Today in LGBT History – APRIL 27

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 27

1911 – Jack Cole (April 27, 1911– February 17, 1974) was an American dancerchoreographer, and theatre director known as the founder of the idiom of American show dancing called Theatrical Jazz Dance.If not for Cole, many now-immortal stage and screen actresses probably would not be remembered as dancers today. Cole’s choreography in the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was reinterpreted by Madonna for her music video of “Material Girl”.

1951, Mexico– Luis Zapata (born April 27, 1951), Mexico’s most productive and successful gay writer, is born.  In his best-known work, Las aventuras, desaventuras y sueños de Adonis García, el vampiro de la colonia Roma(1979; Adonis García: A Picaresque Novel), he chronicled the lives of urban homosexuals.

1953 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450 which establishes grounds for investigation and dismissal:  “Any criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicants to excess, drug addiction, or sexual perversion.” Without explicitly referring to homosexuality, the executive order responded to several years of charges that the presence of homosexual employees in the State Department posed blackmail risks. As a result, more than 640 federal employees lose their jobs over the next year and a half.

1978, Canada – John Argue, a swimming instructor with Toronto Board of Education, is fired from his job at public school because he is gay. Argue, a gay activist later becomes active in Metro Toronto New Democratic Party. 

1978 – Rachel Morrison (born April 27, 1978) is an American cinematographer. For her work on Mudbound (2017), Morrison earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, making her the first woman ever – and thus the first lesbian- nominated in that category. She has twice worked with director Ryan Coogler, first on Fruitvale Station (2013) then on Black Panther (2018)

2009 – Iowa becomes the third state to allow same-sex marriage.

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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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