Today in LGBT History – December 19

My mother will be 92 in April. She told me yesterday that she’s now exercising with 3-pound weights o her ankles to build up her legs. My biggest hope is that whatever keeps her ticking is genetic!! May we all have such good health and longevity!

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

Today in LGBT History – December 19

1922 – Sholem Asch’s drama “The God of Vengeance” opens at the Provincetown Playhouse. The drama, translated from Yiddish and performed in English for the first time, includes the first lesbian scenes – and Broadway’s first lesbian kiss – on the American stage. It opened on Broadway in 1924. The theatre owner and 12 cast members found guilty of obscenity (later overturned). The play premiered in Yiddish theatre in 1907.

1950 – Edward S. Flanagan (December 18, 1950 – November 3, 2017) is born. He was an American politician from Vermont. He served as Vermont State Auditor from 1993 to 2001 and as a State Senator from 2005 to 2011.He was the first openly gay lawmaker in the country elected to statewide office. 

1980 – In Ottawa, Justice Minister Jean Chrétien announces proposals to revise the Criminal Code to reduce age of consent to 18 years and make other changes in legislation related to sexual offences. 

2008 – Diego Sanchez (born 1957) is the first appointed transgender Washington Congressional staff member, becoming a legislative assistant to Rep. Barney Frank. Frank is the first out gay member of the U.S. Congress.

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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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