Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality (Revealing History)

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There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case. Many ancient cultures actively promoted same-sex relationships as an integral part of adolescence or even worship. The rise of Judeo-Christian views forced homosexuality underground,” leading to Henry VIII’s 1533 ban on homosexuals and Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for sodomy. Born to be Gay takes a radical look at the history of homosexuality, from Bacchanalian orgies to Gay Pride.

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Homosexuality has always been present in society. William Naphy’s book dramatically highlights the positive attitudes of bygone generations and cultures, as opposed to nineteenthcentury views of the “disease” of homosexuality. There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case. Many ancient cultures actively promoted same–sex relationships as an integral part of adolescence or even worship. The rise of Judeo–Christian views forced homosexuality “underground”, leading to Henry VIII’s 1533 ban on homosexuals and Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for sodomy. Born to be Gay takes a radical look at the history of homosexuality, from Bacchanalian orgies to “Gay Pride”.

William Naphy is Senior Lecturer and Head of History at the University of Aberdeen. His other books include Plague and Sex Crimes, both published by Tempus.

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William Naphy is Senior Lecturer and Head of History at the University of Aberdeen. His other books include Plague: Black Death & Pestilence in Europe and Sex Crimes: From Renaissance to Enlightenment both published by Tempus.

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