Queer American History

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This slideshow is a few weeks old, obviously, because it was posted for Independence Day, but there’s no wrong time to read about queer American history.

Some topics covered: Was James Buchanan the first gay president? How important was same-sex attraction to the transcendentalist movement? And, most importantly, just how early did San Francisco come to be known as “Sodom by the Sea”?

Okay, so they use the term “bromance” a lot, but still!


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →