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.
On June 10, 2013, the White House announced that President Obama has nominated Daniel Baer to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). If confirmed, Baer will be the fourth openly gay person to serve as U.S. Ambassador and the first to do so for a multilateral institution.
As Justin Snow reports in MetroWeekly, the President nominated Baer along with several other ambassadors. "These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," he said.
Baer currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the Department of State. A graduate of Harvard University and Oxford University, he previously taught at Georgetown University and was a faculty fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
The OSCE is the world's largest international governmental organization with 57 participating countries focused on security issues, including crisis management and conflict prevention.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, hailed the choice of Baer. "Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer has led a distinguished career of public service, both at home and abroad," Griffin said. "Over the last few years at the Department of State, Daniel has worked tirelessly to promote democracy and human rights in every corner of the globe, helping to secure and protect the freedoms of the world's most vulnerable communities. This, paired with his years of global business experience, makes him an outstanding choice to be our nation's next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."
The three previous openly gay U.S. Ambassadors are James C. Hormel, who was appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg by President Bill Clinton in 1999 in a "recess appointment" after the Senate refused to act on his 1997 nomination; Michael E. Guest, who was appointed Ambassador to Romania by President George W. Bush in 2001; and David Huebner, who was appointed Ambassador to New Zealand by President Obama in 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity.
Al Kamen reports in Washington Post that President Obama is likely to appoint four more openly gay ambassadors to posts such as Australia, Spain, and Denmark.
In the video below, Daniel Baer discusses Internet Freedom at the Council of Europe.