Gay Icons and History: March 2011

Richard Simmons' Air New Zealand Video

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, Richard Simmons. You've still got it. Whatever it is. At least in New Zealand, you do....Read More

Was Lady Gaga Born A Coal Miner's Daughter?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lady Gaga seems to be channeling Loretta Lynn in this mix of her new song, "Born This Way." Gaga gives the tune a country twang by throwing in some guitars, harmonica, and slowing down the beat. What do you think?...Read More

Was Gandhi Gay?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Was Gandhi gay? Noted historian Joseph Lelyveld has written a biography of the famous Indian activist that includes a hint of same-sex intimacy. Conservative "historian" Andrew Roberts (there's been some controversy about his other work) wrote a review of Lalyveld's...Read More

Inexplicable Spanking: Vintage Weirdness

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

An old men's club's hazing ritual? Great-grampa's secret Daddy/boy relationship? The first underground Bear party? Or, as the youngsters say... LOLWUT!? My favorite strange find of the week....Read More

Remember the Triangle Fire

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | March 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today is the centennial of the Triangle Waist Factory Fire - more familiarly the Triangle Fire - a 1911 blaze near Manhattan's Washington Square that killed 146 garment workers, most young immigrant Jewish and Italian women, many just in their...Read More

The Smithsonian: Historically Hardcore

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Copywriter Matt Kaplan came up with this fantastic series of advertisements for the Smithsonian Museum complex. While the ads are fakes, the museum would be foolish not to immediately commission him to do a full series they could use. Two...Read More

The Homosexual Generation: Vintage Book

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

From 1965: this mass-market paperback on homosexuality. Oh dear. From the cover commentary to the table of contents, one gets a clear sense that this volume was riddled with myths, lies, distortions, and misinformation. (Click on the images to get...Read More

Dame Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Longtime gay icon and movie star Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79 in Los Angeles. Taylor died of congestive heart failure after being ill for many years. She was well-known in the LGBT community for her dedicated support...Read More

Our Queer Intergenerational Life

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This piece was written in collaboration with Carmen Vazquez If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice; have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege. -- Bell Hooks Building beloved community is a passion we share....Read More

The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | March 17, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

"Great to see that Muppet video this morning," I wrote to Bil. "You know I wrote the biography of Richard Hunt, the guy who played Beaker? He was gay and only 40 when he died from AIDS-related complications in 1992."...Read More

1972 Philly Pride: Historic Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Awesome private photo of a contingent Gay Pride Parade in Philadelphia 39 years ago - a touching reminder of the passion and bravery of the people who fought for rights at a time when Gay Rights seemed like an impossible...Read More

Chloe Dzubilo

My Friend Chloe

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

In 1996 or so, I went after a long day in the law office to a place called the Manhattan Gay Community Center to get counseling at the Gender Identity Project, where transsexuals could go to get help. Wearing my...Read More

The Queen

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was doing some sleuthing online and came across this clip from the 1968 documentary "The Queen" directed by Frank Simon, which features Flawless Sabrina preparing for a drag queen contest in New York City. What strikes me most about...Read More

Queen Bess: World's Greatest Woman Flyer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 10, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Born in 1892, the beautiful, tough, professional aviator Bessie "Queen Bess" Coleman was the first African American in the world to attain a pilot's license. At age 30, she was considered "the world's greatest woman flyer." Her tragic death at...Read More

Women of Trans Berlin: Two 1920s Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 09, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Historic 1920s photo of a sophisticated group of transwomen, taken at the Eldorado Night Club on Berlin's Motzstraße. The Nazis shut the club down in 1933....Read More

Gay Film and Theatre Arts, 1920s Berlin

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 08, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

In the course of doing some research on libertine life in 1920s Berlin, Germany, I came across two small but very meaningful images. The first one, showing two gay sailors, was a banner that once hung on a theatre in...Read More

Turn of the Century Butch: 19th Century Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 07, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Two fascinating photos, dated 1890, from a private estate sale. Presumably a bunch of 19th century misses that had a fun costume party, but do I sense a special tenderness between some of the couples! Photos like these pose so...Read More

DUI Arrest: Senator's One Year Coming Out Anniversary

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week marks the one year anniversary of former Senator Roy Ashburn's DUI arrest and subsequent coming out as a gay man. As you may recall, Republican Senator Roy Ashburn from Bakersfield, California, was arrested for drunk driving in Sacramento...Read More

Grrrls in Front

Filed by Toshio Meronek | March 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was just turned on to the fact (thanks, Google) that filmmaker Lucy Thane has made her 90s dyke/queercore/Riot Grrrl documentary "She's Real (Worse Than Queer)" available for online consumption. All 51 of its under-appreciated minutes feature interviews and performances...Read More

Life Partners: Vintage Lesbian Couples

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 04, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

It's a rare and beautiful thing when the person dissolving an estate can provide some brief background on the deceased. According to the auctioneer of these two images, they came from the estate of an elderly, openly lesbian woman and...Read More

Designer John Galliano Confuses Fascism with Fashion

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

What's the deal with the recent rash of celebrity implosions? I realize that there's always high drama surrounding these mostly nouveau riche stars and that addiction and mental illness often plays a role, but not since Mel Gibson's infamous racist...Read More