lgbt history

  • 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.

  • Double Date With Walt Whitman: An interview With Playwright Tim Martin And Actor Tom Irvin

    Walt Whitman is one of America’s most celebrated poets, essayists and journalists, even though during his lifetime (1819-1897) his work was considered controversial. Whitman broke with many traditions and is now seen as the father of free verse. Fundamentalists objected to the homoerotic passages in his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass,” which was described as obscene and overtly sexual. Yet, his work is now part of the American literary canon and read and studied in schools and universities.

  • El Salvador Immigrant Talks Homophobia in his Homeland at Stonewall Thursday

    Coming out to friends and family isn’t easy for many in the LGBT community. But, in places like El Salvador, it can be deadly.

  • Elton John Reflects on Past Year at Annual AIDS Gala

    NEW YORK -- Elton John says changes in the U.S. over the past year have positively affected the LGBT community, including the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality. But he says "there's more history to be made" in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

  • Equality Forum Honors LGBT Icons

    The Equality Forum has come out with their annual list of icons for LGBT history month.

  • First Day Stamp Dedication Ceremony at the White House Will Honor Milk, San Francisco Special Dedication Also Being Planned.

    Sacramento, Calif. – Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:

  • Florida Marriage Certificates Will Finally Be Updated

    More than a year after Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional, the state’s marriage licenses will finally say “spouse” and “spouse” instead of “husband” and “wife.”

  • Food: Curry in a Hurry

    Every city seems to have a street that is filled with Indian restaurants. In New York there’s 6th St., in Chicago there’s Devon Ave., in Madrid it’s the Chueca neighborhood and Artesia, California is teeming with Indian restaurants and stores.

  • 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.

  • From Sea to Shining Sea Nation Celebrates Harvey Milk Stamp

    Ceremony’s held at White House and San Fran

    Respected political leaders gathered at the White House last Thursday to unveil a new U.S. postage stamp commemorating slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, while on the same day political leaders, activists and celebrities gathered on the other side of the country in San Fran for the same purpose.

  • From Stonewall to the White House, and Activist to Author

    “I’m standing across the street from Stonewall in Sheridan Square. Here I was, an 18-year-old kid living at the YMCA in a $6-a-night room with no job, no prospects for the future, no real place to live and no money in my pocket. I’m thinking, What am I going to do? And it came to me: This is exactly what I want to do. I’m going to be a gay activist.”

  • Gay Adult Star Turned HIV Educator

    Rocco Steele talks Charlie Sheen

  • Gay History 101

  • Gay History 101 - Christmas Edition

  • Gay History 101: August 12, 2015

  • Gay History 101: August 13, 2014

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  • Gay History 101: August 19, 2015

    Last week it was the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The film opened in the United Kingdom on 14 August 1975 and in the U.S. on 26 Sept., premiering at the UA Westwood in Los Angeles.

  • Gay History 101: August 20, 2014

  • Gay History 101: August 27, 2014

  • Gay History 101: August 5, 2015

    JULY 25, 2015. Italian MP Ivan Scalfarotto ended a three-week hunger strike last Saturday. He agreed to start eating again because Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised that he would introduce civil partnerships by the end of the year. Mr Renzi's pledge was prompted by the European Court of Human Rights, which on July 21st censured Italy for failing to offer any legal recognition or protection for same –sex couples. Italy is the only major Western European nation without such measures.