Browsing All Posts filed under »Activism«

Eva Gore-Booth

October 31, 2010


Irish poet and suffragist Eva Gore-Booth was active in fighting for women's rights, worker rights, peace efforts and prison reform. She and her long-term partner Esther Roper also published the early gay-rights magazine Urania in 1916.

Jacob Israël de Haan

October 19, 2010


Jacob Israël de Haan is a contradiction: his words grace Amsterdam's Homomonument while his name is invoked in ultra-Orthodox jewish circles, author of an early homoerotic Dutch novel and first victim of a political assassination in Palestine.

Anders als die Andern

October 16, 2010


The first movie about gay rights, the 1919 Anders als die Andern features Conrad Veidt and in a minor role, Magnus Hirschfeld, the father of gay research.

IM Interview with Linas Alsenas

October 14, 2010


Queercult interviews Linas Alsenas, author of Gay America: Struggle for Equality. He wouldn't mind meeting Walt Whitman, "if only to get some answers to lingering questions."

Lina Poletti

October 13, 2010


Lina Poletti was one of several women whom the great actress Eleanora Duse was involved with. Poletti was also Italy's first avowed and open lesbian.


October 3, 2010


The 1961 British film Victim may seem dated, but it was groundbreaking in its open call for decriminalizing homosexuality in England - and it no doubt contributed to England and Wales making homosexual sex legal between consenting adults in 1967.

Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs

October 2, 2010


Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs wasn't just the first man to come out of the closet, both privately and publicly, he was the first man to argue for gay rights publicly, in 1867 at the German Congress of Jurists. He also happened to write the first gay vampire story.