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.
Senators Regala (left) and Ranker.
On the evening of February 1, 2012, the Washington state Senate voted in favor of equal marriage rights. The bill passed by a 28-21 margin, with four Republicans joining 24 Democrats in the majority, and three Democrats joining 18 Republicans in the minority. The most memorable speeches during the debate were by Democratic Senators Regala and Ranker.
The bill is expected to be passed by a large majority in the House, and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, who initiated the bill, will happily sign it into law. The law will almost certainly be subjected to a public referendum in November.
The debate in the Senate was mainly subdued, though the expected canards about religious liberty were raised and amendments were voted down.
But two speeches were particularly noteworthy.
Senator Debbie Regala spoke about how marriage has changed over the years and mentioned that she married "one year after the ban on interracial marriage was struck down by the Supreme Court." Senator Regala said that she was very glad the definition of marriage changed.
Senator Kevin Ranker revealed that he is the son of a gay man and that he knew first-hand the discrimination--the "shame and silence"--his father faced as a result of his sexual orientation. Ranker reminded his colleagues that "separate can never be equal."
Thanks to Stuart Wilbur at The New Civil Rights Movement for calling attention to the speeches, which may be seen in the video below.