Tuesday, June 21, 2022

I Am--and Remain--a Girl: An Early Advocate for LGBTQIA+ Rights

sunt mihi barba maris, artus, corpusque virile

his inclusa quidem: sed sum maneoque puella

--Numa Numantius  / Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Inclusa (1864)

I was given a man’s beard,

A man’s limbs,

A man’s body,

And although I am trapped within them,

I am

And remain

A girl.

NUMA NUMANTIUS / Karl Heinrich Ulrichs


Name:  Numa Numantius / Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Date:  1825 - 1895

Works:  Vindex, Inclusa, Vindicata, Formatrix, etc.



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Numa Numantius, born Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, was an early advocate for the decriminalization of relationships between consenting adult same-sex couples.  In a series of pamphlets written under the pen name Numa Numantius, the author used primary sources from the Greco-Roman world to undo the erasure of queer voices from modern society. Numa was also one of the first advocates to link the high level of suicides of gay men to the bigotry and violence that they faced in society. 



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