Gay Icons and History: September 2010

An Interview with NOH8: The Silent Photo Protest

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm sure you've seen them by now, all the celebrities, public figures, and every day people posing in white shirts and 'NOH8' inked onto their faces. Instead of boring you with my explanation of who Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley...Read More


Would we be calling Martin Luther King a civil discourse nut?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I read Stride Toward Freedom a few weeks ago because Bob Somberby kept on telling people to. I saw this post on his site about a month ago, where he caught a bit of Ed Schultz on MSNBC interviewing Martin...Read More


When suffering has meaning

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 23, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Two weeks ago I posted on the "boring life" myth in LGBT activism. I've noticed it for years - we say something along the lines of "Our lives are actually really boring. We go to work, mow the lawn, wash...Read More


Let's Get Physical: Lesbian pulp fiction

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 23, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Fun cover from the late 50s/early 60s. "Peggy Swenson" was a pseudonym used by science fiction author Richard E Geis when he wrote pulp sex books (he penned over 100 of them!)....Read More


Nonviolence: It's more than not hitting people

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I posted Monday and Tuesday on Martin Luther King's Stride Toward Freedom, one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read. Have you gotten a copy? Even if you think my posts on the subject have been garbage, King's book...Read More


Castro triggered the American LGBT rights movement?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 21, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a fascinating e-mail to Andrew Sullivan, longtime activist Frank Kameny gives credit to Fidel Castro for triggering the American gay rights movement. While, Castro had no notion, of course, of what he was doing in this context at that...Read More


Gay is not the new Black: Why replicating King's strategies won't work for the contemporary queer

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted on Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King's account of the Montgomery bus boycott, one of the most successful direct actions in American history. Why was it successful? I'll get more into that tomorrow, when I'll relate more...Read More


Four facts I didn't know about the Montgomery bus boycott

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It seems you can't shake a dead cat anymore without someone using Martin Luther King to prove their point. Conservatives claim he was one of them - he once said, "I have a dream that my four little children will...Read More


Don't Read This if You Have Hang-Ups: vintage magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Published barely 13 months after the Stonewall riots, this magazine for the exclusive Fire Island crowd makes it clear that the tide had shifted to a spirit of self-acceptance and gay pride. A really fabulous little piece of gay history....Read More


Abraham Lincoln - Was He Gay? Part 2

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week I did a post here at The Bilerico Project that created quite a bit of commentary and several personal attacks in comments that I did not approve for publication because of their nastiness. I was particularly surprised by...Read More


Private Pictures: men stepping up the fun

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

I found a handful of very sweet private photos of folks dancing and having fun together and this is the first of the lot. This one looks reasonably recent, and captures a some darling older guys enjoying some dance moves...Read More


Private Pictures: Keeping your balls in the air

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 09, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Another of my private picture finds, this one looks to be from the 1970s-80s, and shows a trio of cut-ups who know how to throw a party at home. So cute!...Read More


Private Pictures: vintage lesbian dance party

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 08, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Another rare image, this one from the mid-20th century, taken at a private party where women weren't afraid to be themselves -- at least when they were in friendly company....Read More


Private Pictures: hanging with the homegirls

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 07, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Another vintage delight, this private photo was one of a series of images snapped at a relaxed, casual social gathering of women who love women, ca. 1950s. Love the haircuts and slacks!...Read More


Choosing Children: Help Preserve a Vital Piece of LGBT History

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 02, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

With Eric Stonestreet winning an Emmy Sunday for his portrayal of a gay dad in ABC's Modern Family, and the summer movie about two lesbian moms, The Kids Are All Right, garnering early Oscar buzz, it is easy to forget...Read More