This book gives a voice to more than eighty people from every major continent and from all walks of life. It includes poets and philosophers, rulers and spies, activists and artists.
Alongside such celebrated figures as Michelangelo, Frederick the Great and Harvey Milk are lesser-known but no less surprising individuals: Dong Xian and the Chinese emperor Ai, whose passion flourished in the 1st century BC; the unfortunate Robert De Péronne, first to be burned at the stake for sodomy; Katharine Philips, writing proto-lesbian poetry in seventeenth-century England; and 'Aimee' and 'Jaguar', whose love defied the death camps of wartime Germany. With many striking illustrations, Gay Life Stories will entertain, give pause for thought, and ultimately celebrate the diversity of human history.
'Prose portraits, images and paintings that surprise, move and intrigue … ultimately uplifting'
'A colourful compendium of same-sex love through the ages'
'An upbeat and inspirational take on the heroes and heroines from history who have pushed a same sex love agenda'
'Engaging … a beautiful book, and a welcome addition to what some call ‘gay studies’ and others simply see as a celebration of human sexuality in all its diversity'
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