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Gay History NYC 1979 – 1985:  An Oral History of the Infamous Saint Marks Baths by Paul Lewis

Gay History NYC 1979 – 1985: An Oral History of the Infamous Saint Marks Baths by Paul Lewis

Share this:   The notorious St. Mark’s Baths was … a place of such debauchery someone once described it as “Gomorrah the way it shoulda been.”— Andrei Codrescu, The Villager Long ago and far away, during the age of runaway hedonism that...
Today In Gay History August 15th, 1972: Ohio Refuses To Incorporate Cincinnati Gay Organization

Today In Gay History August 15th, 1972: Ohio Refuses To Incorporate Cincinnati Gay Organization

Share this:   August 15th, 1972 Republican Ohio Secretary of State Ted W. Brown (R) refused to accept the articles of incorporation for the Greater Cincinnati Gay Society. The organization’s proposed articles of incorporation said the group was...
Today In Gay History August 13, 1998: The Bay Area Reporter Prints No Obituaries For The First Time In 10+ Because Of AIDS

Today In Gay History August 13, 1998: The Bay Area Reporter Prints No Obituaries For The First Time In 10+ Because Of AIDS

Share this:   On this day August 13th, 1998 for the first time in over a decade The Bay Area Reporter printed no obituaries. Every week for years BAR reported dozens of obituaries every week for our brothers who succumbed to the plague known as AIDS....
August 1888: Lifelong Transman Discovered As Patient At Iowa Prison Hospital

August 1888: Lifelong Transman Discovered As Patient At Iowa Prison Hospital

Share this: In August of 1888. A regular column in the nineteenth-century journal The Medical Standard included a roundup of items submitted by doctors from the then 38 states, several territories and a number of Canadian provinces. More of a “This...
The NAMES Project:  2000 AIDS Quilt Panels To Be Displayed In NYC August 11th & 12th, 2014

The NAMES Project: 2000 AIDS Quilt Panels To Be Displayed In NYC August 11th & 12th, 2014

Share this:   In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect and celebrate the lives of people who have died of AIDS-related causes. Their goal was to create...
Vanishing NYC Gay Landmarks: Boots & Saddles On Christopher Street to Close After 40 Years

Vanishing NYC Gay Landmarks: Boots & Saddles On Christopher Street to Close After 40 Years

Share this: Iconic New York City gay bar Boots & Saddle, (Lovingly known as Bras & Girddles to older LGBT New Yorkers)  at 76 Christopher Street in NYC’s West Village, will close after forty years in business because of the city’s...
Forgotten Gay History: August 5, 1970:  The Rockefeller Five and the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA)

Forgotten Gay History: August 5, 1970: The Rockefeller Five and the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA)

Share this: We must always remember that the fight for our civil rights has and always will have a strong base in activism.  We should never expect anyone to “give” us anything unless we push for it.   And that is the reason why we are where...
Today In Gay History:  August 4th, 1956 – NBC Affiliate Airs “Introduction to the Problem of Homosexuality”:

Today In Gay History: August 4th, 1956 – NBC Affiliate Airs “Introduction to the Problem of Homosexuality”:

Share this: In 1956, WRCA-TV (now WNBC) aired an award-winning weekly panel discussion program called “The Open Mind”. The program, hosted by Richard Heffner, was not only well ahead of its time when it first went on the air in May 1956, it is still...
The Lost Art and History of Gay Disco Fan Dancing Featuring Bret Lacquement (1977) – Rare Video

The Lost Art and History of Gay Disco Fan Dancing Featuring Bret Lacquement (1977) – Rare Video

Share this: In the late 1970′s and early 1980′s during the heyday of gay disco not only were you treated to the hedonistic world of loud thumping music, poppers, great recreational drugs, and the bodies of hundreds of  hot, sweaty, gyrating...
LGBT History –  August 1966:  SCREAMING QUEENS: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria In San Francisco (Video Link)

LGBT History – August 1966: SCREAMING QUEENS: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria In San Francisco (Video Link)

Share this: A hot summer August night in San Francisco in 1966 (No one knows the exact date since SFPD files have been lost) at Compton’s Cafeteria, in the seedy Tenderloin district, and it is hopping with its usual assortment of drag queens, transgender...
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