Tag Archives: LGBT History

WATCH: 1974 Argument For Marriage Led By Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

Click over to WGBH for their “Open Vault” presentation of a truly fascinating 1974 argument for same-sex marriage led by late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who was honored in Philadelphia this weekend on the 50th anniversary of the nation’s first organized gay civil rights demonstration. The 1974 forum was staged in a trial format with Kameny calling as his ...

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50 Years Ago In Philadelphia

Via the Associated Press: Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago — but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over. “In too many communities, you can still ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Jim Obergefell Places Wreath At Site Of 1965 Gay Rights Rally

Via the Associated Press: Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man at the center of the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. Sullivan, 17, offered her embrace before a ceremony Thursday where Obergefell helped place a wreath at ...

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Quote Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

“I always believed we would win, but what a joy and relief it was when our victory came. As I read the Supreme Court opinion, as I followed the stories across the country of couples getting married, and as so many people wrote me with wonder, attaching pictures of their families, their kids, their weddings … well, I cried and ...

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How Gay Men Used To Speak

I’ve long been fascinated with Polari, which I first learned about when I asked British friends about the title of Morrissey’s 1990 album, Bona Drag, which means “nice outfit.” From the clip recap: Polari was a form of slang used by gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967, used primarily as a coded way for ...

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Matt Baume: Debunking The Dissents

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 46 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” For some historical perspective to this week’s victory, I’m reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long way in 46 ...

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SCOTUS RULES FOR MARRIAGE!!!

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NYC’s Oldest Gay Bar Closes

Ten days ago I reported that New York City’s oldest gay bar, Candle Bar on the Upper West Side, would be closing after more than 50 years. West Side Rag reports on its closing night: [Front in photo above] Owner of Candle Bar Michelle Ader and her husband William Greene. Michelle was bequeathed the apartment by her brother 22 years ...

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Quote Of The Day – Daniel O’Donnell

“Ever since I was a boy, I dreamed of being a politician. But when I was imagining it, there were no openly gay politicians to look up to. I didn’t think an openly gay person could be elected to public office. I pursued a legal career, not in the hopes of switching to politics, but as an alternative I could ...

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TRAILER: Larry Kramer In Love & Anger

Kramer tells TIME: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done or said. No matter what you say, some people are going to like it and some people aren’t. So it hasn’t shut me up at all. Inside I’m just as tempestuous.”  The documentary debuts on June 29th at 9PM. Set the DVR now.

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Yahoo News Documentary: Uniquely Nasty: The US Government’s War On Gays

Via press release: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on same-sex marriage, Yahoo News presents a new 30-minute documentary, “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays,” reported and narrated by chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff. The film explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political past, when gays and lesbians were barred from working for ...

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JMG Interview: Ireland’s Panti Bliss

A few day after Ireland’s historic marriage referendum, I interviewed activist / drag legend Panti Bliss for Pride Magazine. An edited version of the interview is now in print and the full interview is below. JMG: First of all, huge congratulations on the marriage referendum! What’s it like to find yourself on the front pages of newspapers and websites around ...

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Quote Of The Day – Jim Obergefell

“It’s incredible to think that my name, John’s and my story, is a landmark case that will be in history books. That’s an incredible thing, on an intellectual level. It’s the emotional level where I’m still catching up to that. It just doesn’t seem possible, and it doesn’t seem at all possible that I’m the person at the center of ...

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MAP: All Of The Former And Current Gay Bars In New York City History

Today’s post about the coming closure of Candle Bar prompted JMG reader John to tip us to OUTgoing, a recently-launched project to map all of the former and current gay bars in New York City history. Citylab reports: Jeff Ferzoco has created an interactive map, OUTgoing, that captures the ever-unfolding history of New York’s LGBT nightlife venues. Ferzoco, an information ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Oldest Gay Bar To Close After More Than 50 Years

Via DNA Info: Candle Bar, the neighborhood’s oldest gay bar — and some argue the oldest in the city — is closing at the end of the month. The Amsterdam Avenue bar opened in the mid-1960s, and some people argue it has had its license and been openly gay longer than Julius, a West Village gay bar that claims to ...

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the eleventh year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride here in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride month. Love each other. Watching The ...

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NYC: MoMA Adds Gilbert Baker’s Rainbow Flag To Their Permanent Collection

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker tips us that the MoMA has added one of his flags to their permanent collection. From their letter to him: On behalf of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, I am excited to formally announce that your work, the Rainbow Flag, has been acquired into the collection of The ...

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Impressionist Jim Bailey Dies At Age 77

Via the Hollywood Reporter: Jim Bailey, a self-proclaimed “character actor” who did spot-on re-creations of such iconic female entertainers as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee, has died. He was 77. Bailey died Saturday of cardiac arrest from pneumonia complications at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, Calif., his manager of 27 years, Stephen Campbell, told The ...

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Remembering Chelsea’s Gay Heyday

Over at Kenneth In The 212, my pal Kenneth Walsh has published a rather comprehensive photo essay recounting the dozens of businesses that have departed the Eighth Avenue corridor of Chelsea that was arguably once the nation’s most popular stretch of gay nightlife, retail, and restaurants. Chelsea’s demise as the center of Manhattan gay life began early this century and ...

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