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Welcome to the LGBT portal!

LGBT and variations are initialisms used to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Variations that are sometimes used include—but are not limited to—adding "Q" for queer or questioning, "I" for intersex, or "A" for asexual or aromantic. While LGBT is often used as a short way to refer to the various LGBT demographic groups, LGBT individuals themselves usually identify by other labels (such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), or by no label at all.

Around the world, government policies regarding the LGBT community range from the death penalty for sexual acts to civil marriages or partnerships for same-sex couples. Living conditions around the world also range from near-unanimous acceptance of public displays of affection to total discrimination in all areas such as housing or employment.

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The Black Cat Bar or Black Cat Café was a bar in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1921. The Black Cat re-opened in 1933 and operated for another 30 years. During its second run of operation, it was a hangout for Beats and bohemians but over time began attracting more and more of a gay clientele. Because it catered to gays, the bar became a flashpoint for the nascent homophile movement. The Black Cat was at the center of a legal fight that was one of the earliest court cases to establish legal protections for gay people in the United States. Despite this victory, continued pressure from law enforcement agencies eventually forced the bar's closure in 1964.

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  • June 16: Leo Varadkar becomes first openly gay elected Taoiseach of Ireland, succeeds Enda Kenny
  • June 2: Man posthumously marries Legion of Honour recipient in France
  • May 29: Same-sex spouse of Luxembourg's Prime Minister poses with other spouses of world leaders in Brussels photo op
  • May 26: Taiwan's Constitutional Court legalizes gay marriage, gives legislators two years to amend marriage laws
  • February 12: UK Parliamentary report: homophobia in sport worse than racism

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Nino Cesarini (1908) by Paul Höcker
This 1908 painting by German artist Paul Höcker depicts Nino Cesarini, the Italian lover of Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen. Fersen had fled from France after a sex scandal and built a mansion on Capri, Villa Lysis, where he lived together with Cesarini. The two edited a short-lived literary magazine together, Akademos, which was partly a discreet defense of homosexual love. A romanticized account of their relationship is given by Roger Peyrefitte in his 1959 novel L'Exilé de Capri ("The Exile of Capri").


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Quentin Crisp in 1982

Quentin Crisp (25 December 1908 – 21 November 1999), born Denis Charles Pratt, was an English writer and raconteur. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant, brought to the attention of the general public his defiant exhibitionism and longstanding refusal to remain in the closet.

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This month's birthdays

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  • 1 – Brandi Carlile (1981–), American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter
  • 1 – Ferron (1952–), Canadian folk singer and songwriter
  • 2 – Brent Hawkes (1950–), Canadian pastor & LGBT rights activist
  • 2 – Wentworth Miller (1972–), English-born American actor and screenwriter
  • 2 – Zachary Quinto (1977–), American actor
  • 2 – Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer
  • 3 – Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), American beat poet
  • 3 – Josephine Baker (1906–1975), American dancer, singer and actress
  • 3 – Anderson Cooper (1967–), American journalist, author, and television personality
  • 3 – Alla Nazimova (1879–1945), Russian actress
  • 4 – Val McDermid (1955–), Scottish suspense novel writer
  • 5 – Lisa Cholodenko (1964–), American film and television writer-director
  • 5 – Suze Orman (1951–), American financial advisor, author, columnist and TV host
  • 5 – Troye Sivan (1995–), Australian actor and singer
  • 5 – Gustáv Slamečka (1959–), Czech politician
  • 5 – Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (1926–1990), German aristocrat and businessman
  • 6 – Sandra Bernhard, American comedian, actress, singer and writer
  • 6 – Harvey Fierstein (1952–), American actor and playwright
  • 6 – Violet Trefusis (1894–1972), English writer and socialite
  • 7 – James Ivory (1928–), American film director
  • 8 – Kim Stolz (1983–), American model, TV personality, author and finance executive
  • 8 – Marguerite Yourcenar (1903–1987), French novelist
  • 9 – Parinya Charoenphol (1981–), Thai boxer, model and actress
  • 9 – Bülent Ersoy (1952–), Turkish singer & actress
  • 9 – Cole Porter (1891–1964), American composer and songwriter
  • 10 – Maurice Sendak (1928–2012), American children's writer
  • 10 – Dustin Lance Black (1974–), American screenwriter, director, producer, and LGBT rights activist
  • 11 – Mario Silva (1966–), Portuguese-Canadian legal scholar and politician
  • 12 – Djuna Barnes (1892–1982), American writer
  • 12 – Jim Nabors (1930–), American actor and singer
  • 13 – Paul Lynde (1926–1982), American comedian and actor
  • 13 – Benjamin Thomas Watt (1992–), Sports Official
  • 14 – Boy George (1961–), British singer-songwriter
  • 15 – Neil Patrick Harris (1973–), American actor, singer, director, and magician
  • 15 – Bif Naked (1971–), Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and motivational speaker
  • 16 – Joe McElderry (1991–), British singer and model
  • 16 – Jenny Shimizu (1967–), American model and actress
  • 17 – Clodovil Hernandes (1937–2009), Brazilian fashion stylist, television presenter, and politician
  • 17 – Evelyn Irons (1900–2000), Scottish journalist and war correspondent
  • 17 – Steven Davies (1986–), English cricketer
  • 17 – Phyllida Lloyd (1957–), English theatre and film director
  • 17 – Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964), American writer and photographer
  • 19 – Elisabeth Marbury (1856–1933), theatrical/literary agent and author
  • 20 – Allan Bell (1947–), Manx politician and Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
  • 20 – E. Lynn Harris (June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009) an American Author
  • 21 – Meredith Baxter (1947–), American actress and producer
  • 21 – Kate Brown (1960–), American politician and Governor of Oregon
  • 21 – Lana Wachowski (1965–), American film director, screenwriter and producer
  • 22 – Jimmy Somerville (1961–), Scottish pop singer
  • 23 – Alan Turing (1912–1954), English mathematician and computer scientist
  • 24 – Stacy Sykora (1977–), retired American volleyball player
  • 25 – Larry Kramer (1935–), American playwright, novelist, and LGBT rights activist
  • 26 – Sean Hayes (1970–), American actor and comedian
  • 28 – Sunil Babu Pant (1972–), Nepalese politician and LGBT rights activist
  • 28 – Jim Kolbe (1942–), American politician, Republican congressman (Arizona) from 1985–2003
  • 28 – David Kopay (1942–), American football player
  • 30 – Alan Joyce (1966–), Australian business executive and CEO of Qantas Airways

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