Homosexual law reform was supported by influential sections of the Church of England.
Olivia Weisser Furtive trysts. Regretful dalliances. Fleeting affairs. Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common in published medical cases of venereal disease. In one instance, a woman consulted a surgeon for a common reproductive ailment known as “the whites.” She […]
Michelle Lynn Kahn “Are you safe?” Emails from loved ones flooded my inbox the first days of 2016. All assumed the worst-case scenario: that I was among the victims of the coordinated sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve at the Central Train Station in Cologne, Germany, where I am writing […]
How have religious practices, identities, beliefs, institutions and politics shaped the history of sexuality?
It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating one year of Notches! On 6 January 2014, with the support of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, we launched a new blog with the goal of getting folks inside and outside the academy to think critically about histories of sex and sexuality across […]
T.J. Tallie Can queer blood be less American than straight blood? In the United States, blood donations are automatically refused if the donor is a man who has had sex with another man at any point since 1977. Los Angeles-based filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak began the National Gay […]
Agnes Arnold-Forster In 1991, the Progressive Liberal Party government amended the Bahamas’ Sexual Offences Act, decriminalising “buggery” and other same-sex sexual acts in private. Over twenty years later the Bahamas still remains ahead of the majority of its Caribbean neighbours. Male-male sexual activity continues to be illegal in eleven Caribbean nations. […]