Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeted , a "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexuality , bisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level. One commonly cited example is Harvey Milk , the first openly gay person to be elected to political office in California , becoming the most visible LGBT politician in the world in the s, after decades of resistance to LGBT people by mainstream culture. Milk encouraged LGBT people to "come out of the closet" during his speeches; as a result of his work and his assassination—along with San Francisco mayor George Moscone —thousands of ordinary people did so.
This was not intentional. I was preparing for an upcoming research trip to Lagos and had been in touch with Adie about her film. She was kind enough to send me a screener so that I could watch it before our interview. There are several reasons that one should take note of Under the Rainbow. First, the film is written and produced by Adie and shot by award-winning Nollywood director Asurf Oluseyi, who directed the ground-breaking queer short Hell or High Water. It premiered at a private event on June 28th at the residence of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, who offered a safe space for the screening.
By Tamar Lapin. July 25, pm Updated July 25, pm. Four teenage boys were charged Thursday in the vicious May attack of a lesbian couple on a London bus, British police said. The boys — who range in age from 15 to 17 — were charged with an aggravated hate crime for allegedly beating the women bloody on May 30 when the pair refused to kiss in public.
Julia Rothman for BuzzFeed News. So I decide to wake the place up a little. The second dinner session has just let out, and the Rendezvous Lounge which is as tacky as it sounds is overflowing with lesbians. No Sheryl Crow, no Michelle Branch. Sure, I say, why not, thinking all the while: If any other year-old lesbians could use a self-esteem boost, all they need to do, clearly, is get themselves on an Olivia cruise.