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.
François Hollande. Photograph by Jean-Marc Ayrault (CC BY 2.0).
On December 15, 2013, France's President François Hollande announced that he would not be attending the Winter Games in Sochi. President Hollande follows German President Joachim Gauck and European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who previously announced that they would also boycott the Winter Games in protest of Russia's anti-gay laws. In confirming that Hollande would not attend the Games, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 Radio that no top French officials would travel to Sochi.
Meanwhile Russia slides into an ever more violent pogrom against gay people. In one of the most revolting recent incidents, popular Russian television star Ivan Okhlobystin, who is also a Russian Orthodox priest, told Siberian fans that he wants to burn gay people alive.
"I'd put them all alive in the oven . . . it's a living danger to my children," Okhlobystin said. Okhlobystin, a father of six, also demanded that "faggots" be stripped of their voting rights as homosexuality is a "psychical anomaly."
His fans roared their approval.
As John Aravosis commented at America.blog, any remaining doubt as to whether Russia was a modern, developed country went out the window when Okhlobystin called for the country's gay and lesbian population to be thrown into ovens and burned alive.
Aravosis has also recently reported that journalist Andy Humm had discovered that former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir previously listed himself as an employee of the Russian Embassy in his bio for a speaker's bureau, a fact that was not revealed when NBC announced that it had hired Weir as a commentator at the Sochi Games.
If Weir, who has identified himself as a "Russophile" and has called gay activists "idiots," is an agent of the Russian government, that would pose an obvious conflict of interest for any reporting he would do at the Games.
However, soon after Aravosis's post went online, Weir scrubbed his bio at the speaker's bureau that represents him of the claimed affiliation with the Russian Embassy. He issued a dubious statement saying that the claim that he works with or for the Russian Embassy was merely a "typo."
Meanwhile, the largest gay nightclub in Moscow has, for the twentieth time, been subjected to harassment and threats.