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Introduction

A six-band rainbow flag representing the LGBT community

LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the initialism, as well as some of its common variants, functions as an umbrella term for sexuality and gender identity.

The LGBT term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. When not inclusive of transgender people, the shorter term LGB is still used instead of LGBT.

It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant, LGBTQ, adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual or gender identity. (Full article...)

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Symbol of bisexuality

Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one gender. It may also be defined to include romantic or sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity, which is also known as pansexuality.

The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both men and women, and the concept is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with heterosexuality and homosexuality, all of which exist on the heterosexual–homosexual continuum. A bisexual identity does not necessarily equate to equal sexual attraction to both sexes; commonly, people who have a distinct but not exclusive sexual preference for one sex over the other also identify themselves as bisexual. (Full article...)
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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈjouːhana ˈsɪːɣʏrðarˌtouʰtɪr̥]; born 4 October 1942) is an Icelandic politician, who served as prime minister of Iceland from 2009 to 2013. She became active in the trade union movement, serving as an officer.

Elected as an MP from 1978 to 2013, she was appointed as Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security, serving from 1987 to 1994, and from 2007 until 2009. In 1994, when she lost a bid to head the Social Democratic Party, she raised her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!" ("My time will come!"), a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression. (Full article...)

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Beth Mellington-Pritchard, a lesbian audience member of Question Time in response to the far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin speaking out against homosexuality

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Caino (1902) by Wilhelm von Gloeden
Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931) was a German photographer living on Sicily in the late 19th century. He specialized in pastoral nude photography of the local youths, selling his prints to tourists such as Oscar Wilde. Caino (1902) is among his most famous works—an homage to the painting Young Male Nude Seated beside the Sea (1832) by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin. Later photographers such as Cecil Beaton and Bruce Weber were influenced by von Gloeden's aesthetic.


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This month's birthdays

  • 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 – Federico García Lorca (1898–1936), Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre 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 – Annie Adams Fields (1834-1915), American poet, essayist, memoirist, and biographer
  • 6 – Sandra Bernhard (1955–), 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
  • 7 – Anne McClain (1979–), American engineer, military officer, and astronaut
  • 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
  • 11 – Renée Vivien (1877-1909), British poet
  • 12 – Djuna Barnes (1892–1982), American writer
  • 12 – Jim Nabors (1930–), American actor and singer
  • 13 – Paul Lynde (1926–1982), American comedian and actor
  • 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 – Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), American author and trans activist
  • 16 – Jenny Shimizu (1967–), American model and actress
  • 16 – Joe McElderry (1991–), British singer and model
  • 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 (1955–2009), 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) (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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