Leather Archives & Museum 20 Year History and 20th Anniversary Pin

LA&M pin

We first would like to thank The Leather Archives & Museum for preserving our LGBTQIA history. Here we have a little history of LA&M and a Leather Archives & Museum 20th anniversary pin that was contributed to BiTG from LA&M. Thank you guys! The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic [...]

The Garden Party 2011 Hosted by nYc Gossip Queen Wendy Williams

Hello everyone, hope your pride was a safe and joyish one. Here’s a few pictures of The Garden Party hosted by New York City’s Straight (Drag Queen) Wendy Williams & Honorary Chair Florent Morellet June 20th, 2011 on pier 54. The Garden Party New York City is the only LGBT tasting event in the country and is celebrating it’s 28th year. What started as a small venue in the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street, is now a large event on the Pier with over 30 restaurants that raised over $200,000 Dollars for vital program and service for our [...]

2011 nYc Pride Week Kick-Off Rally Central Park

On Saturday June 18th 2011 we made our way to Fifth Avenue and 72nd street and into Central Park. Following the trail over to Rumsey play field where the Rally took place. Upon entering the play field area we were greeted by Target employees directing us to the PridePop truck (pictured) for a free ice pop and then are attention was directed towards the stage as Ross Mathews (Jay Leno’s intern, pictured) host of this years rally was gleefully welcoming in Pride week NYC. On stage with Ross was comedian Christine O’Leary (pictured). They introduced the various LGBT entertainment and [...]

San Francisco Market Street March 1979

Old footage from 1979, video filmed by Michael D. Polansky. A little campy, a little political, a community, making a BIG statement… Super video of human LGBT history in full affect. Another great video from glbthistory.org 1979 S.F. Pride Parade – GLBT Historical Society, Courtesy of glbthistory. Thank you

The Flag 1978, Our Colors Don’t Run, San Francisco

On Saturday afternoon March 19th  while discussing the topic of Pride on a roundtable with QueerPublicRadio.com we touched on the subject of the Rainbow Pride Flag. The flag was created by Gilbert Baker an activist/artist born in 1951 often referred to as the Gay Betsy Ross, he was discharged from the ARMY in 1972 and shortly after took up sewing. Gilbert was often asked to make banners for protest and gay pride marches. Gilbert was friends with Harvey Milk whom he had first met in the mid 1970’s First raised in San Francisco, California on June 25, 1978 the original flag contained eight [...]

Our Agenda, Love, Equality, Pride 1970

Gay Civil Rights, A Historical Look. 1900 B.C. The Promised Land: Sodom & Gomorrah: God struck his wrath upon the sodomites whores and filth (gays= filth?) This must be where being gay started. 1955 A.D. Montgomery, Alabama: Rosa Parks refuses to move to the segregated part of the city bus, starting the Black Civil Rights movement. 1963 A.D. Washington, D.C.: Martin Luther King Jr. speaks for all American’s civil right prior to his assassination. 1969 A.D. Greenwich Village nYc: Stonewall Riots: New Yorkers fight back against Police gay bashing’s in the Greenwich Village Gay Bars. The first National call for [...]