Musings of an Aging Lesbian

Today my mother, aged 93, is having surgery to remove a faulty rod in her leg. It was placed there to support a broken femur but has caused great pain. Prayers for her quick recovery….

Rudyard Kipling said: If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. The snippets of LGBTQ history here are the stories of our lives, the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we all stand. Learn about them then tell the stories and remember…

Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!


1934 – Richard A. Isay (December 13, 1934 – June 28, 2012) was an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist. He was a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a faculty member of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality. On August 13, 2011, Isay married Gordon Harrell, his partner of 32 years.

1973 – Washington, D.C.’s Title 34 makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal.

1993 – Ryan Otto Cassata (born December 13, 1993) is an American musician, public speaker, writer, filmmaker, and actor. Cassata speaks at high schools and universities on the subject of gender dysphoria, being transgenderbullying and his personal transition from female to male, including a double mastectomy surgery in January 2012, when he was 18 years old. He has made appearances on the Larry King Live Show and The Tyra Banks Show to talk about being transgender. He has performed at LGBT music festivals and has gone on tours across the United States of America. Cassata has performed at popular music venues such as Whisky a Go GoThe SaintThe Bitter EndSideWalk CafeTurf Club (venue)and Bowery Poetry Club. Cassata won a date on Warped Tour 2013 through the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands online competition and performed on the Acoustic Basement Stage on June 21, 2013. Cassata also won a date on Warped Tour 2015 through the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and performed on the Ernie Ball Stage on June 20, 2015.

1999 – Vice President Al Gore announces that he was opposed to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and, if elected, would propose legislation to end discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military.

1999 – US Defense Secretary William Cohen orders a full review of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The policy had recently been criticized for creating a hostile environment. 

2002, Belgium – The Belgium Senate approves same-sex marriage, making Belgium the second country to do so.

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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, #LavenderEffect,, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm,, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, 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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