gay history

  • Graham Kolbeins' new documentary “Queer Japan” is a colorful, if sometimes dizzying portrait of LGBT life in several major Japanese cities, starting with Tokyo.

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

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

  • This week read about Mohamed Aboutrika going on a homophobic rant in Africa, and people in India fighting for same-sex marriage rights.

  • This week read about Taiwan featuring a same-sex couple in a non-fungible token (NFT), and Poland removing anti-LGBT laws after European Union's outrage.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) was an eccentric recluse who changed gay life and gay literature with his collections of “true homosexual experiences.” In 1973, already retired and living on welfare, McDonald founded Straight to Hell (STH), an underground publication with subtitles like the Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts or the New York Review of Cocksucking.

  • It was the 1970’s and the gay life in South Florida was marked by its nightlife, and its nightlife was measured by the Copa. As Tiny Tina, Ray Fetcho was one of its star drag performers.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It’s been a year since Minnesota’s gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry.

  • 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.

  • Abraham Lincoln may have represented the Republican Party in 1862. Not anymore. He is lucky to be sitting down. He should be crying.

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

  • Elisa Rolle is an historian who has done her homework. The openly lesbian writer and editor is authoring a series of books which document the history of Queer culture and the people who made that culture happen.


    It was in the film “There’s Something About Mary,” but was this really a thing? In the 1997 film, Ben Stiller’s character is arrested at a rest stop when he stops to use the restroom but quickly finds himself in the middle of a sting operation targeting gay men cruising at rest stops.

  • Jeffrey Dahmer, the cannibalistic serial killer, once lived in South Florida. 

  • For many years it was believed Gaetan Dugas was the man whom HIV originated with in the U.S. Being a flight attendant for Air Canada and one of the earliest high-profile gay men to die of the virus he seemed like a likely candidate…as suggested by some back in the early 1980s.

  • Feb. 5, 2005 — IRIN Report "Iraq: Male homosexuality still a taboo" Issued

    The Integrated Regional Information Networks, based in Kenya, states that "honor killings" by Iraqis against gay family members are common and given some legal protection. The article also states that the 2001 amendment to the criminal code stipulating the death penalty for homosexuality "has not been changed," despite Paul Bremer's clear order that the criminal code to go back to its 1980s edition.

  • Jan. 22, 1957 — Death of Cabaret Singer Claire Waldoff

    Waldorff had lived openly as a lesbian in Germany her entire life. She lived with her partner, Olga von Roeder, enjoying their time in 1920s Berlin together. Shortly after Claire's death, Olga says "life for me has no content anymore. We were joined by forty years of our being together just so intimately with each other than ever that this gap could be filled in for me. Actually we just lived one for the other. I would be happy if my ashes already could rest with Claire's ashes in peace." They share their final resting place in Stuttgart.

  • Jan. 29, 2007 — First Gay Couple Registered in Israel

    Following a Supreme Court ruling, Avi and Binyamin Rose register as a couple in Jerusalem.

  • LONDON -- His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.