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50 years in 50 weeks: 1981's AIDS editorial

50 years in 50 weeks: 1981's AIDS editorial

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 16, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter first mentioned what became HIV/AIDS about a month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice on June 5, 1981.

LGBTQ Agenda: 'Queer Serial' podcast begins final season

LGBTQ Agenda: 'Queer Serial' podcast begins final season

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 13, 2021

The final season of a podcast about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement will conclude with an episode about Stonewall that drops on June 28, the 52nd anniversary of the riots — and will precede a forthcoming podcast about Harry Britt.

LGBTQ History Month: The intersection of LGBTQ history and disability

LGBTQ History Month: The intersection of LGBTQ history and disability

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Oct 28, 2020

Disabled people have long been invisible from history, and unsurprisingly, disabled LGBTQ historical figures too have been hidden.

LGBTQ History Month: SF planners aim to prioritize LGBTQ historic landmarks list

LGBTQ History Month: SF planners aim to prioritize LGBTQ historic landmarks list

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 28, 2020

Four years ago San Francisco planners released a list of nine LGBTQ historically significant sites they were eying to name as local landmarks.

LGBTQ History Month: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history

LGBTQ History Month: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 21, 2020

The day Peggy Caserta took acid for the first time changed her life — and that of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood — forever.

San Francisco slow to landmark LGBTQ sites

San Francisco slow to landmark LGBTQ sites

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 14, 2020

With LGBTQ History Month underway, Castro neighborhood leaders are discussing how best to preserve the heritage of the city's most visible queer neighborhood.

LGBTQ History Month: The US Supreme Court v. LGBTQ Americans

LGBTQ History Month: The US Supreme Court v. LGBTQ Americans

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Oct 14, 2020

June 30, 1986 was a broiling hot day in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, a landmark sodomy decision.

LGBTQ History Month: Archives aim to preserve Southern queer history

LGBTQ History Month: Archives aim to preserve Southern queer history

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 7, 2020

When Spectrum, the undergraduate LGBTQ student group at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, launched in 1983 it became a resource not just those on campus but for queer people living in that part of the South.

LGBTQ History Month: A 17-year saga for transparency in the Nizah Morris case

LGBTQ History Month: A 17-year saga for transparency in the Nizah Morris case

  • by analysis by Timothy Cwiek
  • Oct 7, 2020

This month marks the 65th birthday of Nizah Morris.

LGBTQ History Month: The US Naval Academy evolves with LGBTQ acceptance

LGBTQ History Month: The US Naval Academy evolves with LGBTQ acceptance

  • by Jeremy Rodriguez
  • Oct 7, 2020

Before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, Paula Neira had difficulties accepting she was trans.

LGBTQ History Month: Press A, be gay: LGBTQ representation in video games

LGBTQ History Month: Press A, be gay: LGBTQ representation in video games

  • by Jason Villemez
  • Sep 30, 2020

In the 2014 PlayStation 4 game "Dragon Age: Inquisition," Dorian is a powerful wizard who helps the main character save the world from a demon army.

LGBTQ History Month: Gay raid in Waco mostly lost from LGBTQ history

LGBTQ History Month: Gay raid in Waco mostly lost from LGBTQ history

  • by Brandon Wolf
  • Sep 30, 2020

On Saturday, April 11, 1953, nearly 70 gay men packed into a small four-room house at 2117 South 19th Street in Waco, Texas, about 10 blocks from Baylor University.

Facebook reinstates historic image of Black trans man

Facebook reinstates historic image of Black trans man

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 29, 2020

Facebook has reinstated a photo it initially censored of a bare-chested transgender man for allegedly violating its "community standards on nudity" after it was called out by the GLBT Historical Society.

Exclusive: Silicon Valley LGBTQ history website goes live

Exclusive: Silicon Valley LGBTQ history website goes live

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 29, 2020

A new website documents the last five decades of Silicon Valley's LGBTQ history — and the Bay Area Reporter got a sneak peek.