Gay Icons and History: February 2009

Historic DC: Frank Kameny's house

Filed by Brett Abrams | February 28, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gays, lesbians, the homophile movement all received a burst of recognition Thursday when the Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously to make Franklin Kameny's house Washington DC's first gay site on the DC List of Historic Sites. The Board also...Read More


And the Winner Is...Gay Marriage! Or: Why Milk and Sean Penn's Acceptance Speech Do not Equal the Need for Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 23, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

As expected, Milk received major 2008 Oscar awards, including the one for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Sean Penn). And, as I expected, the success of Milk has become, in a bizarre fashion, some kind of emblem for the...Read More


Sean Penn's Oscar Acceptance Speech

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sean Penn, in a the upset of the night, beat out Mickey Rourke for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Penn won for his amazing portrayal of Harvey Milk. Almost as good as his performance was his acceptance speech. For...Read More


The Digital Archive

Filed by Eric Leven | February 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some rare gems no longer collecting dust: Footage of the pre-action meeting for Target City Hall, March 27, 1988 (eve of Target City Hall demonstration). The 3:28 mark stirs something....Read More


Who's History? My Curious Encounter with the Radical Faeries

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I don't do gossip, which is kind of unfortunate because I hear a lot of good stuff. And I actually do strive to keep my personal opinions out of my reporting - an old ethic, to be sure, but a...Read More


Black History Month: Looking for More Lives to Celebrate

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

With Black History Month in its third week, I got the idea to google around the Web for half an hour and see how many vivid article profiles of black LGBT pioneers were easily findable in that time. Below is...Read More


FBI investigated Jack Valenti for being "a sex pervert"

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The FBI investigated former Lyndon Johnson aide Jack Valenti in 1964 to see if he was a queer. The married man went on to be president of the Motion Picture Association of America for almost 40 years. Valenti's crime was...Read More


The Sons of Tennessee Williams

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Keep an eye out for this upcoming flick - The Sons of Tennessee Williams. Watching the preview below, I'm struck by the sheer unrecognized history. If nothing else, check out the clip starting at 7:30 where they show former queens...Read More


Black History Month: Bayard Rustin

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Barack Obama's election as America's first black President is a good time for refreshing our memory on LGBT figures in the black civil-rights movement. Bayard Rustin -- that brilliant, charismatic, passionately courageous man who was Dr. Martin Luther King's chief...Read More


Farewell Oscar Wilde, What Becomes of Stonewall?

Filed by Eric Leven | February 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Farewell indeed. Another piece of gay history bites the dust. From NY Magazine: One of the subtler pleasures of the movie Milk is its vivid portrayal of those small rooms where the conspirators of the gay liberation movement first came...Read More


A Horrible Anniversary: Lawrence King Killed One Year Ago

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is a day of sadness and reflection for me. One year ago, 15 year-old Lawrence "Larry" King was shot in front of his classmates while sitting in school. For many younger LGBTQ people, this was a murder that defined...Read More


Accused Murderers of Lesbian Soccer Player on Trial

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane has become South Africa's Matthew Shepard. Her grisly murder last year, following torture and gang rape by several young men, has set off a tidal wave of outrage in South Africa. Simelane, who once played...Read More


Bending Valentine's Day Our Way

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the bonuses of being a writer is that you hear from readers, and find out how our people do things all over the world. Yesterday I got a neat Valentine email from Italy. Italian LGBT activist Mariagrazia Leone...Read More


Oscar Wilde Bookstore, and my first and only visit

Filed by Matt Comer | February 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is sad, sad news, indeed. The New York Times reports that the Oscar Wilde Bookstore at 15 Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, New York, will close March 29. The current owner cites the economy. Opened in 1967, the bookstore...Read More


Creating Change Plenary Speech on HIV/AIDS

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Kenyon Farrow is an organizer, communications strategist and writer working on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia. A current Policy Institute fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Farrow is working on a...Read More