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.
Kate Millett in 1970.
The winners of the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced on June 4, 2012 at a gala ceremony in New York City hosted by comedian Kate Clinton. Armistead Maupin and Kate Millett received Pioneer Awards.
Actress Olympia Dukakis presented the Pioneer Award to Maupin, calling Anna Madigral, the Tales of the City character she portrayed in the novel's television adaptation, the most meaningful role of her career: "What happened for me when I did Anna Madrigal was that I understood the most important thing was to survive myself-and that's what Anna Madrigal did."
Dr. Eleanor Pam, a founding member of the National Organization of Women, presented the Pioneer Award to Millett, best known for her classic critique of patriarchal culture, Sexual Politics. Pam described Millett as "a true pioneer in life as well as in literature."
Stacey D'Erasmo, author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, and The Sky Below, and Brian Leung, author of the short story collection, World Famous Love Acts and the novels Lost Men and Take Me Home received the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prizes.
Awards were presented in twenty-four categories.
The winners included Farzana Doctor for Six Metres of Pavement (Lesbian Fiction); Colm Tóibín for The Empty Family (Gay Fiction); Laurie Weeks for Zipper Mouth (Lesbian Debut Fiction); and Rahul Mehta for Quarantine: Stories (Gay Debut Fiction).
In the category of Biography and Memoir, the winners were Jeanne Córdova for When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution (Lesbian); and Glen Retief for The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood (Gay).
In the Mystery category, the winners were Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou for Dying to Live (Lesbian); and Richard Stevenson for Red White Black and Blue (Gay).
In the Poetry category, Leah Lakshmi Piepza-Samarasinha won for Love Cake and Tim Dlugos won for A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, ed. by David Trinidad.
Winning in the Romance category were Kenna White for Taken by Surprise (Lesbian) and Jim Provenzano for Every Time I Think of You (Gay).
In the Transgender categories, the winners were Tristan Taormino for Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica (Fiction); and Justin Vivian Bond for Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels (Nonfiction).
In the Bisexual categories, the winners were Barbara Browning for The Correspondence Artist (Fiction); and Jan Steckel for The Horizontal Poet (Nonfiction).
In the Erotica category, Debra Hyde won for Story of L (Lesbian); and Dirk Vanden won for All Together (Gay).
Other winners include Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez for Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (LGBT Anthology); Bill Wright for Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (LGBT Children's/Young Adult); and Lee Thomas for The German (LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror).
Finally, Peggy Shaw won for A Menopausal Gentleman in the category of Drama; Michael Bronski for A Queer History of the United States in the category of LGBT Nonfiction; and Lisa Moore for Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes in the category of LGBT Studies.
More information about the Lambda Awards and photos from the June 4, 2012 event may be found here.
Below is a trailer for glbtq.com contributor and Lammy Winner Jim Provenzano's romance novel, Every Time I Think of You.