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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.

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.

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.

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."

Bill Tilden

November 17, 2010


Bill Tilden turned tennis from a sissy sport into a game for athletes. Ironically, he was later ostracized for being a sissy himself, though he has always been considered one of the greats of tennis.

Mori Ranmaru

November 15, 2010


Mori Ranmaru was the page and favorite of powerful 16th century warlord Oda Nobunaga. They were also lovers, committing suicide together during a siege at a temple in Kyoto.