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.
Legendary activist David Mixner has endorsed Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn in her quest for election as Mayor of New York City. Mixner made the enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement in a video posted on his Live from Hell's Kitchen blog. Mixner praises Quinn's "persistent and passionate leadership" over the years, including during the AIDS crisis and in the struggle for marriage equality.
Mixner, who has been described as "one of the great activists of our time," has been fighting for gay and lesbian rights since the 1970s, when he led the Southern California campaign against the Anita Bryant-inspired Briggs Initiative that would have banned gay teachers in the state's public schools. He subsequently helped mobilize the glbtq community on behalf of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, only to break with the newly-elected President over his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Along with Cleve Jones, Mixner led the National Equality March on Washington on October 11, 2009. He is one of the founders of the Victory Fund.
Christine Quinn, the first woman, the first openly gay person, and the first Irish-American to serve as the Speaker of the New York City Council, is vying to also become the first openly gay person to serve as Mayor of New York.
Quinn is in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. The primary election will be held on September 10, 2013. If no candidate obtains 40% of the vote, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held on October 1. The general election is scheduled for November 5.
If Quinn succeeds, she will join Houston's Annise Parker as one of two openly lesbian mayors of large American cities.