July 17 in LGBTQ History

1968: The Wall Street Journal publishes an article entitled, “U.S. Homosexuals Gain in Trying to Persuade Society to Accept Them”.

1982: Queen Elizabeth’s personal bodyguard, fifty-year-old Commander Michael Trestrail, is forced to resign after British newspapers reveal he is gay and has been involved in a long-term relationship with a male prostitute. Later, reports surface that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to make “gays in the Palace” a public issue, until the Queen allegedly summoned her to Buckingham Palace and told her to mind her own business.

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