Tag Archives: LGBT History

Open Thread Thursday

One year ago today the Supreme Court changed the LGBT landscape forever. Tell us where you were and how the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings may have affected you.

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HomoQuotable – Daniel O’Donnell

“My partner John and I were among the plaintiffs in the New York State Court of Appeals lawsuit challenging the definition of marriage in 2006. Losing that lawsuit made me realize that my legislative priority had to be the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act. So we took our struggle to the State Legislature. I introduced and gained passage …

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TONIGHT: The Case Against 8

Chris Geidner has interviewed the filmmakers at Buzzfeed. The movie debuts at 9PM tonight on HBO.

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Jimmy Somerville Reprises Landmark Hit On 30th Anniversary Of Smalltown Boy

In the summer of 1984 my roommate and I returned from one of our twice-weekly record hunts bearing the 12″ of Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy – which we’d initially fished out of the import bin purely because we were intrigued by the cover’s pink triangle. The mournful lyrics on the flip side of that 12″ sleeve only hinted at the …

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COMPILATION: Gay News In The 2000s

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled 40 minutes of gay-related news clips that aired in the 2000s. Among the topics: Lawrence V Texas, the Hate Crimes Act, Massachusetts marriage, Proposition 8, DADT, and DOMA. PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Compilations of gay news in the 1970s, gay news in the 1980s, gay news in the 1990s, and the first ten years of …

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SAGE Partners With NPR’s Storycorps

Via press release: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the renowned oral history organization, StoryCorps, are proud to announce a new partnership that will help identify stories from LGBT older people around the country for StoryCorps’ “OutLoud” initiative, which is dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing LGBTQ stories from across America. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission …

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COMPILATION: Gay News In The 1990s

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled an hour of gay-related news reports that aired in the 1990s. Among the topics: ACT UP demonstrations, the Boy Scouts, gay pride marches, the election of Bill Clinton, the enactment of DADT, the enactment of DOMA, and the murder of Matthew Shepard. PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Compilations of gay news in the 1970s, gay news …

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BRITAIN: Pet Shop Boys To Call For Mass Pardons For Thousands Of Men Convicted Of Homosexual Acts

Via the Sunday Times: Pet Shop Boys are to use a new orchestral work about the computer pioneer Alan Turing to call for the “tens of thousands of men” imprisoned or fined for committing homosexual acts to be pardoned. A Man From the Future, created by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, will premiere at the Proms on July 23 . …

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DC: Armed Services Color Guard Marches In Gay Pride Parade For First Time

For what is believed to be the first time in American history, an armed services color guard marched in a gay pride parade yesterday in Washington DC. Via Stars & Stripes: While no policy has precluded a U.S. armed forces color guard from participating in gay-rights events since the 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, gay-rights organizations from D.C. …

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COMPILATION: Gay News In The 1980s

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled an hour of gay-related news reports that aired in the 1980s. Among the topics: hate crimes, housing rights, HIV/AIDS, immigration rights, pride parades, Barney Frank, Ronald Reagan, the 20th anniversary of Stonewall, the NAMES Project,  and rather interestingly, Houston’s 1985 battle for LGBT rights. PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Compilations of gay news in the 1970s …

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Nancy Grace: Why Would Somebody Hit “Sweet Lady” Anita Bryant With A Pie?

This really takes the…pie. In a discussion about a recent incident involving Brad Pitt, HLN host Nancy Grace brings up the 1977 pie attack on Anita Bryant, who is a “sweet lady” that reminds Grace of her mother. There no mention of Bryant’s vicious (and successful) campaign against gay rights in Miami. The guest speaker chimes in that that Bryant’s …

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COMPILATION: Gay News In The 1970s

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled over 70 minutes of gay-related news reports that aired in the 1970s. Among the topics: Anita Bryant, gay rights marches, the slaying of Harvey Milk, and the riots that erupted after the Dan White verdict. Worth your time. RELATED: Last week Evans compiled news clips from the first ten years of HIV/AIDS.

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the tenth 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. Check out the bottom of this year’s posting for a …

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Plan To Expand LGBT Historical Site List Announced At Stonewall Press Conference

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The Rainbow Flag: A Photo History

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker made the below clip from his extensive photo archive. The images are somewhat in reverse chronological order. How many of these moments do you remember?

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HIV/AIDS News: The First Ten Years

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled the below hour-long clip of news reports from the first ten years of HIV/AIDS. Noted figures that appear: Ryan White, Lyndon La Rouche, Larry Kramer, Ronald Reagan,  Magic Johnson, and Cleve Jones.

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Feds To Expand LGBT Historical Site List

Via White House press release: On Friday, May 30, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce a new National Park Service theme study to identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of America’s heritage and history. The Stonewall Inn …

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SPOILER: The Normal Heart

Stay out of the comments if you’ve not seen last night’s debut of The Normal Heart. Otherwise dive in and give us your thoughts.

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TRAILER: Mothers And Sons

(Tipped by JMG reader Alan)

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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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