Unlike last year, LGBTQ issues did not figure as prominently in the news media. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump and his administration have been hard at work, gutting nearly every protection put in place by former President Barack Obama.
On June 30th in New York City, after a weeklong abundance of celebrations, rallies and worldwide media attention, a group of longtime LGBTQ activists marched down Fifth Avenue carrying a banner that read: “Gay Liberation Front: First To March.”
The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) released a statement that praised Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for signing into law legislation restoring state and local benefits to veterans discharged from the military under discriminatory policies.
The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) announced that it will provide LGBTQ and HIV positive competency training through its Rainbow Shield certification program to the entire New York State Division of Veterans’ Services.
Something very strange happened during last June’s celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The LGBTQ community, especially those of us from Gay Liberation Front New York realized how the history we created from 1969 to 1971 was being distorted by those who had recorded it.
Until the 1970s, when LGBTQ publishing first began and activists like Barbara Gittings pushed for representation in libraries, the few queer books available were limited mostly to anti-gay medical texts. So, as the first wave of bookstores like Giovanni’s Room opened.