gay history

  • Addison Mizner Revisited

    Last year SFGN became the first publication to write in-depth on the famous architect’s sexuality and make the case that he was gay. Now new information has come to light revealing even more evidence of his homosexuality.

  • Fort Lauderdale Activists Sit and Vent For Stonewall Taping

    Activists from the fight for gay and lesbian rights in Fort Lauderdale got together again to relive tender moments, difficult journeys and well-earned victories.

  • Frances Kellor And The Birth Of Multiculturalism

    Few topics in American politics under President Trump elicit more controversy than immigration. The same was true in early 20th century America when waves of immigrants flooded Ellis Island, causing fears that the country would become "overrun with foreigners," as Henry Cabot Lodge wrote in 1891. With open borders, 30 million Europeans moved to the U.S. between 1850 and 1913. By 1920, about 15 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born–much as it is in 2018.

  • Gay Founding Father Finally Recognized

    America’s newest museum, Museum Of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, does something quite revolutionary: It recognizes the LGBT community as having played a part of that revolution. And it does so with several exhibits.

  • Gay History 101: "Erin Go Bragh" Edition

    In 1922, after the Irish War of Independence and the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the larger part of Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom to become the independent Irish Free State; and after the 1937 constitution, Ireland. The six north eastern counties, known as Northern Ireland, remained within the United Kingdom.

  • Gay History: Greg Dranda - Bartender, Model

    Greg Dranda was a small-town guy with a big heart whose life was cut too short. He was a regular fixture on the cover of David Magazine in the 1970s and early 80s.

  • Gay History: Jeffrey Dahmer Once Lived in South Florida

    Jeffrey Dahmer, the cannibalistic serial killer, once lived in South Florida. 

  • History of Queer Miami Snags Top Literary Honors

    Julio Capó Jr.’s new book, “Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940” was recently named a finalist for a prestigious Lambda Literary Award.

  • Homo History 101: When We Rise

    “When We Rise” is a miniseries about LGBT rights, created by Dustin Lance Black based on a autobiography by long time gay rights activist Cleve Jones. The series stars Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Kennet Williams, Austin P. McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, and Sam Jaeger. It premiered Feb. 27, and ran four nightst hat week. It chronicles the gays rights movement in San Francisco over the course of four decades following the lives of several LGBT individuals.

  • Lesbian Erasure: Part Two

    Examples of lesbian sexuality are all over early American history. The 19th century saw a myriad of reasons why lesbianism was actually embraced, right up until the turn of the 20th century, when it wasn’t. If there are all these depictions of blissfully naked lesbians over centuries, why does anyone keep writing that, "We don’t really know if A and B who shared the same bed for 50 years were sexual?”

  • LGBT History Month: Straight to Hell with Boyd McDonald

    Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) was an eccentric recluse who changed gay life and gay literature with his collections of “true homosexual experiences.” In 1973, already retired and living on welfare, McDonald founded Straight to Hell (STH), an underground publication with subtitles like the Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts or the New York Review of Cocksucking.

  • Miami’s Official Pornographer: The story of Donald Chauncey and his battle against censorship

    When Donald Chauncey took over for the late Mike Anguilano as Miami-Dade Public Library System's Film Librarian in 1982 he never dreamed that he'd one day be labeled “Dade County’s official pornographer," by a local Miami pastor. 

  • Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It’s been a year since Minnesota’s gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry.

  • Openly Gay Cheerleader Makes New Orleans Saints Debut

    Jesse Hernandez stood on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field on Friday night, dressed in black skinny jeans with a rally towel in his back pocket, black high tops and a New Orleans Saints jersey. The 25-year-old smiled a toothy grin as he sashayed and high kicked alongside about 30 women — a first for this NFL team. 

  • PFLAG Rehoboth Sets Up Gay History Month Displays at Libraries

    The Rehoboth Beach, Del., chapter of PFLAG, the national organization representing parents and friends of LGBT people, has provided three Rehoboth area public libraries with special LGBT exhibits for the month of October to commemorate Gay History Month.

  • Queer Places: New historical tome tells us where our ancestors lived and died

    Elisa Rolle is an historian who has done her homework. The openly lesbian writer and editor is authoring a series of books which document the history of Queer culture and the people who made that culture happen.

  • Rest Stops For Cruising: ‘The homosexual capital of Palm Beach and Broward counties’

    It was in the film “There’s Something About Mary,” but was this really a thing? In the 1997 film, Ben Stiller’s character is arrested at a rest stop when he stops to use the restroom but quickly finds himself in the middle of a sting operation targeting gay men cruising at rest stops.

  • SanFran Creates Trans Cultural District

    It’s been a little over a year since San Francisco designated the nation’s first transgender cultural district in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood. But efforts to establish the historical area have been delayed by a longer-than-expected community planning process.

  • The First LGBT Memorial in the UK Goes to Britain’s 'First Modern Lesbian'

    Anne Lister, a 19th-century businesswoman, traveler, and lesbian has been honored with a rainbow plaque at the Holy Communion Church in York where she symbolically married her wife in 1834. 

  • The Lost Gay Bars of West Palm Beach

    West Palm Beach is South Florida’s oldest municipality, founded in 1894. It’s no secret that it is probably often seen as the weakling in the tri-county area gay scene, but West Palm is able to offer an experience that probably goes unmatched in Broward and Dade Counties.