December 21 in LGBTQ History
1917: In Russia, the Bolsheviks repeal the entire criminal code in favor of “revolutionary justice.” Among the laws nullified are those relating to sex acts between men.
December 20 in LGBTQ History
1955: Frank Kameny is fired from his job as an astronomer in the United States Army’s Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality. A few days later he is blacklisted from seeking federal employment. These events spur Kameny into being a gay rights activist.
December 19 in LGBTQ History
1922: The God of Vengeance opens at the Provincetown Playhouse. The drama, translated from Yiddish and performed in English for the first time, includes the first lesbian scenes on the American stage.
December 18 in LGBTQ History
1982: The Quebec government overwhelmingly approves a measure that gives domestic partners of gays and lesbians legal protection and access to economic benefits previously restricted to straights.
December 17 in LGBTQ History
1997: In New Jersey, same-sex couples are given the right to jointly adopt children
December 16 in LGBTQ History
1983: Mel Brook’s To Be or Not To Be, a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic becomes the first mainstream Hollywood film to not only acknowledge Nazi persecution of homosexuals, but also makes it a key plot element.
December 15 in LGTBQ History
1928: Having been published in Paris the previous July, Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, the first major novel in English with an explicitly pro lesbian theme, is published in the U.S. Americans buy more than 20,000 copies of the book within the next month, making it a bestseller.
December 14 in LGBTQ History
1988: The film adaptation of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy opens in the United States.
December 13 in LGBTQ History
1973: Washington, D.C.’s Title 34 makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal.