Gay Men, Cults of Toughness and Masculinities in Scotland

I recently revisited some of the interviews I undertook with gay and bisexual men from Scotland while putting together a postgraduate seminar on masculinities. One theme emerging from these interviews related to masculinity and effeminacy. Some of the men I spoke to remarked on the powerful cultural concept of the ‘man’, of the ‘otherness’ associated…

Same-Sex Partnerships, Families & Heteronormativity

I recently spoke at the ‘A History of Working-Class Marriage in Scotland, 1855-1976’ Spring Workshop held at the University of Glasgow, in conjunction with the Centre for Gender History. The Workshop – ‘Beyond Tradition?: Non-traditional marriages, partnerships and families in Scotland: Past and Present’ –  explored continuity, change and the multiple forms of partnerships and…

Legal Records Reveal Industrial Glasgow’s Queer Secrets

About 5 years ago I was fortunate to offer some information for Our Story Scotland’s exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum on industrial Glasgow’s hidden queer population, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was based on analysing High Court records for cases involving sodomy and gross indecency. The narrative can be found at Our…