Tag Archives: LGBT History

The Man Who Invented San Francisco

The Days Of Anna Madrigal, the ninth and final installment of Armistead Maupin’s legendary Tales Of The City series, will be published later this month. Yesterday the Guardian heaped praise upon Maupin. An excerpt: Quentin Crisp once introduced him with the boast: “This is Mr Maupin. He invented San Francisco.” More importantly, Maupin virtually invented the mainstreaming of gay life ...

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Happy New Year, JMG Community!

Yet another eventful year has come and gone for this here website thingy. In 2013 we saw nearly 28 million pageviews on just over 10,000 posts on which you folks left over a million comments.  As I mentioned in this post last year, news blogging is like a homework assignment that is never done, but is always due. Nevertheless, you ...

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AFER Looks Back On 2013

Clip recap: In 2013, AFER took our case against Prop 8 to the US Supreme Court. Standing with us was an unprecedented groundswell of support, including you. It was the first time a marriage case for gay and lesbian Americans had ever been briefed before the nation’s highest court. And we won. Gay and lesbian couples can now get married ...

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BRITAIN: Computer Genius Alan Turing Granted Posthumous Pardon

The British government today granted a royal pardon to Alan Turing, the computer genius who committed suicide after being chemically castrated following a conviction for homosexuality. The brilliant mathematician, who played a major role in breaking the Enigma code – which arguably shortened the war by at least two years – has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative ...

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UTAH: Salt Lake City Mayor Performs Wedding For Gay State Senator

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Utah’s First Gay Marriage Has Happened!

There is no waiting period in Utah. Couples that wish to marry there might want to do so immediately, as many expect the state to rush an appeal for a stay to the Tenth Circuit Court. Via the Q Salt Lake: Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson may well be Utah’s first gay couple to legally marry in the ...

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New Board Game: That’s So Gay

Via press release: That’s So Gay! A Game of LGBTQ Discovery, a new trivia game, is available in time for the holidays. Featuring more than 2,400 questions of LGBTQ history and current events, the game can be played by two or more people and is ideal for parties and social events. The phrase “That’s so gay!” has been used mostly ...

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Quote Of The Day – Edith Windsor

“I am honored that Time chose me as one of the number 3 individuals in the top 5 nominees for ‘Person of the Year,’ but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families. There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still ...

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TIME Names Pope Francis Person Of The Year, Edith Windsor Ranked Third

TIME Magazine today named Pope Francis as its person of the year.  In second place is Edward Snowden, with DOMA champion Edith Windsor placing third.  Syrian President Bashar Assad is ranked fourth, and Tea Party hero Ted Cruz finished out the top five.  Has TIME previously revealed the runners-up in this manner?

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The Marriage Movement In One Gif

Note the avalanche of constitutional bans during the 2004-2006 reign of Ken Mehlman as RNC chairman. (Via JMG reader Win)

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Marie Osmond Poses With Anita Bryant

JMG reader Dave sends us the above Instragram post by Marie Osmond, who posed backstage with Anita Bryant (left) after a concert. Jeremy Hooper writes at Good As You: “Something tells me that Osmond, a professed equality ally with a lesbian daughter, might regret this post. Sure, they have a shared history. Bryant first sang Paper Roses; Osmond made it ...

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Thank A Lesbian Today

One of the most beautiful and moving aspects of the early plague years was the unprecedented response of the lesbian community. Our sisters stepped up when no one else would and became caregivers, companions, and fierce advocates. While the marriage equality movement has certainly united gay men and lesbians, in the early years of HIV/AIDS the two communities were at ...

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Thousands Of HIV/AIDS Activism Posters Are Now Viewable Online

Via press release: In time for World AIDS Day on Sunday, Dec. 1, one of the world’s largest collections of AIDS posters is now complete and available online, marking the culmination of a multiyear project launched in 2011 during the 30th anniversary year of the identification of HIV/AIDS. Thanks to catalogers at the University of Rochester, more than 6,200 posters ...

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day. Membership  Michael didn’t look good. We were at his annual Christmas Luau party. Tons and tons of people in the house and the backyard. Standing in his kitchen, wearing a grass skirt and a ridiculous Santa hat covered in ...

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About The Real HIV/AIDS Buyers Clubs

Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club continues to perform strongly in theaters, moving up to #10 on last weekend’s list of top grosses as the release widened to more than 650 houses. Focus writes: Jean-Marc Vallée’s DALLAS BUYERS CLUB dramatizes the story of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), a real man who, after being diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986, did ...

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Radio Free Europe Interviews Rainbow Flag Creator And Activist Gilbert Baker

Radio Free Europe has posted a great chat with rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who these days is a major force with Queer Nation here in New York City. The clip takes you inside Baker’s Harlem apartment and you even get a look at his sewing machines. He’s a JMG reader! (Tipped by JMG reader Ken)

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Tam O’Shaughnessy On Sally Ride

Yesterday Tam O’Shaughnessy accepted the Presidential Medal Of Freedom on behalf of her late partner, Sally Ride. This afternoon the White House posted the below clip to their official YouTube channel. As of this writing, there’s no clip from Walter Naegle, who accepted yesterday on behalf of his late partner, Bayard Rustin.

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VIDEO: Watch The Full Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Signing Ceremony

In case you didn’t get to watch it live yesterday, the state of Illinois has posted the full video of  the marriage equality bill signing ceremony. The clip is on auto-play, so turn it down before you click over. (Tipped by JMG reader Thomas)

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LIVE VIDEO: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill At 4:30 Eastern

Watch history happen right here! UPDATE: The video at the first link is sagging a little bit under the demand. Try this one too. UPDATE: And it’s DONE!

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CONFIRMED: Abe Lincoln’s Desk Is On The Stage And Ready For Gay Marriage

Photo by JMG reader Ed Pratt. The signing ceremony should start within the hour.

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