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.
David Boies (left) and Theodore Olson. Photographs by David Shankbone.
On August 8, 2011, the American Bar Association bestowed its highest honor, the ABA Medal, on David Boies and Theodore Olson, lead counsel in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. Boies and Olson, who opposed each other in the court case that decided the 2000 Presidential election, Gore v. Bush, were described by ABA president Stephen Zack as "forces of nature" when they work together. Zack noted that their work on the Proposition 8 case has changed the national dialogue on marriage equality.
The ABA Medal is awarded only in years when the ABA Board of Governors determines a nominee has provided exceptional and distinguished service to the law and the legal profession. Among previous recipients are legendary justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Thurgood Marshall, William J. Brennan Jr., Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony Kennedy. The award to Boies and Olson is the first time the ABA Medal has been bestowed jointly on two attorneys.
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