Gay Icons and History: October 2008

Reg Riedel -- Pioneering Wildlife Worker

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 27, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Conservation work, especially with animals, may look glamorous in TV and movies, but it's hard on those who commit to it. There is the 24/7 grind of animal care, the struggle to find funding, and the terrible heartbreak when things...Read More

Alexander Hamilton -- "Little Lion" of the Revolution

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 25, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Conservative American historians reserve a closet that's deeper and darker than usual, for any "founding father" who wasn't a Bible-quoting Protestant heterosexual. And some odd boys can definitely be glimpsed through the cannon smoke of our Revolution. Among them was...Read More

Solving a Mystery: What Did Joan of Arc Look Like?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 18, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

GLBT historians love to claim Joan as lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. I'm one of those who think she was a case of androgen insensitivity syndrome -- burned at the stake in 1431 for her "crime" of flouting Catholic rules on...Read More

Southwestern New Mexico - A Probable History Before Stonewall

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ronald L. Donaghe, winner of the Jim Duggins "Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist" Award for 2008, has been actively writing fiction since 1986. His first novel, Common Sons, was first published by a small, independent press out of...Read More

Remembering Philip Labhart, Pioneer Ad Producer

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 16, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Gay film history should have a category for ads and infomercials -- and Los Angeles producer Philip Labhart should be one of the first stars to be installed on that sidewalk of fame. Ads and infomercials may be despised by...Read More

Puerto Rican Sodomy Law - An Irony of Gay History

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More

Why I won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Public discussions around sexuality evoke simplistic narratives about gays versus conservatives. We automatically assume that anything gay is part of a leftist or progressive agenda. In this context, National Coming Out Day takes on the aura of a sacred rite...Read More


Filed by Gina de Vries | October 11, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

There is no bigger pleasure than hearing Leah, Zuleikha, and myself screaming chants on FemmeCast. Check out Episode 5 to hear some of my best & brilliant friends shark-sharking it up. (I also make a tiny little cameo as an...Read More

LGBT History Month: A Tale of Old-time Montana

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

One coming-out in one small town can move the hearts of a lot of people for a long time after. Whenever I go home to Deer Lodge, Montana, and enjoy the acceptance -- or at least tolerance -- of a...Read More

Hello -- Liberty Is a Pagan Goddess

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

To the creators of that Republican campaign commercial that appropriates the Statue of Liberty -- I've got news for you. You're hawking the wrong symbol. In fact, you're stealing a symbol that actually shoots a big hole in all the...Read More

How Real Is Our Commitment to "History"?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

For starters, the feminists got it wrong. In the word "history," "his-" does not refer to men. The American Heritage Dictionary index of root words shows us that "his-" probably comes from hyster, the Greek word for womb. Why womb?...Read More