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.
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who fought for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and for the extension of equal rights to gay and lesbian servicemembers, died on February 10, 2012. The news of her death was announced by OutServe-SLDN in a press release.
In a statement, OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson described Morgan, who served with the New Hampshire National Guard, as "a courageous fighter for our country, for her family, and for the equality of all who wear the uniform of our nation."
"On behalf of her wife Karen and daughter Casey Elena," Robinson continued, "we thank all those who have supported Charlie so fervently since she proudly came out on national television on the day 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed, and who have stayed by her side through her brave fight with cancer. She made an indelible mark on everyone she met with her integrity, her positive outlook, and her unflinching commitment to righting the wrongs visited upon gay and lesbian military families. The fight for full LGBT equality in this country is forever changed because Charlie Morgan took up the cause."
After coming out publicly on MSNBC on September 20, 2011, the day "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was officially repealed, Morgan became a passionate advocate against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars her wife, Karen, from receiving military, Social Security, and other benefits that she would be entitled to were they a heterosexual married couple.
The Morgans are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by SLDN in October 2011 challenging DOMA and other federal statutes that prevent the military from providing equal recognition and support to same-sex military spouses.
As Chris Geidner reports in BuzzFeed, "The Morgans attended the White House LGBT Pride Month Reception in June 2012, and they spoke in July 2012 about the importance of opposing DOMA and supporting marriage equality at the Democratic National Committee platform drafting committee hearings."
In January, Morgan was selected by Governor Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at her inauguration.
In June 2012, Morgan told Geidner why she took on the DOMA fight even as she was also fighting cancer: "I'm trying to stand up for all we believe in in this country. We're soldiers to stand up for and protect our freedoms, so it's easy."
The Morgans made the marriage equality video below for Freedom to Marry in April 2012.