Throughout history, homosexuality in China has been accepted, and Emperor Ai of Han even tried to get his lover Dong Xian to inherit the throne
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Cruising public restrooms has long been a part of gay hookup culture, and these men help illustrate its dangers and delights
Back in 1978, people could buy a gay Bob doll from certain gay magazines and boutiques; it was anatomically correct and a symbol of rising gay identity
Art history is filled with many instances of penis sculpture. We’ve chosen six of the most prominent examples to show how dicks have changed over time
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While there’s never been an openly gay president, evidence suggests various leaders have had same-sex romances
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The medieval nun in 1318 actually faked her own death, all in the name of horniness
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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.