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Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who wereare gay lesbian bisexual or transgender From Egyptian pharaohs Catholic popes and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson Neil Patrick Harris and Angelina Jolie Queers in History brings these figures from their work to their sexuality to life The hundreds of people whose stories appear in this book are some of the most intriguing personalities of their times actors and actresses writers and musicians businessmen and politicians scientists and soldiers But this irresistibly readable encyclopedia intended for gays and straights alike doesn't just report those details that get left out of the standard biographies it reveals a fascinating picture of queer society and culture throughout recorded history from the homosexual shudo tradition practiced by samurai in Japan to the modern struggles for equal rights in America Sir Ian McKellen offers a foreword

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