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Saucy Saturday: Two Kiss A Cock (Male Version)

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That's Keith Anthoni, John Farrel & Jayson MacBride in a threesome ~ from Catching Up (1975).
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Gay Scruff Through The Ages

Gay Scruff Through The Ages | Sex History | Scoop.it

The moustache is the evolutionary next level to enlightenment.” -- noted gay Oscar Wilde.  Wilde, however, was more a fan of a stiff, clean upper lip, but even he had a thing for the cookie duster. Though scruff may be having something of a comeback these days, gays have been growing it out and trimming it up for millennia. From the queens of Ancient Greece to gay porn stars of the 70s, facial hair has always had a bit of a queer bent. So saddle up, kids, we’re going on a mustache ride of facial hair in gay history.


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CSC’s Safer Sex Poster Exhibition Catalog

Exhibition catalog of CSC’s safer sex poster collection created during the height of the AIDS epidemic for LGBT community education.
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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex History | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States

Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States | Sex History | Scoop.it

And let’s not forget that the Civil War deaths were fairly personal: you actually shot people or you bayonetted them and they were right in front of you. You did not get to be in a tank and shoot people who were 50, 150 yards away from you. The sheer amount of death was devastating to the men who fought in the Civil War, and who survived. So when we hear the Walt Whitman poems, it’s just this endless elegy to male beauty, to male sentiment, to the uniqueness of men—and quite sexualized, often, within Whitman's poetry and in his journals. On the other hand we have… not the image of the brave Union soldier or brave “Johnny Reb,” but in fact the young vulnerable boy who has simply been torn apart. So the male body becomes here, and we see this later in World War II, which we'll discuss in a later podcast, we see the male body completely heroicized and lionized for being brave, and at the same time pitiable in its vulnerability.


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The Politics of Drag

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Drag queens are the very heart of our vibrant queer community. They, along with our transgender sisters and gay brothers—with tribal lesbians, homeless youth and people of color—led the charge at Stonewall to breathe new life into the modern day LGBT rights movement.

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A Queer Look Inside Lincoln's Bedroom

A Queer Look Inside Lincoln's Bedroom | Sex History | Scoop.it
'The Lincoln Bedroom,' Skylar Fein Installation, Explores Late President's Sexuality

 

The sexuality of America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, has been scrutinized by historians for years.

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Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

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Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

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Saunas, Sex & Steam

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In a pre Internet, pre Grindr world – before any semblance of an organized LGBT community – bathhouses were a gathering place for gay men. Starting with ancient Greece and Rome, history records gay men meeting in bathhouses for sex with other men throughout the centuries.

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Gay bathhouse history!

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The Mandrake Society

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St. Louis is replete with history when it comes to its queer community. In the months prior to the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village—widely hailed as one of the catalysts for the modern LGBT rights movement—the seeds were already being sewn for The Gateway City’s first LGBT rights organization, The Mandrake Society.

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Fashion Institute of Technology - A Queer History of Fashion

Fashion Institute of Technology - A Queer History of Fashion | Sex History | Scoop.it

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years

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The Very Gay History of the Almost Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance

The Very Gay History of the Almost Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance | Sex History | Scoop.it

Many gay men under the age of 30 are totally clueless of almost lost tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance.

 

...While tea dances enjoyed a revival in America after the Great War, The Great Depression of the 30s wiped them out. Tea consumption was in steady decline in America anyways and by the 50s, tea was largely thought of as something “your grandmother drinks”. Also, nightlife was moving later and younger. Working men and women were too busy building the American Dream to socialize so it was left to their teenaged children in the age of sockhops and the jukebox diner. Rock and roll was dark and dangerous — something you sneaked out for after dinner, not took part in before dinner.

 

Gay people, of course, were still largely underground in the 50s, but it was in these discreet speakeasies that social (nonpartnered) dancing was evolving. It was illegal for men to dance with men, or for women to dance with women. In the event of a raid, gay men and lesbian women would quickly change partners to mixed-couples. Eventually, this led to everyone sort of dancing on their own.

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I hd no idea about any of this!

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Local Legend and Pioneering Transgendered Performer Vicki Marlane

Local Legend and Pioneering Transgendered Performer Vicki Marlane | Sex History | Scoop.it

Nicknamed "The Lady With the Liquid Spine" for her trademark, sultry flexibility while lip syncing, Marlane was profiled in the New York Timestwo years ago, and was thought to be the oldest, continuously performing, transgender performer in the country. Until recently, she performed twice weekly at Aunt Charlie's Lounge often doing three or four numbers (and costume changes) each night.

 

The show, the Hot Boxxx Girls, was Marlane's baby, and she produced it over the last decade, hiring and firing drag queens both young and old, polished and unpolished, to do some of the most unironic, old-school female impersonation in the land. Marlane was a fan of Celine Dion numbers, occasionally stripping down to a shiny two-piece get-up in the middle of a song, age be damned. She brought a great deal of pathos and passion to the show, earning her thousands of fans over the years. SF Weekly also awarded her Best Drag Queen in 2009, some six decades into her drag career.

