Gay Icons and History: February 2011

LIFE AIDS Lobby and Equality California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 27, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Equality California is the grandchild of LIFE AIDS Lobby, which was founded in 1985 out of terrible post-Gay Liberation necessity. Though the Centers for Disease Control published a report on June 5, 1981 about six gay men in the Los...Read More


EQCA History Part 2: MECLA, Alice and the DNC

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may be hard to understand now, but until the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, most LGBT people didn't identify as "a people," a "minority" or even as "a community" with a shared history, dreams and common problems. There had...Read More


As She Was: Mystery Celebrity Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 25, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

When an icon releases private family photos...well, how could I resist? See if you can guess who this adorable tot is: Maybe this photo of her in her teens will help:...Read More


Boi from a Bygone Era: Vintage Male Impersonator

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Another wondrous find, this ca. 1890 - 1910 photo of a young male impersonator, probably a theatrical performer of the era....Read More


Video: Coming Out in the 1950's

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What a fantastic project! The newly formed Pye/Harris Project was founded by 94-year old Edgar Pye, whose sixty-year life partner Robert Harris died in 2006. In Mr. Harris' honor, Pye created the project to show young gay people that a...Read More


The Truth About George Washington

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 22, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was reading Family Research Council President Tony Perkin's newsletter this President's Day in which he and FRC's "resident historian" Bob Morrison wax poetic about George Washington: "[O]ur first president, the Father of our Country. George Washington has been described...Read More


San Francisco Neighborhood Associationists Prefer Revisionist Art

Filed by Toshio Meronek | February 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Bay Area Reporter has the story of a piece of LGBT art that may never see the light of day thanks to a few neighborhood associationists in the Lower Polk area of San Francisco. Last fall, local artists Helen...Read More


LGBT Fiction Fest: Last of the Lesbians

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 18, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

This brings my five-day queer pulp fiction fest to an end (sniffle), but I'll be back before too long with more fabulous literary finds for queer history buffs and book-lovers. Hope you enjoyed!...Read More


Pioneering Facts of Life Star and Disability Activist Comes Out

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | February 17, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Ever wish that smoldering Jo Polniaczek on 80s sitcom The Facts of Life was a dyke? Well, keep wishing. But the show's recurring guest star Geri Jewell has come out as a lesbian in her upcoming memoir, I'm Walking as...Read More


Vintage Fetish Fashion: 1960s Leatherwear for Men

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 11, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Two-page spread from a 1960 fetish (latex, leather, and lingerie) catalogue, showing some of the hot leather garments that men could order. The leather bathing suits are amazing but what happened when they got wet? Yikes. It's after the jump....Read More


Man Tango: Photo by Wangenheim

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 09, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Exquisitely erotic dance photo, ca. 1970s, shot by fashion photographer extraordinaire, Chris Von Wangenheim...Read More


Nollendorfplatz, Then and Now: LGBT History

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

An early 20th century view of Nollendorfplatz, the center of gay and bohemian life in pre-World War II Germany. Theatres, cabarets, and clubs here catered to gays, lesbians, transsexuals, sadomasochists, and other members of Berlin's sexually liberated sub-culture. The Nazis...Read More