lgbt history

  • 'The Women of San Quentin' Comes Amid Historic Changes

    A new book chronicling the lives of nine transgender women across the country who have been incarcerated comes amid historic progress for such prisoners.

  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the LGBT Community

    Nobody seems to know quite how or why “The Wizard of Oz” became such an enduring part of LGBT community and culture.

  • “Angry Fags” Opens Island City Stage Season

    Playwright Influenced by Southern Upbringing, Oprah Winfrey

  • 10 Years Later, Gay Marriage in the U.S.

    Published on May 16, 2014A decade of legalized gay marriage that kicked off in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, has seen mixed outcomes in the intervening years. Gains in legal status achieved in some states are coupled with continued opposition in others.

  • 6 Members of Anti-Gay Russian Neo Nazi Group Reportedly Jailed

    Russian police have jailed six members of an anti-gay Neo-Nazi group, which aims to torture gay teens by humiliating and beating them and posting the recorded incidents online, Gay Star News reports.

  • A Brief History of Gay Newspapers

  • A Look Back At Some of Daytime TV's Better-Known LGBT Characters

    The daytime drama "officially" launched in 1951, when “Search For Tomorrow” premiered on CBS TV. Though there were a few short lived serials which preceded “Search” it was this live drama, produced by Proctor and Gamble Productions, which turned out to be the first of these shows to capture a sizable audience. By the time “Search For Tomorrow” ended its 35 year run in 1986, not a single LGBT character had appeared in the fictional town of Henderson.

  • ACLU Concerned About Validity of Kentucky Marriage Licenses

    MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The latest on the defiant Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, disobeying a federal judge and serving five days in jail for contempt (all times local):

  • Activists, Athletes and Authors Honored for LGBT History Month

    October is LGBT History Month. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBT community during LGBT History Month.

  • All in the Family Kicked Open Doors For LGBTs on Television

    Has any television show pushed the envelope more than Norman Lear's "All in the Family?" Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 1960s counter-cultural revolution, "All in the Family" was a sitcom about a blue-collar family in Queens, New York. Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) was a less-than-educated gent who genuinely loved his family. He also loved God and Country, and didn't take kindly to those "commie pinkos" who wanted to "take over". Archie often sparred with his liberal son-in-law Mike (Rob Reiner), as wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) and daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) struggled to keep the peace.

  • Assault Victim Sues Philadelphia Nightclub

    Nicholas D. Forte, a South Philadelphia gay man who was brutally assaulted outside Voyeur Nightclub, filed suit Nov. 5 against the popular night spot.

  • At Hard Rock Show, Miller Suggests Christie Transition

    On the same night when Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live, one of the show’s alums was in South Florida performing a stand-up routine in front of a packed house.

  • Australians To Vote On Gay Marriage If Government Elected

    CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that Australians would get a chance to vote on legalizing gay marriage if they re-elect his government next year — a promise his opponents argue is a stalling tactic to sideline the divisive issue ahead of the general elections.

  • Before Stonewall, There Was Cooper Donuts

    It was a torrent of doughnuts and coffee that kicked off the LGBT-rights movement.

  • Before Stonewall, There Was the Dewey's Sit-In

    The sit-in at Dewey’s, which occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant in the spring of 1965, is not as well known as the Stonewall Riots, but it deserves wider recognition.

  • Behind the Lens: Photojournalist Kay Lahusen

    Kay Tobin Lahusen was the first photojournalist of the LGBT movement, a pre- and post-Stonewall activist who helped to document the earliest protests for homosexual rights.

  • Book Chronicles Life of Mother of LGBT Equality Movement

    As the LGBT community basks in the recent victory for marriage equality, we should not forget the pioneers of the movement says Tracy Baim, author of a new biography of Barbara Gittings, 1932-2007.

  • Both Stonewall and Stonewall Deserve Your Attention

    Upcoming film accused of whitewashing history

  • California Plans on Teaching LGBT History in Schools

    California begins to choose which textbooks it will draw material for new curricula after becoming the first state to ever adopt LGBT history guidelines.

  • Dick Leitsch: History Is Unavoidable

    For my friend Dick Leitsch, the last president of the Mattachine Society of New York, who last May turned 80, history was unavoidable. I met Dick in two different periods of my life. At 20, I attended my first and only meeting of the New York Mattachine Society, at the old Wendell Wilkie House near Bryant Park in New York City. He moderated, handsome, stylish, with a soft-spoken Kentuckian polished air. I was turned totally off: Mattachine was strictly out of my world as, new to New York, I struggled to make sense of myself. Two years later, a few months after Stonewall, I joined the Gay Liberation Front. GLF offered me a valid political understanding of why queers were being destroyed in American society, and what we had to do, often rowdy as we were, to change it. Both Dick and Mattachine were loathed by many of my young GLF brothers and sisters, some of whom had been in it and, like unruly kids, resented their dowdier parents.