Journal of Homosexuality

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The Journal of Homosexuality is a long-standing peer-reviewed academic journal published by The Haworth Press, Inc., in New York. This highly respected forum for research into same-sex desire examines sexual practices and gender roles in their cultural, historical, interpersonal, and modern social contexts. In the fall of 2005, the Journal celebrated it's 50th volume.

The Journal of Homosexuality is published quarterly with two volumes per year (that is total eight issues per year). Its special issues that appear every year are simultaneously published as edited books by Haworth Press. According to its mission statement, apart from scholarly research on homosexuality the journal aims "to confront homophobia through the encouragement of scholarly inquiry and the dissemination of sound research".

Over the years, under the editor-in-chief of teiliophile MAP ally psychologist John P. De Cecco, the Journal has published many scholarly articles that carefully considered boylove related topics. These include Tindall's study of loved boys that grow to be heterosexuals (1978)[1], Jones' bibliographical survey of pederasty (1982)[2], Sandfort's article on pedophilia and the gay movement (1986)[3], and Harris Mirkin's articles on pedophile politics (1999)[4] and the social construction of child pornography (2009)[5], Graupner's work on the Age of Consent (1999).[6] Other relevant articles include C.K. Li's community sample study of self-identified pedophiles (1991)[7] Donald Mader's article on Uranian homosexuality (2005)[8], and James Hunter's ‘The Political use and abuse of the “pedophile” (2008).[9]

In 1990 the Journal of Homosexuality published a special issue on boylove under the title Male intergenerational intimacy with guest editors Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma and Alex Van Naerssen. This issue remains as one of the most important scholarly works on boylove, including an article by psychologist Robert Bauserman which summarizes Sandfort's research and responds powerfully to his critics.[10]

The last decade the Journal went under attack by anti-homosexual, anti-boylove lobbyers mostly because several members of its editorial board (Vern Bullough, Wayne R. Dynes, Gert Hekma, Hubert Kennedy, Donald Mader, Theo Sandfort, Daniel Tsang) died or focused on research in other areas, including its editor John P. De Cecco. Most recently, the journal was attacked for publishing Bruce Rind's article "Pederasty: An Integration of Cross-Cultural, Cross-Species, and Empirical Data" in a special issue on pederasty (Vol. 49, Nos. 3/4, 2005). After much negative publicity, the journal eventually removed the article from the journal's website and the subsequent publication of the special issue as an edited book. In response to this censorship, the scholars organized amongst themselves to have their articles put together in a separate book: Censoring Sex Research: The Debate Over Male Intergenerational Relationships, ed. by Thomas Hubbard and Beert Verstraete (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013).[11]

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  1. Ralph Tindall, ‘The Male Adolescent Involved With a Pederast Becomes an Adult’, in Journal of Homosexuality, 3:4 (1978), 373-382 <>
  2. Gerald P. Jones. (1982). The Social Study of Pederasty: In Search of a Literature Base, Journal of Homosexuality, 8:1, 61-96 <>
  3. Theo Sandfort, ‘Pedophilia and the Gay Movement’, (1987), <>
  4. Mirkin (1999). The Pattern of Sexual Politics: Feminism, Homosexuality and Pedophilia, J.Homosexuality, Vol. 37, No. 2.
  5. Harris Mirkin, ‘The Social, Political, and Legal Construction of the Concept of Child Pornography’, in Journal of Homosexuality, 56:2 (2009), 233-267 <>
  6. Helmut Graupner, ‘Love versus abuse: Crossgenerational sexual relations of minors — A gay rights issue?’, in Journal of Homosexuality, 37:4 (1999), 23-56 <>
  7. Chin-Keung Li, "The Main Thing Is Being Wanted": Some Case Studies on Adult Sexual Experiences with Children’, in Journal of Homosexuality, 20:1-2, (1991) 129-143, <>
  8. Mader, The Greek Mirror: the Uranians and their use of Greece, Journal of Homosexuality 49, nos. 3/4 (2005): 377-420 <>
  9. James Hunter, ‘The Political use and abuse of the “pedophile”, in Journal of Homosexuality, 55:3 (2008), 350-387 <>
  10. Journal of Homosexuality: Vol 20, No 1-2 ( See especially Robert Bauserman, ‘Objective and Ideology: Criticism of Theo Sandfort’s Research on Man-Boy Sexual Relations’
  11. Censoring Sex Research: The Debate Over Male Intergenerational Relationships, ed. by Thomas Hubbard and Beert Verstraete (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013).