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The LGBTQ Community and the Beat Generation

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The Beat Generation was an influential literary and artistic collective of young Americans in the mid 1950s who were avant garde in opposing the standardized and normative values of mass society being created by the post-war, Cold War crusading government of the time. This group preceded the Hippie Generation and embraced drugs, alcohol, new music, and homosexuality - values and behaviours which directly contradicted the norms of society at the time. The group emerged in New York's Greenwich Village but spread westward to San Francisco. They were always small in number but influential, being innovative artists and non-conformist free thinkers.

As such, the LGBTQ community was very present in the Beat Generation. Its emergence coincided with the creation of the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest gay organizations in America. The group's informal leaders included poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs. These writers and poets included homosexuality openly in their work thereby shocking society, encouraging censorship which helped to liberalize publishing in the future. Photographer Robert Giard documented many of the personalities in the group through his photography, and their movement inspired sexual researcher Alfred Kinsey in his path-breaking work. Gore Vidal characterized the group in his popular writings and filmmaker John Krokidas documented them in his 2013 film 'Kill Your Darlings'.

The Beat Generation represented the gay political scene that emerged after the war period and which ultimately led to Stonewall and other historical markers for the LGBTQ community and its march toward equality and acceptance. Though the Beat Generation was short-lived, it spawned the next generation of hippies, peace activists, social activists, gay leathermen, butch dykes, and LGBTQ activists.

We have identified several LGBTQ individuals who were prominent in the Beat Generation. To read more and see the complete list, click HERE

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The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 17,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit, or gender fluid (LGBTQ) and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.

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Announcing Our New Documentary Project - Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed the World

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Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.

Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed The World will be an original documentary outlining the contributions that members of the LGBTQ community have made, individually and collectively, to changing the world.

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Annual Awards established in 2007 to recognize individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. Click here to find out more about the Bonham Centre Awards, past recipients, and present nominees.

Books Available From QueerBio.Com

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It's A Fabulous Morning! My Interviews With Fascinating People in the LGBTQ World (Pearse Murray and Mark S. Bonham, 2019) presents fascinating interviews with individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit and Ally (LGBTQ) community. Icons such as Lily Tomlin, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Mark Tewksbury, John Cameron Mitchell, Kathleen Wynne, Wanda Sykes, Tony Kushner, David Hockney, Edmund White and more provide their personal stories of the community and their lives within it. Compelling insight into events of the community, such as Toronto’s Bath House Raids, is also provided. 262 pages.

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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages

Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.

Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.

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