By Keith Stern
Queers in historical past is the 1st entire biographical compendium of significant ancient and modern figures who were/are homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris and Angelina Jolie, Queers in historical past brings those figures, from their paintings to their sexuality, to life.
The enormous quantities of individuals whose tales look during this e-book are probably the most exciting personalities in their instances: actors and actresses, writers and musicians, businessmen and politicians, scientists and infantrymen. yet this irresistibly readable encyclopedia meant for gays and straights alike doesn’t simply record these info that get disregarded of the traditional biographies; it unearths a desirable photo of queer society and tradition all through recorded historical past, from the gay traditions practiced by means of samurai in Japan to the trendy struggles for equivalent rights in the USA. Sir Ian McKellen bargains a foreword.
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1934). They settled in Santa Monica, California, the place they shared a house until eventually Isherwood’s demise. additional examining: GREIF, THE homosexual ebook OFDAYS GEORGE IVES writer Born 1867 in Germany Died in 1950 George Cecil Ives used to be a colourful determine at the English literary scene from the Eighteen Nineties during the Forties. A famous specialist on prisons, he authored numerous vital books at the topic. He used to be a founding member (with Edward wood worker, Havelock Ellis, Magnus HIRSCHFELD, and Laurence Housman) of the British Society for the examine of intercourse Psychology, which later turned the British Sexological Society. brazenly gay and an lively promoter of “the reason” (as he known as it) of homosexual liberation, Ives met Oscar Wilde in 1892 and attempted to persuade him to come back on board—Wilde refused. Lord Alfred DOUGLAS met Ives in 1893 and brought him to his circle of literary pals, who have been likewise too frightened to affix “the reason. ” through 1897, Ives discovered his public efforts have been unnecessary and he became as a substitute to the belief of a mystery society for homosexuals. With rituals in response to the writings of Walt WHITMAN, whom he known as “the Prophet,” the Order of Chaeronea was once named after the conflict the place the Sacred Band of Thebes—the military of Lovers—met their destruction. individuals of the Order of Chaeronea marked the date of that conflict (338 B. C. ) because the starting in their calendar, hence 1905 will be written C2243 of their mystery correspondence. The Order attracted participants from around the globe and shaped the root for lots of rights businesses to keep on with. Ives took for his challenge not only homosexual concerns however the reform of repressive legislation and society’s angle affecting all elements of sexuality, together with contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted illnesses, and prostitution. Ives defined the Order’s manifesto: “We think within the glory of ardour. We think within the thought of emotion. We think within the holiness of affection. ” within the overdue Nineties the Order of Chaeronea used to be revived within the US, and now has energetic chapters in numerous states, in addition to the united kingdom, South Africa, and France. JAMES IVORY DIRECTOR Born 1928 in US The overtly homosexual director James Ivory and his partner/lifemate, manufacturer Ismail service provider, have been recognized for making lush, dependent interval movies, akin to A Room with a View, Howard’s finish, and The continues to be of the Day. Ivory met service provider while he went to India to make a documentary in 1960. Their first the world over winning movie used to be Shakespeare Wallah in 1965. Howard’s finish was once probably the most well known movies of 1992, profitable a number of Academy Awards. Their movie of E. M. FORSTER’s Maurice was once possibly the main tough motion picture for the pair to get off the floor, as they constantly bumped into financing and casting problems because of the movie’s homosexual subject matter. Their ultimate motion picture jointly used to be The White Countess in 2005. J MAX JACOB writer Born 1876 in France Died in 1944 Max Jacob was once a author linked to the cubist and surrealist events in artwork. For some time he used to be Pablo Picasso’s roommate, and Picasso tried—and failed—to “cure” the younger poet’s homosexuality.