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
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.
A social role for individuals who crossed or mixed male and female characteristics was one of the most widely distributed institutions of native North America.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
Mixed-orientation marriages--those in which one partner is straight and the other is gay or lesbian--often end in divorce, but such an ending is not inevitable.
"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.
Since the late nineteenth century, transgendered people have advocated legal and social reforms that would ameliorate the kinds of oppression and discrimination they suffer.
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.
Cynthia Nixon (left) with Christine Marinoni.
Actress Cynthia Nixon and education activist Christine Marinoni were wed in New York on May 27, 2012. The couple lobbied tirelessly on behalf of marriage equality in the state. Indeed, they announced their engagement three years ago at a rally to support marriage equality.
Nixon and Marinoni were brought together by their shared interest in the welfare of children and in public education. Nixon's dedication to improving public education in New York led her to become involved with the non-profit Alliance for Quality Education in 2004. Through her membership in the organization, she met Marinoni, the AQE's New York director, and the two women fell in love.
In February 2011, Marinoni gave birth to the couple's son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Nixon has two children from her previous marriage to photographer Danny Mozes.
Nixon, a Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway veteran, is best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the television and film versions of Sex in the City, for which she won an Emmy Award and shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble acting.
She was the center of a firestorm in January 2012, when in an interview in the New York Times, she asserted that for her at least, homosexuality "is a choice." The assertion led to a sometimes heated and occasionally uncivil discussion in the gay blogosphere focused on the question of whether sexual orientation is genetic and whether sexual orientation is fluid, as well as on the differences between choice and orientation and between homosexuality and bisexuality.
After much pushback, Nixon issued an apology. A discussion of the controversy may be found here.
In the video below, Nixon accepts the 2010 Vito Russo Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.