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 George Chauncey and Ron Gregg, who were married in New Haven, Connecticut on June 12, 2014. The grooms are prominent academics who teach at Yale. They have been partners for twenty years.
The New York Times reports that Chauncey and Gregg were married by a justice of the peace at New Haven City Hall.
Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies at Yale. He received his B.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1989) in history from Yale. Before returning to Yale in 2006, he taught at the University of Chicago, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Full Professor.
Chauncey is author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994) and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality (2005). He has testified as an expert witness in several marriage equality cases, including Perry v. Schwarznegger, as the Proposition 8 case was then known, and Windsor v. United States, the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. He also organized the Historians' Amicus Brief, which was influential in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws in the United States
Ron Gregg is Senior Lecturer and Programming Director in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. As a Senior Lecturer, he teaches courses on queer cinema (both Hollywood and avant-garde), classical Hollywood, and the impact of globalization and digital technology on recent Hollywood film.
As Programming Director, he organizes an annual series of campus visits and workshops by filmmakers and scholars and also works with other faculty to organize major film conferences and other events.
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Gregg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Yale faculty, he taught film history at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Cloud State University, and Duke University.
He has published articles on topics ranging from MGM's management of the image of its 1920s gay star William Haines to queer representation in the competing videos produced during Oregon's 1992 anti-gay rights ballot measure campaign. He has also curated film and video programming for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Chicago's Gerber-Hart Gay and Lesbian Library, and the University of Chicago Lesbian and Gay Studies Project.
In the New York Times video below, Chauncey and Gregg recount their falling in love and discuss their decision to marry.
In the video below, Chauncey discusses the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on the glbtq rights movement.
In the video below, Gregg discusses the glbtq studies courses he teaches at Yale.