Gay History: Activism and LGBT Rights News

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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 throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident of 1969 to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of our history that often go unnoticed. As we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community, we can learn from the events of our past. LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity; it’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers who have turned pop culture and gay history on its head. From centuries past to the latest in today's headlines, celebrate gay history with a nod to those that dare to dream.
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Joan of Leeds Is Basically the Patron Saint of Horny People Everywhere

The medieval nun in 1318 actually faked her own death, all in the name of horniness

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Gender Expression and Sexual Identity in African Cultures Existed Outside the Binary Until Imperialism

Before Western colonization and forced influence, there were LGBTQ African cultures across the continent that accepted different gender expressions and sexualities. In fact, the first gay couple ever recorded in history dates back to ancient Egypt. King Mwanga II of Buganda (modern-day Uganda) was most likely queer. (That’s him in[…]

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American Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin on the ‘Absolute Necessity’ to Be Openly Gay

In a recently unearthed recording of a mid-1980s interview, he shares his thoughts on the importance of being openly gay

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Matthew Shepard Died 23 Years Ago Today, and Republicans Continue Working to Undo His Legacy

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?

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