lgbt history

  • A new book chronicling the lives of nine transgender women across the country who have been incarcerated comes amid historic progress for such prisoners.

  • Nobody seems to know quite how or why “The Wizard of Oz” became such an enduring part of LGBT community and culture.

  • Playwright Influenced by Southern Upbringing, Oprah Winfrey

  • Published on May 16, 2014A decade of legalized gay marriage that kicked off in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, has seen mixed outcomes in the intervening years. Gains in legal status achieved in some states are coupled with continued opposition in others.

  • Russian police have jailed six members of an anti-gay Neo-Nazi group, which aims to torture gay teens by humiliating and beating them and posting the recorded incidents online, Gay Star News reports.

  • The daytime drama "officially" launched in 1951, when “Search For Tomorrow” premiered on CBS TV. Though there were a few short lived serials which preceded “Search” it was this live drama, produced by Proctor and Gamble Productions, which turned out to be the first of these shows to capture a sizable audience. By the time “Search For Tomorrow” ended its 35 year run in 1986, not a single LGBT character had appeared in the fictional town of Henderson.

  • MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The latest on the defiant Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, disobeying a federal judge and serving five days in jail for contempt (all times local):

  • October is LGBT History Month. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBT community during LGBT History Month.

  • Has any television show pushed the envelope more than Norman Lear's "All in the Family?" Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 1960s counter-cultural revolution, "All in the Family" was a sitcom about a blue-collar family in Queens, New York. Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) was a less-than-educated gent who genuinely loved his family. He also loved God and Country, and didn't take kindly to those "commie pinkos" who wanted to "take over". Archie often sparred with his liberal son-in-law Mike (Rob Reiner), as wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) and daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) struggled to keep the peace.

  • Nicholas D. Forte, a South Philadelphia gay man who was brutally assaulted outside Voyeur Nightclub, filed suit Nov. 5 against the popular night spot.

  • On the same night when Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live, one of the show’s alums was in South Florida performing a stand-up routine in front of a packed house.

  • CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that Australians would get a chance to vote on legalizing gay marriage if they re-elect his government next year — a promise his opponents argue is a stalling tactic to sideline the divisive issue ahead of the general elections.

  • It was a torrent of doughnuts and coffee that kicked off the LGBT-rights movement.

  • The sit-in at Dewey’s, which occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant in the spring of 1965, is not as well known as the Stonewall Riots, but it deserves wider recognition.

  • Kay Tobin Lahusen was the first photojournalist of the LGBT movement, a pre- and post-Stonewall activist who helped to document the earliest protests for homosexual rights.

  • As the LGBT community basks in the recent victory for marriage equality, we should not forget the pioneers of the movement says Tracy Baim, author of a new biography of Barbara Gittings, 1932-2007.

  • Upcoming film accused of whitewashing history

  • California begins to choose which textbooks it will draw material for new curricula after becoming the first state to ever adopt LGBT history guidelines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Officials from the New York Police Department are currently investigating the death of Michael Wright, a former player for the New York Knicks, saying he was possibly was killed by someone he met on the gay dating app Grindr, the New York Daily News reports.

  • 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:

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.”