May 11 in LGBTQ History

1982: Voters in Lincoln, Nebraska, go to the polls to decide whether or not to accept a proposed gay rights ordinance for the city. Leading the fight against the initiative is local psychologist Paul Cameron who has asserted, among other things, that gay and lesbian teachers are forty-three times more likely to molest a child than…

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April 23 in LGBTQ History

1967: The Student Homophile League of Columbia University pickets and disrupts a panel of psychiatrists discussing homosexuality. 1984: Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announces in a press conference that the “probable” cause of AIDS has been discovered: a transmissible virus that has recently been isolated by U.S. and French researchers.   The…

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January 11 in LGBTQ History

1973: “An American Family“, a documentary series focusing on the Loud family of Santa Barbara, CA, premieres on PBS.  Not only does it presage the era of reality TV, son Lance Loud comes out publicly on the show, characterizing himself as “Homo of the Year.” 1984: The Wall Street Journal allows staff writers to now use the word…

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January 6 in LGBTQ History

1967: New York City’s Civil Service Commission makes public its year-old policy of allowing city agencies to hire and employ lesbians and gay men. The new policy comes partly in response to Mattachine Society of New York lobbying efforts. 1984: Dan White is paroled from prison, after having served barely five years for the murders…

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December 18 in LGBTQ History

1980: The New York State Court of Appeals abolishes the state’s sodomy laws. 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. 1984: The Times of Harvey Milk wins the New York Critics’ Award for Best Documentary of…

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