Gay Icons and History: May 2010

Slightly salty girls: vintage French postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 31, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I guess women always liked a, er, woman in uniform. Such a sweet scene, guessing 1920's or earlier....Read More


Darling Man Dance: Early 20th century gay/drag ball

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 28, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Another fabulous find, this vintage photo seems to be ca. 1920s-30s. I love everything about this precious piece of history -- except for not knowing the story behind it. A private event? A gay nightclub? US? Berlin? Agh! Any thoughts,...Read More


The Day Larry Kramer Dissed Me!

Filed by Mark S. King | May 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The mall was abuzz, with people darting in and out of stores, wrangling their kids and chatting on cell phones. I preferred it that way, because it kept Larry in a fairly calm state of quiet attention, ever vigilant as...Read More


Major General: I saw the end of segregation

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 27, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Hindsight is 20/20: Vintage Cher poster

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 26, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

With apologies to Chaz for dredging this up from the dusty closets of cinema history. But, seriously, how could one resist?...Read More


Hot, sexy, and homoerotic: George Quaintance

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 25, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Thanks to a reader who identified cover art on a vintage mag I blogged a while ago, I looked up the artist, George Quaintance (1902 - 1957), and was rewarded by finding two excellent collections of his art at georgequaintance.com...Read More


Harvey Milk and Bakersfield

Filed by Davina Kotulski | May 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Years ago my wife, Molly, and I were driving through Bakersfield and stopped at an IHOP, Denny's, or one of those places you go to when you're on the road. We met a really nice waitress and she came out...Read More


Harvey Milk Day 2010: Being Out Is No Longer Enough

Filed by Marc Solomon | May 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As much as any other leader, Harvey Milk is my hero and inspiration. Like so many others, I drew tremendous strength from his belief in the fundamental goodness of all LGBT people in spite of what society too often tells...Read More


Girrrlish seduction: vintage French postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 20, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Oh that phallic morsel of French food! And the transman trying to feed it to the schoolteacher. Ooh-la-la. At the turn of the 20th century, no less. (The French reads: "First Seduction: - Just one more or I'll leave. -...Read More


Transformed in Exile - Father John McNeill

Filed by Father Tony | May 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This profile of Father McNeill appears in this week's South Florida Gay News. It is said that in south Florida you'll find an ex-priest in every gay bar. Each has his own sad story of disappointment with his church, but...Read More


Drag-tacular! Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 18, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

No idea of the date or place or people, and I'm hoping perhaps at least one of these ladies look familiar to one of Bilerico's readers. Looks like quite a frolicsome affair, possibly 1950s?...Read More


Girls Always Wanted to Have Fun: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 11, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Another of those beautiful photographic enigmas: appears to be early 20th century (give or take a decade). Married ladies on a raucous night out? Libertine women whooping it up? It's just sweet to see how much fun they are having...Read More


The Cosplay of our Mothers: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 10, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Another beautiful but enigmatic find, and appears to be turn-of-the century. Not sure if this is a scene from a play restaged into a photo or just a humorous postcard having fun with gender roles. Love that white satin suit!...Read More


Vintage Detroit Banner: kissing women

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 07, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Perhaps fans of whichever Detroit team inspired this (late 19th century?) postcard can enlighten me whether this has some special meaning for its time and place, or whether it's was just a clever photographer who thought mixing some scandal in...Read More


Harry Truman's grandson writes Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More