lgbt history

  • Gay History 101: November 19, 2014

    Sandro Botticelli (Italian Renaissance painter 1445 -1510),The name Botticelli is always remembered in the context of his Birth of Venus and other lovely women, but he never married and he also kept apprentices in style. The story goes that he was utterly taken with one young lad and was so proud of his beauty that he painted him naked, sleeping, in a piece called Venus and Mars, where Venus is instead fully clothed.

  • Gay History 101: November 25, 2015


    For the last several years, a revolution has come up in the peaceful elegant and bourgeois Parisian sky. Paris, which is the world’s most visited city has become one of the world’s most gay city as well and the first capital to elect an openly gay mayor in March 2001, Bertrand Delanoë re-elected with 57 percent of the votes in march 2008.

  • Gay History 101: November 26, 2014

    The origin of the AIDS pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in today's Democratic Republic of Congo. A feat of viral archeology was used to find its origins. It is a mutated version of a chimpanzee virus, which made the species-jump through contact with infected blood while handling bush meat. Roaring sex trade, population growth, unsterilized needles used in primitive clinics helped spread the virus thru the Congo. Railways had one million people flowing through the city each year, taking the virus to nearby regions, the same way as Ebola is today carried by plane from one continent to the other. HIV came to global attention in the 1980s and has infected nearly 75 million people.

  • Gay History 101: November 4, 2015

  • Gay History 101: November 5, 2014

  • Gay History 101: October 1, 2014

  • Gay History 101: October 14, 2015

    Homosexuality in Neapolitan culture is very fluid and polimorph. Femminielli or femmenielli (singular femminiello, cf. Standard Italian  femmina, "a female," -ello, masculine diminutive suffix) is a term used to refer to a population of homosexual males with markedly feminine gender expression in traditional Neapolitan culture.

  • Gay History 101: October 15, 2014

  • Gay History 101: October 21, 2015

  • Gay History 101: October 28, 2015

    Seventy-seven years ago in Fascist Italy, gay men were labeled "degenerate", expelled from their homes and interned on an island. The archipelago of the Tremiti Islands, in the Adriatic Sea, played a part, in the late 1930s, in the effort by Benito Mussolini's Fascists to suppress homosexuality.

  • Gay History 101: October 7, 2015

    Polari , alternatively , Parlary, Palare, Palari, is now referred to as “ The Lost Language of Gay Men.” From Italian parlare, "to talk" is/was a mixture of Romance (Italian or Mediterranean Lingua Franca), Romani, London slang, rhyming slang, sailor slang used in Britain by actors, circus and fairground showmen, merchant navy sailors, criminals, prostitutes, and the gay subculture. There is some debate about its origins, but it can be traced back to at least the nineteenth century and possibly the sixteenth century.

  • Gay History 101: September 16, 2015

    Mark Bingham (May 22, 1970 – September 11, 2001) was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. During the September 11 attacks in 2001 he was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93. Bingham is believed to have been one of the passengers who, along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick, formed the plan to retake the plane from the hijackers, and led the effort that resulted in the crash of the plane into a field near Shanksville, Pa. Both for his heroic actions on United 93, as well as his athletic physique and masculine lifestyle, Bingham has been widely honored posthumously for having "smashed the gay stereotype mold” and opened the door to many others that came after him. A large athlete at 6 ft 4 in (190 cm) and 225 pounds (102 kg), Bingham also played for the gay-inclusive rugby union team San Francisco Fog RFC. Bingham played No. 8 in their first two friendly matches. He played in their first tournament, and taught his teammates his favorite rugby songs.

  • Gay History 101: September 2, 2015

    Turkey, which shares borders with several conflict zones has recently absorbed millions of people, among them sexual minorities, who have officially become outcasts from their own communities. LGBT refugees, escaping the wrath and destruction of ISIS, from this volatile and conservative region have made Istanbul a sanctuary of sort.

  • Gay History 101: September 23, 2015

    In the last few years transgender issues have been very much on the forefront of our culture and transgender people are, correctly so, demanding the right to have their bodies, lives, identities, recognized and accepted, by society at large. Conservatives and religious institutions are struggling to come to terms with the transgender movement since they are barely reconciled with the strides made by gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

  • Gay History 101: September 30, 2015

    LGBT and Islam are intertwined in the religious, legal and cultural history of the nations with a sizable Muslim population, along with specific passages in the Quran and statements attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad (hadiths).

  • Gay History 101: September 9, 2015

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

  • Gay History 101: The Cuban Edition

    LGBT persons in Cuba may face legal challenges not experienced by non- LGBT residents. Public antipathy is high, reflecting regional norms. This has eased somewhat since the 1990s. Educational campaigns on LGBT issues are currently implemented by the National Center for Sex education, headed by Mariela Castro daughter of President Raul Castro.

  • Gay History 101: The Hannukah Edition

  • Gay History 101: The Oscars

  • Gay History 101: What the folk!

    The original “Queer as Folk” is a 1999 British series that chronicles the lives of three gay men living in Manchester's gay village around Canal Street. It is one of the most controversial shows ever to grace British television screens. The title of the program comes from a dialect expression from Northern England, "there's nowt so queer as folk," meaning "there's nothing as strange as people"; which is a word play on the modern-day English synonym of "queer," meaning homosexual.