One thing many people decry these days is how many “queers” there appear to be. From the militant extremists to closeted homophobes and people who allegedly don’t care, the sentiment is often that there must be something going on! There must be some reason why all these people are “turning” queer. Why, just look at history! Nobody was queer back then.
Except, well, no. They totally were and we always have been. While cultural conceptions of “queer” have changed over time and most of the people on this list wouldn’t have understood themselves in quite the same terms we use today, the fact of the matter is people have always been queer.