Miyagawa Isshō's "Spring Pastimes" screen from c. 1750 shows a lot of men-on-men flirting and love-making.
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."
19th century thief and transvestite/transsexual Lasse-Maja captivated the Swedish public with his escapades, and his charm eventually earned him his freedom.
The 18th century Turkish poet Enderunlu Fazil describes the charms of youths from Aleppo to Zanzibar in his Book of the Handsome Ones.
The model for China's first gay novel, the real-life 18th century Bi Yuan and Li Guiguan were a gay couple long remembered for their fidelity.
Francesco Algarotti, sometime lover of Lord Hervey and Frederick the Great, was a key figure in spreading art, music and architecture criticism throughout 18th century Europe.
The cult of Kuttantavar, popular in Tamil Nadu, attracts tens of thousands of transsexuals to its age-old festival in the village of Koovagam. It also attracts the village men, who dress up like brides.