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
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.
A social role for individuals who crossed or mixed male and female characteristics was one of the most widely distributed institutions of native North America.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
Mixed-orientation marriages--those in which one partner is straight and the other is gay or lesbian--often end in divorce, but such an ending is not inevitable.
"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.
Since the late nineteenth century, transgendered people have advocated legal and social reforms that would ameliorate the kinds of oppression and discrimination they suffer.
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.
On June 13, 2013, President Obama, flanked by Vice-President Biden, addressed more than 100 activists gathered at the White House for the fifth LGBT Pride Month reception he has hosted. After rehearsing the achievements of his administration, he told the enthusiastic crowd that "We've made this country a little more equal. We've made our world a little more full of love." Cautioning us not to despair if there are setbacks along the way to full equality, he added, "The genius of America is that America can change."
The reception was attended by members of Congress, Major General Patricia Rose and her wife Julie Roth, current and former members of the administration, and citizens who had written to him about glbtq issues. The President was introduced by 9-year-old twin sisters from California, Zea and Luna, who have two moms, and had written to him about gun safety, education funding, and marriage equality.
The President admitted that much remains to be done to achieve equal rights for glbtq people, and outlined an agenda for his second term: "We've got to make access to health care more available and affordable for folks living with HIV. We've got to implement the protections in the Affordable Care Act. We've got to keep making our classrooms and our neighborhoods safe for all of our young people. And I agree with Susan, a PFLAG mom from Ohio--we've got to end LGBT discrimination in the places where we work."
He said he wants to sign the currently pending Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and expressed some optimism about its success in Congress. "I think we can make that happen," he said, "because after the last four and a half years, you can't tell me things can't happen. Look around. We've got gay and lesbian soldiers, and sailors, and airmen, and Marines who are here today. We've got married couples from places like New York and Washington State. You've got a couple of guys here on stage who I don't think anybody in their high schools thought would be the President and the Vice President of the United States. So don't tell me that things can't happen when we put our minds to them."
Most observers, however, doubt that ENDA can muster 60 votes in the Senate to survive a Republican filibuster and, even more, that it would be approved in the Republican-controlled House if it were ever allowed to be voted upon there.
The President did not mention the repeated calls from glbtq groups for an executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Below is a video of the President's remarks.