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.
Olympian Johnny Weir (right) with husband Victor Vornov at the GLAAD Awards ceremony.
Videos released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from the organization's Media Awards celebration in New York City on March 23, 2011 preserve some memorable moments, including Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's acceptance of the Vito Russo Award; Zach Wahls's account of the fallout from his speech to the Iowa legislature on behalf of marriage equality; Josh Elliot's remarks about bullied teenager Jamie Rodemeyer and his father's homosexuality; Carolyn Brown's and Chris Geidner's observations about the importance of gay issues in mainstream journalism and the continuing necessity of specialized glbtq journalism; and newlyweds Johnny Weir and Victor Vornov's comments on GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.
In the clip below, acclaimed producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron accept their much-deserved Vito Russo Award.
In the video below, Zach Wahls speaks about his activism after the video of his speech before the Iowa legislature went viral in 2011 to become one of the most viewed YouTube clips of the year and the questions he has received about his lesbian mothers.
In the video below, ABC newsman Josh Elliot accepts the award for "Outstanding TV Journalism Segment" for "Battle against Bullying," a story about the suicide of teenager Jamie Rodemeyer, on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliot, who appears daily on Good Morning America, reveals that his father was gay.
In the video below, Carolyn Brown of Black Enterprise and Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly accept awards for "Outstanding Magazine Article." Brown was honored for an article about Black professionals in corporate America and Geidner for an article about the history of the Defense of Marriage Act.
In the clip below, Olympian Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Vornov discuss GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.