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

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. Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups or organizing may use the extended initialism LGBTI. These two initialisms are sometimes combined to form the terms LGBTIQ or LGBT+ to encompass spectrums of sexuality and gender. Other, less common variants also exist, such as LGBTQIA+, with the A standing for "asexual" or "aromantic". Longer acronyms, with some being over twice as long as LGBT, have prompted criticism for their length, and the implication that the acronym refers to a single community is also controversial. (Full article...)

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are a relatively new concept, as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) themes and characters were historically omitted from the content of comic books and their comic strip predecessors due to anti-gay censorship. LGBT existence was included only via innuendo, subtext and inference. However the practice of hiding LGBT characters in the early part of the twentieth century evolved into open inclusion in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and comics explored the challenges of coming-out, societal discrimination, and personal and romantic relationships between gay characters. (Full article...)
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Baez in 2016

Joan Chandos Baez (/bz/; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest and social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages.

Baez is generally regarded as a folk singer, but her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the 1960s and encompasses genres such as folk rock, pop, country, and gospel music. She began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 and Joan Baez in Concert, all achieved gold record status. Although a songwriter herself, Baez generally interprets other composers' work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, the Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and many others. She was one of the first major artists to record the songs of Bob Dylan in the early 1960s; Baez was already an internationally celebrated artist and did much to popularize his early songwriting efforts. On her later albums she has found success interpreting the work of more recent songwriters, including Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant, and Joe Henry. (Full article...)

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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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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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