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WATCH: 'Will And Grace' And Other LGBT Artifacts Hit The Smithsonian

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices

An awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history is crucial -- and The Smithsonian is making an active effort to help queers plac...

LOOK: 14 Of The Queerest Moments In MTV VMA History

Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Let's face it -- awards shows in America can get pretty queer. From Madonna and Britney's iconic lip-lock to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' moving rend...

LOOK: Remembering Our Queer History On Stonewall's 45th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been 45 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, but their significance and impact are still as relevant today as ever before. In honor of th...

LOOK: Tom Of Finland Gets His Own Stamps... And They Are EVERYTHING (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices

The late graphic artist Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen, is about to become further cemented as an icon for his contributions to gay art and hist...

Not an Advocate: An Open, Angry Letter Concerning the Pope as LGBT Ally

Simon Moritz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Every definition of both "activism" and "advocate" requires intentional work in the service of a goal. The pope is neither activist nor advocate.

The Doldrums of November

Sarah Prager | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
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.

30 Stars You Might Not Know Are Bisexual

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

As we continue to recognize and celebrate the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement throughout the course of LGBT Hist...

Historic Gay Icon To Be Featured On Postage Stamp

The Huffington Post | James NIchols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The Harvey Milk Foundation confirmed Oct. 10 that the U.S. Postal Service would honor gay rights icon Harvey Milk with a stamp in honor of his memory ...

LOOK: Brooklyn Plays Host To Massive Celebration Of Queer History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

"On the (Queer) Waterfront: Brooklyn Histories" kicked off this weekend, a unique and collaborative art and performance show curated by The Pop-Up Mus...

Know Your LGBT History: Professional Boxer Comes Out And More On October 3

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates!...

James Nichols

Filmmakers Discuss Trans Icon Miss Major, Her Historic Legacy, And The Role Of LGBT Film | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"MAJOR!" is a film documenting the life and legacy of transgender elder and pioneering activist Miss Major, a prominent and enduring figure within the...

Breaking Social Silences in Nigeria: A Conversation With Gay Rights Activist Michael Ighodaro

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

New App Brings LGBT History To Your Fingertips

THis Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In an effort to bridge new mediums of information-sharing and raise awareness surrounding a shared history of LGBT-identifying individuals, a new mobi...

When Gay Marriage Was Radical

Michael Boucai | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Boucai

Marriage litigation played an important political role in gay liberation's heady early years. Between 1970 and 1972, among the dozen or so American same-sex couples who sought civil marriage licenses, three pursued lawsuits to the bitter end.

Stonewall x 2

Alice Carey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Alice Carey

They say if you stay in the same place long enough, you get to see everything. So by staying on the same block in Greenwich Village longer than I ever expected, I've seen history being made in front of the Stonewall Inn, not once but twice.

What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlene Obernauer

Pride parades, or "gay liberation protests," as they were first called, have been critical to bringing about LGBT rights all over the world. But we've abandoned their initial purpose as a call for equality. We owe it to ourselves, and to our history, to call upon our rich activist traditions.

What a Riot: Taking Pride in Our Past (PHOTOS)

Jamie Scot | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie Scot

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we wanted to take a little walk down LGBT history lane to explore the origins of Pride, and take a closer look at those electrifying evenings in June when the LGBT community decided to stop hiding and start fighting.

Is 'Gay Marriage' Really Newer Than Cellphones or the Internet?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

As we await word from the Supreme Court about the future of same-sex marriage, it's increasingly common to hear how allegedly "swift," "unprecedented," and "accelerated" the advance of gay rights has been. This line of argument does an injustice to the depth of LGBTQ history.

Trans* Invisibility

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

It's up to trans* people to be proactive and make certain that our individual and collective voices are heard loud and clear by the public and the media, and that we continue to be written into the record of queer history.

Harvey Milk Is My Religion

Sarah Prager | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah Prager

While I knew since before I came out to myself that there are many gay people of faith and many faiths that accept gays, God and religion are not where I turned. Learning about the stories of those LGBT people who had come before me gave me strength.

Four-Day Conference Celebrates Harry Hay, Founder Of The Modern American Gay Freedom Movement

Joey Cain | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Joey Cain

In 1948 homosexuals were considered sick and/or degenerate heterosexuals, and a gay community as we now know it did not yet exist. That year one man had the visionary idea that homosexuals were a "cultural minority" and could organize themselves.

Ever Believe It Was Wrong To Be Gay?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

"I never once, not for a second, believed that it was wrong to be gay," says Vito Russo in the HBO documentary VITO, which premiered this week. How many of us can say the same? And why not?

Stonewall: The Raid Heard Around The World?

Avery Stone | Posted 08.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

I realize that my youth does not allow me to know firsthand how far the LGBT community has come, but my discovery of Stonewall has made me hyperaware of two things: first, of making sure I never take change for granted, and second, of the resilience of the LGBT community.

Screaming Queens And Queer Teens At First Pride Youth-Elders Brunch

Jessica Arevalo | Posted 08.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Jessica Arevalo

The noontime scene in San Francisco's Dolores Park may have seemed incongruous to passersby. Young people wearing purple, feathers, wings, and other individual fashion statements sat at tables with others, some old enough to be their grandparents, all eagerly swapping stories.

'Gay Lives': Celebrating Gay Men And Women Throughout History (PHOTOS)

Robert Aldrich | Posted 06.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Aldrich

Learning about gay lives in the past can help us promote the rights of gays and lesbians in our own time. I hope readers will find pleasure in this voyage "around the world with eighty gays."