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.
Dudley Clendenin interviewing James McGreevey in 2006.
Journalist Dudley Clendinen died on May 30, 2012 in a Baltimore hospice of complications from ALS. Over his career, he was associated as reporter, feature writer, or editor with such newspapers as the St. Petersburg Times, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Baltimore Sun. He was best known for his writing about civil rights, aging in America, and the lives of gay Americans.
In 1988, Clendinen edited a collection of essays entitled The Prevailing South: Life and Politics in a Changing Culture and wrote the text for a volume of photographs, Homeless in America.
With Adam Nagourney, he wrote Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America. The book, which was published in 1999, surveyed the gay rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in Greenwich Village to the founding of ACT UP in 1987.
Clendenin's last book, A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America (2008) detailed life in a Tampa retirement-nursing home, Canterbury Towers, where his widowed mother spent her last years and where he lived for 400 days.
In 2011, Clendenin wrote an op-ed for the New York Times entitled "J. Edgar Hoover Outed My Godfather." The article tells the story of Arthur Vandenberg, Jr., who in 1952 had been appointed as secretary and chief of staff of President-elect Eisenhower. The article is discussed here.
Robert D. McFadden in the New York Times describes Clendenin as "a courtly Southern journalist and author who wrote lyrically about civil rights, aging in America, the poignancy of ordinary lives and his own approaching death as a gay alcoholic victim of Lou Gehrig's disease."
Clendenin is survived by his daughter Whitney and his sister Melissa Spring.
In the video below from 2006, Clendenin interviews former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey who described himself as "a gay American."