“Queen of the Capital,” a new documentary from director Josh Davidsburg, reveals a colorful queer community in the heart of the nation’s capital. The documentary follows drag queen Muffy Blake Stephyns on her quest to be crowned Empress of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C.
From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, Pride month has long been a time for celebration, activism, and progress in the LGBTQ community. Here are eight monumental events in LGBTQ history that took place during Pride month and brought us to where we are now.
While Obergefell v. Hodges represented an indisputable victory for LGBTQ legal rights in the U.S., it’s important to consider that for any marginalized group, progress doesn’t come just through acceptance by legal institutions—and acceptance by legal institutions doesn’t necessarily translate to cultural acceptance. In fact, a lot of the progress that our community has fought viciously for happened outside of courtrooms. It happened in the streets.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the historic Supreme Court decision affirming the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.
Here are some of the best ways to celebrate LGBTQ+ equality on this historic day, and every day!
The Supreme Court’s ruling that members of the LGBTQ community are protected against workplace discrimination under Title VII is monumental. But there is still much work to be done to fully eradicate discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
On Monday, June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination.
As Pride Month begins amidst nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, it’s easy to feel as if nothing we do will result in systemic change. But these LGBTQ activists prove that local activism can create lasting change.
“Living in secrecy breeds fear and makes it very difficult to organize with others for better treatment. Even though the risk is great, many have found it worthwhile to free themselves and empower others in the process.”
Abigail Saguy’s new book, Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are (Oxford, 2020), offers a fascinating and powerful analysis of how various groups are using “coming out” to gain personal power, allies and increased civil rights.
While most of the commentary around the critically acclaimed series “Tiger King” has focused on either the colorful cast of characters or the exploitation of animals, I see some public health lessons in the storyline revolving around the brief, albeit honest, depiction of intimate partner violence (IPV).
“We watch [Pat and Terry’s] story in a very different world than the one in which they lived most of their lives in —except to a few close queer friends. But when they decided to live out and proud in a changing world, they did it in a big way. And we are all the better for it.”