History is Gay
It didn’t start with Stonewall in 1968, often considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. More than 50 years earlier, Harlem’s famous drag balls were part of a flourishing, highly visible LGBTQ nightlife and culture. Even in the late 19th century, queer and gender non-conforming men were increasingly visible. By the 1920s, gay men had established a presence in Harlem and the bohemian mecca of Greenwich Village, and the city’s first lesbian enclaves had appeared in Harlem and the Village.