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.

chapter |7 pages


BySalvatore J. Licata, Robert P. Petersen

chapter |15 pages

The Myth of Lesbian Impunity

CAPITAL LAWS from 1270 to 1791
ByLouis Crompton

chapter |14 pages

A Lesbian Execution in Germany, 1721

The Trial Records
ByBrigitte Eriksson

chapter |14 pages

Sodomy and Heresy in Early Modern Switzerland

ByE. William Monter

chapter |10 pages

Ho Hum, Another Work of the Devil

Buggery and Sodomy in Early Stuart England
ByB. R. Burg

chapter |17 pages

"Writhing Bedfellows": 1826

Two Young Men from Antebellum South Carolina's Ruling Elite Share "Extravagant Delight"
ByMartin Bauml Duberman

chapter |9 pages

The “Third Sex” Theory of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

ByHubert C. Kennedy

chapter |22 pages

Inverts, Perverts, and Mary-Annes

Male Prostitution and the Regulation of Homosexuality in England in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
ByJeffrey Weeks

chapter |5 pages

“Stigmata of Degeneration”

Prisoner Markings in Nazi Concentration Camps
ByErwin J. Haeberle

chapter |20 pages

The Pink Triangle

The Persecution of Homosexual Males in Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany
ByRüdiger Lautmann

chapter |29 pages

The Homosexual Rights Movement in the United States

A Traditionally Overlooked Area of American History
BySalvatore J. Licata

chapter |20 pages

Homosexuality in History

An Annotated Bibliography
ByWilliam Parker