Bibliography: Histories of Homosexuality

Following the concision of our earlier post regarding the forty-year anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, the surprising length of this latest bibliography makes it seem unfocussed.  (Even after adding sub-categories, it is still definitely a blend of psychological and sociological histories.)  But perhaps, in spite of this, it will serve as a useful launching platform for those interested in experimenting with the literature.

Homosexuality bibliography.

General Histories.

  • Adut, A.  (2005).  A Theory of Scandal: Victorians, Homosexuality, and the Fall of Oscar Wilde.  American Journal of Sociology, 111(1), 213-248.
  • Blout, J. M.  (2000).  Spinsters, bachelors, and other gender transgressors in school employment, 1850-1990.  Review of Educational Research, 70(1), 83-101.
  • Brickell, C.  (2006).  Sexology, the Homo/Hetero Binary, and the Complexities of Male Sexual History.  Sexualities, 9(4), 423-447.
  • Brongersma, E.  (1990).  The Thera inscriptions: Ritual or slander?.  Journal of Homosexuality, 20(1-2), 31-40.
  • Bullough, V. L.  (1998).  Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Report: Historical overview and lasting contributions.  Journal of Sex Research, 35(2), 127-131.
  • Bullough, V. L.  (2004).  Sex will never be the same: The contributions of Alfred C. Kinsey.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33(3), 277-286.
  • Bullough, V. L. & Bullough, B.  (1997).  The history of the science of sexual orientation 1880-1980: An overview.  Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 9(2), 1-16.
  • Crozier, I.  (2002).  James Kiernan and the responsible pervert.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 25(4), 331-350.
  • Downey, L.  (1980).  Intergenerational change in sex behavior: A belated look at Kinsey’s males.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 9(4), 267-317.
  • Everard, M.  (1986).  Lesbian history: A history of change and disparity.  Journal of Homosexuality, 12(3-4), 123-127.
  • Faderman, L.  (1986).  Love between women in 1928: Why progressivism is not always progress.  Journal of Homosexuality, 12(3-4), 23-42.
  • Ferguson, A.  (1985).  Lesbian identity: Beauvoir and history.  Women’s Studies International Forum, 8(3), 203-208.
  • Ferrandiz, A. & Carpintero, H.  (1983).  La aportacion psicologica de Marañon. / Marañon’s psychological contribution.  Revista de Historia de la Psicología, 4(4), 347-375.
  • Gottschalk, L.  (2003).  From gender inversion to choice and back changing perceptions of the aetiology of lesbianism over three historical periods.  Women’s Studies International Forum, 26(3), 221-233.
  • Greenberg, D. F. & Bystryn, M. H.  (1982).  Christian intolerance of homosexuality.  American Journal of Sociology, 88(3), 515-548.
  • Gubar, S.  (1984).  Sapphistries.  Signs, 10(1), 43-62.
  • Hansen, B.  (1989).  American physicians’ earliest writings about homosexuals, 1880-1900.  Milbank Quarterly, 67(Suppl 1), 92-108.
  • Hart, K.-P. R.  (2000).  Representing gay men on American television.  The Journal of Men’s Studies, 9(1), 59-79.
  • Herdt, G.  (1988).  Cross-cultural forms of homosexuality and the concept “gay.”.  Psychiatric Annals, 18(1), 37-39.
  • Herek, G. M.  (2004).  Beyond “Homophobia”: Thinking About Sexual Prejudice and Stigma in the Twenty-First Century.  Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 1(2), 6-24.
  • Hinds, L.  (2001).  Female friendship as the foundation of love in Madeleine de Scudéry’s “Histoire de Sapho.”.  Journal of Homosexuality, 41(3-4), 23-35.
  • Hoffman, R. J.  (1984).  Clio, fallacies, and homosexuality.  Journal of Homosexuality, 10(3-4), 45-52.
  • Kendall, K.  (1986).  From lesbian heroine to devoted wife: or What the stage would allow.  Journal of Homosexuality, 12(3-4), 9-22.
