Long Before Harry Hay...
Employing an argument which is basically the same as the one made by gay people today, Cannon writes: "unnatural desire is a contradiction in terms; downright nonsense. Desire is an amatory impulse of the inmost human parts."
In another passage, he relates a tale that might move Eddie Murphy to exclaim "I hear you, brotha!":
"The enraptur'd Amorio, snatching her up, speeds to the Bed, where
Incumbrances quickly off, he finds in his Clasp a Body past Imagination
delicate; but of Gender masculine."
To read more: run to your nearest university library and get your hands on the latest edition of the journal "Eighteenth Century Life".