November 28 in LGBTQ History

1977: Aspen, Colorado City Council passes a gay rights ordinance that forbids discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and public services.

1988: A Dallas judge sentences the killer of two gay men to 30 years in prison instead of a life sentence because, as he later tells the Dallas Times Herald, “I don’t much care for queers cruising the streets.” The Dallas Gay Alliance joins political leaders across the country in protesting the judge’s decision.

1998: In Allston, Massachusetts, transgender woman of color Rita Hester is murdered. The ensuing candlelight vigil a few days later was attended by 250 people and inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed each Nov 20 worldwide.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *