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.
Congratulations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, whose six weeks of fundraising in 2013 yielded $4,343,234 to fight AIDS. The fundraising culminated in the 25th anniversary celebration of "Gypsy of the Year," which was presented in two sold-out performances on December 9 and 10. The variety show included an array of original dances, songs, and skits performed by more than 250 "gypsies," the singers and dancers in the ensembles of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Since 1989, the "Gypsy of the Year" competition has raised more than $57,000,000 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The show that raised the most money in 2013 was Kinky Boots, followed by Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Newsies.
The first Gypsy of the Year was hosted by Tyne Daly and Jonathan Hadary in 1989. They returned in 2013 as special guest hosts. Reminding the audience of the countless lives lost and impacted by HIV/AIDS, they led a heartfelt moment of silence.
The 2013 show was the sixth consecutive Gypsy of the Year hosted by Seth Rudetsky.
Among the celebrity presenters were Daniel Craig, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Cherry Jones, and Zachary Quinto.
The performance included show-stopping numbers from ensembles of Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, as well as a witty retelling of Dracula by Stephen Fry and a touching homage to the late Michael Jeter.
The video below presents the show's opening number, which featured Klea Blackhurst as Ethel Merman comparing gypsies of her day with 18 high-kicking, modern-day gypsies representing the cast of Newsies.
More highlights from the show are below.