Today in LGBT History – FEBRUARY 7

We had rehearsals last evening for my play Dear Anita Bryant. My dear friend who is a Broadway actress was with us. She said she was blown away by the play, that it will wow the audience and touch every emotion. Soon…we’ll see. I hope she’s right. Writing prompt: how do you accept compliments given?

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 7

1046 BC – Jonathan, the son of king Saul, was born. The love affair between Jonathan and David was so great that he betrayed his father for his lover. On his deathbed David is recorded in the Biblical reference 2 Samuel 1:26 as saying “My brother Jonathan, thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.” It could be the first significant reference to a gay love affair ever recorded. 

1931 – James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was born in Marion, Ohio. He was the first major screen idol for gay/bisexual men. His brooding rebellious presence typified the McCarthy era, and was the harbinger of the socio-political voice of youth in America. Despite stories of his trysts with men, no proof has ever appeared. 

1970 – Sometime in the 1940s a sign appeared over the popular Los Angeles bar at Barney’s Beanery that read “FAGOTS – STAY OUT.” The message so offended the locals that Life magazine did an article on opposition to the sign in 1964, which included a photograph of the owner steadfastly holding on to it. The owner died in 1968, and efforts continued to have the sign removed. The Gay Liberation Front organized a zap of the restaurant on February 7, 1970 to push for its removal. The sign disappeared that day. The sign was put up and taken down several times over the next 14 years, but the practice ended in December, 1984, days after West Hollywood voted itself into existence. The then-mayor, Valerie Terrigno, the entire city council and gay-rights activists marched into Barney’s and relieved the wall of the offending sign. It was held by Morris Kight for many years and now rests in the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archivesin Los Angeles.

1977 -The U.S. State Department lifts its ban on the employment of LGBT people. It announces that it will consider job applications of open LGBT people on a case-by-case basis going forward for lesbians and gay men for employment in the foreign service and other international agencies.

1977 – Tucson changes its Chapter 17 of the City Code to prohibit discrimination and adds the category of “sexual and affectional preference.”

1977 – Diandrea “Dee” Rees(born February 7, 1977) is an American screenwriter and director. She is known for her feature films Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015), and Mudbound (2017). The latter was adapted from the 2008 novel by the same name by Hillary Jordan and earned Rees an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Rees was the first queer black woman to be nominated for any Academy Award in a writing category. Rees is a lesbian, and described Pariah as semi-autobiographical.Since at least 2017, Rees has been in a relationship with poet and writer Sarah M. Broom.

1978 – The Oklahoma State House of Representatives passes a so-called “Teacher Fitness” statute, which allows local school boards to fire homosexual teachers or any teacher “advocating, encouraging or promoting public or private homosexual activities.” The National Gay Task Force later files suit to challenge the law’s constitutionality.

1980, Canada – County Court Judge George Ferguson hears a Crown appeal in Toronto of decision by a Provincial Court judge acquitting The Body Politic of charges related to using the mail to transmit immoral and indecent material. 

1991 – In an interview reported in the popular press, the president of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences asserts that homosexuality is a disease that must be fought by all legal means.

1991 – The first lesbian kiss on television occurs between Amanda Donohoe and Michelle Green on L.A. Law.

2012 – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California rules 2–1 that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In the ruling, the court said the law “operates with no apparent purpose but to impose on gays and lesbians, through the public law, a majority’s private disapproval of them and their relationships.”

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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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