Gay Icons and History: May 2012


ACT UP/LA Warrior Pete Jimenez Remembered

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

It is appropriate that the life and activism of ACT UP/LA's Pete Jimenez be commemorated during Memorial Day weekend. The war Pete fought was at home, against the US government, against the godless cruelty of the Religious Right, homophobia and the willful neglect of people with AIDS. Read More


Happy Harvey Milk Day! Event Notice and Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 22, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

There are a number of events happening today to commemorate the late Harvey Milk.Read More


A Requiem for the Queen of Disco

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Within minutes of the announcement of Donna Summer's death, guest blogger Dennis Daniel's Facebook news feed began filling with obits. A few people tempered their remarks by referencing the homophobic controversy she was embroiled in during the 1980s.Read More

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Coming Out with Donna Summer

Filed by Mark S. King | May 21, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Donna Summer is among the spirits now, joining the legions of ghosts haunting brightly colored discos from another era. She is still cooing to them, to these throngs of boisterous men, inviting them to the dance, and there is everything to celebrate and nothing to forgive.Read More


NAACP's Evolution on Marriage Equality Began Decades Ago

Filed by Nadine Smith | May 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

This isn't the first time the NAACP has stepped out on principle for an issue that affects the lives of LGBT people. Nor is it the first time they will experience a predictable, orchestrated backlash. Read More

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Harvey Milk Day Celebrations in LA & WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 17, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

LGBT Icon Harvey Milk would have been 82 years old next Tuesday - had he not been assassinated in 1978. The Harvey Milk Foundation and others are holding numerous events before and on that official day, including several in Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Read More


Vito Russo: The Celluloid Activist

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | May 07, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Inspired by the renewed energy of the 25th anniversary of ACT-UP/NY? A great place to start learning about that history is Michael Schiavi's excellent biography of ACT-UP co-founder Vito Russo, a finalist for gay memoir/biography in next month's Lambda Awards. Read More


AIDS Healthcare Foundation Celebrates 25 Years [Photo Essay]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 03, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

At the core of AHF's astounding success is a laser-like focus on the simple fact that healthcare is a right and access to treatment should not be denied anyone based on income, national origin, or any other means used to disqualify people.Read More


Sharon Needles Another Feather in the Terrible Boa of the City of Champions

Filed by Sue Kerr | May 03, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sharon Needles has forever changed what it means for Pittsburgh to be The City of Champions.Read More