Today in LGBT History – FEBRUARY 19

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 – FEBRUARY 19

1917 – American novelist Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 – September 29, 1967) is born. . She was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet who and wrote some of the best novels in the English language: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Member Of The Wedding,and Reflections In A Golden Eye. She married a gay man, Reeves McCullers, andfell in love with a number of women. Her most documented and extended love obsession was with Swiss journalist, photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach (23 May 1908 – 15 November 1942)of whom she once wrote “She had a face that I knew would haunt me for the rest of my life.” McCullers had rheumatic fever at the age of 15 and suffered from strokes that began in her youth. By the age of 31 her left side was entirely paralyzed. She lived the last twenty years of her life in Nyack, New York, where she died on September 29, 1967, at the age of 50, after a brain hemorrhage. 

1974 – The Pat Collins Show, a morning program on New York’s WCBS, broadcasts live from the Continental Baths. The station only receives one complaint about the episode.

1983 – Womyn on Wheels Valentines Dance is held at the Unitarian Church in Tucson featuring the band Labrys

1993 – The Crying Game, a film written and directed by Neil Jordan, portrays the relationship between a transsexual woman and an IRA fighter in London. In 1999, the British Film Institute named it the 26th greatest British film of all time.

2002 – Sylvia Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) dies at age 50. Shewas an American gay liberation and transgender activist and self-identified drag queen. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With her close friend Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries(STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color. As a transgender (MTF) teen, Rivera was among those who resisted police brutality in the Stonewall Rebellion, the days of rioting that launched the modern gay rights movement. Later in her life, she was instrumental in opening shelters for homeless and drug-addicted transgender people and worked to help pass LGBT- inclusive non-discrimination legislation. Rivera died during the dawn hours of February 19, 2002 at New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital, of complications from liver cancer. Trangender activistRiki Wilchins (born 1952)noted, “In many ways, Sylvia was the Rosa Parks of the moderntransgendermovement, a term that was not even coined until two decades after Stonewall”.

2007 – This is the first day same sex couples can lawfully register within the state of New Jersey for the recognized legal status of “Civil Union.”

2018 – The South Carolina legislature introduced a bill entitled the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act.”  which classifies same-sex marriage as “parody” marriage. “Parody” marriage means any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman,” read the bill. “‘Marriage’ means a union of one man and one woman.”

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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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