The stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations, when members of the gay (i. Lgbt) community fought back when police became violent during a police raid in the early morning hours of june 28, 1969, at the stonewall inn, located in the greenwich village neighborhood of manhattan, new york city. when we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like ellen degeneres and billie jean king presumably come to mind. But we at the huffington post wanted to teach you a little somethin somethin about your history in honor of octobers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) history month. The history of lesbian history martha vianus i recently reread havelock elliss 1897 sexual inversion in prepara tion for writing this essay. But lesbos isnt just a place in ancient history, it is still an island and people still live there. Gay women from england and other countries started traveling to the island where sappho lived and died in the 1970s, and the visitors have had a complicated relationship with the locals. Some lesbians, especially the conservative ones, havent been exactly thrilled about their name having a. history is full of examples of presumed homosexuals who played a major role in the events of their times. I say presumed because it is often difficult to say with certainty whether or not a historical figure was gay. Laws against lesbian sexual activity were suggested but usually not created or enforced in early american history. In 1636, john cotton proposed a law for massachusetts bay making sex between two women (or two men) a capital offense, but the law was not enacted. It would have read, unnatural filthiness, to be punished with death, whether sodomy, which is carnal fellowship of man with man, or woman with woman, or buggery, which is carnal fellowship of man or woman with beasts or fowls. history is full of lesbians and bisexual women who helped pave the way for us current lady-lovers. Exploring lesbian history isnt all about searching for a needle in a haystack. There are some archives that specialise in womens history andor gay history. The womens library, london holds archives that document womens lives from the 19th century to the present day.