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Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Ron Gold, who told a committee of shrinks, “Stop it, you’re making me sick!,” in a 1973 speech as part of the successful campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their Index of Mental Disorders, died at his East Village home May 1 at the age […]

How Homophobia Became a Word

How Homophobia Became a Word

BY DR. GEORGE WEINBERG | May of 1965. A small group of daring revolutionaries rented the auditorium of the Barbizon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting of the East Coast Homophile Organization — a name that does not resonate today – but the group was one that changed the course of LGBTQ history four years […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

The Power of Us  

The Power of Us  

BY DONNA ACETO | It was July of 2006 when I took my very first photo of a little girl named Jackie with one of her moms, who was then nameless to me. Busy for years doing photography chronicling the AIDS crisis, I was a latecomer to the marriage equality movement, but this was my beginning. […]

On Independence Day, Philly Fêtes Half-Century of Activism

On Independence Day, Philly Fêtes Half-Century of Activism

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a Fourth of July Weekend celebration, the city of Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder demonstration. Organized by gay and lesbian activists from that city, New York, and Washington, the Reminders, held in front of Independence Hall on July 4 from 1965 through 1969, represented […]

Kate Kendell to Honor Barbara Gittings 

Kate Kendell to Honor Barbara Gittings 

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | If there were ever a fitting tribute from one renowned LGBT civil rights leader to another, we’ll get to hear it this summer in Philadelphia. Outside Independence Hall on the Fourth of July, Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), will pay tribute to social justice pioneer […]

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though the modern LGBT rights movement is typically dated back to the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, in fact there were a small number of occasions prior to that throughout the ‘60s when LGBT people affirmatively made their presence known. Both in organized protest and in spontaneous reaction to police action, demonstrators […]

Next July 4th, the Gayborhood Heads to the Liberty Bell  

Next July 4th, the Gayborhood Heads to the Liberty Bell  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In New York City, we hold the Stonewall Riots dear as the definitive marker for the start of the modern LGBT rights movement. And it’s fair to say that most gay folks share that assessment — as does the world generally. But Stonewall wasn’t the first occasion in which LGBT Americans asserted […]