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Notable Gay Men in History
A gallery of notable gay men in history in honor of GLBT History Month.

HIV/AIDS And Gay Rights Activist Rodger McFarlane
As a founding member of Gay Men's Health Crisis, Rodger McFarlane, was a pioneer of the gay and HIV/AIDS rights movement. McFarlane took hos own life after complaints of chronic back pain and a heart condition.

Frank E. Kameny Of The Mattachine Society of Washington
In 1961, Dr. Frank E. Kameny, along with Jack Nichols, co-founded the gay rights organization Mattachine Society of Washington.

Mattachine Society Sip In
The Mattachine Society, the oldest gay rights organization, staged the first sip in 1966 at Julius' Bar in New York City.

Gays in Nazi Germany Fact Sheet
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Gays Under the Francisco Franco Dictatorship
Gays in Spain under the Francisco Franco dictatorship. Find out why.

Sodomy Laws
What is sodomy? Is it still illegal? Find out here!

History of the Gay Pride Flag
Learn the history and origin of the gay pride flag.

First Legal Gay Marriages in the U.S.
May 17th, 2004 will live in U.S. history books forever. Massachusetts became the first state to legally marry same-sex couples.

The Pink Triangle
Did you know the pink triangle, today used as a symbol of gay pride, originated as method of labeling homosexuals in Nazi Germany? Some historians claim that Hitler's persecution of gay men was used to mask his own homosexuality. Read the history of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the origin of the pink triangle.

Oscar Wilde
An account of Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, including his affairs with lover Lord Alfred Douglas and the trials that condemned him.

When Did Foreskin Restoration Begin?
Did gay men start the practice of foreskin restoration? Find out here!

Gay Household Income
Gays are twice as likely to have a household income over 60K USD? On what do you spend most of your money?

Was Hitler Gay?
Did you know that the pink triangle, today used as a symbol of gay pride, originated as method of labeling homosexuals in Nazi Germany? Some historians claim that Adolph Hitler's persecution of gay people was used to mask his own homosexuality. Read the history of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the origin of the pink triangle.

Gay Colors and Sexual Preferences
Many year ago gay men also wore colors to signify certain sexual practices. Wearing these colors on the left or right would alert their partners if they were a top or bottom respectively. These non-verbal signs are rarely used today due to the internet and the ability for gay men to communicate and meet in other non-threatening environments. Read more!

Why Gay Blood Is Illegal
Did you know that gay and bisexual men are not allowed to donate blood? Since 1985, the Food & Drug Administration initiated a policy that prohibits any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 to give blood. Gay advocates such as Peter Tatchell think this ban is homophobic but ABC recently reported that the FDA is considering a lift on the ban. Read more.

National Coming Out Day
Celebrate the national coming out by learning what it means to come out of the closet.

History of Gay Pride
Gays in a growing number of cities and countries participate in annual parades, festivals and pride events collectively called gay pride. Do you know when gay pride began or that each color on the rainbow flag had it's own meaning? Find out here in the guide to gay pride!

Bayard Rustin: Gay March on Washington Organizer
Did you know Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s colleague and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington was openly gay? Catch a glimpse of Bayard Rustin's impressive career as an African-American civil rights and gay rights leader.

LGBT History Month
Celebrate gay heritage and learn about LGBT History Month.

Top 10 Ways To Support Gay Rights
You can help fight for gay rights. Read the top 10 ways to support gay rights.

Gay Rights History: The Mattachine Society
The Mattachine Society, founded by Harry Hay, was one of the first gay rights groups in the United States.

Wolfenden Report
Read about the landmark Wolfenden Report, which paved the way for gay rights in Britain.

Why Equal Gay Rights Are Needed in Times of Tragedy
In times of crisis, gay couples are left powerless to make medical decisions or receive aid and benefits should the worst happen. See why equal gay rights are needed in times of tragedy.

Gay Sperm Donors
Gay sperm donors face more stringent rules than other donors. Is the FDA ban on gay sperm based on discrimination or health and safety?

Gay Abraham Lincoln
So, was Abraham Lincoln really gay? Dr. C.A. Tripp's book, The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, takes us on a journey into the intimate world of Ab Lincoln and the gay rumors surrounding him.

Gay Immigration Rights
What happens when each person in a same-sex relationship is a resident of a different country? Read about the fight for gay immigration rights

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