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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William Dorsey Swann Was a Former Slave, a Badass LGBTQ Activist and the First Documented Drag Queen

Born into slavery in 1860, William Dorsey Swann, known affectionately as “the Queen,” was possibly the very first drag queen, and a pioneer when it came to LGBTQ rights and activism. Having lived through “slavery, the Civil War, racism, police surveillance, torture behind bars, and many other injustices,” Swann held[…]

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Way Before the Age of Social Media, Cuddle Parties Dominated Hookup Culture

Remember what life was like before social media and online dating? Sometimes a friend introduced you to a friend. Sometimes you met at a bar or a club or — if the stars had really aligned that day — bumped into one another while reaching for the Splenda at a[…]

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In 1978, the Anatomically Correct ‘Gay Bob’ Doll Delighted Gays and Freaked Out Homophobes

Back in 1978, people could buy a gay Bob doll from certain gay magazines and boutiques; it was anatomically correct and a symbol of rising gay identity

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Kick Off Your Week With This Inspirational Roundup of Gay Role Models

Common knowledge or not, queer men have been pioneers in the areas of art, science and culture for decades, bestowing upon us some true gay role models. Men like Freddie Mercury and Sir Ian McKellen are household names no matter where you’re from because of their incredible contributions to music,[…]

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