URLF Project: PromotingQueerLiteracy

Before the 40's

Prior to the 1940's, queerness was viewed more as a behavior than an identity. While it was largely frowned upon by most societies and those who were too vocal about their identity were often punished, for the most part queerness flew under the radar. However, as a consequence of sublimation, queer communities were few and far between. Although European scientists such as Magnus Hirschfeld were beginning to study the nature of sexuality and queer identities, for the most part, the awareness of queerness was limited to the report of individual instances throughout history. Queer people were considered simply an anomaly or aberration by mainstream society.

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