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Homosexual anal sex rates over the past couple of centuries?

Dear all,

I am looking to collect information about anal sex prevalence in male/male sexual relations, from the 1800s to the present day.  It seems that the rates have risen about ten-fold in the past one hundred years or so, going from about 8% to about 85%.  I will list below the surveys I have located so far; if anyone can suggest other sources I would be very grateful. 

I am also gathering information about the prevalence of any and all same-sex erotic encounters among males, over the same period, in any ambits, if anyone has any ideas.


Andrew Calimach

Registration now open for New Directions: Gender, Sex and Sexuality in 20th Century British History (8 April 2014, University College London)

Dear List Members,

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for the workshop 'New Directions: Gender, Sex and Sexuality in 20th Century British History', which is taking place at University College London on 8 April 2014.

This one day workshop brings together scholars, at any stage of their career and working on any aspect of gender, sex and sexuality in 20th century Britain, for both the presentation of new work and the beginning of a dialogue about the past, present and future of the field.

NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality (NEW BLOG)

Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality


I am pleased to announce the launch of a new History of Sexuality blog with the widest interest across themes, regions and periods. Notches is edited by Justin Bengry (McGill/Birkbeck), Julia Laite (Birkbeck) and Amy Tooth Murphy (University of East London).

The Raphael Samuel Centre Celebrates LGBT History Month 2014 (EVENTS)

Queer 1950s Book Launch
DATE: Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 6.00-8.00pm
VENUE: Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury
ADMISSION: Free. All are welcome.

Please join us at the launch event to celebrate the publication of Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years edited by Dr. Heike Bauer (English, Birkbeck) and Dr. Matt Cook (History, Birkbeck).