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Mahmud of Ghazni and Malik Ayaz.
Mahmud of Ghazni founded the Ghaznavid Empire and ruled as a sultan. He fell in love with Malik Ayaz, a Turkish slave, and their relationship became the epitome of idealized love in Islamic legend and Sufi literature. As the story goes, Ayaz asked Mahmud who the most powerful man in the kingdom was. When the sultan replied that it was himself, Ayaz corrected him, claiming that in fact Ayaz was the most powerful, since Mahmud was his slave. The “slave to a slave” became a favorite trope in Persian literature. R.G.L.

Gay history!

Is it weird that I find this illustration incredibly arousing…?

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indophilia:

Mahmud of Ghazni and Malik Ayaz.

Mahmud of Ghazni founded the Ghaznavid Empire and ruled as a sultan. He fell in love with Malik Ayaz, a Turkish slave, and their relationship became the epitome of idealized love in Islamic legend and Sufi literature. As the story goes, Ayaz asked Mahmud who the most powerful man in the kingdom was. When the sultan replied that it was himself, Ayaz corrected him, claiming that in fact Ayaz was the most powerful, since Mahmud was his slave. The “slave to a slave” became a favorite trope in Persian literature. R.G.L.

Gay history!

Is it weird that I find this illustration incredibly arousing…?

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Historical Profiles - Madame D’Éon de Beaumont

Born Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, the Chevalier d’Eon was born on October 5th, 1728. D’Eon had an illustrious career as a diplomat, spy, and censor under Louis XV’s reign.

After an ambassador, the Court of Guerchy, demoted her in rank and attempted to drug her in 1763, d’Éon published most of the secret diplomatic correspondence about her recall under the title Lettres, mémoires, et négociations in 1764, disavowing Guerchy and calling him unfit for his job.

This breach of diplomatic secret was scandalous to the point of being unheard of, but d’Éon had not yet published everything - she kept the King’s secret invasion documents and those relative to the Secret du Roi as “insurance” - and the French government became very cautious in its dealings with d’Éon, even when d’Éon sued Guerchy for attempted murder. With the invasion documents in hand, d’Éon held the king in check.

In 1766, Louis XV granted her a pension for her services (or as a pay-off for silence) and gave her a 12,000-livre annuity. D’Éon continued to work as a spy, but lived in political exile in London. Her possession of the king’s secret letters protected her against further actions, but d’Éon could not return to France.

D’Éon claimed to be physically not a man, but a woman, and demanded recognition by the government as such. King Louis XVI and his court complied, but demanded that d’Éon dress appropriately and wear women’s clothing.

D’Éon participated in fencing tournaments until she was seriously wounded in 1796. Her last years were spent with a widow, Mrs. Cole.

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Ann Trevor and Helen Menken play lovers in The Captive, 1926

Lesbians. On broadway. In 1926. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly.

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Ann Trevor and Helen Menken play lovers in The Captive, 1926

Lesbians. On broadway. In 1926. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly.

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