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.
David Gerstner (left) and Michelangelo Signorile.
Congratulations to activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile and his long-time partner film historian David Gerstner, who were wed at New York's City Hall on July 19, 2013. Signorile announced the event by tweeting a photo of the couple with the caption "Just Married. Manhattan City Hall."
Signorile is a prolific, and often provocative, writer and activist whose books and articles, radio show, newspaper columns, and website champion the cause of glbtq rights. He first came to prominence as a result of his role in the debate about "outing" closeted conservatives in the 1990s. He has been called the heir to the "in your face" brand of activism inaugurated by Larry Kramer in the 1980s, though recently he has become a gay establishment figure, himself evidence of the prominence openly gay journalists have achieved as glbtq issues have been embraced by mainstream media.
Signorile is host of a talk show aired on Sirius XM Radio. He is also editor-at-large for the Gay Voices vertical of The Huffington Post, where he writes regularly. He was recently selected to helm an expanded SiriusXM channel dedicated to progressive politics.
David Gerstner is Professor of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He has published widely on the representation of cultural identities in film. Among his books are Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black-Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic and Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema.
In the video below, Signorile announces the new Sirius XM channel.