  • Kirby, M.  (2003).  The 1973 deletion of homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder: 30 years on.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37(6), 674-677.
  • Kirkpatrick, R. C.  (2000).  The evolution of human homosexual behavior.  Current Anthropology, 41(3), 385-413.
  • Maltry, M. & Tucker, K.  (2002).  Female fem(me)ininities: New articulations in queer gender identities and subversion.  Journal of Lesbian Studies, 6(2), 89-102.
  • Mendelson, G.  (2003).  Homosexuality and psychiatric nosology.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37(6), 678-683.
  • Mildenberger, F.  (2002).  Verjüngung und ‘Heilung’ der homosexualität: Eugen Steinach in seiner Zeit. / The search for eternal youth and the “healing” of homosexuality. Eugen Steinach and his times.  Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 15(4), 302-322.
  • Mildenberger, F.  (2005).  “…als Conträrsexual und als Päderast verleumdet…” – Der Prozess um den Naturforscher Theodor Beer (1866-1919) im Jahre 1905. / “Defamed as a contrasexual and as a paedophile”: The trial of the researcher Theodor Beer (1866-1919) in 1905.  Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 18(4), 332-351.
  • Minton, H. L.  (1997).  Queer theory: Historical roots and implications for psychology.  Theory & Psychology, 7(3), 337-353.
  • Money, J.  (1990).  Androgyne becomes bisexual in sexological theory: Plato to Freud and neuroscience.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry, 18(3), 392-413.
  • Money, J.  (2003).  History, causality, and sexology.  Journal of Sex Research, 40(3), 237-239.
  • Morgan, K. S. & Nerison, R. M.  (1993).  Homosexuality and psychopolitics: An historical overview.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 30(1), 133-140.
  • Morris, C. E. III  (2005).  Passing by Proxy: Collusive and Convulsive Silence in the Trial of Leopold and Loeb.  Quarterly Journal of Speech, 91(3), 264-290.
  • Reed, M. T.  (2001).  Historicizing inversion: Or, how to make a homosexual.  History of the Human Sciences, 14(4), 1-29.
  • Ridinger, R. B.  (2002).  Things visible and invisible: The Leather Archives and Museum.  Journal of Homosexuality, 43(1), 1-9.
  • Rodríguez Rust, P. C.  (2000).  Bisexuality: A contemporary paradox for women.  Journal of Social Issues, 56(2), 205-221.
  • Schwartz, D.  (2004).  Extreme Normality: Preface and Performance.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14(6), 835-858.
  • Soler, C.  (2007).  L’hystérie, les hystériques. / Hysteria, the Hysterics.  L’Évolution Psychiatrique, 72(1), 43-53.
  • Sprague, G. A.  (1984).  Male homosexuality in western culture: The dilemma of identity and subculture in historical research.  Journal of Homosexuality, 10(3-4), 29-43.
  • Strong, L.  (1998).  Exploring gay male erotic art: An interview with Edward Lucie-Smith.  Journal of Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Identity, 3(2), 135-154.
  • Sullivan, M. K.  (2003).  Homophobia, History, and Homosexuality: Trends for Sexual Minorities.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 8(2-3), 1-13.
  • van der Meer, T.  (2004).  Premodern Origins of Modern Homophobia and Masculinity.  Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 1(2), 77-90.
  • Wake, N.  (2006).  “The Full Story by No Means All Told”: Harry Stack Sullivan at Sheppard-Pratt, 1922-1930.  History of Psychology, 9(4), 325-358.
  • Young-Bruehl, E.  (2000).  Beyond “The female homosexual.”.  Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 1(1), 97-124.
  • Zachary, A.  (2001).  Uneasy triangles: A brief overview of the history of homosexuality.  British Journal of Psychotherapy, 17(4), 489-492.
  • Zeh, B.  (1995).  Hans Giese und die Sexualforschung der 50er Jahre. / Hans Giese and sex research during the fifties.  Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 8(4), 359-368.

