Gay Icons and History: April 2012


Rachel Maddow Commemorates 25th Anniversary of ACT UP!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 30, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two videos with contrast in presentations: A video of ACT UP that captures the transformation from perceived "limp-wristed pansies" to direct action militants and in the other Rachael Maddow, who was once involved, explains ACT UP to her mainstream audience.Read More


Witi Ihimaera: VIP Q Movie Pick

Filed by Jenni Olson | April 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Openly gay New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera is best known as the author of Whale Rider. With his new semi-autobiographical gay drama Kawa being released on DVD May 8th we asked Witi to share his favorite LGBT film pick with us.Read More


Latino GLBT History Project Honors Cesar Chavez

Filed by James Holmes | April 20, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Latino GLBT History Project will be honoring the late civil rights activist and LGBT ally César Chávez with a public event marking the anniversary of his death on Monday April 23 in Washington DC. Read More


David DeCoteau: VIP Q Movie Pick

Filed by Jenni Olson | April 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Prolific homoerotic horror director David DeCoteau shared this vivid mid '90s memory in response to our fave LGBT movie inquiry.Read More


Hilary Rosen: VIP Q Movie Pick

Filed by Jenni Olson | April 12, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Currently embattled lesbian political pundit Hilary Rosen shared her VIP Q Movie Pick with us a few years ago and we figured now would be a good time to post itRead More


Lillian Faderman: VIP Q Movie Pick

Filed by Jenni Olson | April 11, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Historians always have the best answers. Here's a fresh pick from Lillian Faderman.Read More


Happy 100th, Harry Hay! The Frog Has Become the Princess!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 09, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I met Harry Hay roughly 20 ago when asked to cover his 80th birthday. Festivities were poignant as young people revered and doted on him, clearly aware they were in the presence of the man recognized as the founder of the modern gay rights movement. Read More


Gay Men on the Titanic

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 06, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Surviving accounts of this ill-fated sea cruise tells us much about the ship's passengers and crew, except for their sexual orientations and gender identities. Were there LGBT people on the Titanic?Read More


Del Shores: VIP Q Movie Pick

Filed by Jenni Olson | April 05, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The hilarious gay writer-performer Del Shores couldn't resist mentioning his own modern gay classic (in addition to another great pick).Read More


Trans Advocate Alexis Rivera Dies at 34

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Trans advocate Alexis Rivera died on Wednesday, March 28 in Los Angeles. She was 34. A memorial was held at Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park in West Hollywood, on Sunday.Read More