History never gets old. Each year SFGN takes part in a national effort among LGBT publications to shine a bright light on our community’s history.

Each day SFGN will publish new and previously published LGBT-related history stories. So check back every day!

Equality Forum Hosts Website Celebrating 31 LGBT Icons for October

October is LGBT History Month and it is a time to honor LGBT accomplishments.

LGBThistorymonth.com celebrates the achievements of 31 LGBT icons.

Off the Wall | Trailblazers Writing History

Laurel Hubbard (February 9, 1978) is a New Zealand weightlifter. Selected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics, she was the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympic Games.

In '40s and '50s, Instant Photography Gave LGBT People a 'Safe/Haven'

Two men dressed in drag for a tea party, two women cuddled up at the beach.

Today these might be benign photographs, but in the early 1950s, they were memories shuttered away from public view.

Angela Davis: A Revolutionary Activist

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

So said Angela Davis, 78, America’s most famous living revolutionary.

Mombian | Telling Our Family Histories for LGBT History Month

This year I want to remind us that we and our families are part of this long history, and to encourage us to think about how we can preserve our own family histories and pass them on to our children.

Pro Baseball Player Glenn Burke Refused to Live a Lie

You could say that Glenn Burke, the first Major League Baseball player to come out, is having a good season.

Staten Island Museum Throws Open Alice Austen's Closet Door

It's been a long time coming, but officials at the Alice Austen House on New York's Staten Island have thrown open the closet door, now fully embracing the lesbian pioneer and photographer who lived in the house with her longtime partner, Gertrude Tate.

Reclaiming the Number '41:' The Journey to Heal a Notorious Past Trauma for LGBT Mexicans

The origin story of “41” being an anti-gay slur goes back to 1901 in Mexico, when a secret society of gay men would meet to indulge in drinking, dancing, sex and other merriment. It was during these gatherings that they could be themselves — talk how they wanted, dress how they wanted, and be openly affectionate with their friends and lovers. The group hosted an annual ball, with half dressing in women’s clothing while the other dressed in tuxedos. It was during the group’s ball in 1901 that police raided the party and arrested 42 men.

However, the record mysteriously changed from 42 arrests to just 41 — there is no concrete proof, but it’s long been believed that one of the men at the party was Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, the closeted son-in-law of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz. To avoid a political uproar and save face, the story goes that Díaz had his son-in-law taken out of jail and his arrest hidden.

Until Legal Ruling, Disneyland Banned Same-sex Dancers

Deemed the “Happiest Place on Earth” Disneyland sadly didn’t live up to that billing for same-sex couples during its first three decades.

Dutch Gay Man Defied the Nazis and Saved Thousands

In the final days before his execution in July 1943 at the hands of the Nazi party, Willem Arondeus asked his lawyer for one last request: to spread a message after he was gone.

“Let it be known,” he said. “Homosexuals are not cowards.”

Museum Launches Major Digital Exhibit for LGBT History Month

Visitors to the Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA) in Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest LGBT lending libraries and collections in the country, dropped by nearly two-thirds because of the pandemic.  

Stonewall, like other museums and other cultural institutions across the country, is still struggling to resume operations.

Unique News Project Forges on for LGBT History Month

Mark Segal, the longest-running publisher of a U.S.-based LGBT publication, the Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), said it was a comment on TV that caught his attention, drew his ire, and birthed the idea for a collaborative news project. 

“I was watching a TV show 15 years ago and there was a panel discussion on gay rights,” Segal said. “And a Republican on the panel said this country was not founded for ‘you people,’ meaning gay people. I took that as a challenge.”

Tee A. Corinne: Photographer of Lesbian Sexuality

Over her decades as a lesbian photographer and artist, Tee Corinne said, “I’m one of the most obscure famous artists.”

Snapshots Showcase Life in Queer 1970s San Francisco

The California Historical Society is in the process of digitizing two collections of photographs and negatives from the wild and heady early days of LGBT liberation in San Francisco.

Florida's Panhandle Once Hosted the Largest LGBT Gatherings in the Country

Emma Jones was one of the greatest LGBT allies in the 1960s in northern Florida. Too bad she didn’t actually exist.

When a reporter once went looking for the mysterious woman he was told, “Honey, the Emma Jones Society is you and me and every other faggot in this town, and nobody here gives a damn who Miss Emma Jones herself is.”

Opinion | A Loving Portrait of the Late, Gay Friendly Televangelist

It's hard to believe that the late Tammy Faye Bakker would be 79 years old were she alive today.

It seems like it was such a short time ago that she and her husband Jim Bakker were making headlines when their televangelist empire collapsed amid a variety of financial and sexual scandals. But Tammy Faye emerged unscathed.

Off the Wall | Black LGBT Icons

Josephine Baker (1906 –1975) was an African-American dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess.”

From the Jewel Box to the Copa - A Short History of Local Gay Bar Raids

Then Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro orchestrated a raid of two well known LGBT establishments, The Copa in Fort Lauderdale and Club 21 in Pembroke Park. Dozens of gay men were rounded up and humiliated in front of live television. It was an act Navarro defended stating he was only attempting to crack down on South Florida’s drug problem in night clubs, but the effort is very clearly seen in history as a move based on bigotry by a publicity-seeking individual.

Off the Wall | LGBT Cubans Who Changed History

Reinaldo Arenas, (born July 16, 1943, Oriente, Cuba — died Dec. 7, 1990, N.Y., U.S.), was a Cuban-born writer of extraordinary and unconventional novels who fled persecution and immigrated to the United States.

As a teenager Arenas joined the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959.

Anita Bryant - Singer, Orange Juice Lady & Homophobe

A banana cream pie was a part of one of the most iconic moments in the gay liberation movement.

Anita Bryant, a chart-topping songstress who used her fame to fight “homosexual militants,” was speaking at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977 when an activist, Tom Higgins, threw the pie in her face.

“Well, at least it’s a fruit pie,” she scoffed.

The 1953 Gay Raid in Waco

On Saturday, April 11, 1953, nearly 70 gay men packed into a small four-room house at 2117 South 19th Street in Waco, Texas, about 10 blocks from Baylor University. David Owen, a ministerial student at the Baptist school, had invited the men to attend the gathering, which was billed as an “interstate convention” that would culminate in a mock wedding ceremony for two men, one of whom would dress in drag as the bride.

Before Rooster's in West Palm Beach There Was Turf Bar

Two years ago, H.G. Roosters in West Palm Beach celebrated 35 years of business.

This factoid makes them the oldest continuously operating gay bar in Florida. The bar right off exit 69 on Belvedere Road celebrates their anniversary every year in September but the bar was actually opened by restauranteur Bill Capozzi in April of 1984 and the H.G. stands for his two dogs Hilda and Greta.

Off the Wall | Who's on First?

To celebrate the upcoming World Series, I compiled a random list of “First Recorded Homosexual Person, Place or Reference” and organized it in the format of the all-American game.

1950's 'Homosexual Panic' Can be Traced Back to Miami Murder

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.

10 Iconic 'Gay' Films to Watch for LGBT History Month

There are films about gay history (Milk), and there are historic gay films (Brokeback Mountain). Both should be celebrated in Gay History Month.