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By Michael Bronski

It is impossible to overestimate the effect of World War II on American culture, and in particular on lesbians and gay men. The United States entered World War II, which had been ongoing since September 1939, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This decisive turning point in U.S. history reordered American social life and mores, public and private space, and virtually all social interactions having to do with gender and sexual behavior. Read more →

By Michael Bronski

The HIV/AIDS epidemic and the success of the battle for marriage equality have been, over the past thirty-five years, the two events that have most affected LGBT lives. These two phenomena—first the spread of a deadly virus that has killed thirty-four million people worldwide and close to 660,000 in the United States, and second a prolonged, well-funded, culturally bitter fight to grant a basic right of legal contact to same-sex couples—are rarely linked in the political or public imagination. Yet, numerous cultural and social interconnections, resonances, and ramifications link these events. Read more →

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks gets a rave New York Times review, and author Jeanne Theoharis appears with another civil rights pioneer on Democracy Now. Read more →

In this first of a series of podcasts, Michael Bronski discusses A Queer History of the United States, and how his approach to history looks at American through a queer lens. Read more →

Michael Bronski was named one of the Out100 by Out Magazine. (Be sure to check out the full spread--some amazing photos!) Gender Outlaw Kate Bornstein, whose memoir will be published by Beacon Press in 2012, weighs in on a tricky... Read more →

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of A Queer History of the United States

Beacon Press is celebrating Pride Month with a giveaway. Enter to win an autographed copy of A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski, a book The Bay Area Reporter called "A monumental achievement." Watch our trailer for... Read more →

A selection of excerpts from new and backlist Beacon LGBT titles. Read more →

On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is also the seventh anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts, Michael Bronski discusses the struggle for personal freedom for LGBT people. Read more →