July 7 in LGBTQ History

1979: Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King win the women’s doubles championship at Wimbledon.

1986: The United States Supreme Court denies certiorari in the case of Baker v. Wade, thereby refusing to review a constitutional challenge to the sodomy law of Texas.

1987: Arizona gay activist Ed Buck begins a recall effort to have Arizona governor Evan Mecham-known for his fiercely antigay rhetoric-ousted from office. Though Mecham publicly attacks the campaign as the work of the “homosexual lobby,” it turns out to have huge support among Arizona’s voters.

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