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.
St. Petersburg's embattled Side by Side International LGBT Film Festival came to an end on November 30, 2013 with yet another bomb threat, support from international guests, including Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black, and Bruce Cohen, and the presentation of awards. In addition, the festival was presented with a hand-sewn rainbow flag from Gilbert Baker, the creator of the flag that has become an international symbol of the struggle for equal rights.
In spite of harassment by officials and self-appointed censors, the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival returned for its sixth year to St. Petersburg. The festival, which opened on November 21, presented screenings, lectures, and discussions of films and glbtq issues and rights.
The festival was repeatedly plagued by bomb threats from homophobes that necessitated the evacuations of venues and changes of schedules. Perhaps predictably, it was again targeted five minutes before the closing ceremonies.
After police checked for bombs, the ceremonies proceeded.
A highlight of the closing ceremonies was a discussion by the creative team responsible for Milk, the biopic about martyred San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and producer Bruce Cohen answered questions about the film and about glbtq issues generally, and strongly reiterated their support for the glbtq community in Russia. Black told the audience, "The world is watching."
Black also presented to the organizers of the festival a surprise gift, signifying friendship and solidarity, from Gilbert Baker of a hand-sewn rainbow flag with the words "SUPPORT RUSSIAN GAYS."
Awards were presented to the following films that were screened during the festival: Blue Is the Warmest Color (Best Feature); Valentine Road (Best Documentary); Straight with You (Best Documentary Short); Undress Me (Best Short Film); and Matterhorn (Audience Award).
Festival organizer Manny De Guerre pledged to persevere in the face of harassment and discrimination.
Below is a trailer announcing the festival.