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Lgbt History Month

LGBT History Month: The Gay Man Charged in the Assassination of JFK

Rodney Wilson | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
Rodney Wilson

John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassin was gunned down before he could be held accountable for the murder of the president. Only one person was ever tri...

LGBT History Month: The Uncle I Never Met

Rodney Wilson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Home
Rodney Wilson

I never met Uncle Paul. He was born to my grandmother during the Great Depression and died at 24 in a terrible car crash shortly before Christmas 1959...

Is Being Gay Just About Sex?

Jim Downs | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home
Jim Downs

Gay men today have forgotten that history; they have fallen for the hype that they are just like everyone else except that they have sex with men. That semantic elision, as seductive as it may be, forgets that those in power can flick the switch from liberation back to oppression.

10 Trans And Gender Non-Conforming People You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

As HuffPost Live wraps up its coverage of October's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month, we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight...

This Is What We Can ALL Do To Help The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

Whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, cisgender or any other sexual or gender identity, helping improve the lives of the trans community -- a popula...

Why Are Trans People Left Out Of LGBT History So Often?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

Despite their pivotal role in advancing the queer community, trans people are often written out of history, Lourdes Hunter, the national director at T...

What Effect Did Brandon Teena's Death Have On The Trans Community?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home

When Brandon Teena, a 21-year-old transgender man living in Nebraska, was brutally murdered because of his gender identity in 1993, it felt like a "ne...

9 Pioneers Of The Gay Rights Movement You Need To Know (But Probably Don't)

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

If you know even the slightest bit about queer history, you've heard of gay activists like Harvey Milk and Larry Kramer. But there are scores of other...

Why The '70s And '80s Were A Political 'Desert' For The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home

Since Minneapolis became the first U.S city to pass protective legislation inclusive of trans people in 1975, we've seen more -- albeit not enough -- ...

The Bisexual Pioneers In History You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

EmbedContent(562a93f2e4b0ec0a38948485,,Embed,html,Some({})) From James Baldwin to Frida Kahlo, HuffPost Live discusses bisexual pioneers who've made a...

Finally, Here Are Some On-Screen Depictions Of Bisexuals Done Right

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

We know of myriad depictions of bisexual people in film gone wrong -- think "Wild Things," "Basic Instinct" and basically any reality TV show ever mad...

Here's A History Of Bisexuality, From Ancient Egypt To Stonewall

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

Bisexual people have their own unique history, but it often gets grouped together with other sexual identities, like that of gays and lesbians. But in...

Here's How Matthew Shepard's Tragic Death Changed U.S. Politics

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

This past week marked the 17-year anniversary since Matthew Shepard was targeted and brutally killed for being gay in Wyoming, on Oct. 12, 1998. As Hu...

Gay Activist: 9/11 Felt Like The AIDS Epidemic Unfolding In 24 Hours

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

It's hard to fathom the devastation the queer community faced during the 1980s AIDS epidemic unless you witnessed it firsthand. In a conversation with...

Police Harassment United The Gay Rights Movement With A Common Enemy

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home

The unjust police harassment and violence suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people over the years is completely unjustifiable,...

How WWII Started The Modern Gay Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

We often attribute the 1969 Stonewall Riots as being the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. But the first time gay people started coalescin...

Meet The Woman Who Helped Queer Women Of Color Gain Visibility In The 1970s

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

In 1979, Jean Wimberly, the executive director and founder of Circle of Voices, recognized a problem with the lack of women of color present at the ic...

October Is LGBT History Month: We've Come a Long Way, But There Is Still a Lot to Do

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Karen Fragala Smith

Spandex grannies with perfect manicures, jeans-wearing gents in blazers and hot Jersey girls in tight dresses had some interesting company at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City the last weekend of September.

Transforming Memories of Rejection and Bullying While Performing on 'East Los High'

Karen Anzoategui | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Karen Anzoategui

Now, here I am on set... walking the hallways, proud and out and queer at East Los High and my peers accept me for who I am.

LGBT History Walking Tours for Every City

Sarah Prager | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Sarah Prager

Chances are that there is a LGBT history walking tour you can take near you, either self-guided or narrated. If there isn't one, you can use Quist's free map to make your own from the queer historic points listed around the world.

Spirit Day: Let Love Define You

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Shane Bitney Crone

October is a very special time for the LGBT community: it is not only National LGBT History Month, but October 11 was National Coming Out Day and October 16 is Spirit Day.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

Happy LGBT History Month!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

It's that time of year again -- happy LGBT history month! In recognition of this important period where we remember and celebrate queer history, th...

Black History Month: 23 Prominent Black LGBT Icons

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the contributions of LGBT black figures who ...

The Doldrums of November

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Sarah Prager

LGBT History Month is over (in the U.S., at least; much of Europe celebrates it in February), but why must we wait another 11 months for our history to be shared again? What about Nov. 1's "on this day in LGBT history" events? Aren't they just as important as Oct. 31's? Of course they are.