The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
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
In British law, Section 28 of the Local Government Act, enforced from 1988 until 2003, prohibited the promotion of homosexuality and teaching the acceptability of homosexuality as a "pretended family relationship".
The Hijras--men who dress and act like women--have been a presence in India for generations, maintaining a third-gender role that has become institutionalized through tradition.
The dominant ideology among politicized lesbians during the 1970s and 1980s, Lesbian Feminism was based on the premise that lesbianism and feminism were inextricably linked.
Harvey Milk, among the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States, was assassinated in San Francisco's City Hall, making him the American gay liberation movement's most visible martyr.
By the early twentieth-century, YMCAs had become popular havens for men who sought sex with other men.
Compulsory heterosexuality is the assumption that women and men are innately attracted to each other emotionally and sexually and that heterosexuality is universal, a view that leads to an institutional inequality of power that privileges heterosexual males and denigrates women, especially lesbians.
A new YouTube channel sponsored by LOGO called Gwistv recently featured Howard Bragman interviewing out newsmen Charles Perez, Don Lemon, and Thomas Roberts. In two videos uploaded on January 18, 2013, Bragman and the veteran newsmen discuss being out in the newsroom and reactions to Jodie Foster's Golden Globe speech.
Bragman, a public relations expert and crisis counselor, has specialized in recent years in helping celebrities come out. He is Vice Chairman of the management company, Reputation.com. Openly gay himself, he has been active in the struggle for glbtq equality and in Jewish causes.
Perez first achieved notice as the host of a nationally syndicated talk show, The Charles Perez Show, which aired from 1994 until 1996. He was co-host of a syndicated news show, American Journal, from 1997 until 1998. More recently, he was the evening anchor for Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG. In 2009, he was fired from that position after he filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2011, he published an autobiography, Confessions of a Gay Anchorman.
Don Lemon, who anchors the prime-time weekend version of CNN Newsroom, publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in his 2011 memoir Transparent. He said he was motivated to come out because of his belief in transparency and also because he was moved by the suicides of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi and other gay youth. He wanted to assure young people in despair because they were bullied that they were not alone. He wrote his book in the hope that "in being honest, I can help others, too."
Thomas Roberts, after 15 years as a television news reporter and a stint on CNN, was named a full-time anchor on MSNBC in 2010. In addition to anchoring his own news show, he frequently serves as substitute newsreader or host on such shows as Today and other NBC programs.
He came out publicly in 2006, after joining the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in 2005. When he appeared as a member of a panel entitled "Off Camera: The Challenge of LGBT TV Anchors" at the association's September 2006 meeting in Miami, his homosexuality became public knowledge.
In the following video, the panelists discuss their experiences as being out in the newsroom.
In the video below, the panel discusses Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech.