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This is the first stamp issued with an explicit LGBTQ-related theme. Released on 3 July 2010, it celebrates fifteen years of the Rainbow Parade held annually on the Vienna Ring Road at the end of the annual Vienna Pride festival, organized by the Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI Wien).

What other philatelic items do you have that relate to LGBTQ history and culture?

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I remember, several years ago, I have seen a virtual stamp exhibition about LGBT, called "Out of the closet" but I can't find the link now.

Here is a link to a group "Gay and lesbian history on stamps". Many stamps under "Gallery".

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Australia Post issued marriage equality stamps this year:

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On 7 December 2017, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act was passed by Parliament and received royal assent from the Governor-General the next day.
The legislation followed a contentious postal plebiscite which saw 61.6% of those who participated voting in favour of the reform.

Almost two years on, Australia Post is releasing a series of stamps in celebration of marriage equality.

Australia Post Executive General Manager said the commemorative stamp release recognises a significant moment in our nation’s history.

“With thousands of Australian same-sex couples having tied the knot since the law came into effect on 9 December 2017, the stamp release recognises a change that has impacted many Australians,” Starr said.

Designed by Sharon Rodziewicz of Australia Post Design Studio the two $1 domestic base rate stamps feature two themed designs, “Love is Love,” and “Yes.”

The Love is Love stamp features the rainbow, long a symbol of same-sex unity, and the catchcry “Love is Love”, which was used by proponents of same-sex marriage during the postal vote campaign.

The Yes stamp features two same-sex couples celebrating the announcement of the plebiscite victory.

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In 2017 Canada released 10 stamps commemorating Canada at 150. Each stamp captures a moment in Canadian history from the past 50 years. One of the stamps commemorates the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act, which made marriage equality the law throughout Canada.

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Kemp Land's 2018 commemorative set celebrated Great Gays of the world.

The stamps feature famous homosexual heroes.
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Since the Gay Revolution way back in 2015, Kemp Land has been keen to show prominent gays on its stamps, so this attractive set has now appeared to grace the mail from this small Antarctic land.

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OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) on the 45c stamp, was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he published a book of poems, lectured in the USA and Canada on the "English Renaissance in Art", then returned to London where he worked as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress & glittering conversational skill, he became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues & essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was jailed from 1895 to 1897.


LIBERACE (1919-1987) on the $3 stamp, was an American pianist, singer, & actor. A child prodigy, he enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, & endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on & off stage, acquiring the nickname "Mr. Showmanship".

ROCK HUDSON (1925-1985) on the $1.35 stamp, was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared in nearly 70 films & became the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.

What turned him into a star was the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession, co-starring Jane Wyman, produced by Hunter and directed by Douglas Sirk. The film received positive reviews, with Modern Screen Magazine citing Hudson as the most popular actor of the year. It made over $5 million at the box office.

Hudson went back to adventure films with Bengal Brigade (1954), set during the Indian Mutiny, and Captain Lightfoot (1955), produced by Hunter and directed by Sirk. In 1954, exhibitors voted Hudson the 17th most popular star in the country.

Hunter used him in two melodramas, One Desire (1955) with Anne Baxter, and All That Heaven Allows (1955), which reunited him with Sirk and Wyman. Never Say Goodbye (1956) was more drama.

Hudson's popularity soared with George Stevens' film Giant (1956). Hudson and his co-star James Dean were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Actor category. Another hit was Written on the Wind (1957), directed by Sirk and produced by Albert Zugsmith. Sirk also directed Hudson in Battle Hymn (1957), produced by Hudson, playing Dean Hess. These films propelled Hudson be voted the most popular actor in American cinemas in 1957. He stayed in the "top ten" until 1964.

ERNST ROHM (1887 - 1934) on the 75c stamp, was a German military officer and an early member of the Nazi Party. As one of the members of its predecessor, the German Workers' Party, he was a close friend and early ally of Adolf Hitler and a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Storm Battalion"), the Nazi Party's militia, and later was its commander. By 1934, the German Army feared the SA's influence and Hitler had come to see Röhm as a potential rival, so he was executed during the Night of the Long Knives.

In 1919 he joined the German Workers' Party (DAP), which the following year became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Not long afterward he met Adolf Hitler, and they became political allies and close friends. He led the Reichskriegsflagge militia at the time of the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, when it occupied the War Ministry for sixteen hours.

Following the failed Beer Hall Putsch of 9 November 1923, Röhm, Hitler, & others were tried in February 1924 for high treason. Röhm was found guilty and sentenced to a year and three months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was granted a conditional discharge.

In 1928, he accepted a post in Bolivia as adviser to the Bolivian Army, where he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel and went to work after six months' acclimatization and language tutoring. After the 1930 revolt in Bolivia, Röhm was forced to seek sanctuary in the German Embassy. After the election results in Germany that September, Röhm received a telephone call from Hitler in which the latter told him "I need you", paving the way for Röhm's return to Germany.

In 1930, as a consequence of the Stennes Revolt in Berlin, Hitler assumed supreme command of the SA. He sent a personal request to Röhm, asking him to return to serve as the SA's chief of staff. Röhm accepted this offer and began his new assignment on 5 January 1931. He brought radical new ideas to the SA, and appointed several close friends to its senior leadership.

The SA by this time numbered over a million members. It continued its street battles with "Reds" and its attacks on Jews. The SA also attacked or intimidated anyone deemed hostile to the Nazi agenda, including uncooperative editors, professors, politicians, other local officials and businessmen.

Under Röhm, the SA often took the side of workers in strikes and other labor disputes, attacking strikebreakers and supporting picket lines. SA intimidation contributed to the rise of the Nazis and the violent suppression of right-wing parties during electoral campaigns, but its reputation for street violence and heavy drinking was a hindrance, as was the open homosexuality of Röhm and other SA leaders such as his deputy Edmund Heines. In 1931, the Münchener Post newspaper, obtained and published Röhm's letters to a friend discussing his homosexual affairs.

Hitler was aware of Röhm's homosexuality. At this point they were so close that they addressed each other as du (the German familiar form of "you"). No other top Nazi leader enjoyed that privilege, and their close association led to rumors that Hitler himself was homosexual. Röhm was the only Nazi leader who dared to address Hitler by his first name "Adolf" or his nickname "Adi" rather than "mein Führer."

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Some other well known, openly gay / bisexual people who have appeared on stamps include Martina Navratilova, David Bowie, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury. The film "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" was also featured on stamps.
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US Harvey Milk stamp 2014

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Residents of San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood lined up outside the post office recently in eager anticipation of the release of a stamp commemorating slain gay-rights leader, poet and politician Harvey Milk.

“It was just like when Elvis Presley went on sale,” said a postal worker. “People have been asking about this stamp for three months.”

Sales were speedy at the post office in the Castro, which Milk represented in the city’s legislature at the time of his assassination. Some 5,000 stamps were sold within the first hour, and other offices had to send in additional shipments for the 18th and Diamond streets branch to meet demand.

Philadelphia resident Bill Adams was one of the lucky customers, and he said the event was especially significant to him since same-sex marriage was legalized in his home state the same week.

“I’m just thinking how far we’ve come since Harvey,” Adams said.

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There is also the Tom of Finland set discussed here:

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Patrick White (1912-1990) is the only Australian to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Between boarding school in England and study at King’s College, Cambridge, he worked as a stockman at Bolaro near Adaminaby, New South Wales, for two years. After joining the British Royal Air Force in World War II, he met his life partner, Greek army officer Manoly Lascaris. Patrick’s novel Voss won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1957. During his career, he published twelve novels, three short-story collections, and eight plays. His portrait by Brett Whiteley is depicted on this stamp issued on 28 August 2012 as part of a set celebrating Australian Nobel Prize winners.

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Here are a few contributions to this thread. Stamps explicitly on this theme are all from the last 20 years. Perhaps post-millennium collecting is not such a futile, uninteresting task after all.

I am curious about what can or cannot be represented on a stamp in a particular historical moment, and stamps recognizing gay culture are certainly a bellwether of sorts.

Iceland depicted a pride march in a set on public festivals such as a rock concert.

An Uruguay stamp depicts a topless lady Liberty from the Delacroix painting but carrying a rainbow flag. The inscription, translated into English, reads "Fight against Discrimination".

Sweden and also Denmark have issued simple rainbow flag stamps.

I am not sure what is going on in the Greenland stamp. Maybe it belongs in the Caption this Stamp thread, or one on design errors.

The German stamp here may seem off topic as it shows a combination of male and female symbols, but Magnus Hirschfeld was the main scholar on homosexuality in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany. He organized a petition for legalizing homosexuality, but when the Nazis took over they used the petition as a list of names to round up. A pile of burning books in a widely-reproduced photo consists of the contents of Hirschfeld's Scientific Humanitarian Committee library.

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I agree more LGBT+ are making it on to stamps, but I also love collecting stamps that show such people before their sexualities were commonly accepted.

Take Ireland - BBQ Catholic until the 1980s.

They had a great Roger Casement pair from 1966, this is an Irish national hero who died for his country after spying for Germans in 1916, yet 10 years earlier he was a hero for exposing Belgian atrocities in the Congo.

What also bought him down was his diaries about his conquests through Africa, mentioning various men he had relations with and how well it went, along with rating certain "tools".

Also a superlative Oscar Wilde set from 1980, a long time before he was recognised as a gay icon in Ireland like he is now. Ireland was very conservative until around 1990, when it became rich and lost the Catholic strangulation of society.
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Erica Rutherford (1923-2008) was born Eric Rutherford in Edinburgh, Scotland. She attended Dartmouth Royal Navy College before beginning an acting career at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at age 16. She produced African Jim, the first feature film made in South Africa with an all-African cast, in 1949. In London in 1959, she met her life partner, Australian-born artist Gail Turner, with whom she had a daughter. After reassignment surgery in 1976, Erica settled on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1985, beginning a career as a children’s book illustrator. In 1988, she wrote and illustrated her most popular book, Yoga for Cats. Her painting “Country Scene” is depicted on this stamp released on 29 June 1992 as part of a souvenir sheet celebrating Canada’s 125th Birthday.

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So should a person be celebrated because of who they prefer to have sex with.... or what they accomplished?

Personally - if a person is great, accomplished great things....... I kinda don't care what they use their junk for.

But I do understand that any group wants to recognize the accomplishments of that group..... Hell, we are stamp collectors and we all know the famous stamp collectors and what they accomplished. FDR, The King of England, all the way to Gary Berghoff and Ernest Borgnine.

Personally, my herritage is Polish and I like Kasimir the Great and Jon Sobieski so I do the exact same thing.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) produced some of the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He began piano lessons at age five, and by age six, he was fluent in French and German. He was sent to the Imperial School of Jurisprudence in St. Petersburg to prepare for a career as a civil servant. There he met Sergey Kireyev, a younger fellow student, who was his “strongest, longest and purest love,” according to Pyotr’s brother Modest. When the St. Petersburg Conservatory opened in 1862, he enrolled as part of its premiere class. He became Professor of Music Theory at the Moscow Conservatory when it opened in 1866. Pyotr’s First Symphony debuted in 1868. Romeo and Juliet followed the next year. In 1884, Tsar Alexander III conferred on him a title of hereditary nobility, granting a personal audience and a lifetime annual pension. He died nine days after the premiere of his Sixth Symphony. He is depicted on this stamp first distributed on 2 September 2015.

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I like lesbians (or at least the pretty ones).

The first item in the collection is an Eleanor Roosevelt (although certainly not qualifying as a pretty one) free frank.

I doubt I will ever acquire an Elizabeth I autographed item. (much too cheap, me rather than the Queen)

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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) showed an affinity for writing at an early age. Shortly after the death of her mother, when Virginia was thirteen, she had the first of many nervous breakdowns. A second breakdown, accompanied by a suicide attempt, occurred shortly after her father’s death in 1904. Her older sister Vanessa bought a house in Bloomsbury, London, into which Virginia and other siblings moved. Her older brother Thoby introduced intellectual friends, establishing what would later be called the “Bloomsbury Group,” with which Virginia would always be associated. She married Leonard Woolf in 1912, and her first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915. She met Vita Sackville-West in 1922. They had a long affair, staying close friends until Virginia’s death. Between 1924 and 1940, she and Leonard ran the Hogarth Press, publishing novels like Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando, in which the hero’s life spans three centuries and both sexes. Virginia is depicted on this stamp issued on 23 February 2007 as part of a set commemorating Famous People.

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Frederick the Great (1712-1786) ruled the Kingdom of Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king. Effete, he was frequently beaten and humiliated by his father. After an affair with one of his father’s pages, he began a relationship with officer Hans Hermann von Katte. They were arrested for plotting to flee to Britain. His father forced him to witness his lover’s beheading. His marriage to Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern was political, and after his accession, he refused to allow her to enter his court at Potsdam. Frederick patronized the arts and sustained military victories, winning the First, Second, and Third Silesian Wars and the Seven Years’ War. The design of this stamp issued on 14 August 1986, commemorating the bicentenary of Frederick’s death, is based on the painting The Flute Concert of Sanssouci by Adolph Menzel depicting Frederick playing the flute.

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psestamp wrote:So should a person be celebrated because of who they prefer to have sex with.... or what they accomplished?

Personally - if a person is great, accomplished great things....... I kinda don't care what they use their junk for.
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This stamp comes from a souvenir sheet issued on 5 May 2015 commemorating 70 years since the end of World War II. In Nazi concentration camps, each prisoner was required to wear a downward-pointing triangle cloth badge. The color of the badge identified the reason for imprisonment. Eventually a pink triangle was established for homosexual men, bisexual men, and transgender women. Lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender men, when imprisoned and identified as such, were classified as “asocial,” designated with a black triangle.

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psestamp wrote:So should a person be celebrated because of who they prefer to have sex with.... or what they accomplished?

Personally - if a person is great, accomplished great things....... I kinda don't care what they use their junk for.
I agree.

Homophobes both of you - such dismissive and hateful comments destroy the whole struggle of Rainbow rights. Then again I am not surprised, the Catholic faith (I am assuming as you are Polish, you are most likely a Roman Catholic) has done more to destroy the rights of gay people and realistically promote paedophilia over natural adult sexuality.

Plus Poland like most of Slavic Europe and Russia is hardly a hotbed of gay rights either with Vladimir Putin starting pseudo medieval pogroms against gays.

This is a thread celebrating the contributions of LGBTI+ Individuals on society and celebrated on stamps - not for you to give your views on their sexual preferences. There is more to being non binary than sex. It seems that some of you heterosexuals consider your partners natural companions but ours are not and we are choosing to be this way. We are born this way b****!

Plus the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivialises Lesbian and Gay Women's rights, the last thing most gay women want is to be desired and commodified by randy straight men.

Can we once have a thread where some churchified straight guy does not bring up sex or our private parts. There is more to our lives than sex.
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Homophobes both of you - such dismissive and hateful comments destroy the whole struggle of Rainbow rights. Then again I am not surprised, the Catholic faith (I am assuming as you are Polish, you are most likely a Roman Catholic) has done more to destroy the rights of gay people and realistically promote paedophilia over natural adult sexuality.

Plus the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivialises Lesbian and Gay Women's rights, the last thing most gay women want is to be desired and commodified by randy straight men.
Remember the problem with Catholic priests is not now (for the over-whelming majority of cases) one of paedophilia but rather homosexuality, since the victims are almost always post-pubescent (therefore paedophilia is simply not an issue).

The reference to myself as "the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivializes Lesbian and Gay Women's rights" does nothing of the sort. My approval of Women's rights goes back to Seneca Falls in 1848.

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Princestamps wrote:
PC's Stamps wrote:
psestamp wrote:So should a person be celebrated because of who they prefer to have sex with .... or what they accomplished?

Personally - if a person is great, accomplished great things ....... I kinda don't care what they use their junk for.
I agree.
Homophobes both of you - such dismissive and hateful comments destroy the whole struggle of Rainbow rights.
Not sure they are Homophobes - perhaps they simply could not care one iota - like me. :lol: :lol:

I liked the Elton John very recent UK stamp issue, and wrote about it in Stamp News.

It appears he has not quite totally accepted he is gay, despite successfully suing a newspaper that said he was, and that he denied at the time, and him being legally Married once (to a female) when in Australia at St. Marks Anglican Church, in Darling Point Sydney. , and they were married for 4 years.

I remember it well, as it took place in Sydney, to wide media coverage, and was attended by Olivia Newton John, Barry Humphries, and tennis pro John McEnroe, and an all-star attendee cast etc, and as I recall they had a child?
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The habit of compiling lists of famous gays goes back to the early 20th century. The point was to argue against those who claimed that homosexuality was a kind of racial degeneracy.

Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Alexander the Great were convenient examples for that argument. Now, they make for as meaningful a topic for collecting as any.

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Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was born in Wellington and published her first short story in New Zealand Graphic and Ladies Journal magazine in 1900. She was an accomplished cellist and became disillusioned by the repression of the Maori people. She moved to London in 1903 and attended Queen’s College. She decided to write short stories professionally and was most prolific after 1916. After affairs with both women and men, Katherine moved in with Ida Baker, her “wife,” in 1917. She appears on this stamp first distributed on 1 March 1989 as part of a set commemorating New Zealand Authors.

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Anti-Gay discrimination in philately
The UK-based Cinderella Stamp Club in November 2017, refused to accept a full-page colour advert by the Gay Republic of Kemp Land promoting their stamps and refunded the payment made! (But they happily printed a similar colour full-page advert by the Republic of Mevu in the previous issue, October 2017.)

Discrimination or what?! The Kemp Landers were highly offended, and many philatelists there have given up collecting GB to retaliate.
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Full-page colour advert submitted to "The Cinderella Philatelist" (UK) for January 2018 issue. Refused: payment refunded.

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Homophobes both of you - such dismissive and hateful comments destroy the whole struggle of Rainbow rights. Then again I am not surprised, the Catholic faith (I am assuming as you are Polish, you are most likely a Roman Catholic) has done more to destroy the rights of gay people and realistically promote paedophilia over natural adult sexuality.

Plus the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivialises Lesbian and Gay Women's rights, the last thing most gay women want is to be desired and commodified by randy straight men.
Remember the problem with Catholic priests is not now (for the over-whelming majority of cases) one of paedophilia but rather homosexuality, since the victims are almost always post-pubescent (therefore paedophilia is simply not an issue).

The reference to myself as "the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivializes Lesbian and Gay Women's rights" does nothing of the sort. My approval of Women's rights goes back to Seneca Falls in 1848.

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Okay I definitely underestimated you there and apologise.

But you can't blame me when you hear many straight men saying they love lesbians, because the idea of two hot chicks getting it on turns them on and one of my hetty friends said he is a Lesbian, because he loves ******.

Was Seneca falls in 1848 the first American feminist meeting? That is very early - I know the territory of Wyoming gave women the vote in 1868, the first place in the world (25 years before New Zealand).

Panterra, again they were possibly rejected for their awful Wannsee conference and the first "Gay issue" had Ernest Rohm a Nazi, you forget Nazis attacked England with the Blitz and started WW2.
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Timothy Ray Brown (born 1966) is an American considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. He was known as “The Berlin Patient” until he revealed his identity in late 2010. To fight leukemia, he received a bone marrow transplant with mutant stem cells that confer resistance to HIV. He has been openly gay since high school. This miniature sheet and an accompanying souvenir sheet were issued on 5 July 2019.

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Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was constantly writing poetry as a child and was educated at the Royal Seminary in Stockholm. She taught school for ten years before meeting her companion Sophie Elkan. One of her most popular books, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, was published in 1902. The centenary of Selma’s birth was commemorated on this stamp released on 20 November 1958 as part of a set of three coil stamps and two booklet stamps.

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psestamp wrote:So should a person be celebrated because of who they prefer to have sex with.... or what they accomplished?

Personally - if a person is great, accomplished great things....... I kinda don't care what they use their junk for.
I agree.

Homophobes both of you - such dismissive and hateful comments destroy the whole struggle of Rainbow rights. Then again I am not surprised, the Catholic faith (I am assuming as you are Polish, you are most likely a Roman Catholic) has done more to destroy the rights of gay people and realistically promote paedophilia over natural adult sexuality.

Plus Poland like most of Slavic Europe and Russia is hardly a hotbed of gay rights either with Vladimir Putin starting pseudo medieval pogroms against gays.

This is a thread celebrating the contributions of LGBTI+ Individuals on society and celebrated on stamps - not for you to give your views on their sexual preferences. There is more to being non binary than sex. It seems that some of you heterosexuals consider your partners natural companions but ours are not and we are choosing to be this way. We are born this way b****!

Plus the guy who says he likes Lesbians, that really trivialises Lesbian and Gay Women's rights, the last thing most gay women want is to be desired and commodified by randy straight men.

Can we once have a thread where some churchified straight guy does not bring up sex or our private parts. There is more to our lives than sex.
Again.... Celebrate away.

My question is if a person creates a cure for cancer do you celebrate it? Yes!

If a person creates a cure for cancer AND they have sex with a certain person, do you celebrate it differently? I don't know.

Churchill was a great leader and The Queen is also.

If they were bi-sexual then would the get added "greatness"?

I am not dismissive of the celebration. I just think it is foolish that this (male) person gets celebrated because he puts his penis in that hole verses this hole VERSES look at what this great fellow did!
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jps55liquefy wrote:. . . What other philatelic items do you have that relate to LGBTQ history and culture?
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Kemp Land 2017, the top value of a set of five stamps featuring fungi.
A mushroom thematic issue from the Gay Republic of Kemp Land, but the Post Office of this small gay land took the opportunity on the top value of the set to sneak in small print below the mushroom saying "The Gay Life is Best." 8)

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Leslie Cheung (1956-2003) was one of the founding fathers of Cantopop, achieving huge success in music and film. He released his breakthrough album, Wind Blows On, in 1982. Two years later, his song “Monica” became the best-selling single in Hong Kong history, making him a superstar. He starred in John Woo’s 1986 film, A Better Tomorrow, breaking Hong Kong’s box office record. Leslie moved to Vancouver in 1990 and became a Canadian citizen. In 1993, he won a Golden Horse Film Award for Best Original Song. He announced his same-sex relationship with Daffy Tong Hok-tak during a 1997 concert. Leslie is depicted on this stamp first distributed on 8 November 2005 as part of a set of five stamps celebrating Hong Kong Pop Singers.

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Alan Turing (1912-1954) was awarded a first-class honours in mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1934. In 1936, he published his paper, “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem,” establishing what became to be known as Turing machines, leading to the central concept of the modern computer. During World War II, Alan worked at Bletchley Park to break German ciphers, concentrating on cryptanalysis of the Enigma machine. His work greatly contributed to Allied victory. In 1952, he published his masterpiece, “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis,” still considered a seminal piece of work in mathematical biology, partially explaining things like spots and stripes on animals and why the human heart is on the left side of the chest. During a police investigation for a burglary at his home, Alan disclosed his homosexuality. At trial for gross indecency, he was given the choice of either imprisonment or probation conditioned on hormonal treatment meant to reduce libido. He chose probation. He is commemorated on this stamp issued on 23 February 2012 as part of a set of ten stamps celebrating Britons of Distiction.

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This stamp was part of a set of nine definitives released on 20 January 2014 recognizing New Laws, Policies and Regulations Affecting Argentina Society. Same-sex marriage in Argentina has been legal since 22 July 2010. Argentina was the first Latin American country, the second in the Americas, and the second Southern Hemisphere country to allow same-sex marriage.

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Ian Thorpe (born 1982) is an Australian retired swimmer who won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian. He qualified for the Australian Championships in 1996 and made his international debut in 1997. The next year, he won an individual and a team gold medal at the World Championships. His first individual world record was set in 1999. He competed at both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics. Ian came out as gay during a 2014 televised interview. His gold medals were celebrated on these stamps first distributed in August 2004.

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Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), the great French animal painter, was hailed as the most popular artist, male or female, of the nineteenth century. She met her life partner Nathalie Micas while they were both teenagers. She was one of only twelve women to obtain a cross-dressing permit in the 1850s. Her most famous work is The Horse Fair, first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1853. Rosa was the first female artist to earn admittance to the once exclusively male club founded by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Legion of Honor. The Horse Fair is depicted on this miniature sheet issued on 18 May 2015.

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James Baldwin (1924-1987) was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. Growing up in Harlem, he spent much of his time caring for his younger siblings. At the age of 24, he emigrated first to Paris before settling in Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera. He fell in love with Lucien Happersberger in 1949, though their relationship did not last long. James published his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, in 1953. His second novel, Giovanni’s Room, caused controversy in 1956 due to its explicit homoerotic content. He appears on this Literary Arts Series stamp released on 23 July 2004.

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Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Chilean national narrative, especially during the Pinochet years, elevated her as “Schoolteacher of America,” a celibate, saintly, and suffering heterosexual national icon. The publication of her letters to lover Doris Dana revealed otherwise. Gabriela was an accomplished poet, educator, and consul to Mexico, Europe, Brazil, and the United States. This stamp, first distributed on 15 November 1995, celebrates the 50th anniversary of her Nobel Prize.

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Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was a British actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. In 1921, he made his professional debut in Henry V at the Old Vic. He made his screen debut the following year in Who Is the Man? In 1953, he was arrested in Chelsea for cruising a public lavatory, resulting in fines. In support, the audience greeted him with a standing ovation upon his next entrance on stage. In 1962, he met his longtime partner, interior designer Martin Hensler. John is one of the few to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. As part of a set of eight stamps released on 30 August 2018 commemorating the bicentenary of the Old Vic theatre, this stamp shows him in the 1975 production of No Man’s Land.

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These stamps appeared on 5 February 2016 to promote the global United Nations Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality. They were designed by Sergio Baradat.

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Royal Mail has introduced a slogan postmark to mark LGBT+ History month.

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Wow - what a beautiful salute to our struggle.

Kind of pales next to all the beautiful philatelic fabulosity that jps55liquefy and others have shown us.

Next to Sir Elton John and Sir I an McKellen, Royal Mail will take their place amongst the pantheon of Rainbow community heroes.

Seriously would it kill them to do some stamps on Gay Britons or the struggles of gay Britons (Then again NZ could get their act together too).
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Rm support the Gay-parade (I use the term as short-hand else I might get the letters in the wrong order) and dress their postboxes in multicolour for the duration of the 'celebrations'.

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/london-postbox-pride-rainbow/ (and elsewhere on the web)
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Miriam Margolyes (born 1941) was born in Oxford, graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge, and is the first person to say “f***” on British television. In 1993, she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Age of Innocence. She received her OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2002. Miriam became an Australian citizen in 2013, referring to herself as a “dyke” on live television in front of PM Julia Gillard. She lives with retired professor of Indonesian Studies Heather Sutherland, her partner since 1967. This stamp, part of a Harry Potter miniature sheet appearing on 16 October 2018, depicts Professor Pomona Sprout, portrayed by Miriam.

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Hi, do you include world mythologies and Bible stories? If yes, here are several items I posted in the Mythologies thread about "The Abduction of Ganymede by Zeus":

Ganymede was the most beautiful man on earth. When Zeus saw Ganymede, he fell in love with him and wanted to bring him to the Mount Olympus. Zeus took a form of an eagle and abducted Ganymede to the Olympus; there he serves as cup-bearer of the gods till today.

“The abduction of Ganymede by Zeus” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) – Bhutan, 1991:
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The Czech republic issued in 2014 a SS contains two identical stamps depicting "The Olympian gods Assembly" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) from the Prague Castle Art Collections. The SS margin and stamp engraved by Milos Ondráček. You can see Ganymede and Zeus:
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When Ganymede arrived to the Olympus, he took over the office of a cup-bearer from Hebe, the goddess of youth and daughter of Hera. The painting "the abduction of Ganymede" by P. P. Rubens (1577 – 1640) depicting Ganymede arriving to the Olympus and receiving the golden drinking cup from Hebe as a sign that he is taking over her office (upper right corner). Here is the painting on a stamp issued by the Gambia:
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Mosaic in the House of Dionysos, Paphos Archaeological Park, Cyprus - issued by Cyprus on November 21, 1966:
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"The abduction of Ganymede" by Antonio Allegri da Correggio (1489 – 1534) - issued by Nicaragua on May 17, 1984 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of Correggio:
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One of four new stamps issued 6 February 2020 by the Philippines for Valentine's Day
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Eli wrote:Hi, do you include world mythologies and Bible stories? If yes, here are several items I posted in the Mythologies thread about "The Abduction of Ganymede by Zeus":
Although I have nearly complete collection of Israel stamps, I found nothing that fits this thread. The only LGBT themes in the Bible story stamps I have are the following stamps issued as two of a set of 30 stamps depicts Biblical characters from the series of paintings “In Our Image” by Guy Rowe. The set was issued in 1996 to commemorate the 3000 years anniversary of Jerusalem and reissued overprinted in 1998 to publicize the “Israel 98” stamp exhibition held in Tel-Aviv, Israel:

David and Jonathan - The story of David and Jonathan has been described as "biblical Judeo-Christianity's most influential justification of homoerotic love". The relationship between David and Jonathan is mainly covered in the Old Testament First Book of Samuel, as part of the story of David's ascent to power. The mainstream view found in modern biblical exegesis argues that the relationship between the two is merely a close platonic friendship. However, there has recently been a tradition of interpreting the love between David and Jonathan as romantic or sexual (from Wikipedia page: LGBT themes in mythology):
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Ruth and Naomi - Ruth and Naomi are often thought to have been a couple, Ruth only remarrying to satisfy the law at the time and ensure her and Naomi's safety. When Ruth gave birth the women of the town said that the baby was Naomi's. To this day the vow Ruth made to Naomi is used in many lesbian weddings (Wikipedia page: LGBT themes in mythology):
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Eli wrote:Hi, do you include world mythologies and Bible stories?
Yes. LGBTQ themes in mythologies are a part of LGBTQ culture. Thank you (and others) for posting wonderful examples.

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