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.
Congratulations to gay activist Cleve Jones on his selection as a White House Champion of Change. Jones, founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, began his career as an activist for equal rights in the 1970s, when he met Harvey Milk, who became his mentor. Following Milk's election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Jones worked as a student intern in Milk's office.
According to the White House website, the Champions of Change program honors ordinary Americans who do "extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." Each week a group of Champions are invited to the White House "to share their ideas to win the future."
Jones is scheduled to meet President Obama this week.
John Aravosis at AmericablogGay speculates that Jones may raise the question of Obama's decision not to issue an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
One of the co-organizers of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and of the 2009 National Equality March on Washington, Jones works as a community organizer for UNITE HERE, the international union representing hotel, casino, food service and restaurant workers throughout the United States and Canada.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and a senior advisor to the Courage Campaign.
In the video below, Cleve Jones discusses how he conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt project.