Bentham attacked the notion, still propagated by religious apologists, that homosexuality was ‘unnatural’. All that ‘unnatural’ meant, argued Bentham, was ‘not common’. The fact that something was not common was not a ground for condemning it. Neither was the fact that something was not to your taste.
— Philip Schofield on Jeremy Bentham’s Of Sexual Irregularities, and Other Writings on Sexual Morality—the first defense of sexual liberty in the history of modern European thought. (via oupacademic)