Gay Icons and History: April 2011

The Gay Seventies: A Survivor's Story

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In Joseph F. Lovett's 2005 documentary, Gay Sex in the 70s, survivors of the 1970's reminisce about gay life in New York City during the hectic decade between the Stonewall Uprising and the AIDS epidemic. Listening to the likes of...Read More

Zorita's Half and Half Act: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 29, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

One of the most popular and creative Burlesque queens of the 1950s, Zorita was famous for her "half and half" act. Below, the openly bisexual beauty performs as bride and groom:...Read More

Simple Title, Powerful Statement: Lesbian Pulp Fiction

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 28, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

The title was so obvious at first I smiled, but then I stopped and thought about what a strong political act it is to state simply and without apology, "I Am A Lesbian." No "twilight hunger" or "perverse passions," just...Read More

Lady Gaga Is Not an Ally to Our Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Featured from CNN to PBS to Cosmo for her expertise in bisexual community and LGBT rights, guest blogger Amy Andre is the co-author of Bisexual Health, published by the NGLTF. With a master's degree in sexuality studies, Amy...Read More

America's Gay Confederate and Union Soldiers

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Queer Civil War buffs have been arguing for some time that the deafening silence around LGBTQ Confederate and Union soldiers indicates proof of their very presence. With this month commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil...Read More

Boy Meets Girl but Wants Boy: Classic Gay Pulp

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 21, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Classic novel from 1964, discussed in depth in Susan Stryker's Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback. Copies are rare and can go for upwards of $200 when they come up for sale....Read More

A Couple of Sailors Hanging Around: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 19, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Ca. 1940s, a rare vintage gay cheesecake photo of a couple of incredibly handsome and dreamy-eyed sailors tied to riggings....Read More

In the Navy: Vintage Gay Cheesecake

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

A classic homoerotic theme, this beautiful image is ca. 1940s. The guy in the foreground has a gorgeous Roman profile too!...Read More

46 Years Ago Today: First Lesbian & Gay Protest at the White House

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Will Kohler is a freelance writer and activist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Will blogs at How far we have not come. In 1957, Dr. Frank Kameny, along with gay rights pioneer Jack Nichols, co-founded the Mattachine...Read More

Beautiful Amigo: Vintage Gay Magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

From 1963, this beautiful and vibrant cover from a 1963 publication which recently sold on eBay. Please contribute any info you may have on this one, folks!...Read More

OUT Lists 'Power 50': Forgets People of Color & Trans Folk

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Out Magazine has released this year's "Power 50" with rankings of various gay and lesbian people dubiously ranked by their "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person's media profile." While the publication's listings...Read More

Sweet Affections: Vintage Hunks in Trunks

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 12, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Those old-style 2-piece bathing suits for men were pretty hot. On the other hand, the men wearing them in this adorable image also add a whole lot to the sizzle. I'm not sure of the date on this, but guessing...Read More

Before Craigslist in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

A lesson for the younguns: before the internet came along, people would put advertisements in gay newspapers and magazines. They were just as bad (although not as graphic usually) as the current crop you find on Craigslist now. But it...Read More

Provincetown Icon Ellie Castillo Passes Away

Filed by Drew Cordes | April 10, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Anyone who has ever been to Provincetown has seen and heard Ellie Castillo on the streets and in the clubs. Sadly, Ellie passed away from cancer April 7. The Provincetown Magazine obituary is here. A site called Lady Bunny Blog...Read More

Malcolm X Was Gay for Pay

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before any of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities laud Malcolm X as our new gay icon or castigate him for being a black heterosexist nationalist on the "down low," we might need to closely examine the...Read More

San Francisco Gay Bookstore Closing

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Another gay bookstore is closing: The Castro's A Different Light Bookstore, one of the few remaining LGBT bookstores in the United States, is apparently closing. This comes on the heels of the closure of the Mission's Modern Times, another independent...Read More

Vote for The Old Guys in the Muppet Balcony

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | April 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

One of gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt's most popular characters is struggling to secure victory in the final hours of a Muppet fan contest that's a little too close for comfort. Statler and Waldorf, everyone's favorite balcony hecklers, are up against...Read More

Well-Suited Couple: Vintage Cabinet Card

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'd love to know if this was a vintage theatrical card, much like other cards I've posted, showing male impersonators from the late 1890s to 1910s. This one's from the same era, but since this only lists the photography studio,...Read More