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LGBTQ history



  • Psychiatry and Homosexuality Draft Exemptions During the Vietnam War

    by Natalie Shibley

    Although many gay rights organizations argued that the exclusion of homosexuals from the armed forces was unconstitutional and discriminatory, several of the same groups also offered advice to gay men who wanted to be disqualified from military service.



  • The Real Story Behind “Because of Sex”

    by Rebecca Onion

    One of the most powerful phrases in the Civil Rights Act is often viewed as a malicious joke that backfired. But its entrance into American law was far more savvy than that, led by Representative Martha Griffiths.



  • David Carter, a Historian of Stonewall, Is Dead at 67

    David Carter's research clarified conflicting accounts of the events of June 28, 1969 and helped ensure that the portion of Greenwich Village surrounding the Stonewall Inn would be protected by the National Register of Historic Places.



  • Female Husbands

    by Jen Manion

    Far from being a recent or 21st-century phenomenon, people have chosen, courageously, to trans gender throughout history.



  • Assimilationists of a Feather

    by Elliot Friar and Travis LaCouter

    If the history of gay liberation has taught us anything, it’s that assimilationism is one hell of a drug.



  • This Interactive Map Visualizes the Queer Geography of 20th-Century America

    by Meilan Solly

    A new public history initiative spearheaded by historians Eric Gonzaba and Amanda Regan is poised to bring a series of guidebooks for gay travelers into the digital age, drawing on more than 30,000 listings compiled between 1965 and 1980 to visualize queer spaces’ evolution over time.