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LGBTQIA history



  • Recalling Purple Hands protests of 1969 on Halloween

    by Marc Stein

    Halloween has long been one of the queerest of holidays, but on October 31, 1969, San Francisco LGBT activists found new ways to confront their terrifying fears of media misrepresentations and police violence.



  • Eric Gonzaba Uses T-shirts, address books to explore LGBTQ history

    by Susan Gill Vardon

    Dr. Gonzaba is excited about finding ways to involve his students in a project he has been working on since 2014 — Wearing Gay History, an award-winning digital mapping project that explores the global history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through T-shirts.



  • Stonewall and Queens

    by Marc Stein

    The overlooked importance of Queens, New York in LGBT history. 



  • How Schools Reinvigorated the Stonewall Revolution

    Perhaps, the theory was, just by existing, Gay-Straight Alliance groups could make gay kids feel less alone, and that itself could reduce suicide risk, which was common among gay teens at the time.



  • Video of the Week: Why the Stonewall Riots represented a ‘sea change’ for LGBTQ rights

    On a June night in 1969, patrons of a New York City gay bar called the Stonewall Inn battled with police and set in motion the modern movement for gay rights. Fifty years later, the milestone anniversary of the event has sparked observations and celebrations nationwide -- as well as reflections from LGBTQ Americans about what cultural acceptance has meant to them.


  • Tangled Lives, Tangled Culture, Tangled History

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Today, Falsettos is more than a good play; it is an historic look backwards at the suddenly open lives of gay men and women and the troubles they were besieged by--legal, cultural and medical--in the early 1980s.