Who Slept in Shakespeare’s Bed?
Pertinent discussion on social identity categories around sexuality and, by inference, the historicity of a homosexual/queer/lgbtq* identity. Note how the author is careful in not calling them homosexuals or giving them any kind of label, thus not imposing a particular socialized identity - and its underlying assumptions - that is firmly anchored both temporally and spatially, and as a result is anything but universal. Thus we should be careful when discussing other forms of identities or ways of being that exist in the world either currently or historically and not conflate them with hegemonic, dominant social identities that are ready available and easily visible in a N Atlantic worldview.
The legal discussion is also interesting as is that final question - one that is not easy to answer - of whether these laws create a homophobic space or not. The power of naming.
I guess Shakespeare was wrong when he penned Juliet’s famous line “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” A lot, I’m afraid, is in a name.