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 September 22, 2011, police in Amherst, New York announced that they have launched an investigation into whether school bullies can be charged with harassment or hate crimes related to the suicide of high school freshman Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead on September 18, 2011, after years of complaints by him that he was bullied in school and online mainly because of his sexual orientation.
According to BuffaloNews.com, Amherst Police Chief John C. Askey said that members of the public, including those from the school community have reached out to police with information that Rodemeyer had been subjected to what would amount to criminal harassment.
"We've heard that there were some specific students, an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time," Askey said.
"We're looking into it to see if he was the victim of any crimes, and that's the bottom line," the chief said.
Ironically, Rodemeyer, who had complained for years of being bullied, posted a YouTube video in the "It Gets Better" channel reassuring others that "It gets better, I promise."
In the video, he mentioned that he found comfort and inspiration in the music of Lady Gaga, who on Wednesday tweeted to her 13.7 million Twitter followers, "I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it."
Dan Savage, founder of the "It Gets Better" project, responded to news of Rodemeyer's suicide by issuing the following statement: "The point of the 'It Gets Better' project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn't enough. Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break."
Anderson Cooper has featured the story on two segments of CNN's AC360. In one segment, Cooper explores the wider issue of bullying.
Rodemeyer's parents appeared on CNN's AC360 show Wednesday night, telling Anderson Cooper of their son's history of being bullied, adding that "He had the biggest heart in that little body."