Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History


Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781839763274
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 16.15 x 2.82 x 24.1 cm

£20.00 GBP



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About the Publication 

Too many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and/or dastardly deeds have been overlooked. We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those 'bad gays' whose un-exemplary lives reveals more than we might expect?

Part-revisionist history, part-historical biography and based on the hugely popular podcast series, Bad Gays subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes and asks what we can learn about LGBTQ history, sexuality and identity through its villains and baddies. From the Emperor Hadrian to notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, the authors excavate the buried history of queer lives. This includes fascist thugs, famous artists, austere puritans and debauched bon viveurs, Imperialists, G-men and architects . Together these amazing life stories expand and challenge the mainstream assumptions of sexual identity. They show that homosexuality itself was an idea that emerged in the nineteenth century and that its interpretation has been central to major historical moments of conflict from the ruptures of Weimar Republic to red-baiting in Cold War America.

Amusing, disturbing and fascinating, Bad Gays puts centre stage the queers villains and evil twinks in history.

About the Authors  

Huw Lemmey is a novelist, artist and critic living in Barcelona. He is the author of three novels: Unknown Language, forthcoming in spring 2020 from Ignota Books, Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell (Montez Press, 2019), and Chubz: The Demonization of my Working Arse (Montez Press, 2016). He writes on culture, sexuality and cities for the Guardian, Frieze, Flash Art, Tribune, TANK, The Architectural Review, Art Monthly, New Humanist, Rhizome, The White Review, andL’Uomo Vogue, amongst others. He writes the weekly essay series utopian drivel. 

Ben Miller is a writer and researcher. He is a Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Global Intellectual History at the Freie Universität Berlin, has taught on queer history, literature, and visual cultures at the Humboldt Universität and The New Centre for Research & Practice, and has collaborated with artists including Elijah Burgher and AA Bronson. A regular contributor to the Arts and Leisure pages of The New York Times, Ben’s essays, criticism, and fiction have been additionally published in Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacobin Magazine, SAND, Apogee Journal, and Tin House. Since 2018, Ben has been a member of the board of the Schwules Museum, one of the world’s largest independent institutions dedicated to archiving and exhibiting queer histories and visual cultures. 

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