How the 18th-Century Gay Bar Survived and Thrived in a Deadly Environment

Welcome to the molly house.  In 18th and early-19th-century Britain, a “molly” was a commonly used term for men who today might identify as gay, bisexual or queer. Sometimes, this was a slur; sometimes, a more generally used noun, likely coming from mollis, the Latin for soft or effeminate. A whole molly underworld found its home… Read More

World of Leather: How Tom of Finland Created a Legendary Gay Aesthetic | Art and Design | The Guardian

His subversive drawings ridiculed authority figures and inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People. A new film tells the story of Touko Laaksonen’s rise to become Europe’s kinkiest art export Initially drawing men in riding breeches and army officers in brown leather bomber jackets, he got into the biker look after seeing Marlon… Read More

New short film demonstrates the horrors gay men face in Chechnya

via queerty.com “I wanted to do something immediate and practical to offer solidarity,” says Alex Markham, Director … A new short film about the plight of gay men in Chechnya aims to raise awareness about the increasingly dire situation. Source: New short film demonstrates the horrors gay men face in Chechnya