gay history

  • ‘Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic’

    Where did AIDS come from? Where did it start? How did it arrive in the United States?  

  • 1995 Christmas Ball, Rise of The ballroom Scene Through The Ages 

    What is ballroom? The first time Jacen Bowman attended a house meeting, he had no idea what LGBTQ ballroom culture was.

  • A History of Poppers in South Florida 

     They relax muscles, increase your heart rate, and create a heating sensation that launches into a few minutes of excitement with every inhale. 

  • Activist, Icon Reflects on Nights that Changed Gay History

    Transgender activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy was inside the Stonewall Inn on a hot summer night in 1969 when police once again burst into the Greenwich Village gay bar. In those days, police raids were frequent and harassment of gays, lesbians, drag queens and transgender people commonplace. 

  • 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.

  • Authors and Activism: A History of LGBT Bookstores

    “It was unbelievably fun,” Ed Hermance said about his time operating Giovanni’s Room, one of the first queer bookstores in the world. “You weren’t there for the economics, and it would be exhausting if you were in it for the politics. We were starved.” 

  • Before Rooster’s There Was Turf Bar

    This year H.G. Roosters in West Palm Beach celebrated 35 years of business.  

  • Charlotte Cushman’s Passions On Stage and Off

    Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876) was the greatest American actress of her era, a theatrical superstar and a gender-nonconforming lesbian who worked on stages in the U.S., Britain and Rome throughout the mid-19th century. For over four decades, she was seen by millions.

  • Diaries Reveal Hidden Worlds For Museums

    “Damn I’m going to be a gorgeous man,” Lou Sullivan wrote 40 years ago in one of his personal diaries.

  • For Celebrities, an Off-Screen Journey to On-Screen Equality

    ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez says that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. He didn’t seek out gay role models in the media, “because at the time I was very conflicted about it myself.”

  • For Museum Curators, Garments Offer Stylish Storytelling 

    Curators working with the Oakland Museum of California on its first major LGBT exhibition, dubbed “Queer California: Untold Stories,” displayed a blue sequined jacket created by San Francisco designer Pat Campano and worn in 1985 by the gender-bending gay disco diva Sylvester. 

  • 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.

  • History: Will the Real Allen Parsons Please Stand Up?

    Whatever happened to Allen Andrew Parsons? It’s a question that’s lingered for 40 years since his disappearance around 1980. 

  • 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.