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The Castro, a historic gay village in San Francisco

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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Drag queen at Motor City Pride 2011
Credit: Equality Michigan
Drag queen performer onstage at Motor City Pride 2011, an LGBT pride event held annually at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. A drag queen is a man who dresses, and often acts, like a caricature woman often for the purpose of entertaining. There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly, from professionals who have starred in films to people who just try it once. Drag queens also vary by class and culture and can vary even within the same cities. There are drag artists of all genders and sexualities who do drag for various reasons or purposes.


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Candy Darling (c. 24 November 1944 – 21 March 1974) was a pre-operative transsexual Warhol superstar who starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971).

Candy Darling was born James Lawrence Slattery in Forest Hills, New York, son of Theresa Phelan, a bookkeeper at Manhattan's Jockey Club, and James (Jim) Slattery, who was described as a violent alcoholic.

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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 – 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 – 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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