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Short essays and excerpts from GLBT history

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Monster Cookies

Someone asked what my Monster Cookie recipe is. Here it is! As you can see, it's gluten free so I can make them for my mom!   3 eggs 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (cheap brand works best. The expensive type that separates won't work right.) 1 stick butter 1 cup M&M's or chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 1/2 cup Craisins, or raisins 2 tsp baking soda 5 cups quick-cooking oatmeal   Cream sugars and softened butte

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

 

Housekeeping In Old Virginia

On our recent trip, we did some antiquing and I found several fun old cookbooks. I think I will present some of my most interesting findings over the next couple of weeks. If you like cooking, eating, history, or goofiness, it should be enjoyable. Of course I am easily amused   Let's begin our old cookbook adventure. I started collecting these chestnuts from history because I love eating, the past, and of course reading. Soon I found so many interesting things about how food, cooking, and the

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

 

First Kiss

First Kiss   Imagine this:   You are seated with your fiancée in a movie theater in the late 1920’s. Your arm is around her but your eyes are drawn to the man sitting a few seats away. You’ve had these feelings your whole life, but you can’t act on them. It’s illegal. It’s immoral.   It’s wrong.   You played around with your best friend as a kid. Those feelings evoked a response that aroused you like no girl ever had. The movie is about to begin. It’s a story set a few years ago d

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

 

The Unsolvable Riddle

The Unsolvable Riddle   Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, a reporter and lawyer, began writing a series of tracts which when finished in 1879 was called “The Riddle of Man-Manly Love.” In these booklets, he discusses the nature of sexuality including the innate quality of some men to love other men exclusively. As with Karl Kertbeny, Ulrichs wasn’t happy with the common references to gay men such as pederast or sodomite. He created some Greek referenced terms for sexual identity, Dioning for straight men

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

 

Unchained Melody

In “The Bachelor Farmer” I portray the dissemination of a term, ‘homosexelles’ to describe men loving other men and women loving other women. Prior to Kertbeny’s new word in the late nineteenth century, only terms that described sex acts were used to define gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Over time that word, “homosexual,” came into common usage and a new identity group was born. However, being a homosexual wasn’t necessarily embraced by the general public including governments around the world.

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

 

Let me introduce my musty little corner of the library...

From time to time, I'm going to be posting short essays on this blog about historical events affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and affiliated community. The purpose is to show some snapshots in time of where our community has been and how through time we've gained acceptance, found hope, and created a shared identity.   Not all the stories I'm sharing are happy ones, but I think you'll see even during trying times, people with alternative sexualities learned, grew, and took ste

Cole Matthews

Cole Matthews

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