LGBT History Month

  • ‘Gypsy’ the Musical is LGBT History?

    LGBT history can be found in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it just comes as a surprise to learn that something, or someone, you’ve known about was gay. 

  • 1954 Miami Murder Leads to ‘Homosexual Panic’

    The ‘Homosexual Panic’ that started in the 1950s can be traced back to one event – the murder of Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant William T. Simpson in August of 1954.

  • A Short History of Local Gay Bar Raids

    It’s been almost 26 years since the last major gay bar raid occurred in South Florida.

  • Civil-rights Icon Congressman John Lewis on LGBT Equality, Social Justice

    When President Barack Obama linked Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall in his second Inaugural Address, it was a connection that hit home for Congressman John Lewis.

  • Jesse's Journal: Broward’s Gay History - Gay Political Life before the Dolphin Democrats

    This is the second of a two-part article first published in 1994 as part of a series about South Florida LGBT history written for Miami’s The Weekly News (TWN). Part one was about Broward County’s queer social life. Part two looks at the rise of the LGBT rights movement at a time when most of us were still in our closets.

  • Jesse's Journal: Broward’s Gay History - Gay Social Life before Wilton Manors

    This two-part article first appeared in 1994 as part of a series about South Florida LGBT history that was published in Miami’s The Weekly News (TWN). Part one is about Broward County’s queer social life and part two is about the rise of LGBT activism in this county. Many of the people I interviewed, friends and fellow-activists, are no longer with us. This article is dedicated to their memory. Two decades later, during LGBT History Month, we look back in time to the days before we had groups like the Pride Center or communities like Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, or Palm-Aire.

  • LGBT History Month

    Check out all our articles highlighting October as LGBT History Month!

  • Lyon, Martin Paved The Way for Lesbians

    In a time when President Donald Trump has directed a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, his administration has rescinded protections for trans students in public schools and the advancement of LGBTQ national historic landmarks are in question, the stories of those who fought for equal rights in an earlier era seem to be more important than ever before.

  • October is LGBT History Month - Let's Celebrate

    October marks LGBT History Month, which started in 1994 by a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson. Wilson sought out other teachers and community leaders for his effort and they chose October because school was in session and it coincided with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

  • Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community

    Below is an excerpt from “Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community,” by John-Manuel Andriote. The book will publish Oct. 8 by Rowman & Littlefield;

  • The Black Panthers and the Gay Liberation Front: Did Black Lives Matter then, too?

    Few instances in the modern movement for gay and lesbian equality (what we now call the LGBT movement) produced as much controversy — and turmoil — as the New York Gay Liberation Front’s relationship with the Black Panthers, a late 1960s-early 1970s radical organization that stood for the complete overthrow of the capitalist American government to achieve equality for African-Americans.

  • The Forgotten Tragedy: The UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans

    In New Orleans’ French Quarter, countless people walk the intersection of Iberville Street and Chartres Street, perhaps to grab a drink at The Jimani, a bite at the Backspace Bar & Kitchen, or breakfast at Daisy Dukes.

  • Trans Filmmaker Claims Marsha P. Johnson Doc Director Stole Her Work

    (WB) Transgender filmmaker and researcher Reina Gossett has accused “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” director David France of stealing her idea for the documentary.