qsaltlake.com - Ben Williams
It's a little known fact that Utah used to love its drag queens. It's true. The Ogden Standard Examiner reported in 1924 that female impersonator Jeff Jones was one of the featured acts at Weber County's Old Folks Day Outing in Lorin Farr Park. This event was for Weber County Pioneers over the age of 70.
dallasvoice.com - By Hardy Haberman - Flagging Left
Take a moment and remember the riots, Compton's Cafe, and the trans women, drag queens, butch lesbians and leatherpeople who weren't afraid to fight back
As we celebrate this year's National Gay Pride Month, we will talk a lot about the Stonewall Riot back in 1969 and the birth of the Gay Pride movement.
The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-owned bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, had no liquor license and no running water behind the bar. What it did have was a dance floor and a tolerance for trans w... [more]
guardian.co.uk - Prof Stephen Whittle
Whenever, wherever on this earth, we will find people who contravene gender boundaries. I'm not talking about the small ways of 'queering' gender, such as the lesbian separatists who wore dungarees in the 1970s. I mean the big ways: not just queering gender, but crossing gender. I mean the drive that makes people risk so much to represent a gender they feel is theirs, and yet is very different to the social, cultural and legal expectations of their birth sex. Whatever culture, country or epoch you choose to research, you will find a history ... [more]
beforeitsnews.com - Contributed by Alton Parrish (Editor)
The Chevalier d'Eon, a minor French diplomat, spy and renegade who died 200 years ago this month, was a man ahead of his time.
After a distinguished career as a man he lived the second half of his life as a woman in an era when cross-dressing was largely unknown.
A new book, The Chevalier d'Eon and his Worlds, produced by a team of academics centred on the University of Leeds, gives a new perspective of his career and portrayal in art and literature.
Looking back - Boston (Apr 13, 2010)
boston.com - By Sam Allis - Globe Staff
Decades after Boston's gay community first began to organize, memories remain sharp for those who lived the history. For the younger generation? Not so much. This year, marked by anniversaries, could change that.
This year marks t... [more]
'Out West' at the Autry examines the history of homosexuals and transgender people in the Old West (Dec 15, 2009)
LATimes.com - By David Ng
Say the words "gay cowboy" and chances are the conversation will turn to "Brokeback Mountain," the 2005 film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and based on the Annie Proulx short story.
The Oscar-winning drama, which is set in the 1960... [more]
Examiner.com - Mike Szymanski - Bisexuality Examiner
Civil rights leader Malcolm X's bisexual past caused a bit of controversy as Britain celebrated its national black history month in October and reporters outed him as a bi man.
The slain activist's sexuality was alrea... [more]
Film Exposes Nazi Germany's Olympics Gender-Bending Scandal (Sep 16, 2009)
LemonDrop.com - Susan Johnston
The gender question posed to Caster Semenya may be front and center in sports debates, but it's hardly the first time the topic's come up. To wit: A Jewish athlete flees Nazi Germany, only to be forced to return and compete for the Nazis. But at the last... [more]
Our journey to pride (Jun 27, 2009)
ExpressBuzz.com - Mayur Suresh
The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights movement lays claim to a broad and diverse history. As Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Delhi and Chennai gear up to celebrate LGBT Pride this week (Kolkata’s will be on July 5), it’s a good time to tak... [more]
Evolution of the Girl Boys (Jun 27, 2009)
Examiner.com - Jyn Radakovits - Chicago Indie Music Examiner
As I helped out an ex friend pick out his first pair of girl jeans several months ago it dawned on me the sexiness of a man dolled up in cheap makeup and cross dressing.
Some wonder where exactly the trend ... [more]
Trans-cending time (Jun 19, 2009)
DallasVoice.com - By Renee Baker Contributing Writer
Tracing the modern transgender rights movement from its beginnings in the dress code reform of the 1800s up through Stonewall to today, when Texas A&M has honored trans advocate Phyllis Frye.
The transgender movement ... [more]
Stonewall Trans Heroes (Jun 10, 2009)
MiamiHerald.TypePad.com - News release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
Recognizing outstanding transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in the struggle for LGBT equality
Washington - In honor of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the International... [more]
In search of Stonewall (Jun 10, 2009)
LansingCityPulse.com - by Mary C. Cusack
It seemed like an easy enough assignment: preview this weekend’s annual Michigan Pride Festival in the 40th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots. And who better to cover such a topic than City Pulse’s resident drag hag? It was a perfect ... [more]
Revisiting 1969 and the Start of Gay Liberation (Jun 8, 2009)
CityRoom.blogs.NYTimes.com - By Sewell Chan
On Friday afternoon, officials from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and also to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual ... [more]
The Play: 'I Survived Stonewall' ... an Interview with a Stonewall Veteran, Big Roy McCarthy (Jun 7, 2009)
DailyKos.com - by Moonflowrr
The following is a reprint of an article familiar to folks in the Houston area. It was initially done for the June 1999 issue of the TATS (Texas Assn. for Transsexual Support) newsletter which I edited for a number of years. It was ten years ago – the 30... [more]
In Praise of Trailblazers in Petticoats (Jun 6, 2009)
CaliforniaChronicle.com - By Fintan O'Toole
Culture Shock : The late Danny La Rue was one of the best known, but Ireland has produced its fair share of cross-dressers who corssed boundaries
Before he became Danny La Rue, Danny Carroll made his debut as a female imperson... [more]
40 years, 40 events Looking back at some of the biggest moments in LGBT history since Stonewall (Jun 5, 2009)
PrideSource.com - by Jessica Carreras
June 28, 1969 Police raid the Stonewall Inn of New York City, causing the infamous uprising of LGBT protestors in the Stonewall Riots.
1969 The Advocate, first published as local newsletter The Los Angeles Advocate, is renamed and d... [more]
BayWindows.com - by Rachel Kossman - Bay Windows Contributor
A diverse crowd of 25 gathered on the second floor of the United South End Settlements (USES) building on May 18 to discuss the beginnings of what will eventually become the first documented history of Boston’s transgender... [more]
What Would St. Patrick Do? (Mar 17, 2009)
NewsWeek.WashingtonPost.com - Anthony Stevens-Arroyo
The Bishop of Scranton threatened to cancel mass during Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the largest in the country, if organizers honored "an abortion-rights supporter" -- ostensibly Vice President and Scranton-native Jo... [more]
Today in San Francisco History - The Black Cat Cafe (Nov 1, 2008)
SFist.com - By SFistRichard
Timecapsule: October 31, 1963
On Halloween night, the "Black Cat Cafe" -- that notorious, flamboyant and most historically significant of San Francisco's gay nightspots, held a final celebration before closing down for good.