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.
On February 21, 2013 financial advisor, author, and television host Suze Orman chaired a panel discussion at New York University on the economic harms of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and marriage inequality generally.
The panel, which was sponsored by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, was held at New York University, and included, in addition to Orman, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, law firm partner-in-charge Nanette Lee Miller, and couples from Maryland and New York. They focused on the economic implications of barring same-sex couples from accessing the full legal rights and benefits of marriage.
The Respect for Marriage Coalition includes over 80 organizations working to protect the rights of same-sex couples.
Orman has become increasing vocal in her support for same-sex marriage and has frequently decried the financial losses incurred by surviving same-sex partners due to marriage inequality. She recently devoted multiple episodes of her CNBC television show to the financial issues faced by same-sex couples.
Orman came out publicly as a lesbian in a February 2007 interview with the New York Times Magazine, in which she acknowledged her relationship with her long-time partner, Kathy Travis. She and Travis subsequently married in South Africa in 2010.
In the video below from January, Orman explains her concern with the lack of federal recognition of same-sex relationships.
In the video below, Orman and Governor Chafee appear on Thomas Roberts's MSNBC show to discuss the NYU panel discussion.