If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works.
These snippets of LGBT history are the stories of our lives the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we stand. Learn about them then tell the stories…and remember.
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
This Day in LGBT History – November 25
1837 – Elizabeth M. Cushier (11-25-1837 –11-25-1931) is born. She was a professor of medicine, and one of New York’s most prominent obstetricians for 25 years. During WWI, Cushier worked in Belgium and France. From 1882, she lived with Dr. Emily Blackwell (Oct. 8, 1826 – Sept. 1910), until Blackwell’s death. Cushier said after Blackwell’s death that it made “an irreparable break in my life.” Cushier died in 1931. Her papers are archived among the Blackwell Family Papers at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study at Harvard University.
1970 – The Seattle Gay Liberation Front severed ties with the Young Socialist Alliance because their exclusion of homosexuals mirrored Stalin’s practices.
1997, South Africa – A demonstration was held at the Johannesburg High Court in support of an application to decriminalize sex between men.
1997, Ecuador – Ecuador legalizes same-sex sexual activity, overturning the previous Article 516 of the Penal Code that criminalized such acts. South Africa becomes the first country to enact a constitutional ban outlawing sexual orientation discrimination.
1998 – Federal judge Bruce Jenkins rules that Spanish Fork High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, violated the rights of teacher Wendy Weaver, who was dismissed from her position as volleyball coach and ordered not to discuss her sexual orientation, even out of school. The judge ordered the school to offer her the coaching position, lift the gag order, and pay her $1,500 in damages.
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, DataLounge.com, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)