Gay Icons and History: July 2009

The "Gay Agenda" includes Medals of Freedom

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 31, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the White House announced the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. The list of 16 exemplary individuals includes Harvey Milk, awarded the medal posthumously, and tennis legend and gender equity champion Billie Jean...Read More


Here Come the Eye-Rollers: Milk, King Honored by Obama

Filed by Dustin Kight | July 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm probably not the first to say that the LGBT community sounds (and acts) like a broken record sometimes. Ever since the President didn't wave a magic wand on Inauguration Day, we've largely been reacting to anything the Administration does...Read More


Let's Call it a "Queer Quilt Across America"

Filed by John Shields | July 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

In recent weeks, the gay and lesbian community has been in a serious and, at times, contentious debate about the wisdom of holding a March on Washington this October. The concerns range from there isn't enough time to organize any...Read More


Novelist E. Lynn Harris dead at 54

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

As an author, I'm always shocked to read about another author's death -- especially when that author was nearly 20 years my junior. E. Lynn Harris had been on tour with his new book, Basketball Jones, and fell ill while...Read More


Where's My Gay Tennis Player?

Filed by Sean Bugg | July 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

As a young kid playing tennis on the cracked and ill-kept public courts of rural Western Kentucky, I had my idols who inspired both how and why I played. I loved Bjorn Borg, despite my great aunt's admonishment to "always...Read More


On Gay History, Or, This Is Not A Stonewall Story

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Don Davis is a complex recipe. In a large bowl, add 3 parts curiosity, 1 part "I Wish I Was Sam Clemens", 3 parts geek, 2 parts failed stand-up comic, a dash of photographer, a pinch...Read More


Vote Batwoman: Because We Need a Crime-fighting Lesbian Jewish Mayor

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today is election day in our campaign to elect Batwoman the first crime-fighting lesbian Jewish mayor of DC! Vote Batwoman for DC Mayor Voting is today until 6pm EDT. You can vote from anywhere in the world. Batwoman on why...Read More


White House photo: Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The White House sent over this picture of Frank Kameny being honored at the gala reception commemorating Stonewall held last week. I imagine Kameny as thinking, "It was nothing being the first LGBT community organizer, Mr. President. Just doing my...Read More


Saving LGBT History at the Grassroots

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 06, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is Tom Brown, a freelance writer who has done business and political reporting for print media in Daytona Beach, Providence, and Boston. What was the first gay bar in your town? What year did...Read More


A Patriotic Foremother

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's a quick historical tidbit in honor of the many patriotic songs played this weekend: Katherine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful," lived for 25 years with fellow Wellesley College professor Katherine Coman, in what is commonly called a...Read More


Bending Towards Oblivion: my interview with historian Martin Duberman in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: We're approaching the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the symbolic event of early gay liberation, and I'm wondering if you think there's any of this liberationist spirit left in the gay movement. Martin Duberman: Well, I...Read More