Jim Bronskill, "Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement"
A Canadian federal judge has approved a landmark deal to compensate members of the military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.
Britni de la Cretaz, "The Hidden Queer History Behind 'A League of Their Own'"
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.
Andrew M. Davenport, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative"
An oral history project deepens our understanding of U.S. history by sharing accounts of the community of slaves owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Josh Einiger, "MTA promises to remove 'Museum of Sex' ads from buses"
Museums visitors Pamela and Jonathan got quite an eyeful. They said they're "just 'friends" who took in an exhibit all about the history of human sexuality.
Chris Malone, "A Brief History of Little Richard Grappling With His Sexuality & Religion"
Besides his music, Little Richard has been known for something else throughout his expansive career: his complicated relationship with his sexual orientation, and his faith's effect on it.
Alex Marshall, "How the National Museum is capturing ‘instant history’ of abortion referendum"
The day after Ireland’s recent abortion referendum, Brenda Malone woke up early, walked to her car and took a stepladder and some wire cutters out of the trunk. Then she started climbing up lampposts and cutting down any campaign posters she could find.
Mary Beth McAndrews, "12 Historic LGBTQ Figures Who Changed the World"
Pride is a time to honor the people who have paved the way for gay rights activism, like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.
Donna Minkowitz, "How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story"
The original writer of the Village Voice story that inspired “Boys Don’t Cry” looks back on her reporting — and the huge error she still regrets.
"In Myanmar, sex education comes from smartphones"
Masturbation does not exist in Myanmar—not the practice, which is presumably common enough, but the word itself, which is absent from the government-approved dictionary. When it comes to sex, accepted terms are hard to find.
Charles P. Pierce, "This Is a Fight Over What It Means to Be an American"
The stories come thick and fast now, as the crimes against humanity being committed along the southern border of the country begin to metastasize to other states, drawing them into accessorial conduct after the fact.
Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro, "How Becoming A Phone Sex Operator Helped Me Heal From Sexual Trauma"
It was my first night as a phone sex operator, and using my nom de guerre, Lolita, I stumbled through half a dozen phone calls, raking in several hundred dollars. I jumped around my studio apartment as I transferred the money to my bank.
Sexing History Episode 5: In the 1970s, Evangelical women published bestselling marriage manuals. These books encouraged millions of American women to have active and exciting sex lives. They also insisted that in order to find happiness, a woman must submit to her husband's divinely ordained authority.
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Criminal's "Lavender Scare"
Helen James grew up in a military family – her great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI, and her uncles in WWII. So when she enlisted in 1952, she felt like she belonged. Shortly after, she realized something was wrong.
Nerdcast's "The woman who connected Castro with the White House"
History forgot Lisa Howard, but we still see the implications of her work today. The story of how one pioneering female journalist used grit, determination and some intimate diplomacy to establish a secret backchannel between the U.S. government and Fidel Castro, altering the course of the Cold War.