Thursday, March 19, 2009

Today in Gay History

Happy Birthday March 19th
Sir Richard F. Burton (1821-1890)

Although Sir Richard F. Burton was smack dab a scion of the Victorian era in which he lived, in his outlook on sexuality there was little about him that seems "Victorian."

Based on his extensive travels in exotic lands, Burton translated and published works that were shocking for their sexual frankness. Moreover, his accounts of homosexual brothels and other activities severely stigmatized him. Although evidence of his own homosexual leanings is inconclusive, in his lifetime he was regarded with suspicion because of his knowledge and understanding of same-sex sexual activity.


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