Bad Gays : A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller


An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant’s War by Eric Cervini.

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Our Bookseller says:

I listen to the podcast behind this book and when I picked this up, I was a bit scared that the information in here would be redundant. Fortunately, that was far from the truth because what really shines in this is the ability of the writers to combine a casual storytelling approach with really good insight and research of the people they are talking about. Where else could I read about Hadrian being a power bottom and how that links to the general idea of how the queer community still marginalizes gender non-conforming individuals? 10/10 will be telling every queer person in my life to read this.


We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those ‘bad gays’ whose un-exemplary lives reveal more than we might expect? Too many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but, as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been overlooked.

Based on the hugely popular podcast series, Bad Gays subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes and asks what we can learn about LGBTQ+ history, sexuality and identity through its villains and baddies. From the Emperor Hadrian to anthropologist Margaret Mead and notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, the authors excavate the buried history of queer lives. This includes kings, fascist thugs such as Nazi founder Ernst Rohm, artists, and debauched bon viveurs.

Bad Gays : A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller