Artistic Dance, including Ballet, has proven to be a haven for glbtq people, who have made significant contributions in almost every area, including choreography, performance, and teaching. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual dancers have also had an impact on popular dance forms from ice dancing to Musical Theater. This spotlight celebrates the lives and careers of more than twenty glbtq dancers.
This short, professionally produced video features patients and medical professionals who span the breadth of the trans spectrum. Stories of personal encounters with an often unsympathetic medical system are complemented by a series of simple, concrete recommendations for improvements. Since most of the difficulties trans people face in medical environments match those they face in society at large, this compelling video is a good fit for any audience interested in learning about the challenges trans people face and supporting them in their struggle to make things better.
Romantic friendship, an intimate and sometimes sexual relationship between same-sex friends, has long been celebrated in literature.
Before the advent of the twentieth century, romantic friendships between women were largely perceived as normal and socially acceptable. Though male romantic friendships have not been as widely approved of, literary works from ancient epics, to elegies, to modern war movies celebrate intimate relationships between men.
Jeff Sheng is a Los Angeles-based artist who has devoted 2009 and 2010 to photographing gay, lesbian, and bisexual American military servicemembers who serve under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy that requires them to keep their sexuality secret in order to avoid discharge.
In the nine photographs featured here, as in the rest of the photographs in the DADT series, Sheng has deliberately obscured the identities of his subjects in order to protect them from prosecution under DADT.
Gay Sex in the '70s is a compilation of the reminiscences of gay New Yorkers about the explosion of sexual freedom they experienced during the period between the Stonewall riots in 1969 and the emergence of AIDS in the early 1980s. Though the film focuses on gay life in New York's predominantly white West Village and Fire Island and ignores smaller minority gay communities elsewhere in New York, it is useful for its depiction of the libertinism of the 1970s in New York's best-known gay ghetto.
Small Town Gay Bar tells the recent history of several Mississippi gay bars and paints a vivid picture of queer life in a part of the country where the closet is a prerequisite for survival for most glbtq people. In the film, glbtq men and women of Northeastern Mississippi describe the important role a few ramshackle gay bars play in helping them make do and even thrive in one of the most homophobic regions of the United States.
The association between homosexuality and fashion is multifaceted, ranging from the role of clothes as signifiers of sexual orientation to the immense contributions gay men have made at all levels of the fashion industry.
Margaret Sönser Breen, author of Narratives of Queer Desire: Deserts of the Heart (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) argues that the reading of queer literature lays a critical groundwork for engaging in glbtq social justice work.
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual architects, designers, and patrons have made substantial and diverse contributions to Architecture and Interior Design, though the impact of sexual orientation on building design is unclear.
Cui Zi'en's documentary describes Chinese constructions of sexualities and genders, provides a capsule history of recent Chinese queer activism, and reveals the Communist and Chinese cultural justifications for the officially-sanctioned homophobia gay men and lesbians have endured since the Communist revolution.