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    Jen Manion: “Prison Sex and Solitary Confinement”

    On the publication of Jen Manion’s book Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 7, 2015), OutHistory is featuring an original essay by Manion. It discusses how sex between men in early…

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    Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens: 1777-1783

    Hamilton's letters to Laurens recall that he and Laurens inhabited a world that was not divided between “heterosexual” and “homosexual,” a world in which same-sex love and intimacy was not considered tainted by “sexuality.”

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    Constructing the Heterosexual, Homosexual, Bisexual System

    The history of the discourse on heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality is presented here as a clue to the history of the hetero, homo, and bi social system. The social-historical construction of the terms and changing concepts…

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    Rainbow Richmond: LGBTQ History of Richmond, VA

    Richmond is an old place, at least in American terms. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people have always been a part of its history. This exhibit is dedicated to all those who challenged the norms of society, who lived free and honest lives,…

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    Colonial America: The Age of Sodomitical Sin

    The years from 1607 to 1783 constitute the founding era of what became the United States. This exhibit presents or references all the original documents that Jonathan Ned Katz collected in his books Gay American History (1976) and Gay/Lesbian Almanac…

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    Gender-Crossing Women, 1782-1920

    Primary documents about the lives of women living as men. Reprinted from Jonathan Ned Katz's Gay American History.

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    Native Americans / Gay Americans 1528-1976

    These documents on male and female homosexuality among American Indians present years of testimony from a wide variety of observers: military men, missionaries, explorers, trappers, traders, settlers, and later, medical doctors, anthropologists, and…