Psychoanalytic & Therapeutic.

  • Bergmann, M. S.  (2002).  The relevance of history to the psychoanalytic controversy over homosexuality.  The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 30, 37-41.
  • Bokanowski, T.  (1995).  La première séance de ‘L’Homme aux Loups”. / The 1st psychoanalytic session of “The Wolf Man”.  Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 59(3), 745-756.
  • Bullough, V. L.  (1974).  Homosexuality and the medical model.  Journal of Homosexuality, 1(1), 99-110.
  • Drescher, J.  (2002).  Don’t ask, don’t tell: A gay man’s perspective on the psychoanalytic training experience between 1973 and 1991.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 6(1), 45-55.
  • Fox, R. C.  (2006).  Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men: An Introduction.  Journal of Bisexuality, 6(1-2), 1-11.
  • Friedman, R. C.  (2002).  Homosexuality.  The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 30, 69-80.
  • Friedman, R. C. & Downey, J. I.  (1998).  Psychoanalysis and the model of homosexuality as psychopathology: A historical overview.  The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 58(3), 249-270.
  • Green, J. A.  (2003).  Growing up hidden: Notes on understanding male homosexuality.  The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 63(2), 177-191.
  • Hâfner, S.  (2000).  Anmerkungen zur Geschichte der Zwillingsforschung im Bereich seelischer Erkrankungen. / Notes on the history of twin research in the field of psychogenic disorders.  Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 46(2), 109-128.
  • Hall, M.  (2001).  Not tonight dear, I’m deconstructing a headache: Confessions of a lesbian sex therapist.  Women & Therapy, 24(1-2), 161-172.  (Original work published 1995).
  • Hjort, H.  (2002).  Psykoanalysens syn på homofili. En faglig, historisk og etisk vurdering. / The psychoanalytic tradition’s view on homosexuality: A professional, historical, and ethical evaluation.  Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening, 39(2), 99-109.
  • Jacobo, M. C.  (2001).  Revolutions in psychoanalytic theory of lesbian development: Dora to dykes and back again.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, 18(4), 667-683.
  • Kamieniak, J.-P.  (2003).  La construction d’un objet psychopathologique: La perversion sexuelle au XIX-super(e). / The construction of a pathological object.  Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 67(1), 249-262.
  • Klier, A.  (1992).  Leonardo zwischen Wunsch und Wissen. Einige Überlegungen zu Grenzen und Möglichkeiten einer psychoanalytischen Kunstinterpretation. / Leonardo between desire and knowledge: Reflections on the limits and possibilities of a psychoanalytic interpretation of the artistic viewpoint.  Luzifer-Amor: Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Psychoanalyse, 5(10), 125-134.
  • Lewes, K.  (2002).  Discussion of “Being gay and becoming a psychoanalyst: Across three generations”.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 6(1), 77-84.
  • Lothane, Z.  (1997).  The schism between Freud and Jung over Schreber: Its implications for method and doctrine.  International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 6(2), 103-115.
  • Magid, B.  (1993).  A young woman’s homosexuality reconsidered: Freud’s “The psychogenesis of a case of homosexuality in a woman.”.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry, 21(3), 421-432.
  • Menahem, R.  (2003).  Désorientations sexuelles. Freud et l’homosexualité. / Sexual disorientations. Freud and homosexuality.  Revue Française de Psychanalyse, 67(1), 11-25.
  • Pommier, F.  (2002).  “Other” Sexualities-1: Psychoanalysis and homosexuality–Reflections on the perverse desire, insult and the paternal function.  Journal of European Psychoanalysis, 15, 159-187.
  • Robertson, P. K.  (2004).  The Historical Effects of Depathologizing Homosexuality on the Practice of Counseling.  The Family Journal, 12(2), 163-169.
  • Roughton, R.  (2001).  Four men in treatment: An evolving perspective on homosexuality and bisexuality, 1965 to 2000.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 49(4), 1187-1217.
  • Roughton, R.  (2003).  The International Psychoanalytical Association and homosexuality.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 7(1-2), 189-196.
  • Schröter, M.  (1996).  The beginnings of a troubled friendship: Freud and Ferenczi 1908-1914.  International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 5(2), 133-150.
  • Stack, C.  (1999).  Psychoanalysis meets queer theory: An encounter with the terrifying other.  Gender & Psychoanalysis, 4(1), 71-87.


