As All Hallows Eve comes gliding in with the fog, let’s explore the truly interesting history of Halloween and its many traditions
It was 20 years ago today that Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead near Laramie, Wyoming for being gay; how far have we come since then?
Today is the 33rd anniversary of Rock Hudson’s death from AIDS-related complications, abandoned by his Republican friends, including Rona and Nancy Reagan
American journalist Tucker Shaw wrote a heartbreaking HIV Twitter thread after hearing a young person say that the epidemic was good ‘in the long run’
The ruby slippers worn in the iconic 1939 MGM film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ were stolen 13 years ago. But police and the FBI recently recovered them
San Domingo was Mussolini’s gay island where he deported ‘immoral’ queer men during Italy’s fascist heyday before World War II, and few folks know about it
In the 1980s, a man named Fred Schoonmaker dreamed of establishing Stonewall Park, an all-gay city where LGBTQ folks could live free without homophobia
Today is the 174th birthday of Edward Carpenter, an early queer activist who laid a lot of the groundwork for the modern LGBTQ movement
Though King James I was responsible for one of the most famous translations of the Bible, he also had a life-long relationship with a man, George Villiers
They Pretended to Be Straight to Serve Their Country, and Now This Gay Man and Lesbian Have Married Their True Loves
“It was illegal to be gay in the Air Force and we could have been thrown out so Gail and I allowed people to believe we were girlfriend and boyfriend.”
Last month, the Provincetown AIDS Memorial was unveiled — but a ‘New Yorker’ writer laments the things the new monument doesn’t mention
While many of us think of Stonewall as the first major fight for LGBTQ rights, there were predecessors, like the Cooper’s Do-Nuts Riot 10 years before
Gay history is all around us. You just have to know where to look.
The LGBTQ community has faced its fair share of struggles and scruples throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of LGBTQ history that often go unnoticed.
The Gay Rights Movement was on the fringes of mainstream American culture for most of the 20th Century, with courageous men and women standing up for what they believed in even if no one else was willing to listen. Today, so much of their hard work has paid off now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. But the fight goes on. We can learn from the events of the past as we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community.
But LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity. It’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways that the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. From the disco scene in the 1980s to the world of fine art and high fashion to American politics, gay people have always emphasized the new, the bold, and the courageous. Building a gay history is an important part of establishing a coherent and lasting identity for a group of people. It gives members of the LGBTQ community the opportunity to reflect on those that have come before us and appreciate what they were able to achieve across different mediums and industries.
We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers that have turned popular culture on its head. From centuries past to the latest in social media, celebrate LGBTQ history with a nod to those that dare to dream.