Today in LGBT History – April 27

in the era of Trump, Democrats lose interest in compromising. It’s called the Resistance!   —Amy Siskind

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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 Father of Theatrical Jazz Dance“. Cole virtually invented the idiom of American show dancing known as “theatrical jazz dance.”

1951, Mexico – Luis Zapata, Mexico’s most productive and successful gay writer, is born.  Zapata studied French literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 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 Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450 which establishes grounds for investigation and dismissal based on “any criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicants to excess, drug addiction, or sexual perversion.” 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 a public school because he is gay. Argue, a gay activist, later becomes active in Metro Toronto New Democratic Party. 

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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