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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...
Today In Gay History August 1, 1965:  Washington Post Reports Federal Workers Can Claim Disability For Being Gay

Today In Gay History August 1, 1965: Washington Post Reports Federal Workers Can Claim Disability For Being Gay

Share this: In July 1950, Senator Clyde Hoey of North Carolina conducted a full-scale Congressional inquiry into homosexuals in the government. The content of the testimony heard by the committee was ambiguous about the dangers posed by homosexual individuals...
Today in Gay History July 28th, 1961 – Illinois Becomes First State to Rescind It’s Sodomy Law

Today in Gay History July 28th, 1961 – Illinois Becomes First State to Rescind It’s Sodomy Law

Share this: In 1955, the Illinois General Assembly inaugurated the gargantuan task of overhauling its criminal code. Since its last major revision in 1874, the code had accumulated a patchwork of conflicting and confusing statues, some of which made no...
Gay History:  Burned at the Stake, Institutionalized, and Sent to Death Camps.  A Brief History of Gay Persecution and Oppression

Gay History: Burned at the Stake, Institutionalized, and Sent to Death Camps. A Brief History of Gay Persecution and Oppression

Share this: There has been so much in-fighting in the LGBT community lately about “oppression” and “gay white male privilege” and I think its time for basic gay refresher course because many seem to be forgetting that the gay male...
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