lgbt history

  • Gay History 101: Black History Month

    Alvin Ailey (1931 –1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring.. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, just one year before his death. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • Gay History 101: Black History Month 2015

  • Gay History 101: Coming Out Day

    October 11, 1988:

    First National Coming Out Day. It is observed annually to publicize coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement. The day is celebrated in a wide variety of ways: from rallies and parades to information tables in public spaces. Participants often wear pride symbols such as pink triangles and rainbow flags. National Coming Out Day is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

  • Gay History 101: December 17, 2014

  • Gay History 101: December 2, 2015

    In its November issue People magazine named David Beckham as the sexiest man alive. Even though he is straight he has been a good friend and supporter of the LGBT community and has integrated, absorbed, recycled and rebranded many of the aspects of the most sophisticated gay men.

  • Gay History 101: December 23, 2015

  • Gay History 101: December 3, 2014

  • Gay History 101: December 30, 2015

  • Gay History 101: December 9, 2015

  • Gay History 101: Florida Edition

  • Gay History 101: Game Shows

    Paul Lynde (1926 –1982) was an American comedian and actor. A noted character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality, Lynde was well known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched and the befuddled father Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the regular "center square" guest on the game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981, and he voiced two Hanna-Barbera productions. On Hollywood Squares Lynde was best able to showcase his comedic talents with short, salty one-liners, delivered in his trademark sniggering delivery.

  • Gay History 101: January 13, 2016

    History was never as straight as we are told.Recording our history means reporting the truth.

  • Gay History 101: January 20, 2016

  • Gay History 101: January 21, 2015

    Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Austrian composer. Although Schubert's homosexuality had long been rumored in gay musical circles, it was not explicitly argued in print until 1981,when Maynard Solomon published an article in American Imago, later expanded in 19th Century Music. Citing the composer's dissipation, his lack of female love interests, his passionate male friendships, and several oblique references in his surviving correspondence, Solomon argued that Schubert's primary erotic orientation was homosexual. In recent years, however, the notion of a gay Schubert has become if not commonplace, at least much less controversial. Schubert's alleged homosexuality and its effect on his music are subjects of continuing debate among music historians and critics.

  • Gay History 101: January 27, 2015

    History was never as straight as we are told.Recording our history means reporting the truth.

  • Gay History 101: January 6, 2016

    History was never as straight as we are told. Recording our history means reporting the truth.

  • Gay History 101: Marriage

  • Gay History 101: November 11, 2015

    RELIGION KEEPS RAISING ITS UGLY HEAD often turning back the clock on centuries of progress and enlightenment. As reported last week a barbaric law that makes gay sex punishable by caning has taken effect in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh. Starting on Oct. 23, 2015 anyone caught having homosexual sex, Muslim or otherwise, faces up to 100 lashes, a fine of 2 lb. in gold and 8 years in jail. Adulterers also face 100 lashes but without fine or imprisonment.

  • Gay History 101: November 12, 2014

  • Gay History 101: November 18, 2015

    The Miami Book Fair International runs from November 15 thru the 22nd.