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Judging Homosexuals

A History of Gay Persecution in Quebec and France

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Judging Homosexuals

A History of Gay Persecution in Quebec and France

In 2004, the first same-sex couple married in Quebec. How did homosexuality – an act that had for centuries been defined as criminal and abominable – come to be sanctioned by law? In Judging Homosexuals, Patrice Corriveau finds answers in a comparative analysis of gay persecution in France and Quebec. By tracing over time how various groups – family and clergy, doctors and jurists – tried to manage people who were defined in turn as sinners, as criminals, as inverts, and as citizens deserving of protection, this book shows how the law helped construct the crime.

244 pages

Sexuality Stud


Table of Contents

Foreword / Barry Adam

Preface

Introduction

1 Ancient Greece to the Seventeenth Century: From Pederasty to Sodomy

2 The Grande Ordonnance of 1670 to the British Conquest: The Sodomist and the Stake

3 The British Conquest to the Late Nineteenth Century: From the Sodomist to the Invert, or From the Priest to the Physician

4 The Late Nineteenth Century to the Sexual Revolution: From Invert to Homosexual

5 The 1970s to the Present: From Prison to City Hall

Conclusion: From One Sexual Perversion to Another?

Notes

References

Index

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