Gay Icons and History: July 2010

Tribute to Julian Eltinge: Theatre memorabilia

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

America's first great professional trans stage performer, Julian Eltinge, was a subject of intrigue, romance, and controversy. According to W.C. Fields, "When Julian Eltinge enters a room, all the women swoon and all the men leave for the smoking room."...Read More


Dumbledore is Gaaaaay

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has arrived. In order to convey the excitement that this news generated at our house, I have to confirm one of fundamentalist Christianity's most apoplectic fantasies: the Harry Potter series is...Read More


Fellow Feeling: vintage postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 29, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

This card is dated ca.1910 -- yes, 100 years ago -- and displays a playful frankness about gay attractions. There also seem to be some shadowy police figures in the distance, suggesting the danger of expressing those feelings openly....Read More


The Devil is in Her Details: Vintage pulp cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 27, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

I'd like to say this is the latest publication from the American Famliy Association (it would explain so much!), but, sadly, it's just a wonderfully tacky old pulp novel....Read More


Respect Your Elders

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | July 25, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

So many of the conversations here at Netroots Nation have revolved around what we have yet to achieve: marriage equality, ENDA, a DADT repeal... The list goes on. Clearly these are pressing, essential issues. As we move forward, however, it's...Read More


Paul Mayen: Fallingwater's Lesser-Known Architect

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Almost a year ago the boyfriend and I visited Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous residential projects, while in southwestern Pennsylvania for the boyfriend's family reunion. As I noted in a post last August on my personal blog,...Read More


Lonely Sailor Days: vintage photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sweet early 20th century image of French sailors dancing away some of their boredom while at sea....Read More


Dan Choi Now Officially Discharged Under DADT

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Lieutenant Dan Choi's National Guard unit has notified him by mail and phone he has been fully disachrged and is no longer serving as an American solider. According to Gay City News: Choi lost his battle with the Pentagon on...Read More


David Mixner: An Oral History of DADT

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

When I was in New York City in early March, fellow contributor Phil Reese and I met veteran activist David Mixner at his favorite restaurant for brunch. David was incredibly generous with his time and after we ate I broke...Read More


Happy 17th Birthday, DADT!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Seventeen years ago today, the Clinton White House announced a new policy they were going to advocate to solve the "problem" of gays in the military. ABC News brought us the story of the new "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy...Read More


Turn-of-the-Century TransLovelies

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Fabulous vintage photo, ca.1910 - 1920. I have no idea who these lovely women are or where they were performing but I sure wish I could have watched their show!...Read More


Trans men & women together: Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Turn of the century (ca. 1905-1910) photo of some nonconformists either clowning around or expressing their real identities, and probably both. Sweet!...Read More


The Man That AIDS Forgot

Filed by Mark S. King | July 07, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The New York City of 1979 shown during the opening minutes of "Sex Positive," the documentary now available on DVD, is awash in gay sexual liberation. Male couples strut their stuff arm in arm, sporting biker jackets and cocky mustaches...Read More


Another WTF moment: Vintage mystery photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 06, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Truly, I do love finding photos that baffle me. The only problem is I can't give you the vaguest ideas of the who/what/when of them. It's up to you erudite readers to offer ideas...but you don't need to be a...Read More


Chinese Opera Drag: antique postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

A wonderful piece of San Francisco memorabilia, this exquisite image of a female impersonator in majestic dress. Appears to be from the early decades of the 20th century. Though I know it's a tradition to have men play female roles,...Read More


Undiscovered Lives: Vivian Maier

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 02, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

As regular readers know, I have an abiding passion for uncovering bits and pieces of sexual history that would otherwise be buried in time, in my never-ending quest to honor the people who've come before us and to revive memories...Read More