The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
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
In British law, Section 28 of the Local Government Act, enforced from 1988 until 2003, prohibited the promotion of homosexuality and teaching the acceptability of homosexuality as a "pretended family relationship".
The Hijras--men who dress and act like women--have been a presence in India for generations, maintaining a third-gender role that has become institutionalized through tradition.
The dominant ideology among politicized lesbians during the 1970s and 1980s, Lesbian Feminism was based on the premise that lesbianism and feminism were inextricably linked.
Harvey Milk, among the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States, was assassinated in San Francisco's City Hall, making him the American gay liberation movement's most visible martyr.
By the early twentieth-century, YMCAs had become popular havens for men who sought sex with other men.
Compulsory heterosexuality is the assumption that women and men are innately attracted to each other emotionally and sexually and that heterosexuality is universal, a view that leads to an institutional inequality of power that privileges heterosexual males and denigrates women, especially lesbians.
Colman Domingo, one of the 64 contributors to The Letter Q.
Congratulations on the publication of The Letter Q, a collection of letters written by authors to their younger selves. Edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne, the collection features sixty-four writers telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their future lives as glbtq people.
Described by Booklist as a "lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book," the writers in their various ways promise their younger selves that in the future "It gets better."
Like Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" YouTube project, the book was conceived as a response to the suicides of glbtq youth reported in the fall of 2010 and that, alas, remain all too common. But in addition to reassuring young people, the contributions also offer valuable insight into the individual authors and contribute to our understanding of how it is to grow up queer in this country.
The contributors to the book are a veritable who's-who of the glbtq literary world, including such writers as Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Howard Cruse, Michael Cunningham, Larry Duplechan, Jewelle Gomez, Adam Haslett, Randall Kenan, David Leavitt, David Levithan, Armistead Maupin, J. D. McClatchy, Terrence McNally, Michael Nava, Julie Ann Peters, Christopher Rice, Paul Rudnick, Jacqueline Woodson, and Doug Wright.
The book is published by Arthur Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press. It may be found at good bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, as well as here