Gay Icons and History: July 2012


The Wrap: Outfest History [Photos, Videos & Other Notes]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

At the height of the AIDS epidemic gay films, the very act of producing and showing them, seemed like a middle finger to the horrific, inculcated homophobia pervading society and infecting our collective unconsciousness.Read More


Lesbians In Space

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Call me a buzz kill, however I think it's really a shame that Sally Ride was ashamed of being out about being a woman who was in a committed relationship. It's scarier to come out of the closet than it is to fly into space on a space shuttle?Read More


Did Astronaut Sally Ride Come Out Too Late?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

There's been some minor controversy lately after astronaut Sally Ride came out in her obituary. While out to family and friends, she never came out publicly while she was alive. But did she have a responsibility to do it?Read More

Batman: When the Dark Knight Was Gay

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 23, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

One of the most important episodes in Batman's metamorphosis centered around the startling accusation that Batman and Robin were gay and might seed impressionable youths with homosexual fantasies.Read More


Openly Gay NAACP Civil Rights Pioneer Willis Edwards Dead at 66

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 15, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Willis Edwards, the openly gay, openly HIV-positive longtime president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP, has died. He was 66. The cause of the death was not immediately released.Read More


Asteroid Named After Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

In a fitting tribute to a former government astrologer turned gay rights pioneer, an amateur astronomer has named an asteroid he discovered "Frankkameny."Read More


Auf Wiedersehen Little Hero

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Consider Gad Beck's attempt to rescue his Jewish boyfriend during World War II. He donned a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center to free Manfred Lewin. Thereby setting a ridiculously high bar for standing by your manRead More