Tag Archives: LGBT History

JMG Short Story: Ricky Loved Madonna

Gentle readers, today is Madonna’s 61st birthday. Below is a short story that first appeared on JMG on this day in 2006, a date which, as you’ll see, plays a role in the story. Ricky Loved Madonna Twenty years ago today, August 16th 1986, I was a few months into a new job with AMC Theatres, a position that I …

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ILLINOIS: Dem Gov Signs LGBT History Curriculum Bill

The Windy City Times reports: Students in Illinois public schools will learn about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state and national history after approval today of the Inclusive Curriculum Law by Gov. Pritzker, according to Equality Illinois. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, the Inclusive Curriculum Law — House Bill 246 — will ensure the …

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BRITAIN: Alan Turing To Appear On New £50 Note

The Guardian reports: Alan Turing, the scientist known for helping crack the Enigma code during the second world war and pioneering the modern computer, has been chosen to appear on the new £50 note. The mathematician was selected from a list of almost 1,000 scientists in a decision that recognised both his role in fending off the threat of German …

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Anti-Gay Former GOP Rep. William Dannemeyer Dies At 89, Called For Firing And Quarantining People With HIV

The Washington Post reports: William E. Dannemeyer, a seven-term congressman from California who exemplified the archconservative politics of Orange County, calling for a balanced federal budget while making national headlines for his attacks on “militant homosexuality” in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, died July 9 at his wife’s home in Thousand Palms, Calif. He was 89. He had …

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Mayor Puts NYC WorldPride Attendance At Five Million

ABC News reports: Around 5 million people attended WorldPride in New York City over the weekend, surpassing estimates of about 3 million, according to the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the police department for keeping the crowds safe as visitors from around the globe flooded the city’s streets over the weekend to celebrate LGBTQ rights. He …

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PHOTOS: New York City Pride / Stonewall 50 March

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed a law banning the so-called “gay panic” defense in New York State, saying it “ends the justification of homophobia.” Cuomo scribbled his John Hancock on Bill A2707 in the thick of the Pride march in Manhattan as members from the LGBTQ cheered alongside him. “New York has always …

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Democrats Celebrate Stonewall: We See You, We Hear You, We Won’t Stop Fighting For Your Rights [VIDEO]

Just in via email from the Democratic National Committee: “Today, we celebrate the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We honor the courage and diversity of the activists at Stonewall. We remember heroes like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – two trans women of color – whose bravery changed our country for the better. And we recognize all …

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Mayor Pete: Stonewall Made It Possible For Me To Run

Just in via email from the Buttigieg campaign: Fifty years ago, early on a Saturday morning, police came through the door of the Stonewall Inn. That raid gave rise to a resistance, which in turn helped launch the arrival of LGBTQ consciousness in America as we know it. My candidacy is possible today only because of the hard work and …

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NYC Pride Dazzles With World Pride Opening [VIDEO]

Last night I attended the opening ceremonies for WorldPride/Stonewall 50 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center where NYC Pride dazzled the packed arena with a slick production that was by turns moving, inspiring, and just plain fabulous.  Variety reports: Whoopi Goldberg was the host of the evening, delivering an uplifting speech that set up the evening’s celebratory atmosphere while marking the 50th …

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LGBTQ History: “The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel”

It was 50 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” As I’ve done for the last few years on this day, 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 …

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American Psychoanalytic Association Apologizes For Having Once Labeled Homosexuality As Mental Illness

The Hill reports: The American Psychoanalytic Association apologized on Friday for previously labeling homosexuality a mental illness. “It is long past time to recognize and apologize for our role in the discrimination and trauma caused by our profession,” Lee Jaffe, the group’s president, said in a statement. “We all know that hearing the words ‘we are sorry’ is important to …

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Tickets Still Available For NYC Pride Opening Ceremony: Cyndi Lauper, Whoopi, Chaka, Billy Porter, & Much More

In the next day or so I’ll have a much more extensive post about the myriad events offered up by NYC Pride and WorldPride, some of which are long sold out, but in the meantime I’ve just been told that some tickets are still available for the opening ceremony, which has quite the fantastic lineup: NYC Pride is proud to …

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Bill Would Make Pulse Nightclub A National Memorial

CNN reports: In the days ahead of the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida lawmakers have proposed plans to designate the nightclub a national memorial. U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy, both from Central Florida, announced their plan to declare Pulse a federal landmark at a service in front of the temporary memorial …

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Watching The Defectives: My Annual Pride Rant

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the fifteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of NYC 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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BREAKING: New York Police Commissioner Apologizes For 1969 Raid On Stonewall Inn: The NYPD Was Wrong

The New York Times reports: New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized on Thursday on behalf of the Police Department for officers’ actions during the Stonewall riot, a seminal 1969 clash outside a Greenwich Village club that is widely regarded as a turning point for the modern gay rights movement. “I think it would be irresponsible to go through …

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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Calls On NYPD To Apologize For 1969 Raid On Stonewall Inn

New York City’s WINS radio reports: It’s been fifty years since police officers raided the Stonewall Inn — the legendary Christopher Street gay bar — and Corey Johnson thinks it’s about time that the NYPD apologize to the LGBTQ community for the raid, which gave birth to the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement. “The NYPD in the past has apologized for …

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AVAILABLE TODAY: Rainbow Warrior: My Life In Color, The Memoir Of Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker

Via press release from Chicago Review Press: The bright, exuberant colors on the rainbow flag have long been a symbol of pride and unity for the LGBTQ+ community. From the beginning of its creation, artist Gilbert Baker simply wanted to capture the joyful liberation of sexual identity. Little did he know, the flag would become an internationally recognized symbol that …

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Google Unveils “Stonewall Forever” Digital Monument

From Google’s corporate blog: The LGBT Community Center of New York City, with support from Google.org, has worked to preserve LGBTQ+ history for future generations by extending the Stonewall National Monument from its physical location in New York City to a digital experience that can be accessed by everyone, everywhere. Stonewall Forever is the result of the LGBT Community Center’s …

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Transgender Icons To Get New York City Monument

The New York Times reports: Marsha P. Johnson [screenshot above] and Sylvia Rivera, pioneering transgender activists who were at the vanguard of the gay rights movement, will be immortalized in a monument that may be placed down the street from the Stonewall Inn, the city said on Wednesday. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Rivera were both drag performers and vibrant characters …

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TRAILER: Renee Zellweger As Judy Garland In Judy

Entertainment Weekly reports: A star is reborn in the first trailer for Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland biopic. The Oscar-winning actress brings the late Hollywood icon to life in the first official preview of theater director Rupert Goold’s upcoming chronicle adapted from Peter Quilter’s musical End of the Rainbow. In her first leading role in a movie since 2016’s Bridget Jones’s …

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