August 26 in LGBTQ History

1904: Christopher Isherwood is born in Wyberslegh Hall, United Kingdom.

1981: In California, Governor Jerry Brown appoints Mary Morgan to the San Francisco Municipal Court. She is the first openly lesbian judge in the U.S.

1986: Jerry Smith, former Washington Redskins tight end, is the first celebrity to voluntarily acknowledge that he has AIDS. He dies of the disease seven weeks after his announcement.

1995: Spokespersons for Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole announce that his campaign is returning a $1,000 donation from the Log Cabin Federation, saying the gay and lesbian Republican organization has “a specific political agenda that’s fundamentally at odds” with the senator’s.

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