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  • Originally published 06/28/2016

    Gays are being put back into American history. Quietly.

    President Obama’s designation on Friday of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village as a national monument comes amid a push across the country to write lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the nation’s collective history, an effort that has been quietly underway for years.

  • Originally published 06/27/2016

    Obama Designates Historic Stonewall Inn a National Monument

    “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and the diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us — that we are stronger together, that out of many, we are one,” Obama said.

  • Originally published 06/17/2016

    How does Orlando massacre fit in US history?

    Mass violence has "a long, ugly history" in America, said Katherine Grandjean, history professor at Wellesley College. "It's a pattern as old as the nation and goes back long before even into the colonial roots."

  • Originally published 06/14/2016

    A New Way Forward After Orlando

    Max Boot

    The way to finally defeat ISIS is not simply by dropping more bombs is to woo Sunnis in Syria and Iraq away from ISIS by offering them a political end-state they can support.

  • Originally published 05/24/2016

    Public restrooms and dignity for all

    Margaret Storey

    Under Jim Crow, if there was no bathroom for you, you either did not go, or faced the choice between personal humiliation or arrest.

  • Originally published 05/04/2016

    Obama May Create Monument to Gay Rights Movement

    The White House is considering the creation of a national monument to the gay rights movement on a small piece of Greenwich Village parkland across the street from the Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 uprising helped inspire the push for equality.

  • Originally published 12/29/2015

    New book says Communist China's first premier was probably gay

    A book to be published in Hong Kong in the new year says Zhou Enlai, Communist China's much-respected first premier, was probably gay despite his long marriage, and had once been in love with a male schoolmate two years his junior.

  • Originally published 07/14/2015

    Resistance to Gay Marriages Travels a Well-Worn Path

    Legal experts suggest that history might hint at how the coming months will unfold, as a handful of defiant clerks across the South and Midwest refuse to abide by the Supreme Court's ruling last month that legalized gay marriage.

  • Originally published 06/29/2015

    A New Right Grounded in the Long History of Marriage

    David M. Perry

    Citing the work of historians that demonstrates the constant evolution of the institution, the U.S. Supreme Court decides to recognize a constitutional right to same-sex unions.

  • Originally published 06/29/2015

    The Price of Gay Marriage

    Timothy Stewart-Winter

    Will the victory at the Supreme Court blind us to our history of life in the margins?

  • Originally published 06/25/2015

    German museum launches show on 150 years of gay history

    The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin has been four years in the planning but is opening amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for same-sex couples.

  • Originally published 06/23/2015

    Documentary on 1950s-era ‘war on gays’ premieres

    The 30-minute film produced by Yahoo News and its chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff depicts a little-known 1950s-era campaign by the FBI and other federal government agencies to purge gays from the federal workforce.

  • Originally published 05/25/2015

    To Have and to Hold

    Jill Lepore

    Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution.

  • Originally published 05/05/2015

    Open Letter to Anthony Kennedy

    Marc Stein

    The Supreme Court should consider these questions before deciding the gay marriage cases. 

  • Originally published 03/30/2015

    Here's a look at history of 'religious freedom' laws

    Citing the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Pence said Indiana needs its own version of the federal law to "ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law."

  • Originally published 10/12/2014

    Why LGBT History Matters

    Aud Traher

    "Living in a world that tells you that you don’t exist or have history is incredibly trying."

  • Originally published 05/29/2014

    National Park Service to write gay people into history

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of 18 scholars next month that will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement's story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts.

  • Originally published 06/20/2013

    British Museum launches gay history guide

    The British Museum has launched a guide focusing on elements of homosexuality to be found in its collection.A Little Gay History draws on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri and the erotic scenes on the Roman Warren Cup to images by David Hockney.Written by curator Richard Parkinson, it explores artistic portrayals of what it means to be gay and the difficulties in finding records of same-sex desire.The guide is accompanied by an audio trail featuring Simon Russell Beale....

  • Originally published 02/06/2013

    Jonathan Zimmerman: The Silly Debate over Ed Koch's Sexuality

    Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of history and education at New York University. He is the author of “Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.”Was Ed Koch gay? I don’t know, and I don’t care. And neither should you.When the former New York mayor died last week, we heard all the old cliches about why he should have come out of the closet-or why it was necessary to “out” him. If he were openly gay, the story goes, he would have done more to fight AIDS during the early years of the epidemic. And he would have made it easier for other people to come out, too.But as Koch correctly insisted, his sexual orientation was nobody’s business but his own. And to see why, let’s imagine that Koch wasn't male and gay, but female and straight.Then let’s suppose that Ms. Koch — like 40% of American women — had undergone an abortion. Would it be OK to “out” her for that, too?...

  • Originally published 06/28/2009

    HNN Hot Topics: LGBT History

    All across the world LGBT people are celebrating. Here's the background you need if you want to understand what it's all about.