The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the meaning we’re familiar with today: “manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality.”
Yepp, heterosexuality – in the sense of a biologically defined sexual orientation – is a pretty new invention. Women had sex with men also before the invention of the concept, obviously, but in previous epochs people did not believe heterosexuality was a kind of natural and biological default. Instead they defined “good” and “bad” on the basis of religious and secular laws.
Doctors started using current version of the word heterosexuality (as in “normal”), after they had coined the term homosexual. Indeed, the word heterosexual was a way to describe those who were not homosexual, in the same way we now call non-transgender people cisgender.
Ten years ago, a hole opened up in the sky over Greenwich, England, right along the Prime Meridian, and subsequently preteens and teenagers have been developing abilities - mediumship, levitation, pyrokinesis, you name it. Adeline works at a clinic founded by her mentor’s mentor specifically for these children, to guide families into the world of the extranatural that they’ve secretly inhabited for generations.
Now, people are getting snatched out of their sleep and into Limbo, where the dead reside. A new trick, with a familiar face. Adeline has to learn to reach out for the strength to protect the people around her. All while negotiating her new relationship with Josh, trying to find where they’re compatible and where they’re not.
Remember that queer history is global. There is not one country in the world that has no queer community and no queer history. No matter what the laws may be queer people have always existed and we have always made history and never let anyone tell you differently.