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.
Queer Nation protests Russian anti-gay policies.
In advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, more violence and threats of violence against glbtq people in Russia have been reported. Encouraged by the "anti-gay propaganda" law and other legislation targeting gay people, increased violence, often perpetrated by self-proclaimed vigilantes, has been reported in Russia. These include, in addition to brutal murders and harassment of individuals, bomb threats that delayed the opening of the St. Petersburg lgbt film festival and shootings and bomb threats at gay clubs in Moscow. In the face of the uptick of violence, the International Olympic Committee has remained silent.
On November 16, 2013, two gunmen opened fire at Central Station, a gay club in Moscow. The shooting injured no one, but bullets were sprayed into the building. A week later, a gas bomb was exploded at the same venue. Although some 500 clubgoers were affected by the gas, they refused to seek help from a hospital because of the stigma of being gay in Russia.
On November 21, 2013, the opening of the St. Petersburg lgbt film festival was delayed by a called-in bomb threat. The call came as an agressive group of anti-gay protesters taunted the attendees.
Earlier in November, anti-gay thugs stormed a glbtq community center in Moscow. In the melee, activist Dmitry Chizhevsky was blinded in his right eye by a metal pellet shot from a pneumatic pistol.
There is no question that glbtq people in Russia now live in a climate of fear and violence, as they are increasingly subject to public acts of harassment and private acts of torture.
Despite the reports of increased violence against glbtq citizens in Russia, the International Olympic Committee has maintained its silence, eloquently expressing its indifference to the oppression experienced by gay people in the host country of the Winter Games.
Queer Nation has underlined the apathy not only of the IOC, but also of the American sponsors of the Olympics in this chilling video, posted as a trailer for a forthcoming film about anti-gay oppression in Russia.