Today in LGBT History – December 26

From Amy Siskind: “I think we’re all just doing the best we can right now. Practice kindness, empathy and generosity. Rid yourself of toxic, mean people or people who gaslight you. Take care of yourself and love yourself, frailties and all.”

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Today in LGBT History – December 26

1931 – The film Mata Hari is released. It’s the first film Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) does after becoming Mercedes de Acosta’s (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) lover. De Costa designs one of the outfits that Garbo wears in the film.

1933 –Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) stars as the Queen of Sweden who defies gender-norm expectations. Garbo’s lover, Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) proposed the film’s concept. “Garbo’s Cuban Lover,” a 2001 stage play by actress-writer Odalys Nanin, celebrates Latin lesbians including the dashing de Acosta.

1975-Mary Jo Risher announces that she plans to appeal a Dallas jury’s decision to remove her son from her custody because she is a lesbian. Her appeal would fail.

1977 – Anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant was named one of the Twenty-Five Most Intriguing People of 1977 in People magazine.

1997 – Lesbian Regan Wolf of Lancaster South Carolina was knocked unconscious by three men who brutally beat her, strung her up from her front porch, and painted “Jesus weren’t born for you, faggot.” Despite giving police the identity of the three men, the sheriff’s office took no action. She was attacked more severely six months later.

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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, Lavender Effect,, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at Thanks!)

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