lgbt history

  • MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has mocked a Russian daily that has accused Washington of conspiring to brand some Russian officials as gays, by correcting mistakes in a fake letter the newspaper mentioned as proof.

  • P.L. Travers, author of “Mary Poppins,” was born Helen Lyndon Goff on Aug. 9, 1899 in the city of Maryborough, in Queensland, Australia, (not in England, as many assume). She moved to England in 1924, and used the name P.L. Travers, an abbreviation of her pseudonym Pamela Lyndon Travers, which she used in her days as a dancer and Shakespearean actor on the Australian stage. Reportedly, her wealthy relatives did not approve of Travers performing, so, being independent-minded, she moved to England where she forged a career as a writer.

  • Julio Capó Jr’s new book “Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940” takes on the very difficult task of chronicling Miami’s queer history prior to 1940.

  • (Speech in verbatim at the bottom of this story.) Ten years after he announced that he was a "gay American" and would resign from office after a scandal-plagued stint as New Jersey governor, Jim McGreevey is back in government, this time mostly as an evangelist for prison reform.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will appear Friday at the Stonewall Inn, scene of the riots widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement, to announce the National Park Service will begin marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

  • "Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
    Looking for soul food and a place to eat...."
    – Lou Reed, Walk on the Wild Side