Today in LGBT History – APRIL 5

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 5

1972 – My Fair Lady, from gay director George Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983), wins the academy award for best picture and best director. It was an open secret in Hollywood that Cukor was gay, at a time when society was against it, although he was discreet about his sexual orientation. His home, redecorated in 1935 by gay actor-turned-interior designer William Haines was the scene of many gatherings for the industry’s homosexuals. The close-knit group reputedly included Haines and his partner Jimmie Shields, (January 2, 1900 – December 26, 1973), writer Somerset Maugham(25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), director James Vincent(July 19, 1882 – July 12, 1957), screenwriter Rowland Leigh(1902 – 1963), costume designers Orry-Kelly(31 December 1897 – 27 February 1964) and Robert Le Maire, and actors John Darrow(17 July 1907 – 24 February 1980), Anderson Lawler(May 5, 1902 – April 6, 1959), Grady Sutton(April 5, 1906 – September 17, 1995), Robert Seiter and Tom Douglas.

1982 – Newsweek Magazine reports on “Gays on Campus” which highlights how accepted gay organizations and lifestyles are on campuses around the county.

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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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