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John-Pierre Joyce

Boys just want to have fun: February scene from the Trivulzio tapestry, by Benedetto da Milano, after a design by Bramantino, Milan, 1504-9.

Venetian officials sought to stem a ‘plague’ of sodomy by promoting the heterosexual sex trade.

Vadim Kozin.

Despite the difficulties in accessing official archival sources, the history of homophobic persecution in Russia is covered convincingly in this study.

The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was not the great step forward it is sometimes purported to be.

Sleepers and the One that Waketh, by Simeon Solomon, 1871.

Two excellent studies highlight the commonality of gay and lesbian experience in Britain and Germany over the past century and a half. 

Members of the Gay Liberation Movement, London, July 4th, 1977

During the 1950s and 1960s, debates over the legality and morality of homosexuality drove gay men and doctors to desperate and dangerous measures in their search for a ‘cure’, writes John-Pierre Joyce.