George Washington himself wrote the report, and approved a sentence of exile from the U.S. Army
The history of gay criminalization in the United States — mostly in the form of anti-sodomy laws — is a complex one, but let’s break it all down
May 22 is Harvey Milk Day, celebrating a visionary, rabble-rouser, tragic victim, and hero to millions; if you’re wondering how to honor the man, here’s how
Cruising public restrooms has long been a part of gay hookup culture, and these men help illustrate its dangers and delights
Photographer Mike Balaban’s Instagram account pairs beautiful photography with powerful captions that are a gay history lesson we all need
A primer on how the monster that is Roy Cohn helped inform Trump’s worldview and helped get him to the White House
Almost all nudist resorts handle erections with a “cover it up” policy, but some naturists consider that an outdated form of body shaming
115 years ago the first gay bathhouse was raided by police in the United States; learn all about gay bathhouse history and why they’re important
An epidemic of gay bashings and murders in ’70s San Francisco led this man to bash back with his Lavender Panthers
He was a courageous, openly gay Dutch painter who fiercely resisted the Nazis in Holland before he was executed
The Julius sip-in was one of the earliest queer protests in New York City, and it led to one of the very first court victories for the LGBTQ community
Nearly 50 years since the group’s debut performance, they’re largely responsible for enshrining drag into the legacy of queer culture
Gay history is all around us. You just have to know where to look.
The LGBTQ community has faced its fair share of struggles and scruples throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of LGBTQ history that often go unnoticed.
The Gay Rights Movement was on the fringes of mainstream American culture for most of the 20th Century, with courageous men and women standing up for what they believed in even if no one else was willing to listen. Today, so much of their hard work has paid off now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. But the fight goes on. We can learn from the events of the past as we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community.
But LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity. It’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways that the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. From the disco scene in the 1980s to the world of fine art and high fashion to American politics, gay people have always emphasized the new, the bold, and the courageous. Building a gay history is an important part of establishing a coherent and lasting identity for a group of people. It gives members of the LGBTQ community the opportunity to reflect on those that have come before us and appreciate what they were able to achieve across different mediums and industries.
We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers that have turned popular culture on its head. From centuries past to the latest in social media, celebrate LGBTQ history with a nod to those that dare to dream.