A report on Homosexuality and Lord Byron

Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
Portrait by Thomas Phillips,
Burning of two homosexuals (the knight Richard von Hohenburg and his squire Anton Mätzler) at the stake outside Zürich, 1482 (from the Spiezer Schilling chronicle)
An engraving of Byron's father, Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron, date unknown
Dance to the Berdache
Sac and Fox Nation ceremonial dance to celebrate the two-spirit person. George Catlin (1796–1872); Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Catherine Gordon, Byron's mother, by Thomas Stewardson
A woman spying on a pair of male lovers. China, Qing Dynasty.
John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare
Female youths are depicted surrounding Sappho in this painting of Lafond "Sappho sings for Homer", 1824.
Byron's house, Burgage Manor, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Sappho reading to her companions on an Attic vase of c. 435 BC
Autograph letter signed to John Hanson, Byron's lawyer and business agent. Fondazione BEIC
Photograph of the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991) alias Tom of Finland, well known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art, playing the piano in late 1950s. In the background, his partner Veli Mäkinen (left) and his sister Kaija (right).
Byron's Stone in Tepelenë, Albania
An illustration from the 19th-century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib depicting homosexual anal sex with a wine boy
Teresa Makri in 1870
Shah Abbas I of Persia with a boy. By Muhammad Qasim (1627).
Portrait by Richard Westall
U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Frontispiece to a c. 1825 edition of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
LGBT activists at Cologne Pride in 2015 carrying a banner with the flags of 70 countries where homosexuality is illegal
Byron's visit to San Lazzaro as depicted by Ivan Aivazovsky (1899)
Protests in New York City against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
"Byron's Grotto" in Porto Venere, Italy, named in his honour, because according to a local legend he meditated here and drew inspiration from this place for his literary works
Roy and Silo, two New York Central Park Zoo male chinstrap penguins similar to those pictured, became internationally known when they coupled and later were given an egg that needed hatching and care, which they successfully provided.
Statue of Lord Byron in Athens
Blood donation policies for men who have sex with men
–Men who have sex with men may donate blood; No deferral
–Men who have sex with men may donate blood; Temporary deferral
–Men who have sex with men may not donate blood; Permanent deferral
–No Data
Lord Byron in Albanian dress by Thomas Phillips, 1813. Venizelos Mansion, Athens (the British Ambassador's residence).
Original Rainbow Pride Flag in San Francisco, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978
The reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi
Lord Byron on His Deathbed, by Joseph Denis Odevaere (c. 1826). Oil on canvas, 166 × 234.5 cm Groeningemuseum, Bruges. (Note the sheet covering his misshapen right foot.)
A Narrative of Lord Byron's Last Journey to Greece by Pietro Gamba (1825)
Byron, 1830
Lord Byron by Henry Pierce Bone
Stained glass at Ottawa Public Library features Charles Dickens, Archibald Lampman, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Shakespeare, Thomas Moore
The Bride of Abydos or Selim and Zuleika, an 1857 painting by Eugène Delacroix depicting Lord Byron's work
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1819
Mary Shelley, 1840
Claire Clairmont
Lady Caroline Lamb
Jane Elizabeth Scott "Lady Oxford"
Augusta Leigh
Anne Isabella Milbanke in 1812 by Charles Hayter
Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli
alt=Seated woman, looking toward her left at artist, perhaps when interrupted while reading|Elizabeth Medora Leigh (1814–1849)
alt=Formal profile of standing woman|Ada Lovelace
alt=Young, smiling child|Clara Allegra Byron (1817–1822)

Many historical figures, including Socrates, Lord Byron, Edward II, and Hadrian, have had terms such as gay or bisexual applied to them.

- Homosexuality

"I am tired of pl & opt Cs, the last thing I could be tired of", Byron wrote to Hobhouse from Athens (an abbreviation of "coitum plenum et optabilem" – complete intercourse to one's heart's desire, from Petronius' Satyricon), which, as an earlier letter establishes, was their shared code for homosexual experience.

- Lord Byron
Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

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