Gay History: Activism and LGBT Rights News

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Gay history is all around us. You just have to know where to look. The LGBTQ community has faced its fair share of struggles throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident of 1969 to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of our history that often go unnoticed. As we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community, we can learn from the events of our past. LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity; it’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers who have turned pop culture and gay history on its head. From centuries past to the latest in today's headlines, celebrate gay history with a nod to those that dare to dream.
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Kabuki Theater’s Queer Legacy Runs Contrary to Japan’s Lack of LGBTQ Acceptance

Kabuki theater, known for its elaborate costumes and heavily stylized performances, is an interesting and noteworthy performance of gender. While Japan’s anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ+ people are non-existent, the country “has a long, well-established tradition of genderbending for entertainment” and depicting somewhat ambiguous same-sex attraction in films and comics. In[…]

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Though The Native American Term ‘Two-Spirit’ Is Centuries Old, It’s Often Misunderstood

Chances are that if you live in North America, you’ve heard of the term “Two-Spirit.” While it’s often (mis)understood to be an umbrella term for Native folks within the LGBTQ+ community, the concept has actually been a part of Native culture predating that terminology. And while a Two-Spirit person may[…]

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It’s Been 243 Years Since the First Man Was Thrown Out of the Army for Being Gay

George Washington himself wrote the report, and approved a sentence of exile from the U.S. Army

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Mexico’s Zapotec People Have Long Rebuked Western Norms by Recognizing a Third Gender

It is easy to perceive our Western gender binary system as the prevalent view around the world, but the culture and history of many indigenous communities refute this way of thinking. Indigenous peoples often do not make the mistake of strictly conflating gender with sex, recognizing more than two genders[…]

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