Alan Bray

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Bray wearing a t-shirt with the words "Sodom Today Gomorrah the World"
Alan Bray
Alan Bray (13 October 1948 – 25 November 2001) was a British historian and gay rights activist. He was a Roman Catholic and had a particular interest in Christian attitudes to homosexuality.

Alan Bray has been commemorated in a series of Alan Bray Memorial Lectures and the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award.

British historians Michael Hunter, Miri Rubin, and Laura Gowing have co-edited the book Love, Friendship and Faith in Europe, 1300–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), which is a collection of essays inspired by Bray's idea of finding some universal component of homosexuality within the experiences of intimacy and friendship without "locating a discourse that identifies persons as homosexual".


  • Homosexuality in Renaissance England, 1982
  • The Friend, 2002 (published posthumously)