Homes and Domestic Spaces

Homes provided security and safety for some LGBTQ people when same-sex intimacy was condemned by society, and sexual activity between men was criminalised. As the location where men and women might live out their same-sex desires and commitments, the home could also be the place of greatest risk. For royals and elites, homes also served administrative purposes, and were never completely private. Neither were those of the overcrowded poor.