masturbation Condemned in Onania
    1715:  Parisian Police Entrap "Pederasts"
    1726:  Mollies Arrested in London
    1730:  Dutch Sodomite Massacre
    1760:  Tissot Declares Masturbation Dangerous
    1786:  Pennsylvania Drops Death Penalty
    1791:  "Pederasty" Decriminalized in France
    1794:  Prussia Rescinds Death Penalty
    1828:  New Sodomy Law in England
    1836:  H�ssli Publishes "Eros"
    1850-1900:  Doctors Medicalize Sex
    1853:  France Criminalizes Cross Dressing
    Biography:  K. M. Benkert/Kertbeny
    1857:  Tardieu Diagnoses "Pederasty"
    1857:  Morel Invents Degeneration
    1857:  Acton Cures Masturbatory Diseases
    Biography:  Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
    1861:  England Rescinds Death Penalty
    1864:  Ulrichs Invents Urnings
    1869:  Kertbeny coins "Homosexuality"
    1869:  Westphal Invents Sexual Inversion
    1871:  Germany Adopts Paragraph 175
    Biography:  Walt Whitman
    1885:  England Criminalizes "Gross Indecency"
    1886:  Krafft-Ebing Diagnoses Degenerates
    1889:  Scandal on Cleveland Street
    Biography:  Havelock Ellis
    Biography:  Oscar Wilde
    Biography:  Magnus Hirschfeld
    1896:  Der Eigene Goes to Press
    1896:  Ellis Publishes Sexual Inversion
    1896:  Raffalovich Condemns Doctors
    1897:  Hirschfeld Forms Committee
    Biography:  Sigmund Freud
    1905:  Freud Invents Sexuality
    1912:  Steinach Alters Sexuality with Hormones
    1924:  Gerber Starts Society for Human Rights
    1928:  Brits Censor "The Well of Loneliness"
    1941:  Henry Publishes "Sex Variants"
    Biography:  Harry Stack Sullivan
    Biography:  Alfred Kinsey
    1948: Kinsey Publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

-- -- Andrew Wikholm http://www.gayhistory.com/rev2/contents.htm

  • A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition - Gregory Woods [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    The very idea of a unique tradition of gay-male writing began relatively recently. Early in the 20th century, homosexual writers began to write more honestly. Yet writers, both gay and straight, have written about the experience of homosexuality since ancient times. In his encyclopedic overview, Gregory Woods has knitted together a transhistorical and transcultural history--a tradition--of gay-male writing over the centuries. Using a broad but readily applicable definition of gay literature that includes works by openly gay men, works in which homosexual activity occurs, and works that manifest a gay "sensibility," Woods manages to move us from Homer to David Leavitt, from Arabic poets of the classical age to contemporary South African poetry, from closeted Victorian memoirs to AIDS literature. By its nature, A History of Gay Literature lacks the specificity of critique that illuminates individual work, but this approach is more than compensated for by the book's ability to locate and discuss amazing similarities of experience and expression throughout history and culture. Highly intelligent, jauntily written, and endlessly informative, A History of Gay Literature is an impressive addition to contemporary gay scholarship. --Amazon.com

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