A Little Gay History

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment for LGBTQIA+ rights. To celebrate Pride we will be sharing posts on the blog throughout the month featuring new and backlist titles that highlight the LGBT people in history and culture.

To start we’re going to delve in to A Little Gay History.

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A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World by R. B. Parkinson

A Little Gay History provides close readings of 40 objects from the British Museum’s vast collection, from ancient Egyptian papyri to vivid prints by the modern artist David Hockney, to draw attention to a diverse range of same-sex experiences from around the world and throughout human history.

The book itself is arranged chronologically and covers some 11,000 years of human history. Author R. B. Parkinson described the process of selction and assembleing in a blog post when A Little Gay History was originally published in 2013 and in the introduction to the book.

You can delve deeper on the British Museum’s website, exploring the history of same-sex desire, the changing attitudes of same-sex desire, and gender identity in different cultures through history.

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