October 2016

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! [The penultimate line in a traditional Scottish poem.]

I recently finished reading the book Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg.  This was the first book by this author that I had read and I have to say I want […]

One of the best summaries I can recall reading about Frank Kameny is Murdoch and Price’s Courting Justice.  Chapter 2, entitled “A Burning Sense of Injustice,” gives a good introduction […]

In 1596, Francis Cabral, a Catholic missionary, informs the Vatican in a letter that the casual attitude toward same-sex relations he sees everywhere in Japan is a major barrier to Japanese […]

Turkish Honor Killing

In July 2008, Ahmet Yildiz was murdered in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lived, in a suspected gay “honor killing.” An honor killing, also known as a shame killing, is defined as […]

In 1960, the office of the United States postmaster general (then Arthur Ellsworth Summerfield) initiated a campaign against the distribution and possession of lewd materials, including soft-core homosexually-themed pictures. At […]

In 1954, estimating that there are more than 6,000 homosexuals in Miami, local police began a concerted campaign against gay men in which hundreds were arrested on beaches and in […]

In 1623, Michelangelo’s grandnephew publishes the first printed edition of the artist’s poems, substituting female pronouns for male in the love verse. The originals are not made available in printed […]

In 1593, Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy Edward II is probably the first play written in English to portray a male couple’s love relationship sympathetically.

“If I hadn’t been a woman, I’d have been a drag queen.” — Dolly Parton

“If you removed all the homos and homo influence from what is generally regarded as American culture, you would be pretty much left with Let’s Make a Deal.” — Fran […]

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, […]

“Come out, come out, wherever you are…” — Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz

It should be clear by now that I adore the gay pulp novels of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and even the 1970s.  Not only are the stories groundbreaking, but the […]

There have been reports recently that since September 1st, eleven gay men have been stalked using social media and murdered. According to reports, militants use apps like Grindr and Facebook […]

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bans taxpayer-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws.  Assembly Bill 1887 prohibits California agencies from requiring their employees to travel to […]

The earliest issues of The Gay Blade, which grew over forty years to become The Washington Blade newspaper, started small, with a legal sized sheet, front and back, mimeographed and […]

Some of the earliest gay novels were the pulp novels of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. I recently had the opportunity to go through a massive collection of more […]

Antinous, Beloved of Hadrian

History tells us that the Roman Emperor Hadrian was enamored of the young man, Antinous, who became his beloved and his constant companion.  The fondness of Hadrian for Antinous was […]

In the days following the Stonewall Rebellion in June of 1969, a number of gay newspapers or newsletters sprang up around the country, including The Gay Blade in Washington, DC. […]

October 9, 1990 — The Maryland Court of Appeals rules that the state’s sodomy and unnatural and perverted practices law are unconstitutional as applied to people of the opposite sex, […]

October 8, 1973 — The Arkansas Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the state’s sodomy law and upholds a sentence of eight years in prison for a private, consensual act. […]

Whence spring these inclinations, rank and strong? And harming no one, wherefore call them wrong? — Words of protest written in August 1833 to protest the sentence of Captain Nicholas […]

It has never been easy to be gay in this country (and the world, for that matter).  But from what I’ve been reading this week, it must have been particularly […]

The monotony of everyday life lately is just about the only thing I have.  I get up in the morning, go to work, give it my all, and crawl home […]