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How The Nazis Destroyed The First Gay Rights Movement

In the 1930s, the Depression spread economic anxiety. Fascist parties offered Europeans a choice of stability at the price of democracy. They said that expanding liberties gave “undesirable” people the liberty to undermine security and threaten traditional “moral” culture. LGBT people were an obvious target.

Sappho, A Poet In Fragments

With a mere two complete poems extant from nine books of verse, much is left to the imagination in the reconstruction of the output (and life) of this most mysterious of ancient poets.

The Myth Of The Ancient Greek ‘Gay Utopia’

The persistent dream of a “gay utopia” is one of the constants in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years.

How The New York Media Covered The Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots were a six-night series of protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City.

LGBTQ Coin Glosses Over Radical Struggles: When Did Gay Liberation Come To Mean Equality?

The Royal Canadian Mint recently released a coin, “Hold onto Love,” that celebrates 50 years of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Canada.

The Bleaching Of Stonewall

The theme this Pride month is “Looking back, Loving forward. This week leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place from June 27 to 29, 1969, in the Greenwich Village section of NYC. The event is well-known because it galvanized LGBTQ+ activist organizations and movements here and abroad.

As Seen In Curve: Stonewall 50

Where we came from, where we’re going.

The Anniversaries of May 17th Are Bittersweet

When you reside at the intersections of multiple identities, anniversaries of your civil rights struggles can be both bitter and sweet.

New York auction house’s Pride Sale also honours others who contributed to the cause since the 19th century

A photographic archive tracing the history of New York City’s Pride Parades in the 1970s and ’80s

As seen in Curve Magazine: The Art Of Same Sex

Beth Suskin and Leslie Cohen are partners in life—and in LGBT history. Here, Cohen shares their personal and public story of “gay liberation.”