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LGBT Pride Month: 12 Moments to Remember
We spotlight a few notable moments in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pop culture. First stop: ancient Rome.
nero
A.D. 64
Roman emperor Nero marries male buddy Pythagoras. (Aw!) Then marries male buddy Sporos, but only after having him castrated. (Ew.)
Shakespeare
1600
Shakespeare writes third play in which cross-dressing female is central to plot; confusing, given that all female parts already played by male actors.
whitman
1860
153 years of orientation speculation launched by Walt Whitman's sweet lines "We two boys together clinging, / One the other never leaving."
Mae West
1927
Firebrand Mae West writes play—The Drag—about life in closet. Broadway premiere foiled by NYPD; visionary play still performed today.

1950
Lesbian pulp novels start to heat up publishing landscape; saucy titles (Anything Goes; We, Too, Must Love; The Girls in 3B...) abound.
Robin Tyler
1978
Robin Tyler releases first comedy album by out lesbian; later quips, "If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in sick to work." Zing!
ikea
1994
Pro: Ikea runs groundbreaking TV ad featuring two gay men. Con: Ikea customers of all orientations still forced to assemble own furniture.
Ellen DeGeneres
1997
Ellen DeGeneres reveals sexuality in Time magazine, discusses decision on—what else?—The Oprah Winfrey Show.
will and grace
1998
NBC sitcom Will & Grace helps mainstream TV come out of closet; bestows Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally on grateful world.
big gay ice cream
2009
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck charms New Yorkers with the "Bea Arthur" (vanilla with dulce de leche and Nilla Wafer crumbs, for the Bea-curious).
lgbt
2010
Sex advice columnist Dan Savage creates the "It Gets Better Project" web campaign; thousands inspired to record videos of support for LGBT youth.
mckinney
2012
Saturday Night Live hires first openly lesbian cast member, Kate McKinnon (she of the spot-on Ann Romney impression). Bless her.

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