May 30 in LGBTQ History

1431: Joan of Arc is burned at the stake for heresy. Among her “crimes” are cross-dressing and inappropriate relationships with women.

1968: Los Angeles Homophile groups organize a “gay-in” in Griffith Park.

1977: In an essay in Newsweek, applauding the efforts of Anita Bryant in Florida, columnist George Will condemns gay rights ordinances as “part of the moral disarmament of society,” and predicts that if the current trend continues, homosexual marriages will soon flourish across the United States and gay people will be allowed to adopt children.

1980: Having successfully sued his high school (Fricke v. Lynch) for the right to do so, Rhode Island teenager Aaron Fricke takes a male date, Paul Guilbert, to the senior prom.

1986: Fashion designer Perry Ellis dies of AIDS in New York City at the age of forty-six.


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