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.
In an open letter calling for justice for slain teenager Trayvon Martin, a coalition of 35 glbtq groups have denounced the verdict in the recently concluded murder trial in which a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty. The letter associates Trayvon Martin's death with the murders of glbtq youth such as Brandon Teena, Matthew Shepard, Lawrence King, Gwen Araujo, and Ali Forney, and endorses the call for action by the Department of Justice to ensure that justice is served for Martin.
The letter is headed "Trayvon Deserves Justice" and reads as follows.
"We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin's family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.
Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.
Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety. Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 'a right delayed is a right denied.' We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people."
Organizations signing the letter include All Out, American Civil Liberties Union, Believe Out Loud, BiNet USA, Bisexual Resource Center, Center for Black Equity, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Equality Federation, Family Equality Council, Freedom to Work, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network), GetEQUAL, GMHC, GLAD, GLAAD, Harvey Milk Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, Movement Advancement Project, National Black Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights,,National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Minority AIDS Council, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, PFLAG National, The Trevor Project, Trans Advocacy Network, Transgender Law Center, and Trans People of Color Coalition.
In the wake of the verdict, MSNBC anchors Thomas Roberts and Melissa Harris-Perry discuss its ramifications for those of us who are "others."