Were a lotof pirates poofters? Or to put that more politely: Was there much homosexualactivity in pirate society?
On the surfaceit seems one of those Pope-Polish questions. Gay historian B.R. Burg, in hisclassic, and controversial, Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition (originallypublished by NYU Press in 1983), simply assumed that of course there was, and offered no-nonsense analogies: Is there homosexual activity in prison? In theNavy? In the Army? Among Catholic priests? In the Boy Scouts? At David Barton?