Today in LGBT History – APRIL 12

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, because knowing your history IS resistance!

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

Today in LGBT History – APRIL 12

1526, France – Marc-Antoine Muret(12 April 1526 – 4 June 1585)is born near Limoges. The 16th century humanist was accused by the church of being a sodomist and a Protestant.

1932 – The film “Grand Hotel”is released. Star Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) originally did not want to the role but her partner Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968)convinced her to take it. The film goes on to win the Oscar for Best Picture

1953 – Sixty-three men are arrested in Waco, Texas at a “homosexual convention.” Tommy Gene Brown, the Waco Bride, led a mock wedding when police raided the two-room private resident in South Waco.

1964 — Amy Ray (born April 12, 1964)of the Indigo Girls is born. She is also a solo artist and owner of her own socially and politically conscious record label. About her song “Laramie” she said in a 2001 interview, “… What I was trying to go for was a song about hate in general, not just about homophobia, but about classism too, about who’s to blame in society and who’s complicit. It’s also these people in the higher echelons of the financial bracket who think they are so damned progressive, but they never do anything to really help anybody out. They sort of think they are tolerant of gay people, because they have a gay person in their yoga class or something. (Laughs) It takes a lot more than that. You’ve got to speak out, you’ve got to work and vote and really try to make a difference for people. A lot of times there’s these hidden attitudes that no one ever expresses that nurture an environment of hate. And then some kid goes off and murders somebody else and they all act so surprised about it, but we all contributed to it because we didn’t do anything to change our attitude in general. … I think it’s something we all need to think about and work on. So that song was supposed to deal with a lot more than (Matthew Shepard), that’s why I say, ‘This town ain’t nothing different.’ It could happen anywhere.Ray currently lives in the foothills of North Georgia. She and her partner, Carrie Schrader, have a daughter, Ozilline Graydon

1982  –Golden Globe-nominated film actor Lenny Baker (January 17, 1945 – April 12, 1982)succumbs to AIDS-related cancer at the age of 37. Baker had been gravely ill and in the final stage of the disease since 1980. He was an American actor of stagefilm, and screen, best known for his Tony Award-winning performance in I Love My Wife in 1977.

1994 – In response to a Hawaii Supreme court decision questioning the state’s right to bar same sex marriage, the state senate passes a bill declaring that the need to “foster and protect the propagation of the human ” is justification for the ban. 

2013 – Autumn Sandeen, a U.S. veteran and transgender woman, received a letter from a Navy official stating, “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has  been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12th, 2013.” Allyson RobinsonofOutserve declared, “To our knowledge, this is the first time that the Department of Defense has recognized and affirmed a change of gender for anyone affiliated, in a uniformed capacity—in this case a military retiree.”

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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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