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.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, now a candidate for the U. S. Senate, addresses the LGBT Caucus at the Convention.
The big news out of Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on September 5, 2012 was the virtuouso performance of former President Bill Clinton, who nominated President Obama for re-election and eviscerated the Republican candidates. In addition, however, the visibility of glbtq delegates and issues continued to be a prominent feature of the 2012 Convention.
In the New York Times, Adam Nagourney reports on this new visibility, which I also noted here. "After years of struggling for attention and recognition from the nation's political parties, gays and lesbians have catapulted to the forefront of the Democratic convention here, prominent on the stage, in speeches, in the platform and at parties that go on after the proceedings have finished."
"The turnaround," Nagourney writes, "has surprised even gay leaders, who just four years ago were frustrated in their attempt to get same-sex marriage mentioned in prime time."
"I have certainly never attended a convention where visibility is as significant as it has been at this convention," said Representative Tammy Baldwin, a gay Wisconsin Democrat who is running for the Senate and is set to address the convention on Thursday. "There is amazing progress to celebrate."
Historian Eric Marcus remarked upon a striking phenomenon--the pride of our allies in declaring their support for gay issues: "I used to think I was bold in being as out as I am, but now I feel like our straight supporters have zoomed past me in their enthusiasm and their out-ness about being pro-gay. They're actually wearing their pro-gay agenda as a badge of honor. What a transformed world from my youth."
Nagourney remarks that "The higher profile of gays extended beyond the arena. It was not uncommon to see same-sex couples walking hand in hand down Tryon Street, in the heart of Uptown. Parties sponsored by gay and lesbian groups have become as sought after as the ones sponsored by Google and by the Illinois delegation."
Representative Barney Frank, who spoke at the 1992 convention and will be one of the prime-time speakers Thursday night, told an interviewer: "It's gotten better and better on a continuous basis. We are close to winning this fight."
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at a glbtq fund-raising luncheon. He said that what was most striking is how gay issues and figures have been integrated so fully into the convention.
"It's an incredible, noticeable, historic difference," he said. "Now equality is integrated in the party. In conversation after conversation people are talking about it."
California Assembly Speaker John Pérez addressed the Convention on Wednesday. He referenced the Democratic Party's history of fighting for glbtq rights.
On Wednesday, Representative Tammy Baldwin spoke to the LGBT Caucus and contrasted the difference between previous conventions and the 2012 convention.