June 30 in LGBTQ History

1969: In Kew Gardens, Queens, a vigilante group cuts down all the trees and bushes in part of a local park popular as a gay male cruising area. Lamenting the loss of greenery, The New York Times runs nine different articles on the ensuing controversy. The Stonewall Uprising and the connected protests in the preceeding days are mentioned a total of three times.

1969: Ben Patrick Johnson – Los Angeles-based U.S. actor, model, voiceover artist, writer and activist – is born.

1981: Florida governor Bob Graham signs into law the so-called “Trask Amendment,” which prohibits the appropriation of any state funds to universities that grant recognition to gay student groups. The amendment is later struck down as unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court.

1986: In Bowers v. Hardwick, the US Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Constitution, as well as the precedence of Judeo-Christian prohibitions and Anglo-American sodomy laws, gives states the right to regulate and proscribe same-sex relations.

1993: Ireland decriminalizes same-sex relations for consenting adults and sets the Age Of Consent at 17 for all sexual activities.

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