History

San Francisco's LGBT+ History Museum.
Coronavirus delays San Fran’s new LGBT+ museum but the dream is still alive

Meanwhile the historical society is putting its museum online, starting with a new Gilbert Baker exhibition.

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100 years of Tom of Finland and his stunning, sexy men

His drawings of masculine gay men having ‘happy sex’ changed the way we see ourselves and helped change the world.

Buzz and Tommy in their lifeguard uniforms.
This photo of a couple from 1949 has got everyone wanting to find ‘Buzz’ and ‘Tommy’

‘To Buzz, I’ll always remember the times we spent together. All my love, Your Tommy.’

Chinese Dragon lantern.
Dragons, emperors and the Rabbit God: China’s hidden LGBT+ myths

Learn the real story behind the Mulan movie. And discover the Rabbit God of gay love and the hidden Women Kingdom island.

The Bloolips theatre company on stage
What is ‘radical drag’ and who were Bloolips?

With its roots in the 1970s Gay Liberation Front, radical drag theatre troupe Bloolips are remembered with an exhibition in London this week

The Stonewall Inn in 2017
What were the Stonewall riots?

Also known as the Stonewall uprising, this seminal moment in the history of LGBTI rights in the US ignited in the early hours of 28 June 1969

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The stories of penis gods and the people who worship them

From the ancient Greeks to medieval Buddhism, the penis is a symbol of power and destruction

John O'Brien participated in the Stonewall riots
I rioted at Stonewall in 1969 – and there remain battles to be won

STONEWALL 50: John O’Brien was among those who defied the police outside New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969 – he reflects on the impact of that uprising

Bears Week Provincetown is one of the biggest bear gatherings in the world
A brief history of the gay bears and big boys scene

Where did the gay bears scene originate and how did it spread so rapidly to every corner of the gay world?

Prisoners in Mexico circa 1940 | Photo: INAH
This group of gay Mexicans arrested in 1935 are inspiring people in 2019

Even when arrested, this group of gay men were still fabulous

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Did you know there’s an annual penis festival in Japan?

You’ll never see so many penises in your life

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The 11 bisexual people of color they didn’t teach you about in history class

Celebrate these bisexual people of color who changed the world

Harvey Milk in NBC interview
How teaching LGBTI history could stop bullying in school

EXCLUSIVE: The LA LGBT Center has free resources for teachers to use

Dorothy Arzner (L) with actress Clara Bow on the set of The Wild Party.
Oscars snubs: the lesbian director who mentored Coppola but never won an award

1930s pioneer filmmaker Dorothy Arzner was openly gay and launched the career of stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Lucille Ball

Sacha Coward has a passion for LGBTI history
Stonewall is just one, important part of our never-ending queer history

Stonewall 50: ‘Ten years ago I was really apathetic about LGBTQ+ history. In fact, I was often actively critical of anyone that was outspokenly gay and proud,’ says Sacha Coward

A brief history of identities beyond the binary

There is evidence of people identifying as something other than male or female as far back as 400BC

Customers enjoying a night at the Upstairs Lounge
Remembering the gay bar inferno that most people have forgotten

In summer 1973, 32 people perished in an arson attack on a gay bar in New Orleans

Two pictures side by side, one is a portrait of James Wallace, the other is a picture of a young Walt Whitman.
The true story of the British man who loved queer poet Walt Whitman

What happened when Lancashire man James Wallace found himself face to face with his idol, queer poet Whitman?

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Polari: how the secret language Britain’s gay men used to survive died

Born from violence and given life by its camp speakers, why did these fabulosa lavs die out?

Queer culture turned mainstream
Nine times queer culture went mainstream

From RuPaul to voguing, Tom of Finland to Janelle Monáe… can LGBTI artists achieve mainstream recognition without compromising their vision?

Fred Hogan worked for the FBI before his arrest in Los Angeles in 1971
Remembering dad: Forced out of FBI for being gay and then lost to AIDS

A son’s emotional recollection of his gay dad’s dismissal from the FBI and later death from AIDS show how times have changed

Sacha Coward has a passion for LGBTI history
Why I’m angry at the fake gay history of soldiers Emil and Xaver

OPINION: Don’t create fake LGBTI history and present it as fact – our history is already rich and varied enough, says Sacha Coward

A love letter
Love letter between nuns shows the true story of queerness in the Middle Ages

EXCLUSIVE: GSN speaks to Professor Erik Wade about historical queerness

The gay history of the X-Men proves they’re the queerest superheroes ever

It’s extraordinary, it’s in their origins, and it’s getting gayer at an astonishing rate

The Yukon is one of Canada's least populated areas – but is one of the most beautiful, and even has a pride parade | Photo: HJP Photography (supplied)
The hidden gay history of the Yukon, home to one of the most remote prides

Hidden in Northwest Canada’s mountains, this town’s LGBTI community is alive and thriving

The Holsten Gate
Welcome to Lubeck: the marzipan Mecca of the world

Niederegger is the Willy Wonka of the marzipan world

The gay history of Taipei gay pride
The modern gay history of Taipei, Asia’s most LGBTI-friendly city

Cruising grounds, police raids, and the biggest Pride in East Asia

The art of the vulva: do we have a problem with vaginal symbols?

And don’t even get us started on clits

Floyd Martin and Dene Greenough, Atlanta, 1992
AIDS activists from the 1990s remembered in powerful new photo book

Bill Bytsura documented and photographed many of those involved with ACT UP from the 1990s onwards