T.J. Tallie Can queer blood be less American than straight blood? In the United States, blood donations are automatically refused if the donor is a man who has had sex with another man at any point since 1977. Los Angeles-based filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak began the National Gay […]
Post-1945 United States
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic gay men struggled to reconcile 1970s sexual openness with the growing danger of a deadly disease.
Gillian Frank Homosexuals cannot reproduce—so they must recruit, and to freshen their ranks, they must recruit the youth of America. – Anita Bryant In 1977, Anita Bryant became the face of a right wing religious coalition, Save Our Children (SOC). SOC, which was based in Dade County Florida, enshrined into national conservative politics […]
Marc Stein This month, the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco is marking the fiftieth anniversary of LIFE magazine’s influential photographic essay “Homosexuality in America.” The essay, which appeared in a weekly periodical that was read by millions of U.S. Americans, is featured in an exhibit curated by community historian Paul […]
Gillian Frank In 1972 in the nearly all-white suburbs of Detroit, opponents of bussing used sexual slurs to characterize the federal judge—Stephen Roth—who ordered suburban school districts to integrate with Detroit’s predominantly black schools. Bumper stickers of the 1972 election cycle appended to cars proclaimed, ‘Judge Roth is a child-molester,’ ‘Roth, […]
Gillian Frank Jen Baker’s recent blog post provides an excellent overview of the “stranger danger” films that were widely produced and disseminated in the postwar United States and England. Her analysis rightly concludes that such films encouraged “society to normalise the family as a haven from danger” and to ignore how “often the […]
Adam Shapiro T.J. Tallie’s post on this blog last week does an excellent job describing the problems with historical appropriation – especially of the ongoing struggles for African-American civil rights in the United States. He rightly points out that the phrase “Gay Jim Crow” implies an equivalence between America’s long […]