We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re making the world give a shit about humanity’s fabulously gay past.
Now, to literally no one’s surprise, history is chock full of homos. You don’t have to look very far to find Greeks getting each other off, or Old Hollywood celesbians rubbing their parts together.
In the history of homos, we want not for evidence.
Outrageously, it’s only in the last century that historians have gotten their act together and embarked upon the solemn, scholarly investigation of humanity’s big gay past.
The result: a respected, if somewhat self-righteous field of Queer Studies that seems hell bent on deepening the divide between modern and historical queerness.
But they forget that — “homosexual” or not — the people who had their same-sex sensibilities persecuted throughout history were also some of the most radical, brilliant characters of their day.
No matter the age or the nation, we always find them popping up in the most dynamic domains of human history.
Art, literature, politics, religion — the Great Queers of Yesteryear dominated them repeatedly throughout the ages.
And there’s never one consistent response to them. Every period and every land has dealt with its own queers in its own queer way.
Historical Homos exists to make this extraordinary side of LGBTQ+ history visible — its history of power, achievement, self-expression, and often, downright hypocrisy.
To do that, we represent history’s greatest homos radically for a modern audience — re-present them, as it were, in their own historical moment as well as our own.
And we do it with zero fucks given. We, like most of the world, have little time for academic nuance and correct speech. We understand queerness in a continuum that stretches back well beyond the phaggiest pharaohs and the butchest Brontosaurus. (OK maybe not that far.) But far enough to know that our history does not need to fuss over labels and ‘facts’ and relativism in order to be meaningful to us today.
Welcome to The Gayest History You’ve Never Read.™