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Gay History: Activism and LGBT Rights News

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Gay history is all around us. You just have to know where to look. The LGBTQ community has faced its fair share of struggles throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident of 1969 to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of our history that often go unnoticed. As we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community, we can learn from the events of our past. LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity; it’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers who have turned pop culture and gay history on its head. From centuries past to the latest in today's headlines, celebrate gay history with a nod to those that dare to dream.
Art
Gods, Dildos & Penis Pottery: A Visual History of Phallic Sculptures Throughout History

Art history is filled with many instances of penis sculpture. We’ve chosen six of the most prominent examples to show how dicks have changed over time

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History
Are These Communist Propaganda Posters or a Gay Couple’s Vacation Pics?

These homoerotic Chinese-Soviet propaganda posters look more like a gay couple’s vacation pics

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History
The Unreal Story of Claude Cahun, the Lesbian Photographer Who Fought Off the Nazis

The story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore sounds nearly improbable: two Jewish stepsisters-slash-lovers who lived as old ladies and wrote anti-Nazi propaganda!

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Culture
The Nazi Regime Set the Trans Rights Movement Back Decades. Here’s How.

One victim of the Nazi regime that you probably didn’t hear about in history class was the transgender healthcare movement

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History
Queer People Rioted in 1959, a Decade Before Stonewall, at L.A.’s Cooper’s Do-Nuts

While many of us think of Stonewall as the first major fight for LGBTQ rights, there were predecessors, like the Cooper’s Do-Nuts Riot 10 years before

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History
It Turns Out Homosexuality Is Quite Literally an ‘Ancient Chinese Secret,’ Dating Back to 600 BC

Throughout history, homosexuality in China has been accepted, and Emperor Ai of Han even tried to get his lover Dong Xian to inherit the throne

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History
In 1978, the Anatomically Correct ‘Gay Bob’ Doll Delighted Gays and Freaked Out Homophobes

Back in 1978, people could buy a gay Bob doll from certain gay magazines and boutiques; it was anatomically correct and a symbol of rising gay identity

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Culture
10 Useful Polari Phrases for Secretly Talking About Sex and Throwing Shade

Even though Polari (the secret gay slang) went out of fashion in 1967, here are some polari phrases to dish dirt, talk sex and throw shade!

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Culture
The Wild West Was Actually Much Gayer Than You Think

The Wild West was full of gay cowboys, Native American gender benders and even costumed orgies — come learn about its weird, wild history

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Culture
Tricks, Treats & Traditions: The (Not-So-Horrifying) History of Halloween

As All Hallows Eve comes gliding in with the fog, let’s explore the truly interesting history of Halloween and its many traditions

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