Sophia Parnok

December 6, 2010


Russia's great lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok's last poems from the early 1930s were inspired by her final love affair with physicist Nina Vedeneyeva.

Spring Pastimes

December 5, 2010


Miyagawa Isshō's "Spring Pastimes" screen from c. 1750 shows a lot of men-on-men flirting and love-making.

Posted in: 18th Century, Art, Gay, Japan

Chevalier de Lorraine

December 3, 2010


The life-long lover of Louis XIV's brother, the openly homosexual Monsieur, the Chevalier de Lorraine had a powerful hold over his lover.

Posted in: 17th Century, France, Gay

Maud Allan

November 30, 2010


Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.

Johann Rosenmüller

November 26, 2010


Arrested for sodomy in Germany, composer Johann Rosenmüller escaped and ended up in Venice, where his music in the Italian style made its way back to Germany and greatly influenced other composers.

Tomb of the Diver

November 22, 2010


The only surviving complete frescoes from ancient Greece show a drinking party scene of male lovers, c. 470 B.C. Hot stuff.

Posted in: 5th Century B.C., Art, Gay, Greece

Mit Verlangen

November 21, 2010


The giant of baroque religious music, J.S. Bach's musical justification of his style of composing is the cantata Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan. It includes as its centerpiece the homoerotic aria "Mit Verlangen."