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This is an obituary for the legend, who passed in the Summer of 2011, with a great bio and video. There's also an exhibit on Marlane at the GLBT History Museum which runs through February. 28, 2014. http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/index.html

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Council on Religion and the Homosexual Exhibit - LGBT-RAN

Council on Religion and the Homosexual Exhibit - LGBT-RAN | Sex History | Scoop.it

The LGBT Religious Archives Network and the GLBT Historical Society present this special exhibit on the Council on Religion and the Homosexual founded in San Francisco in 1964. In this exhibit you will see a wide array of artifacts-organizational documents, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, publications, brochures and photos, as well as audio and video clips-that portray the early years (1964-1968) of this ground-breaking coalition of religious and homosexual activists.

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The Secret Life of Gore Vidal

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In a just-published biography, "In Bed With Gore Vidal," celebrity journalist Tim Teeman delves into the intimate details of Mr. Vidal's personal life. A chat with the author.

 

...I was already fascinated by the gay man who didn’t believe in gay people only gay sexual acts, who said he was bisexual when he really wasn’t. Yet he was also a radical, maverick, fighter, and oddly never in the closet. He was such a bundle of contradictions, in private and public, around his sexuality. I wanted to unpack those. It genuinely isn’t intended to be disrespectful and salacious: all the questions emerge from Vidal himself. I set out to address them, and maybe answer a few.

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Did David Bowie change attitudes?

Did David Bowie change attitudes? | Sex History | Scoop.it

"I was a gay 12 year-old just starting to take an interest in pop music and I was knocked out," he says. "I was watching with my mother who said, Oh he looks like Glenda Jackson playing Elizabeth I - which in retrospect was quite perceptive.

 

"And then came the famous moment on the show when David Bowie slung his arm around guitarist Mick Ronson - which was simultaneously blokey but also a bit gay. It may not sound like much now but in 1972 it was a revolution."

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In Memory of John Mitzel, A Boston Institution

In Memory of John Mitzel, A Boston Institution | Sex History | Scoop.it

The following memories were shared at a memorial service for John Mitzel (1948–2013) at Calamus Bookstore on Friday, October 11. Mitzel, a gay activist in the ’70s who managed Glad Day Book Shop in the ’80s and 90’s and founded Calamus in 2000, had passed away a week earlier, on October 3, after a long illness.


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High Class Pornography = Lesbians In Lingerie

High Class Pornography = Lesbians In Lingerie | Sex History | Scoop.it
High Class Pornography = Lesbians In Lingerie
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Pan Sexual Biography

Pan Sexual Biography | Sex History | Scoop.it
Born to Greek immigrants in Memphis, Hermes Panagiotopoulos copied dance moves from the black people who worked for his parents and at 14 was already performing at speakeasies in New York.
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Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male

Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male | Sex History | Scoop.it

Given the historic stigma around making, circulating, and possessing overtly homoerotic images, the visual arts have been especially important for providing a socially sanctioned arena for the depiction of the naked male body. They have even allowed the suggestion of homoerotic desire and physical affection within acceptable cultural and moral boundaries. Even so, much of the history of homoerotic image-making may be characterized by calculated ambiguity, coding, denial, and underground circulation.

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Vloasis's curator insight, June 12, 2013 10:11 AM

A nicely-written article which made me think of the concept of equal rights in art.

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Fairyland: Growing Up with a Gay Dad in 70s San Francisco

Fairyland: Growing Up with a Gay Dad in 70s San Francisco | Sex History | Scoop.it

Alysia Abbott's mother liked it that her husband was bi and sometimes picked out guys for him. She also had extra flings, but she died when Alysia was two; suddenly Steve, enjoying the golden age of gay sex in San Francisco, had to raise a daughter on his own. He got aids and died before she turned 22 in 1992. Their twenty years together are the subject of her brand new memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

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Vloasis's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:01 AM

It seems like a worthwhile read.  The 80s were such a crazy, transitional time in terms of sex and health. My favorite example which includes both was the brief lifespan of the dietary supplement known as AYDS...perhaps the most unfortunately chosen name in marketing history.  (don't forget to try new peanut butter AYDS: http://youtu.be/q5u-bMhsuoI  --it can really help you take off the weight)

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The Erotics of Invisibility

The Erotics of Invisibility | Sex History | Scoop.it

This is paper I wrote on lesbian visibility and eroticism for a class on Renaissance literature and history in 2011. It is very dense– but perhaps still enjoyable.

 

...What I argue is that this invisibility of female homosexuality is not merely a result of the historical distance from the period, but rather a consciously acknowledged component of the understanding of female same-sex erotic desire at the time. In “Sappho to Philaenis,” the secrecy and immaculateness of the title characters’ sexual activity operates as one of Donne’s central arguments for the superiority of a female-female sexual relationship.

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