Elisa and Marcela



Elisa and Marcela on their wedding day | José Sellier | 18306

A new film is being made about Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas who married in 1901 – the only known same-sex marriage in the history of the Spanish Catholic Church.

The historian Narciso de Gabriel, who wrote a book about the couple, says the pair were posted to village schools just a few miles apart in rural Galicia, close enough for Elisa to walk to Marcela’s house every evening after classes.

Posing in short hair and a morning suit as “Mario”, Elisa was duly baptised and married to Marcela.

Mr De Gabriel told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in 2011 that the “wedding still stands as legal” in A Coruña’s civil register.

They didn’t get away with it. They spent the rest of their lives on the run from persecution across two continents.

Their story is to be made into a film by Isabel Coixet.




Tate Bares All



The Critics | Henry Scott Tuke | Warwick District Council | 17064

London’s Tate Britain held its first show dedicated to “queer art” -“Queer British Art 1861-1967” to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

“We have works which demonstrate lots of different attitudes, from anxiety to celebration,” Curator Clare Barlow told the Observer, adding that other items came to acquire notoriety by accident. Walter Crane’s languorous 1877 painting, The Renaissance of Venus, is a good example. “Crane’s wife did not want him viewing or drawing nude women, so instead he used a well-known young male model, Alessandro di Marco, to stand in for the goddess of love.”

The exhibition includes a full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington, given to the writer as a wedding present by the artist and now being shown publicly in Britain for the first time. Next to it was Oscar’s prison cell door.

Queer British Art 1861-1967 was at Tate Britain, London SW1P, from 5 April to 1 October 2017.


Friedrich Alfred Krupp



Out | 14119

We are reminded of the story of Friedrich Alfred Krupp, pictured, of the famous arms manufacturing dynasty. Born February 17, 1854, Friedrich Alfred Krupp was the heir. Although he was married, he was homosexual.

He spent the rest of his leisure time organizing sex orgies with olive-skinned young men. He was notorious around Europe, particularly in the Italian city of Capri, where Krupp began spending most of his time in 1898. For three years, Krupp lived the sexual life he had always desired, but the bacchanal was often at the price of his company’s fortunes. He cared not, for he was having the time of his life, but the Italian authorities were quite glum about his gay ways, so in 1901, Krupp was banned from Capri. The heir wasn’t fazed, however, he just moved the action to The Bristol Hotel in Berlin….Marxist enemies in Italy began leaking well-known rumors about Krupp’s orgies to the press. Though rich Krupp stood for everything they hated, he wasn’t really the target. It was the Kaiser. Soon, Germany’s then-emerging Social Democratic Party, today a ruling party, picked up the gossip and plastered it all over their newspaper, Vorwarts, on November 15, 1902. Though Krupp and his friends in the mainstream press tried to tamp down the story — Krupp even locked his wife away in a sanitarium, lest she spill the beans — it was too fast and furious, and the arms heir, convinced he would be ruined like Oscar Wilde had been a few years prior, committed suicide on November 22, 1902.


Jacob Israel de Haan



Jacob Israël de Haan | Gayinfo | 14219

Jacob Israël de Haan was born on December 31, 1881 in Drenthe, Netherlands, one of 18 children; and died on June 30, 1924 when he was assassinated in Jerusalem, Palestine by the Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah, making him accepted as the first victim of Zionist political violence.

When his first book was published in 1904, “Pijpelijntjes”, which deals with his own gay life with a man called “Aletrino” in Amsterdam’s “Pijp” working-class district, the homo-eroticism of the book led to his dismissal from his teaching job and his being excluded from social-democratic political circles. Undeterred, he wrote a second book in 1908, “Pathologieën” which describes the sorrows and joys of a sadomasochist relationship.


Avraham Tehomi | Jewish Magazine | 14220

He was a social reformer and pacifist and became very involved with the Zionist movement, which led to him visiting Jerusalem where he was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi (1903-1990).

In 1924 Palestine was a British Mandated Territory.