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Maurice Hines

LGBT History Month: Legendary performer talks seven decades of keeping toes tapping

Out dancer, performer, choreographer and actor Maurice Hines has been in show business since he was five years old, which means almost 70 years in the game.

An unlikely advocate for gay rights emerges

LGBT History Month: America’s First Equality Governor

In April of 1975, a groundbreaking event occurred in the fight for gay and lesbian equal rights. In Pennsylvania, a state not generally known for liberal politics, a courageous and progressive governor, Milton J. Shapp, signed an executive order that banned discrimination in state government.

Lesbian Erasure: Part Two

LGBT History Month: Stepping away from the norm, Susan B. Anthony and others make their mark on society

Examples of lesbian sexuality are all over early American history. The 19th century saw a myriad of reasons why lesbianism was actually embraced, right up until the turn of the 20th century, when it wasn’t.

Lesbian Erasure: Part One

LGBT History Month: Defining Lesbianism

By Victoria A. Brownworth (Author’s Note: For the purposes of space, except for brief references, this article focuses on lesbian couplings in the U.S.) Lesbians exist. Lesbians, like gay men, have always existed. If there is a singular lesson to be learned this LGBT history month, it is that lesbians didn’t just appear suddenly in …