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Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

Gay artifacts subject of new museum collection in Missouri

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ST. LOUIS — The Missouri History Museum is on the verge of the St. Louis region's first mainstream collection of gay artifacts. [ Read more → ]
Marlon Riggs

LGBT History Month profile: Filmaker, poet, activist Marlon Riggs

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Marlon Riggs was a filmmaker, educator, poet and gay rights activist. He examined race and sexuality in his documentaries for which he received an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Sally Ride, first female American astronaut in space

Friday, October 25, 2013
On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She later became the only person to serve on the presidential commissions investigating both of the nation’s space shuttle tragedies — the Challenger explosion (1986) and the Columbia disaster (2003). [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Blues singer, recording artist Ma Rainey

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ma Rainey, called the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American blues singers and recording artists. She is recognized as one of the great female blues vocalists. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: First out black writer Bruce Nugent

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Bruce Nugent was a writer and artist during the Harlem Renaissance. He was the first out black writer. [ Read more → ]
Simon Nkoli

LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement. [ Read more → ]
Queen Latifah

LGBT History Month profile: ‘Hip-Hop’s First Lady,’ Queen Latifah

Monday, October 21, 2013
Known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," Queen Latifah is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. [ Read more → ]
Nathan Lane

LGBT History Month profile: Emmy, Tony award winning actor Nathan Lane

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Nathan Lane is an award-winning film, television and theater actor. He has received three Emmys, two Tony Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. [ Read more → ]
Brenda Howard

LGBT History Month profile: Activist, ‘Mother of Pride’ Brenda Howard

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Brenda Howard was an LGBT activist. She organized the first Pride parade and is known as the “Mother of Pride.” Born in the Bronx, Howard was raised on Long Island. In the 1960s, she became involved in the anti-war and feminist movements. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Artist Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. ‘Tom of Finland’

Friday, October 18, 2013
Tom of Finland was an artist whose sexually charged drawings of musclemen impacted gay culture. He is known as the most influential creator of homoerotic images. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Historian and playwright Martin Duberman

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Martin Duberman is a historian, a playwright, an LGBT activist and the founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School. He is an acclaimed author of more than 20 books. [ Read more → ]
Elio Di Rupo

LGBT History Month profile: Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Elio Di Rupo is the prime minister of Belgium and head of the Socialist Party. He is the first openly gay man to lead a nation. [ Read more → ]
Anderson Cooper

LGBT History Month profile: Journalist Anderson Cooper

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Anderson Cooper is an award-winning news anchor, author and talk show host. Born in New York City to a prominent family, Anderson Hays Cooper is the son of Wyatt Emory Cooper and heiress and entrepreneur Gloria Vanderbilt. [ Read more → ]
Tim Cook

LGBT History Month profile: Entrepreneur, Apple CEO Tim Cook

Monday, October 14, 2013
Tim Cook is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Apple, one of the world’s most valuable companies. In 2011, Steve Jobs handpicked Cook as his successor. [ Read more → ]
Tracy Chapman

LGBT History Month profile: Singer, songwriter Tracy Chapman

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tracy Chapman is a multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Two of her songs have reached the Top 10 on the BillboardHot 100 chart, and her first No. 1 hit, “Fast Car,” was named one of the best songs of all time by Rolling Stone. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Willa Cather was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the most prominent American writers of the early 20th century. She is best known for her novels “O Pioneers!” and “My Antonia.” [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Human rights activist Mandy Carter

Friday, October 11, 2013
Mandy Carter describes herself as an “out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist.” She has been advocating for human rights for more than 45 years. [ Read more → ]
Joan Biren

LGBT History Month profile: Photographer, documentarian Joan Biren

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Joan Biren is an internationally recognized photographer and filmmaker who chronicles gay life. Her photographs are on display in the Library of Congress. [ Read more → ]
Gad Beck

LGBT History Month profile: Holocaust survivor Gad Beck

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Gad Beck was a Holocaust survivor who helped gays and Jews escape the Nazis. He was born in Berlin to a Jewish father and a Protestant mother who converted to Judaism. In 1943, Beck and his father were seized by the Nazis. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Activist and author Joseph Beam

Monday, October 7, 2013
Joseph Beam was a gay rights activist who helped build a black LGBT community in the 1980s. He was the editor of “In the Life,” the first collection of nonfiction works by and about black gay men. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Modernist writer Djuna Barnes

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Djuna Barnes is a prominent modernist writer known for her experimental style and edgy themes. Born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, to a polygamist family, she was inspired to write by her grandmother, a feminist writer and journalist. [ Read more → ]
APIn this July 4, 1967 file photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Institutions dedicated to LGBT history an exciting, largely untapped resource

Sunday, October 6, 2013
The road to equality is paved with court victories and legislative gains, but also by progress in the social theatre of the culture war. This is the latest iteration of the struggle to contend with intolerance through outreach, community building, and education — needs for which cultural institutions are apposite. Friday, which marked the fourth day of Gay History Month, editorials are circulating in conservative media outlets that caution parents about the “sexual assault on our children” posed by public schools’ recognition of LGBT history... [ Read more → ]
Axel Axgil

LGBT History Month profile: Danish gay rights activist Axel Axgil

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Axel Axgil was a Danish gay activist and cofounder of Europe’s first gay rights organization. After Denmark became the first nation to legalize same-sex domestic partnerships, he and his partner Eigil Eskildsen were the first couple to register. [ Read more → ]
Reinaldo Arenas

LGBT History Month profile: Cuban author, poet Reinaldo Arenas

Friday, October 4, 2013
Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist and essayist whose work focused on political and social injustices. He was born into poverty in the Cuban countryside. He wrote his first poems by carving words into tree trunks. [ Read more → ]
Gwen Araujo

LGBT History Month profile: Transgender hero Gwen Araujo

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Gwen Araujo was a transgender teen who was the victim of a brutal murder. Her attack brought national attention to the issue of violence against transgender people. [ Read more → ]
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