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Stonewall Riots

The Hypocrisy of 'Religious Freedom'

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

It's not freedom when you are advocating taking away the liberty and rights of other human beings. It is not religious, especially not "Christian," to be intolerant and bigoted against your fellow citizens.

The Edges of Us, Part 3

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

But it is not the call of our heritage in Stonewall alone that compels us to be mindful of our edges, because it is also the call of our biblical ance...

The Edges of Us, Part 2

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

Critically, though, also, to elaborate, in addition, in this year and at this time our Pride calls for a new sermon for a new time for a return to com...

The Edges of Us, Part 1

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

Typically at this time of year I and my fellow pro-homo colleagues try in twenty minutes or less to undo the misrepresentation and decontextualizing o...

Stonewalls, an LGBTQI Civil Rights Anthem, Comes Out of the Closet

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Sometimes things just come together in a rather uncanny way. In 1998 I performed Stonewalls, my original LGBTQI Civil Rights Anthem, for the first time as part of a concert I gave in Hollywood.

Henry Arango: At 87, A Witness To Stonewall Riots and Six Decades of Gay History

Chuck Gomez | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Chuck Gomez

"I'm glad to have lived long enough to see all the changes," he says gesturing with his hands. "Sometimes I've been angry because we (gays, lesbians, transgenders) are human beings. We're entitled to the same rights as everyone."

An (Overdue) Honor For New York's Stonewall Inn

AP | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's landmarks commission has voted to grant official status to the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich (GREN'-ich) Village bar ...

An Overdue Honor For NYC's Stonewall Inn?

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - The Stonewall Inn, the bar considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement, c...

Stephen Petronio Returns to the Joyce with 'Bloodlines'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Given Petronio's NYC connection, it's no surprise that his company will perform at the Joyce Theater this week. There's no other venue that so aptly captures the haunting enthusiasm and open intimacy that the city harbors, all of which is reflected in Petronio's repertoire.

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

In Memory of Danny Garvin, One of the Heroic Homeless LGBT Youths Who Fought in the Stonewall Uprising (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Danny was never able to forget what it meant to be a homeless teen. He overcame homelessness and built a good life for himself, but he bore the scars in his psyche, and in his body. He contracted hepatitis while he was homeless; it shortened his life.

A Stonewall Riots Veteran Remembered

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Danny Garvin, who participated in the 1969 Stonewall Riots, died Dec. 9 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and liver cancer in New York. ...

A Black Stonewall Moment

Leon Acord | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Acord

Gays have often compared our fight for equality and acceptance to the struggle of the Black community. While not everyone in the Black community is thrilled about that, the parallels are too strong to deny.

Vintage Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Stonewall Era Gay Scene

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts

At only eight years old, Anthony Friedkin began taking photographs in his native Los Angeles. By 11 he could develop them in a dark room. At 19 years ...

What the Straight World Learned From the Stonewall Riots (It Was Indeed "a Flash at Midnight")

Sherman Yellen | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Ultimately the Stonewall Riots help free the gay community from the stigma of being born gay and remaining alive to their true nature, but it helped to free the straight world from the bondage of fear and bigotry regarding the variegated sexuality of humanity; a fear that held it in its grip.

Remembering the 1969 Stonewall Raid

Scott G. Brown | Posted 08.23.2014 | Black Voices
Scott G. Brown

The dancing and partying was on at the Stonewall Inn when the raid and ensuing riots occurred the early morning of June 28, 1969, yet it was 38 years later in 2007 when I realized the historic significance of the uprising.

James Thilman

Groundbreaking Project To Shed New (And Long Overdue) Light On LGBT History

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Dave Isay, founder and president of the non-profit oral history project StoryCorps, long envisioned an initiative focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexua...

Gays of Future Past

Frank Bua | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn't operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of heroes past, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

Stonewall Activist And LGBT Rights Pioneer Dies At 93

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that started the gay rights movement in ...

Want To Nominate A Local Hero To Honor Alongside Edie Windsor? Here's How!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Pride is just around the corner and Logo TV is launching an incredible new initiative to honor some of biggest individuals who have broken new ground ...

The First Draft

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Blake Skjellerup

When a young person can go to school confident and proud of who they are, without the stigma they may face from their peers or from within their own ideals of who they should be, then we can say, 'this is the year it all ends.'

An Unexpected Meeting on the Campaign Trail

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Sometimes the engagement achieved while knocking on doors as a candidate for office turns out to be of great personal significance, one that ties together loose ends from one's life, and the life discovered overlaps so much with one's own that it is uncanny. This is one such story.

Revolution v. Reform: Marriage, Floats, and Rose Parades

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort and concern when watching the Rose Parade marriage ceremony stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an overridingly oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

A Look At LGBT Landmarks, Then And Now

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

By Kristen Droesch for YourTango.com Every political and social movement has its landmarks. The Civil Rights movement had the Lincoln Memorial, an...