Today in LGBT History – December 7

Remembering Pearl Harbor day, the lives lost, and the declaration of war.

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Today in LGBT History – December 7

1682 – The Province of Pennsylvania, under a strong Quaker influence, repeals the capital sodomy law of 1676. The new law makes a first offence punishable by whipping, loss of 1/3 of one’s property, and six months hard labor. A second offence is punishable by life imprisonment. The revision makes the province one of only two where a man could not be put to death for sodomy at the time. In West New Jersey, also a Quaker colony, no sodomy law is in effect.

1873 – Author Willa Cather is born.

1916 – The manager of a New York City Turkish bathhouse for men committed suicide after vice police raided the establishment and arrested 37 men

1775 – Franciscan Chaplain Father Pedro Font describes two-spirit people among the Yuma in his diary entry: Among the women I saw some some men dressed like women with whom they go about regularly, near joining the men. The commander c called them amaricados press because theYuma call effeminate men Americas…I learned that they were sodomites, dedicated to nefarious practices.”

1946 – Said to be the oldest surviving organization for LGBT rights, Netherlands’ Center for Culture and Leisure (COC) was established in Amsterdam in 1946. The goals of the C.O.C. were twofold: to contribute to social emancipation, and to offer culture and recreation for gay men and lesbians. The social emancipation focused on getting article 248-bis in the Wetboek van Strafrecht, the main code for Dutch criminal law, revoked. Originally named the “Shakespeare club,” the founders were gay men who were active with “Levensrecht” (Right To Live), a magazine founded a few months before the German invasion in 1940, and re-appeared after the war. The Shakespeare club was renamed in 1949 to “Cultuur-en Ontspanningscentrum” (C.O.C.). From its beginning in 1946 until 1962, the chair was Bob Angelo, a pseudonym of Niek Engelschman.

1989, Turkey – Journalist Ibrehim Eren is imprisoned for protesting police harassment of gays. He was held for four months.

1993 – In Texas, Williamson County commissioners reversed a decision to deny Apple Computer tax breaks for a new facility in the county because of its policy of extending benefits to employees’ same-sex domestic partners. Several of the commissioners, however, continued to express condemnation of “the gay lifestyle.”

1997- Speaking before a Georgetown University audience of about 300, three Jesuits presented their different perspectives on how the church should regard and spiritually counsel gay men and lesbians. Cardinal James A Hickey objected to the debate because he felt that the conservative view on the wrongness of homosexuality would not get a fair hearing.

1999 – The school board in Orange California vote 7-0 to reject an application from students at El Modena High School to form a gay/straight alliance. 

2015, Venezuela – Transgender woman Tamara Adrian is elected to the National Assembly. She is a long-time LGBT rights advocate and a lawyer. She was forced to register h4er candidacy for the Assembly under hr male birth name.

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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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