New York Times: "homosexual," November 22, 1914

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George Bernard Shaw: first use of "homosexual" in the Times

The first appearance of the term "homosexual" in the New York Times occurred in a long essay by George Bernard Shaw on his objections to the onset of World War I, and his vision of a better world.

In this section, Shaw says:

"we must trust to the march of Democracy to de-Russianize Berlin and de-Prussianize Petrograd, and to put the nagaikas of the Cossacks and the riding-whips with which the Junker officers slash German privates, and the forty tolerated homosexual brothels of Berlin, and all the other psychopathic symptons of overfeeding and inculcated insolence and sham virility in their proper place, which I take to be the dustbin."[1]


  1. George Bernard Shaw, "'COMMON SENSE ABOUT THE WAR'; An Amazing Article Written for The New York Times (SECOND INSTALLMENT) SHAW DISCUSSES RECRUITING AND TERMS OF PEACE," Sunday Section, Magazine Section, p. SM1, November 22, 1914, 10,825 words. The quoted text occurs just before a section titled "Driving Capital Out of the Country."

See also:Heterosexual History Timeline

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