Category: LGBT

Color photos of Peter ‘Marilyn’ Robinson in the 1980s.

Color photos of Peter ‘Marilyn’ Robinson in the 1980s.

Evelyn Bross and Catherine Barscz, a couple, p…

Evelyn Bross and Catherine Barscz, a couple, photographed after their arrest for cross-dressing and public indecency. Bross, who was 19 years old at the time, worked as a machinist at a WWII defense plant. But her men’s haircut and trousers clearly meant she was a danger to the public!

Racine Avenue Police Station, Chicago, USA, on June 5th, 1943.

Rock Hudson, Hollywood heartthrob and a “gentle giant,” through…

Rock Hudson, Hollywood heartthrob and a “gentle giant,” through the years.

Gay liberation movement in Central Park, NYC, 1970. Photographed…

Gay liberation movement in Central Park, NYC, 1970. Photographed by Leonard Freed.

Amazing photographs of San Francisco’s LGBT community from the…

Amazing photographs of San Francisco’s LGBT community from the mid-1980s

Special lesbian cabaret inside Le Monocle, Montmartre, Paris,…

Special lesbian cabaret inside Le Monocle, Montmartre, Paris, 1930. Photographed by Albert Harlingue.

What makes this children’s picture book so imp…

What makes this children’s picture book so important in modern history?

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“Homosexuality Is … Nothing To Be Ashamed Of…

Freud was wrong about almost everything. But he had a couple redeeming qualities, among them that he did not consider homosexuality an illness or something to be eradicated. Which was extremely ahead of his time. In 1935, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was contacted by a worried mother. She was seeking treatment for her son, who was apparently gay. Freud believed that all humans are attracted to both sexes in some capacity. So he responded with the following letter of advice:

Dear Mrs [Erased],

I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. May I question you why you avoid it? Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function, produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest men among them. (Plato, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc). It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime – and a cruelty, too. If you do not believe me, read the books of Havelock Ellis.

By asking me if I can help, you mean, I suppose, if I can abolish homosexuality and make normal heterosexuality take its place. The answer is, in a general way we cannot promise to achieve it. In a certain number of cases we succeed in developing the blighted germs of heterosexual tendencies, which are present in every homosexual in the majority of cases it is no more possible. It is a question of the quality and the age of the individual. The result of treatment cannot be predicted.

What analysis can do for your son runs on a different line. If he is unhappy, neurotic, torn by conflicts, inhibited in his social life, analysis may bring him harmony, peace of mind, full efficiency, whether he remains a homosexual or gets changed. If you make up your mind he should have analysis with me — I don’t expect you will — he has to come over to Vienna. I have no intention of leaving here. However, don’t neglect to give me your answer.

Sincerely yours with best wishes,

Freud

20 candid snapshots from a queer Halloween party in Sacramento,…

20 candid snapshots from a queer Halloween party in Sacramento, 1978.

Medieval Japan Was A Great Place To Be Gay

By the 1300s, Japanese samurai had started taking their proteges as lovers. Usually, this was an older man with a younger boy. It was so common that one samurai said, “A young man without a pledged, elder he-lover is likened to a young girl without a fiance.”

Same-age male love was normal, too. A pair of aging male lovers, they said, were like “two old cherry trees still in bloom.”