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What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Stormé DeLarverie: In A Storm Of Indifference, She's Still A Jewel

Robert West | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert West

The name may not ring a bell, but it should. Stormé performed with the legendary Jewel Box Revue and may have been the person who threw the first punch in the Stonewall riots. A gay icon who gave so much to the LGBT community should not be living out her final years in relative obscurity.

Trans* Invisibility

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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."

Sunday in LA: Magical Musical Luncheon Benefits Downtown Women's Center

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lisa Derrick

Music, margaritas, and Mexican food benefit the first Los Angeles homeless center devoted exclusively to women, this Sunday at El Chavo in East Hollyw...