mollyhouses

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An expose first published in 1709 describes “molly houses,” secretive London gay bars that managed to exist and thrive despite operating during a perilous time. Atlas Obscura has unearthed Ned Ward’s 18th Century reportage, which gives a somewhat disdainful view of the outposts as “dens of sin” for the “Gang of Sodomitical Wretches.” Nonetheless, it’s…

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