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The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
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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
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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.
Journalist Doug Ireland died at his home in New York City on October 26, 2013. As the U.S. correspondent for the French political-investigative weekly Bakchich, Ireland wrote about U.S. politics for French audiences, and as the Contributing Editor of International Affairs for New York's Gay City News, he wrote about international news for American gay readers. His reports on gay topics and culture in Russia, Iran, and Europe earned him a wide readership.
Ireland's death was announced in Gay City News by Paul Schindler, who quotes Ireland's longtime friend Valerie Goodman as saying that he had suffered in recent years from the after-effects of childhood polio and from diabetes and severe sciatica. Though no cause of death has yet been established, Ireland had at least two major strokes over the past several years.
Schindler observes that "Despite chronic, at times debilitating pain and frequent hospitalizations, Ireland remained a dogged reporter and book critic in recent years, writing articles for nearly every issue of Gay City News . . . since mid-2005 and also reporting on American politics for French-language publications in France."
As a young man, Ireland was a prominent member of the leftist group Students for a Democratic Society and an organizer against the Vietnam War.
He began his career in journalism at the New York Post. He subsequently wrote columns for such magazines and newspapers as the Village Voice, the New York Observer, New York magazine, and the Paris daily Libération, as well as POZ, In These Times, and Bakchich.