Tag Archives: LGBT History

Quote Of The Day – Elton John

“While The Normal Heart is a product of a specific time, it is not an artifact. There is still an AIDS crisis — not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but right here in the America, in your state, in your community. And, just as in 1985, it is silence, fear and stigma that continue to drive the epidemic. Today, African-Americans represent …

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TODAY: White House To Unveil Harvey Milk Stamp In Live Webcast Ceremony

Via White House press release: This Thursday, May 22nd, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation will host a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House. The event will feature remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy …

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Larry Kramer’s Fight For The Normal Heart

The HBO movie debuts on Sunday at 9PM.

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President Obama Joins The Celebration

RT if you agree: Every American should be able to marry the person they love. #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/AX9fhyaqbt — The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 20, 2014

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LGBT Groups React To Oregon Ruling

Oregon United “The importance of Judge McShane’s decision cannot be overemphasized,” said David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon. “Our federal Constitution does not allow any state – or its voters – to deny same sex couples equal protection under the law simply because of who they are and who they love. This type of discrimination is wrong …

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TODAY: Massachusetts Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Same-Sex Marriage

Ten years ago today, the first same-sex couple got married in Massachusetts. When Julie and Hillary Goodridge walked into City Hall and applied for a marriage license 10 years ago, they did it with a police escort at their side. As the plaintiffs in the landmark case – Goodridge v. Department of Public Health – that brought same-sex marriage to …

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TRAILER: Upstairs Inferno

If you are unfamiliar with the 1973 arson at New Orleans’ UpStairs Lounge, the Wikpedia entry on the crime is a good place to start. Below is the trailer for the coming documentary on the worst mass murder of LGBT people in US history. While you watch, think about how close we came to this in Seattle a few months …

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MANHATTAN: Live On Larry Levan Way

From the live stream site: Larry Levan elevated DJing to an artform at New York’s Paradise Garage. As part of the local initiative to rename King Street Larry Levan Way, the Red Bull Music Academy is proud to pay tribute to Levan’s legacy with the Larry Levan Street Party. Join us as we turn King Street between Varick and Hudson …

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Tweet Of The Day: Dan Savage

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Conchita Wurst WINS Eurovision 2014!!!

Austrian gender-fuck artist Conchita Wurst won Eurovision 2014 tonight after a stunning performance at the finals held in Copenhagen. The audience was clearly on Conchita’s side during the vote tally and as each nation reported points for Austria, the screaming was crazy. Conchita Wurst: “This night belongs to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. We are …

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HISTORY: First Same-Sex Couple Legally Marries In Southern State, Witnessed By Lawyer Who Brought Down Arkansas Ban

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports. An Arkansas clerk issued the state’s first gay marriage license on Saturday, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago. Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, of Fort Smith. They had slept in a Ford …

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Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today the playing field for marriage equality suddenly got a LOT better. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that– for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that– I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now– I have to tell you that part of my hesitation on this …

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EW Cover Story: The Normal Heart

Entertainment Weekly on the decades-long journey from stage to screen for The Normal Heart: Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theater until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who …

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Two Years Ago Today

“The good news is that as more and more Americans become to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out is what– what all marriages, at their root, are about.  Whether they’re marriages …

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Two Muddy Pills

Gentle readers, many of you who’ve been here since the early years will recall that this here website thingy launched as a place for my short stories. In honor of today’s tenth anniversary of JMG, below is a piece from my cache of unpublished stories. I first read this story in public before an audience of several hundred at last …

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates 10 Years

Last night I attended the tenth anniversary celebration of Freedom To Marry. The evening included a performance by Tony winner Laura Benanti and a gorgeous short film based on a new poem by Richard Blanco, who read his work at Obama’s 2012 inauguration. (The film will debut at Cannes next month.) Pictured above: CNN commentator Margaret Hoover,  Freedom To Marry …

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PHILADELPHIA: Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, Is Closing

The nation’s oldest LGBT bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, will close on May 17th. Via Philadelphia Gay News: Ed Hermance, who has owned the store for 38 years, announced his plans for retirement in the fall, planning to sell both the business and the two buildings it encompasses. He announced a potential sale agreement several weeks ago, but told PGN this week …

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Haters Have The Harvey Milk Sadz

“Harvey Milk was a very dishonorable man — a sexual anarchist who hated sexual boundaries, a homosexual predator of teens and boyish-looking young men, and a brazen attacker of moral standards and parental rights. The intolerant homosexual-bisexual-transsexual movement is guilty of trampling religious freedom, free speech, private property rights, parental rights and the innocence of children, If you believe in …

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30 Years Ago Today

“First, the probable cause of AIDS has been found: a variant of a known human cancer virus. Second, not only has the agent been identified, but a new process has been developed to mass produce this virus. Thirdly, with the discovery of both the virus and this new process, we now have a blood test for AIDS. With a blood …

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TRAILER: Compared To What: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank

Open this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. Executive producer: Alec Baldwin. Variety has the story: When husband-and-wife directing team Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler approached Barney Frank about making a documentary, their pitch sounded lighthearted. In late 2011, Frank was preparing to retire from his Massachusetts seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, after a 40-year career in public …

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