The term, "homosexual" wasn't invented until 1869. But since it's so much easier for a persecuting majority to condemn members of a minority by labeling, here are some other labels assigned to homosexuals living in 18th-Century England:


Molly -- an effeminite homosexual whose social life was spent within the homosexual subculture dominated by transvestism and role reversal. In a sexual relationship, the molly took the passive role during anal intercourse.

Sodomite --the legal term for homosexuals in the 17th and 18th century and the most commonly used label.


According to the newspapers, they were also known as:




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