Roaring Lesbian Subcultures in New York City

New York City has long been known for its liberalism and borough-specific socioeconomic demographics; however, one community during the 1920s often overlooked by historians is the lesbian subculture in Greenwich Village. In this article, “lesbian” will be used very loosely to describe women-loving-women. Due to the term’s limited use until the mid-twentieth century, retroactively labeling women of the early 1900s as lesbians would not be … Continue reading Roaring Lesbian Subcultures in New York City

Marsha P. Johnson, the Revolutionary

By Nico Lueba Jones Jones is a second year at Sarah Lawrence College. Marsha P. Johnson was born on August 4, 1945 in Elizabeth, NJ. She self-identified as a street queen and “transvestite” at a time when the word transgender did not yet exist, but she always called herself a woman and used “she” pronouns. The P stands for “Pay It No Mind,” and that … Continue reading Marsha P. Johnson, the Revolutionary

“From Cowtown to Gaytown”: Kansas Politics and Gay Rights in Wichita, KS

By Korbin Painter Korbin Painter (he/him/his) is an M.A. candidate in the History Department at the University of Iowa. He was born and raised in Kansas and he is an alumnus of the University of Kansas. His research interests include LGBT history of the United States and Germany, focused on LGBT politics, social movements, and the history of emotions. Korbin can be contacted by e-mail … Continue reading “From Cowtown to Gaytown”: Kansas Politics and Gay Rights in Wichita, KS

The Mattachine Society: Henry “Harry” Hay and Harold “Hal” Call

By Marian Phillips Marian is a second year graduate student in the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College. A year ago, when I began my Master’s research on homosexuality during the 1950s in America, I was certain that there was an abundance of research on the topic. I didn’t think there was anything more to discover that John D’Emilio, David Allyn, Estelle Freedman, Allan … Continue reading The Mattachine Society: Henry “Harry” Hay and Harold “Hal” Call

Prop 8 Overturned

Today Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 in California. The San Francisco Appeal provided consistent updates on the development of this decision throughout the day. Fox News asks if you agree with Judge Walker’s decision, please give them an emphatic YES! here. Community United Against Violence responds to the overturning of Prop 8 by challenging us to build on this decision and continue the struggle … Continue reading Prop 8 Overturned

Marriage, Gender, and Law

by Elsa Sjunneson-Norman

The 75 degree temperature at this year’s meeting of the American Historical Association did not deter its international attendees from donning their tweed jackets with requisite elbow patches. The participants had come, not for the weather, but to share research with colleagues on topics from varied time periods, fields, and programs. I was attending because the AHA chose to present a mini-conference on same-sex marriage and the issues it poses in an historical context. Continue reading “Marriage, Gender, and Law”