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Bad Gays by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller
If you’re a fan of the Bad Gays Podcast, then you’ll be sold on the idea of their book equivalent. Part-revisionist history, part-historical biography, Bad Gays subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes and asks what we can learn about LGBTQ history, sexuality and identity through its villains and baddies – think the Emperor Hadrian, the notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, and a whole list of other fascist thugs, famous artists, austere puritans and debauched bon viveurs, Imperialists, G-men and architects. Together these life stories expand and challenge the mainstream assumptions of sexual identity.