Gay Icons and History: June 2011

The Art of Paul Cadmus: Men, Beautiful Men

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I featured a video of the magnificent art of Paul Cadmus before but this one, by Augusto Mariante, is an exquisite tribute to this exceptional American artist.Read More


Does Gay Marriage Endanger Queer Community?

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | June 26, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

An eyewitness perspective from Friday night's celebration at the Stonewall Inn. Gay marriage in New York state is a great step forward for many families; but let us never forget that we are family. Read More


70 Years Ago: Bayard Rustin Built Foundation for ENDA

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Tico Almeida takes a look at Bayard Rustin, who helped organize a 1941 march on Washington so successful that it never even took place and create the foundations for Obama's proposed ENDA executive order.Read More


A Sexy Chick Tells You About Faggots

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Who better to tell us about the history of the word "faggot" than a hot sexy chick with big boobs? Apparently, "Hot For Words" is playing up the sexy teacher angle for these short videos on the history of English words.Read More

Photo Memories of Nureyev

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 23, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Two beautiful images of the one and only Rudolph Nureyev, the purest, the most beautiful, and the most tragic ballet dancer the world has known.Read More

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Why Are We Still Haunted by 'The Boys in the Band'?

Filed by Mark S. King | June 21, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

Our boys continue to live on through the film, performing their roles on that screen exactly the same way, defiant in their stereotypes, no matter how many times we revisit the movie.Read More

AIDS at 30: 1996 Being Alive Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 15, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This video about Being Alive, the organization for and run by people with HIV/AIDS, was produced in 1996, after the new AIDS drugs became available - but not for everyone, including some of these PWAs meeting in Silverlake.Read More


Larry Kramer's Historic Essay: AIDS At 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This article was first published in the New York Native, Issue 59, March 14-27, 1983, and was the Larry Kramer scream heard around the world. Kramer's famous AIDS play, The Normal Heart, is currently in revival in New York City.Read More


Project Inform Director Martin Delany On Compound Q: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 10, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Project Inform Director Martin Delaney's appearance in West Hollywood to discuss experimental AIDS medications drew praise and concern that the drugs wouldn't be available in time to help those who most needed them.Read More


AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display in DC 2000: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Renee Sotile covered the unfolding of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in DC as part of the March on Washington in 2000. She and her wife have edited that footage to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS.Read More


AIDS at 30: Rob Eichberg & National Coming Out Day

Filed by Bil Browning | June 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rob Eichberg was a noted psychologist and LGBT activist who created "The Experience" to help LGBT people with the coming out process. He died of AIDS in 1995, just before the life-saving HIV/AIDS medications became available.Read More


The Female Impersonator: Vintage Magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Incredibly beautiful models in this vintage (ca. 60s?) magazine. A sweet note of irony that Sonny and Cher, parents of the amazing Chaz, appear on this cover.Read More


Lambda Literary Awards: Most Boring Controversy Ever

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 06, 2011 | 12:45 PM | comments

Really, gay people? Is this the best you can come up with?Read More


Rep Dannemeyer Thinks AIDS Will Become Airborne

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 06, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Among the most vile and virulent of gay-haters from 1979-1993 was Rep. William Danneymeyer from Orange County. On June 29, 1989, he read a statement into the Congressional Record entitled: "What Homosexuals Do."Read More


The Genocidal Legacy Of Ronald Reagan

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 05, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

While Republicans and the Tea Party proudly wallow in the revisionist life history of Ronald Reagan let us, the friends, the family, and the also the victims of this mans bigotry and homophobia remember the truth and continue to shout it to high heaven so it is never forgotten of the genocidal part that Reagan played that killed almost an entire generation of gay men.Read More


AIDS at 30: Candlelight March Poster in 1983

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 05, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

This candlelight vigil poster from May 1983 is full of memories for me.Read More


Review: PBS's Out In America

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's a crapshoot whether or not I actually watch the many screeners that show up in my mailbox on a weekly basis. When PBS's Out In America documentary arrived though, I'd committed to the publicist that I'd check it out & write this review.Read More


Bobbi Campbell in 1984 at Dem Convention: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Bobbi Campbell's remarks about living with HIV/AIDS - delivered during a rally before the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco in 1984, one month before he died - could be given in some quarters today.Read More


AIDS at 30: President Reagan with KS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

How angry were activists at President Reagan for ignoring the burgeoning AIDS crisis? This photoshopped image I shot of Reagan with Kaposi's Sarcoma lesions plastered on walls on New York City streets during the 25th anniversary of Stonewall is one indication.Read More

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A Stark Pride Reminder

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we start Pride month this year, take a moment to reflect on how lucky you are. Many of our elders weren't so lucky and paved the way for today's civil rights advances.Read More