Nineteenth-Century Britain was famously prim about sex — and homosexuality in particular. Or was it? The life and work of the painter Simeon Solomon seem both to confirm and challenge this view, writes Holly Williams. You might expect the show to display a gradual opening up, with increasingly explicit or unabashed imagery. Not so: the work of one of the first artists featured, Simeon Solomon — part of the Aesthetic movement and a youthful figure on the fringes of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood — potently telegraphs homosexual desire from as early as the mids. Much of his public work also carried a surprisingly bold homoerotic charge.
The Victorians’ surprisingly liberal attitude towards gay men - History Extra
The famous imprisonment of author Oscar Wilde in for being a homosexual paints a picture of sexual repression and hostility towards same-sex relationships in 19th-century England. But the largest ever survey of court cases relating to the criminalisation of gay men has revealed a surprisingly relaxed attitude towards homosexuality. Having sifted through more than , criminal cases at the National Archive at Kew, covering the s through to the s, historian Jeff Evans from Manchester Metropolitan University concludes the supposedly prudish Victorians had a far more lenient attitude to sex between men than their s counterparts. The Victorian attitudes towards sex in general were, as might be expected, extremely complex.
The Victorians’ surprisingly liberal attitude towards gay men
Yet the ruling was delivered only weeks after the High Court of Kenya upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, underscoring the wide differences in how L. An anonymous plaintiff, identified in court papers only as L. But on Tuesday, three judges voted unanimously to revoke the laws. Since , several more countries in Southern Africa have decriminalized same-sex relations, including Mozambique, Angola and Lesotho.
The Pride parade in London is taking place on Saturday 6 July. Pride has been celebrated all over the world over the last few weeks. Two years ago in the UK, the Pride celebrations were particularly significant as marked the year anniversary since it stopped being illegal for two men to be in a relationship in England and Wales.