Today in LGBT History – April 24

Media – after yet another weekend of Trump’s autocratic tweets, if you’re not framing your coverage around not normal and a threat to our democracy, you’re doing a disservice to journalism and the American people.   —Amy Siskind

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Today in LGBT History – April 24

1858, UK – Dame Ethel Smyth (24 April 1858 – 8 May 1944) is born in Surrey, England. A composer, writer, and feminist, Smyth wrote seven torrid volumes of explicit memoir. In 1910, she met Emmaline Pankhurst, the founder of the British women’s suffrage movement and head of the militant and extremely well-organized Women’s Social and Political Union. Struck by Mrs. Pankhurst’s mesmerizing public speeches, Smyth pledged to give up music for two years and devote herself to the cause of votes for women. Smyth had several passionate affairs in her life, most of them with women. Smyth’s relationship with acclaimed British harpsichordist and clavichordist, Violet Gordon-Woodhouse  (23 April 1872 – 9 January 1948) is depicted satirically in Roger Scruton‘s 2005 opera, Violet.

1980 – San Francisco resident Ken Horne, the first AIDS case in the United States to be recognized at the time, is reported to the Center for Disease Control with Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). He was also suffering from Cryptococcus.

1993 – The third gay and lesbian March on Washington is prefaced by a mass wedding ceremony held outside the Internal Revenue Service building. Metropolitan Community Church founder Reverend Troy Perry (born July 27, 1940) conducts the service, joining 1,500 lesbian and gay couples in marriage. In addition, twenty thousand lesbian join in the Dyke March, organized by the Lesbian Avengers, to march on the White House in what is the largest lesbian demonstration ever.

1994, Russia – Yaroslav Mogutin (born April 12, 1974), the country’s most visible openly gay journalist, makes headlines when he attempts to register his marriage to American artist Robert Filippini. The head of Moscow’s Wedding Palace No. 4 refuses his application.

2015 – In a televised interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, U.S. Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949) says, “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.” Jenner later reveals that she is now Caitlyn Jenner and will live as a woman.

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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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