Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Look 'Beyond the Law'

 

I don't know about you, but I can't think of a better way to kick off Pride month than sitting in a room full of men in the West Village discussing buggery.

The first parliamentary debates over the immorality of the death penalty for sodomy occurred in Britain in the early 19th century, as part of a fragmented and largely forgotten political effort to lessen the penalties for sex between men. 

This talk explains how a form of queer politics was possible before modern homosexual identity, recounting the new discoveries published in “Beyond the Law: The Politics Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain" (Temple University Press, 2021). Jeffrey Weeks, author of the first landmark works of LGBT history for 19th century Britain, has called this research “a triumph of historical detective work… [that] is genuinely breaking new ground.” Join the author, Charles Upchurch, and an eminent historian of LGBT history, Jonathan Ned Katz, for an illustrated presentation and discussion of this new research. 
This event will take place in person on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, in room 210 of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served. 

Suggested donation $5 to benefit the Bureau’s work.


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