Musings of an Aging Lesbian

As I worry about the continued existence of the word Lesbian, I posted my concern on FaceBook. Wow! The responses!

Gratitude Day 13

Today I’m grateful for the good health of my 93 year-old mother!

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!


354, Africa – St Augustine (13 November 354 – 28 August 430) is born in Tagaste, North Africa. He was an early North African Christian theologian and philosopher  whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. In his writing he discusses his love for his closest friend saying he contemplated joining him in death. “I felt that his soul and mine were one soul in two bodies.” 

1933, Germany – Top level members of the Third Reich advise the Head of Police to transport homosexuals to the concentration camp Fuhlsbuttel near Hamburg. The Third Reich had recently established homosexuals as a category of prisoners.

1979 – San Francisco swore in its first openly gay and lesbian police officers.

1985, United Kingdom – Manchester gay rights advocate and politician Margaret Roff (1943-1987) becomes the country’s first openly lesbian (or gay) mayor. A few months after retiring from the Council, in October 1987, Margaret Roff died in a hotel fire in Puerta Cabezas when she had been part of a women’s delegation to Nicaragua.

1989 – A federal court rules that the Armstrong amendment, which would have cut off Washington DC’s entire 1989 budget unless the city council exempted religious educational institutions from the gay rights provisions of the city’s human rights law, was unconstitutional. William Armstrong introduced the measure after the DC Court of Appeals ruled that Georgetown University was not exempt from the gay rights law and ordered the University to provide facilities to gay & lesbian student organizations that are equal to those provided to other student groups.

1991 – Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992), the influential Black lesbian poet, becomes the New York State Poet Laureate. She receives the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit from Gov. Mario Cuomo, Sr., making her the Poet Laurette of New York State from 1991-1993. Her impassioned and political acceptance speech receives a standing ovation.

1995, New Zealand – A group of lesbians protested an appearance by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe at a meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in Auckland. He had told a group of journalists that homosexuals are trying to destroy society.

Stand up, speak out, share your story!



(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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