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.
On March 27, 2014, Maryland's House of Delegates passed a measure to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The bill, which had previously passed the Senate, now goes to Governor O'Malley for his signature. Maryland will join 17 states and the District of Columbia in providing comprehensive protections to transgender citizens.
As Brian Witte reports for the Associated Press, the House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 after a long and sometimes heated debate that focused largely on how the bill would affect use of public restrooms and gym showers.
All 82 delegates who voted for the bill were Democrats, while 42 Republicans and 15 Democrats voted against the bill, which prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, credit, and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.
The legislation defines gender identity as the gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth. Under the bill, gender identity is demonstrated as "consistent and uniform assertion of the person's gender identity or any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person's core identity."
Predictably, opponents focused on whether men would be allowed to use women's restrooms, and worried about men who identified as women would be able to shower with girls at public swimming pools.
Jenna Johnson reports in the Washington Post that "Lawmakers have fought over whether to pass a bill protecting transgender individuals for more than seven years."
The bill's sponsor in the Senate, Richard Madaleno Jr., who is openly gay, said that "People realized that no one should be denied a job, should be thrown out of their home, should be denied a place to eat dinner just for living a life as who they are." Madaleno is running for re-election against a challenger who is transgender.
During the debate in House of Delegates some opponents made jokes about transgender people and one Delegate cited the bible as he proclaimed that God "made men as men and women as women."
At one point, openly lesbian Delegate Heather Mizeur, who is running for governor, rose to her feet. "I've never been more disappointed in the conduct of our conversation on the House floor," she said.
"The underlying issue in this legislation is whether or not some of our most vulnerable members of society are still allowed to get beat up in these bathrooms," said Mizeur, who added, "We are talking about people who are suffering real harm in this state."
After the bill's passage, Governor O'Malley said in a statement: "We're proud to stand with these leaders [Senator Madaleno and Delegate Luke Clippenger, who sponsored the legislation in the House], the LGBT community, and other allies to complete this major piece of unfinished business--ensuring that everyone is protected from discrimination under the law. I look forward to signing this bill."