Today in LGBT History – FEBRUARY 28

The excitement continues! My play Dear Anita Bryant is having an encore performance at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Cathedral City, CA near Palm Springs on April 7th! Today I’m feeling so happy that the show has been so well received. Writing prompt: What’s trigging your happiness today?

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 28

1656 – The New Haven Colony, now Connecticut, mandates the death penalty for both women and men for acts “against nature,” as well as for masturbation and anal sex among heterosexual couples. The New Haven Colony also applied the death penalty for adultery. These laws remained in effect for the next ten years until 1665 when the New Haven Colony joined Connecticut and came under Connecticut law which specified the death penalty for “man lying with man” and adultery.

1950 – Testifying before the US Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Department, whose members include Joseph R. McCarthy, Undersecretary of State John Peurifroy, reveals that the majority of dismissals of State Department employees are based on accusations of homosexuality. Over the next few months, McCarthy and other conservatives accuse the administration of laxity in rooting out homosexuals in government, bringing the McCarthy Era into high gear.

1969 – Danielle Egnew (born February 28, 1969) is a lesbian musician, actress, producer, and psychic who endorsed and provided campaign materials to Virginia’s Vote NO campaign, protecting the legalities of same-sex civil unions in Virginia. She is the spiritual leader and founder of The Church of the Open Christ, an inclusive and progressive LGBT ministry. Born in Billings, Montana on February 28, 1969, Danielle Egnew currently resides there with her wife. At the 2017 Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS), Egnew’s solo album “You’ve Got To Go Back The Way That You Came” won as Best Country Recording. The singer was also nominated for “Best Female”.

1975, Canada – The first public hearing of a gay civil rights case under British Columbia’s provincial human rights legislation is heard in Vancouver. 

1992 – Founded as FireFLAG by Gene Walsh, New York City’s first openly gay FDNY firefighter, this LGBT organization was formally incorporated on February 28, 1992. It was later renamed FireFLAG/EMS to include emergency medical services personnel, and has achieved official FDNY fraternal organization status. Under retired FDNY Firefighter Tom Ryan, President Emeritus, former President retired FDNY Capt. Brenda Berkman, and the organization’s current President, FDNY Firefighter Mike Vissichelli, FireFLAG/EMS works tirelessly for the rights of LGBT fire and emergency service personnel as well as the rights of the LGBT community.

2008, Venezuela – The Supreme Court issues a statement saying that “while same-sex partners enjoy all the rights, they do not have special protection similar to concubinage or marriage between a man and a woman, that is, in the same terms that heterosexual partners have.”

Stand up, speak out, share your story!




(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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