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MOTHER CLAP AND THE MOLLY MARKETS

DEPICTION OF A MOLLY HOUSE WITH CLIENT AND WORKING-CLASS MOLLY BOY.

Halfway through the 18th Century in London, a homosexual subculture began to surface, coinciding with the end of Puritanism and the 17-year protectorate of Oliver Cromwell.

After the restrictions of the previous years, the population began to revel in the freedom of music, dancing and theatre – at the same time discovering a sexual freedom, previously frowned upon by the Presbyterians.

Playhouses, taverns and coffee houses opened. They were often places of bawdy and lewd behaviour; cheap gin being the incitement to the debauchery. Decadence knew no boundary. Even at the court of the newly installed king, Charles II, courtesans moved among people of quality. The king’s eye was caught by Moll Davis and Nell Gwynne, who both became his mistresses. “Moll” was the term for a female prostitute.

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This month we celebrate the boys who say, “I do!” and all the fun that weddings can be. Ricky and Zak, Ivan and Chris, and Ben and Michael all share their special days with us. Our style guru makes suggestions on buying the suits, we take a trip to a bespoke ring maker, we meet wedding photographers and celebrants, plus we get a bit sexy with the groom’s hot brother! Yes campaigner, Alex Greenwich reveals some of the dirty tricks used by the No side during the postal survey and talks about how he coped with death threats and abuse. In Trouble In Paradise, we reconsider our travel plans – especially to parts of the world that are actively hostile to LGBT travellers. This important feature reveals where not to go and why. Opera singer and pop star Kyle Bielfield talks about the challenges facing creative artists, we revisit Madonna’s Ray Of Light 20 years on, and head back to the theatre for the latest gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We interview Tom Cocquerel about his latest role as Errol Flynn and chat with veteran actor Bruce L Hart about coming out in Hollywood before it was cool. Historically we take a look at the life of the quaintly queer Quentin Crisp as the final instalment of his autobiography hits the shelves, and we reveal some of the sordid details of The Cleveland Street Scandal – read all about the prince and the rent boys! Sexy boys in this issue include cover star Dmitry Tumash and Francesco Della Vedova. Plus, in the Digital version, you’ll find 50 extra pages of pin-ups and amazing Sydney Mardi Gras photographs.