... 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 [...]
... Award winning director Richard Schmiechen (The Times of Harvey Milk) vividly portrays the life and work of the woman described by the Los Angeles Times as “The Rosa Parks of Gay Rights” in Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker. During the repressive 1950′s, Dr. Evelyn Hooker undertook ground breaking research that led to a radical discovery: homosexuals were not, by definition, “sick.” Dr. Hooker’s finding sent shock waves through the psychiatric community and culminated in a major victory for gay ...
... 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 Pride and Action. 1970 A.D. Los Angeles, Ca: Morris Kight Gay activist known for his Anti-War demonstrations founded (CSW) Christopher Street West hosting the first L.A. pride event in celebration of Stonewall. 1978 A.D. San Francisco, Ca: Harvey Milk the first openly gay person elected to the Board of Supervisors (City Council) in San Francisco, California. 1980 A.D. Washington D.C.: [...]
... great men (and women) have made and will make History… Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 — November 27, 1978) is one of them. He was the first openly gay man to be elected to a political position in the United States. Before this he had served in the Korean War and worked as a Wall Street investment banker. A year into the job, Harvey was murdered alongside San Francisco mayor, George Moscone. The shooter was a fellow politician, Dan White, who was an outspoken anti-gay conservative. White was convicted of manslaughter and received a sentence of 8 years and [...]
... always great to see the new generation taking the time to initiate to learn about our history and bring it to light for others to grow and learn as well. We hear about Martin Luther King Jr, we hear about Malcolm X, we hear about Cesar Chavez. But our schools or churches never tell us about GLBT activist such as Harry Hay (who conceived the Mattachine Society in 1948), Del Martin & Phylis Lyon (who together founded the Daughters Of Bilitis in 1955), Brenda Howard and the great Harvey Milk. Here’s a school project that should have been graded [...]
... York City a few years after Stonewall and Lou Reed‘s song was breaking out with forbidden taboos. Transsexuality mentioning Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. Male Prostitution featuring Joe Dallesandro and Joe Campbell (AKA Suger Plum Fairy, Harvey Milk’s Boyfriend). Oral Sex That was something Candy was doing. Drugs ahhh the 70′s. You can’t get anymore transgender friendly than this song. walk on the wild side ~ lou reed, Courtesy of d1sintegration. Thank ...
... to number one for six consecutive weeks in August & September. 1979 brought him three Billboard awards, this was at a time when both his live shows and recordings had Two Tons O’ Fun Martha Wash & Izora Rhodes (future Weather Girls) as his back-up singers. He also made a special appearance in the movie “The Rose” starring (The Divine Miss M aka) Bette Midler. In this movie he sang “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” live from The Castro Street Fair (Thanks to Harvey Milk). Sylvester quickly earned a Hi NRG Classic with “Do You Wanna Funk” in [...]