Tag Archives: LGBT History

Today MIGHT Be The Day

SCOTUSblog writes: “On Monday, June 17, we will begin live-blogging at 9:00 a.m. We expect orders from the June 13 Conference at 9:30 and opinions in argued cases at 10. On Thursday, June 20, we will begin live-blogging at 9:30 a.m. We expect opinions in argued cases at 10.”

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Larry Kramer Accepts Special Tony Award

True to form, even getting an honorary Tony Award managed to piss off Larry Kramer. Michael Musto reports for Out Magazine: Downstairs, I found gramps Larry Kramer, who’d been briefly seen receiving a special award for his humanitarian work. He was sitting, but not in a wicker chair. And his normal heart wasn’t smiling. “It was all fucked up,” fumed …

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Canada Celebrates Ten Years Of Marriage

Ten years ago today the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Canadian law on marriage violated the equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in being restricted to heterosexual couples. Via the Globe And Mail: A decade later, Michael Leshner and Michael Stark — Canada’s first legally married same-sex couple — believe the battle to have their …

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FIRE ISLAND: Cherry Grove Community House Makes National Historic Registry

Fire Island’s Cherry Grove Community House will be placed on the New York and national registries of historic places in recognition of its role in creating “America’s first gay and lesbian town.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand applauds via press release: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service placed Cherry Grove Community …

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the ninth 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 the day in the hope of encouraging you to attend. This year it appears a week early because of a widely circulated …

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Tweet Of The Day – Bryan Platt

(Via Towleroad)

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Church Of England Surrenders On Marriage

The Church of England today formally announced that it will no longer object to Britain’s same-sex marriage bill as it has become apparent to them that a clear majority of Parliament supports it. In a short statement, the established Church said that the scale of the majorities in both the Commons and Lords made clear that it is the will …

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June 22nd: ACT UP Reunion In NYC

The alumni of ACT UP New York will hold a reunion on June 22nd from 6:30PM to 11PM. This community-building event, which we hope will be the first of several, will reunite ACT UP members who confronted the government’s malignant neglect of the AIDS crisis and turned our anger into action that saved countless lives.  We are honored to have …

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LIVE VIDEO: France’s First Gay Wedding

Note the photo of President Hollande. UPDATE: The live video has concluded. UDPATE II: Via Towleroad, here’s a clip of the ceremony.

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TODAY: France’s First Gay Wedding

Hundreds of journalists and a lot of police are on hand in the French city of Montpellier today as the nation prepares for its first same-sex wedding. The first gay wedding in France on Wednesday will be anything but a private and quiet affair. Echoing months of acrimonious debate over a same-sex marriage law that was approved by lawmakers in …

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REPORT: Harvey Milk Stamp Approved?

Citing a leaked document, the Bay Area Reporter says that the USPS may issue a commemorative Harvey Milk stamp next year. Linn’s Stamp News, a weekly publication that covers the mail service, is reporting in its May 27 issue that Milk was among the special stamps chosen for next year by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee during its closed door …

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Frank Rich On LGBT History

“As we just learned, a man can still be murdered for being gay a few blocks away from the Stonewall Inn. But the rapidity of change has been stunning. The world only spins forward, as Tony Kushner wrote. And yet as we celebrate the forward velocity of gay rights, I think we must glance backward as well. History is being …

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Sylvester’s Greatest Hits Re-Release To Benefit San Francisco AIDS Charities

As some of you doubtlessly know, Sylvester willed the future royalties from his catalog to San Francisco’s AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand.  And just in time for gay pride, next month Fantasy Records will re-issue his greatest package on multiple formats. From the press release: Twenty-five years after his untimely death, the iconic legacy of Sylvester, the “Queen …

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Robbie Rogers Takes Soccer Field As First Out Male Professional Sports Player

Via the Advocate: Robbie Rogers made history on Sunday as the first openly gay man to play in a game in U.S. professional sports. If there was any concern about whether fans would be supportive, it was eased as the crowd stood and cheered wildly when Rogers took the field during the second half of the L.A. Galaxy’s 4-0 win …

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Openly Gay Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers To Join Los Angeles Galaxy

In February pro soccer player Robbie Rogers simultaneously came out and retired from his sport.  But in the wake of the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins, Rogers has reconsidered. This morning USA Today revealed that Rogers has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He told the world in February that he is gay and at the same moment …

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WEDNESDAY: First French Gay Wedding

France will see its first same-sex wedding on Wednesday. On Wednesday May 29, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau from Montpellier will become the first gay couple to marry in France, at City Hall of Montpellier on Wednesday, May 29, Time TBA , 1 Place Georges Frêche. Vincent, 40 and Boileau, 30, met 7 years ago through their love of music. …

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Museum Exhibition Opening On June 7th: AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

Opening June 7th at the New York Historical Society:  AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of …

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BROOKLYN: Dance Music Legend Giorgio Moroder Plays First-Ever DJ Set

Three-time Oscar winner and three-time Grammy winner Giorgio Moroder, 73, the man whom many would credit as inventing* electronic dance music, played his first-ever DJ set last night at Brooklyn’s Deep Space club.  Moroder has been back in the news recently for his contributions to Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories.  Just a few minutes into the mix, Moroder …

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Harvey Milk Day – Hope

Video by Sean Chapin. “What came to be called ‘The Hope Speech’ was initially conceived as a stump address, wherein Milk attempted to embolden a strong GLBTQ nationalism within the Castro, while also appealing for an alliance with other disenfranchised groups and straight folks,” wrote Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III in their anthology An Archive of Hope: …

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FRANCE: President Francois Hollande Signs Gay Marriage Bill Into Law

As he had promised, French President Francois Hollande signed the marriage equality bill into law this morning. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the bill into law. The legislation also legalises gay adoption. But while gay rights groups hailed the move, …

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