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The U.S. Supreme Court v. LGBTQ Americans

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

June 30, 1986 was a broiling hot day in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, a landmark sodomy decision. The press was huddled under the small bank of trees near the side entrance, waiting for the copies to be handed out. The fate of millions of lesbian and gay Americans lay in the hands of the high court.

The 1953 Gay Raid in Waco

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

On Saturday, April 11, 1953, nearly 70 gay men packed into a small four-room house at 2117 S. 19th St. in Waco, Texas, about 10 blocks from Baylor University.

A Symbol of Pride

New Flag Draws Mixed Response, but there’s a Bigger History We Should Remember

A redesign of the “Pride flag” has gone viral recently as protests for racial equity continue across the country, sparked by George Floyd’s violent death.

For the Benefit of Mr. Kight

Jesse’s Journal: A New Biography of Morris Kight

High among those individuals was Morris Kight. In 1957 the Texas-born Kight moved to Los Angeles, where he made a name for himself by assisting gay youth with financial, health or legal problems.

Alfred Kinsey ‘was our Stonewall.’ – Samuel Steward

LGBT History Month: Pioneering Alfred Kinsey Opened Doors

There was a time when 1 out of every 2 Americans Gallup polled knew Alfred Kinsey’s name, and to gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals he was a living hero. Sadly, for the last quarter-century or so, calling Alfred Kinsey “the man who made the homosexual movement possible” has come not from that movement but from the Antigay Industry.

Arenas and Sex

Jesse’s Journal

In his autobiography “Before Night Falls” (Antes Que Anochezca), the late Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1944-1990) wrote about his sexual encounters with nominally straight males in 1960s Havana: “These areas were full of recruits and students, single men who were locked up in barracks or schools and went out at night eager for sex.