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 playwright and activist Larry Kramer and architect David Webster who were married on July 24, 2013 in a New York City hospital room. The ceremony took place in the intensive care unit of New York University's Langone Medical Center, where Kramer has been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.
As reported by Patrick Healy in the New York Times, the couple's original plan was to be married on the terrace of their Greenwich Village apartment with only two witnesses and the officiant, Judge Eve Preminger, in attendance. But that plan was scrapped when Kramaer was hospitalized. Two dozen friends and relatives attended a noontime ceremony in the intensive care unit.
The two men, who dated in the 1970s and have been partners since the mid-1990s, exchanged Cartier rings and extemporaneous vows.
Playwright, novelist, and essayist, Kramer is now best known for his AIDS activism, which included helping found the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), as well as for excoriating essays denouncing the failure of government to respond to the AIDS epidemic.
Kramer's best-known plays, The Normal Heart (1985) and The Destiny of Me (1992), chronicle the personal and political responses to the AIDS epidemic, lacerating both the local and national governments for ignoring the devastation of the gay community by the disease.
The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for best revival of a play on Broadway in 2011. A film version of the play is currently underway.
In 2013, Kramer was voted a special Tony for humanitarian contributions.
In the video below, Kramer speaks about the founding of ACT-UP.