Gay Icons and History: December 2010

Why Our Sex History Matters: An Allen Ginsberg story

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 31, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

You know how I feel about sex history? I love it! Sex history is human history. Because so much of LGBT/Queer/Leather sex history has been systematically destroyed and censored in the name of God and country, it feels particularly vital...Read More

If Frank Kameny Was a Pop Star

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 30, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Leo who is losing his hair. He blogs at The New Gay. You know who Madonna is, right? Or Lady Gaga? Can you recite every line of Kathy Griffin's latest standup routine...Read More

Leather Hall of Fame: 2011 Inductees

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 30, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm honored to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Leather Hall of Fame, a project devoted to honoring pansexual leather/fetish/BDSM history by selecting three individuals each year whose contributions to our Community shaped our growth. The...Read More

Love on a Pedestal: Antique lesbian erotica

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 29, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Guessing this is ca. 1890-1910, a French cabinet photo loaded with period symbolism. The short feral girl (representing primal woman) worships the elegant goddess (representing human perfection) on a pedestal (representing, um, a pedestal). And then there's that cute tiger...Read More

Marching for Gay Rights in NYC: Historic photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This photo was taken in Greenwich Village, NY, ca. 1970, shortly after the Stonewall riot. A beautiful blast from the past. Check out all the hippie-chic facial hair and raggy jeans. Also love seeing the tot in the stroller being...Read More

Milk Photographer Jerry Pritikin is OK with HRC at Castro Landmark

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Photographer Jerry Pritikin emailed me saying he has a different opinion from those who are upset that the Human Rights Campaign is setting up an “Action Center” in the storefront once occupied by the late LGBT hero, Harvey Milk. I...Read More

Coy Gay Canoodling, with Beard: Antique postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I think of this card (from ca. 1900-20) as "The Beard: An Instructional Tableau." Note Mr. Baldy's missing leg; note doll-like woman's skirt raised towards Mr. Hairy Beary. Infer that Mr. Baldy's tickling his toes on his secret mustachioed beau....Read More

10 in '10: Freedom to Marry's Top Ten Moments for Marriage in 2010

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 16, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Evan Wolfson is founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. In 2004, TIME magazine named Evan one of the "100 most influential people in the world." It's been a whirlwind year...Read More

Homosexuality, the LP: Vintage album art

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 10, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Wow. One album covers the entire subject, eh? There better not be any Broadway show tunes on it is all I can say. Do any Projectors remember this album or its purpose? The February 1967 edition of Billboard announced its...Read More

The Bushy Hustitute: Vintage gay pulp fiction

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I really don't know where to begin with this one. First, there's that title. OMG. And did he manscape himself down to that Christmas tree sticking out of his shorts, or is he turning into a bear one pubic hair...Read More

Cary Grant's 1940s Tijuana Bible

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 07, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Another intriguing title from the days when these cheap, usually poorly drawn pornographic tracts were traded and sold to World War II soldiers. Wish I knew if there was gay sex behind the cover or if this Tijuana Bible shows...Read More

HRC to move into Harvey Milk's store

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

What fresh hell is this? HRC is moving into Harvey Milk's old camera shop in the Castro? Methinks "insult" is a little too dramatic understated. In what some grassroots gay activists are calling an "insult," the Human Rights Campaign is...Read More

May-December Romance, ca. 1950s: Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 02, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

A very happy find, this super hot photo from a private estate sale. Totally love the way the older man is holding the younger one. You can sense what's coming next, off camera! Plus the tucked in plaid shirt and...Read More

Once, When We Were Heroes

Filed by Mark S. King | December 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

On any other day you might be excused for skipping an HIV related posting. But not today. World AIDS Day demands we pay attention to our history and what happened 30 years ago, when something terrible began and our best...Read More