Tag: 1979

January 8 in LGBTQ History

1978: Harvey Milk makes national news when he is sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 1979: Acting San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein names Harry Britt to fill the vacant Board of Supervisor’s seat left empty by the assassination of Harvey Milk. 2004: The New Jersey legislature passes a bill … Read More

December 2 in LGBTQ History

1979: Martin Sherman‘s Bent, about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, starring Richard Gere and David Dukes, opens on Broadway. It runs for 241 performances.  It goes on to be Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play (David Dukes).  Richard Gere goes on to win the 1980 Theatre World Award for his acting work in this production.

November 13 in LGBTQ History

1979: San Francisco swears in its first openly gay police officers. Within a year, one out of every  seven new recruits is LGBT. –Source: Rutledge, Leigh W. The Gay Decades: From Stonewall to the Present : The People and Events That Shaped Gay Lives. New York, NY: Plume, 1992.  Print.

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