Today in LGBT History – December 30

Yesterday my yoga instructor said that the term “Happy New Year” should be reserved for after midnight on January 1st. Before then, one should say “Blessed Endings.” Indeed…

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

Today in LGBT History – December 30

1886 – Sadie Bigelow, 18, and Lizzie Hart, 19, are buried after a double suicide in Massachusetts. On her death bed Bigelow said, “Lizzie was so sorry that her mother died that she wanted to die, too. But I would not let her die without me, so I took the poison, too. I love her more than my life.”

1944 – The New York Times reviews the play “Trio” about a relationship between a female college teacher and a young woman. “Trio” was originally scheduled to open on November 8, 1944 at the Cort Theater, however theater owner Lee Shubert refused to rent it based on the play’s themes of an older woman’s feelings for a girl. Elmer Rice, lease-holder of the Belasco Theatre, allowed the production to open there, where it was still a subject of controversy. It was finally ordered to close by New York License Commissioner Paul Moss who refused to renew the Belasco’s license if “Trio” remained open; it closed on February 24, 1945.

1954 – Joseph Beam (December 30, 1954 – December 27, 1988), African American writer and activist, editor of “In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology” is born. He was an African-American gay rights activist and author who worked to foster greater acceptance of gay life in the black community by relating the gay experience with the struggle for civil rights in the United States

1965-The New York Post runs an article about illegal tactics used by police to harass gays.

1977, Canada – Toronto police take action against The Body Politic, the country’s leading gay and lesbian newspaper, seizing materials and charging the publication with “using the mails to distribute immoral, indecent, and scurrilous material.” 

1998 – New Ways Ministries, a Catholic group, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for an end to anti-gay violence.

2008 – The ACLU sues the state of Arkansas, arguing that the state’s ban on same-sex adoptions is unconstitutional.

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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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