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.
A couple from Fairview, North Carolina apply for a marriage license.
On previous occasions, same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses in North Carolina were turned away, sometimes politely but nevertheless definitively. However, on October 15, 2013 in Ashville, they were welcomed and given applications. Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds, announced that he is now accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples. He will not sign or authorize them until North Carolina's Attorney General allows him to do so, but in an important departure he welcomed applications from gay couples.
Reisinger said that he made the decision in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Windsor that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said that he personally supports marriage equality, but that he is committed to defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
"The State Constitution says that these marriage licenses cannot be issued and this is the law unless the Constitution is changed or the court says otherwise," Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for Cooper, said in an email.
In an event organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, at 8:00 a.m. on October 15 more than 100 marriage equality supporters lined up at the Buncombe County Registrar's Office in Asheville to apply for marriage licenses.
"We are here to apply for a marriage license," said Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory, of Fairview, North Carolina, who had previously been turned away but who are nevertheless determined to marry.
"Congratulations," Reisinger replied, to the applause of the crowd.
Photos of the crowd and the couples may be found at the New Civil Rights Movement blog.