Her Narrative: Christine Jorgensen’s Story

Next year will be the 70th anniversary for the world’s first sex change operation, which involved both surgery and hormone therapy. Christine Jorgensen was the first celebrity transgender. Her story speaks to the emerging tensions between science and sexuality in the 20th century. Christine Jorgensen was born in 1926 as George Jorgensen Jr., ”a frail,Continue reading “Her Narrative: Christine Jorgensen’s Story”

Transgender History: Expression, Information and Education

One might claim that transgender history can be followed through the well-known history of gay and LGBT rights, but that wouldn’t be completely true. Transgender history starts with transgender people, but the problem is the term ”transgender” is a very modern word – first used by the psychiatrist, John F. Oliven, in 1965. Even theContinue reading “Transgender History: Expression, Information and Education”

What Team Do You Play For: Homophobia In Sports

Soccer (football), tennis, basketball, American football, rugby – these are some of the most popular sports in the world with fans and audiences of billions. Yet, they carry one of the biggest stigmas: professional athletes rarely openly talk about their sexual preferences especially if they’re active players, as homophobia is prominent in professional sports. ResearchContinue reading “What Team Do You Play For: Homophobia In Sports”

LGBT+ ON AIR: 5 Podcasts For You To Check Out

The first recorded podcast came out in 2004 and one year later, podcast became the word of the year in the American Oxford Dictionary. However, at that time, podcasts were far from being what they are now. In fact, it took a decade for the whole world to slowly enter the Golden Age Of Podcasts.Continue reading “LGBT+ ON AIR: 5 Podcasts For You To Check Out”

Just In Case You Forgot, It’s Movember! Where’s Your Moustache?

Movember is here! The N replaces the M, and M stands for moustache. In an effort to raise both funds and awareness for prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men, the Movember Movement was created. You can learn more here to raise money, donate or get involved. While the popularity of the moustache itself has risenContinue reading “Just In Case You Forgot, It’s Movember! Where’s Your Moustache?”

Halloween: The Gay High Holiday

Three decades ago, Halloween was almost a forgotten holiday across the UK, Europe and Japan. Even in Germany and some other countries in the late 20th century, Halloween was still an exclusively children’s holiday. So, why is the LGBT+ community responsible for bringing the halo back into the eve? With its roots dating back toContinue reading “Halloween: The Gay High Holiday”

A Kiss As An Assault: History of LGBT+ Representation In Cinema

“I think the fate of gay characters in American literature, plays, films is really the same as the fate of all characters who are sexually free.” – Arthur Laurents LGBT+ characters have a long history in Hollywood movies. Since the 19th century, cinema followed mostly dominant notions of homosexuality.  In this context, LGBT+ history inContinue reading “A Kiss As An Assault: History of LGBT+ Representation In Cinema”