Tag Archives: LGBT History

DJ Neil Lewis Collection For Sale

Dance music and vinyl junkies will be interested to learn that the vast collection of legendary late DJ Neil Lewis is now for sale. As one of the most highly regarded DJs on the international dance circuit for nearly two decades, Neil Lewis captivated audiences and inspired a generation of loyal fans from around the globe with his mesmerizing and …

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Jesse Helms Is Dead Dead Dead

Former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), the most notoriously racist and homophobic politician in the history of the United States, has died at the age of 86. Happy Independence Day!!! And now for some choice quotes from DEAD Jesse Helms, the greatest embarrassment to my home state of North Carolina and the nation: – On threatening the life of a sitting …

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30 Years Of Rainbows

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag by Gilbert Baker, who will head the 38th NYC Pride March on Sunday as a Grand Marshall. The use of a rainbow flag actually goes back for hundreds of years, but it was Baker, the “gay Betsy Ross”, who turned it into a globally recognized symbol of …

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The Un-Closing Of Florent

After several hundred breast-beating and wailing posts from the gay and foodie blogosphere (including here on JMG), not to mention a zillion-word eulogy from the New York Times, today comes word via Eater that Florent is not closing this weekend after all. Except it is. But not really. Though the MePa institution Florent will close this Sunday night, landlord Joanne …

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Rea Carey Takes Over Task Force

Rea Carey, deputy executive director under Matt Foreman for the last four years, has been tapped to replace Foreman as executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Foremen left the Task Force four months ago to helm the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Foreman reacts to Carey’s appointment: “Rea is an extraordinary leader, a brilliant thinker …

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Watch Online: First Gay Weddings In CA

You can watch today’s historic gay marriages in California online here. Ceremonies began at 5PM California time.

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A Historic First, For The Second Time

This time, it will be legal. When same-sex marriages start at 5 p.m. June 16, San Francisco will stage a repeat of the ceremony that started the 2004 Winter of Love, when thousands of gay and lesbian couples married at City Hall. This time, though, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon’s wedding will be legal. Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that …

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No Stay Of CA Marriage Ruling

This just in: California’s highest court has refused to stay until after the November election its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the California Supreme Court to stop its order from becoming effective until voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue. An initiative that would amend the state constitution …

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CA Readies For Marriage Rush

Here come the brides. And the grooms. Los Angeles County will be ready to meet the increased demand for civil marriage ceremonies and license applications on June 16, when the recent state Supreme Court ruling overturning a same-sex marriage ban will take effect, acting County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. “Our staff is busy going about the process of preparing …

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Gay Mayor For Portland, Oregon

History was made yesterday when Portland, Oregon elected openly gay Commissioner Sam Adams, 44, as their new mayor, making Portland the largest American city ever to be helmed by an out gay man. “I’m running not to be a gay mayor, but a great mayor,” he said after delivering his victory speech. “But I’m very cognizant, very aware that I’m …

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Israel To Get Memorial To
Gay Holocaust Victims

Tel Aviv will be the site of Israel’s first memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis. Three iron panels, each 5 meters wide and deep, and partially buried, will form a 3-dimensional triangular pit, from which light will stream. Names of the registered homosexual Nazi victims will be inscribed inside in Hebrew, though the actual number of victims and …

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Marry The Bear

Via JMG reader Greg, here’s a shot of a furry would-be groom at last night’s impromptu party in the Castro. From all accounts, it was quite a thrilling night to be out on the street with our people. I wonder how many folks didn’t make it to work this morning?

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Jubilation On The Courthouse Steps

The decision comes at the 3:30 mark. Grab a Kleenex.

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Kevin & Scotty’s Wedding

Last night’s gay wedding on Brother’s & Sisters is considered by some to be the first on-air marriage of major characters in television history. However, I’d always thought that Pedro Zemora and Sean Sasser’s 1994 commitment ceremony on MTV’s Real World was the first. But I can see the argument made that MTV wasn’t/isn’t a “major” network or that Pedro …

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HomoQuotable – Gilbert Baker

“All revolutions start with a word, and the word is no. No to injustice, no to discrimination, no to oppression, no to slavery, no to violence, no to lives dictated by fear. Yes to love. The defiant colors in our flag have unfurled that idea for thirty years. “The Rainbow Flag lives because it represents us all in our diversity …

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Online Gay Museum Launches

Proud Heritage, a UK-based online gay museum, launched today. Site features include an archive of gay publications and Walking Proud, a Google-based walking guide to London’s gay history and current hotspots. Nick Poole, Director of the Collections Trust, which is responsible for setting the standards in British museums, welcomed the online museum. “We applaud Proud Heritage on the work achieved …

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Foreman Farewell Fotos

Here’s a few more pics from Matt Foreman’s going away party on Saturday, where slideshows projected onto two walls depicted Foreman’s decades of LGBT activism in New York. The photos ranged from his days as a founder of Heritage of Pride, his six years as head of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, his six years as Executive Director …

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FL Gay Activist Michael Brown Murdered

Beloved South Florida gay bar owner and AIDS activist Michael Brown, 50, was found murdered in his West Palm Beach home on Friday. Brown’s presumed killer, Brant Hines, 27, stayed in Brown’s home for two days after the murder before hanging himself on a bedroom door. Brown and Hines had had a turbulent off and on relationship for several years. …

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Quadruplets For Lesbian Couple

A lesbian couple in Irvine, California are the proud mamas of quadruplets. Four times the diapers. Four times the formula. Four times the crying, and four times the laundry. Those were just some of the thoughts that raced through the minds of Cristine Gaiennie and her partner, Patsy Lovell, when they discovered they were expecting quadruplets – two boys and …

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