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.
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 …
In what is hailed as the largest gay history project of its kind in the nation, 30 U.S. publications serving lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people will celebrate October as Gay History Month by presenting the series, “We are America: How members of the LGBT community helped create the U.S.A.”
More than 150 years before America elected its first black president, Barack Obama, it most likely had its first gay president, James Buchanan
North Carolina’s William Rufus DeVane King, the 13th United States vice president, has the distinction of having served in that office for less time than any other vice president. He died of tuberculosis on April 18, 1853, just 25 days after being sworn into office on March 24, 1853. Other historians have speculated that King holds yet another distinction — the likely status of being the first gay U.S. vice president and possibly one of the first gay members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.