  • Africa, T. W.  (1982).  Homosexuals in Greek history.  Journal of Psychohistory, 9(4), 401-420.
  • Arguelles, L. & Rich, B. R.  (1984).  Homosexuality, homophobia, and revolution: Notes toward an understanding of the Cuban lesbian and gay male experience: I.  Signs, 9(4), 683-699.
  • Bancroft, J.  (2005).  A History of Sexual Medicine in the United Kingdom.  Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2(4), 569-574.
  • Bonfitto, V. F.  (1997).  The formation of gay and lesbian identity and community in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, 1900-1970.  Journal of Homosexuality, 33(1), 69-96.
  • Breiner, S. J.  (2001).  Ancient China (1000 B.C.) to the Ching (Manchu) dynasty (1644 A. D.).  Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, 6(2), 328-337.
  • Brickell, C.  (2005).  Sex instruction and the construction of homosexuality in New Zealand, 1920-1965.  Sex Education, 5(2), 119-136.
  • Brown, J. C.  (1984).  Lesbian sexuality in Renaissance Italy: The case of Sister Benedetta Carlini.  Signs, 9(4), 751-758.
  • Capozzi, P. & Lingiardi, V.  (2003).  Happy Italy? The Mediterranean experience of homosexuality, psychoanalysis and the mental health professions.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 7(1-2), 93-116.
  • Epprecht, M.  (2002).  Male-male sexuality in Lesotho: Two conversations.  The Journal of Men’s Studies, 10(3), 373-389.
  • Goddard, K.  (2004).  A fair representation: GALZ and the history of the gay movement in Zimbabwe.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 16(1), 75-98.
  • Grahn, J.  (1986).  Strange country this: Lesbianism and North American Indian tribes.  Journal of Homosexuality, 12(3-4), 43-57.
  • Haeberle, E. J.  (1981).  Swastika, pink triangle and yellow star–the destruction of sexology and the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.  Journal of Sex Research, 17(3), 270-287.
  • Hekma, G.  (1986-1987).  Wrong lovers in the 19th century Netherlands.  Journal of Homosexuality, 13(2-3), 43-55.
  • Hermanns, L. M.  (1994).  Karl Abraham und die Anfänge der Berliner Psychoanalytischen Vereinigung. / Karl Abraham and the beginnings of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society.  Luzifer-Amor: Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Psychoanalyse, 7(13), 30-40.
  • Hilliard, R. E.  (2002).  The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: A historical perspective on the role of a chorus as a social service.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 14(3), 79-94.
  • Hunter, J.  (1993).  The social construction of homosexuals in the nineteenth century: The shift from the sin to the influence of medicine on criminalizing sodomy in Germany.  Journal of Homosexuality, 24(3-4), 73-93.
  • Jennings, R.  (2004).  Lesbian Voices: The Hall Carpenter Oral History Archive and Post-War British Lesbian History.  Sexualities, 7(4), 430-445.
  • Kernberg, O., Siniscalco, R., & Benvenuto, S.  (1997).  Psychoanalysis in America: A conversation with Otto Kernberg.  Journal of European Psychoanalysis, 5, 19-32.
  • Kim, Y.-G. & Hahn, S.-J.  (2006).  Homosexuality in ancient and modern Korea.  Culture, Health & Sexuality, 8(1), 59-65.
  • Kimball, G.  (1993).  Aztec homosexuality: The textual evidence.  Journal of Homosexuality, 26(1), 7-24.
  • King, M.  (2003).  Dropping the diagnosis of homosexuality: Did it change the lot of gays and lesbians in Britain?.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37(6), 684-688.
  • King, M. & Bartlett, A.  (1999).  British psychiatry and homosexuality.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 175, 106-113.
  • Mendès-Leite, R.  (1993).  A game of appearances: The “ambigusexuality” in Brazilian culture of sexuality.  Journal of Homosexuality, 25(3), 271-282.
  • Minton, H. L.  (1986).  Femininity in men and masculinity in women: American psychiatry and psychology portray homosexuality in the 1930’s.  Journal of Homosexuality, 13(1), 1-21.
  • Nilsson, A.  (1998).  Creating their own private and public: The male homosexual life space in a Nordic city during high modernity.  Journal of Homosexuality, 35(3-4), 81-116.
  • Nussbaum, M. C.  (2002).  Other times, Other places: Homosexuality in ancient Greece.  The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 30, 9-22.
  • Rich, B. R. & Arguelles, L.  (1985).  Homosexuality, homophobia, and revolution: Notes toward an understanding of the Cuban lesbian and gay male experience: II.  Signs, 11(1), 120-136.
  • Spurlock, J. C.  (2002).  From reassurance to irrelevance: Adolescent psychology and homosexuality in America.  History of Psychology, 5(1), 38-51.
  • van der Meer, T.  (1997).  Sodom’s seed in the Netherlands: The emergence of homosexuality in the early modern period.  Journal of Homosexuality, 34(1), 1-16.
  • von Rosen, W.  (1994).  A short history of gay Denmark 1613-1989: The rise and the possibly happy end of the Danish homosexual.  Nordisk Sexologi, 12(2), 125-136.
  • Willox, A.  (2002).  Whose Drag Is It Anyway? Drag Kings and Monarchy in the UK.  Journal of Homosexuality, 43(3-4), 263-284.
  • Wong, D.  (2006).  Beyond identity politics: The making of an oral history of Hong Kong women who love women.  Journal of Lesbian Studies, 10(3-4), 29-48.
  • Wu, J.  (2003).  From “long yang” and “dui shi” to tongzhi: Homosexuality in China.  Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 7(1-2), 117-143.

See also:

  • Bryant, K.  (2006).  Making Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood: Historical Lessons for Contemporary Debates.  Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 3(3), 23-39.
  • Chuang, H. T. & Addington, D.  (1988).  Homosexual panic: A review of its concept.  The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 33(7), 613-617.
  • Fout, J. C.  (1992).  The male gender crisis in Wilhelmine Germany and the attempt to regulate male behavior.  The Journal of Men’s Studies, 1(1), 5-31.
  • Krausz, E. O.  (1991).  Homosexuality as a compulsion neurosis.  Individual Psychology: Journal of Adlerian Theory, Research & Practice, 47(2), 285-293.  (Original work presented 1948).
  • Michaels, S. & Giami, A.  (1999).  The polls–review: Sexual acts and sexual relationships: Asking about sex in surveys.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 63(3), 401-420.
  • Pauly, I. B.  (1992).  Terminology and classification of gender identity disorders.  Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 5(4), 1-14.
  • Servín-González, M. & Torres-Reyna, O.  (1999).  The polls–trends: Religion and politics.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 63(4), 592-621.
  • The pursuit of sodomy: Male homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe [Special Issue].  Journal of Homosexuality, 16(1-2)
  • Tillitski, C. J.  (1995).  The Men’s Movement: Substance and significance for mainstream men.  The Humanistic Psychologist, 23(1), 83-96.


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About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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