The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
"Leather" is a blanket term for a large array of sexual preferences, identities, relationship structures, and social organizations loosely tied together by the thread of what is conventionally understood as sadomasochistic sex.
Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
With reports from hundreds of sub-Saharan African locales of male-male sexual relations and from about fifty of female-female sexual relations, it is clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies, though varying in forms and in the degree of public acceptance
Androgyny, a psychological blending of gender traits, has long been embraced by strong women, soft men, members of queer communities, and others who do not easily fit into traditionally defined gender categories.
A cultural crossroads between Asia and Europe, Russia has a long, rich, and often violent heritage of varied influences and stark confrontations in regard to its patterns of same-sex love.
Given the ugliness demonstrated by so many of the supporters of North Carolina's Amendment One, it is tempting to believe that most of the state is composed of the liars, fanatics, and creeps who have emerged to lead the dispiriting campaign to write discrimination into the state constitution. But if there is plenty of evidence of North Carolina Ugly, we also need to remember that the tarheel state is composed not solely of crazies like Baptist preachers Patrick Wooden and Sean Harris or of rednecks who shoot or urinate on opposing campaign signs. A video recently released by a North Carolina string quartet featuring James Travis Creed and Billie Karel serves as a perfect antidote to North Carolina Ugly.
The musicians in the video include Creed (guitar, vocals), Karel (vocals), Karen Strittmatter Galvin (violin), Maria Evola (violin), Peng Li (cello), and Amy Mason (viola). The song, "Vote against Amendment One," is by Laurelyn Dossett. The string arrangement is by Karen Strittmatter Galvin.
The lyrics to the song are as follows.
Stranger there across the room / Your children are my children too / When seven days of May are done / I'll vote against amendment one
Father one or fathers two / Your family is my family too / Ties that bind won't be undone / We'll vote against amendment one
Love thy neighbor, word and true / Your neighbor is my neighbor too / To work beside and lean upon / And vote against amendment one
Points of light and points of view / Your city is my city too / The crumbling walls we'll overrun / To vote against amendment one
We cannot see for red or blue / But your state it is my state too / And when the 8th of May is come / We'll vote against amendment one
We'll rise up with the morning sun / And vote against amendment one / The sounding cry has just begun / We'll vote against amendment one
James Travis Creed has issued this statement: "Working in the Arts has opened my eyes and torn down walls. The people I love come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. I am happy to do my part to ensure ALL North Carolinians can live their life as they please and be happy. I am thankful to have such talented friends and honored to play a small role in making my state a better place to live."
A hat tip to Jeremy Hooper whose excellent coverage of Amendment One at his GoodAsYou blog brought this gentle and beautiful song to my attention.