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Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture - Arthur Evans

EVANS, Arthur.
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture: A Radical View of Western Civilisation and Some of the People it has Tried to Destroy.

8vo. 180pp with illustrations in printed wrappers. Boston: FAG RAG Books, 1978.
Wrappers a little yellowed and creased. 

The important, controversial work by gay rights activist and academic Arthur Evans. The text extended from a series of public lectures entitled 'Faeries' given by Evans at a gay community centre in San Francisco. Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture argues that many people accused of 'witchcraft' and 'heresy' during the Middle Ages and Renaissance were specifically persecuted for their sexuality and pagan beliefs. Examining the fates of Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rai, for example, Evans argues that these trials were based on accusations of cross-dressing and homosexuality. The text opens out an increasingly relevant politics by condemning the failures of a Neo-Liberal society to protect the lives of gay people. The author also includes an Appendix titled 'Calendar of some interesting events in the history of heresy and witchcraft', as well as an extensive Bibliography and Index.

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