Today in LGBT History – January 10

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.       … Oprah Winfrey, 2018 Golden Globes

Learning our history is resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!

Today in LGBT History – January 10

1956 – About 30 people attend the first public meeting of the Mattachine Society, at the Diplomat Hotel in New York City.

1975 – The Chicago Board of Education approves a plan that allows, for the first time, the city’s teachers to answer students’ questions about homosexuality.

1977 –Ellen Marie Barrett (born February 10, 1946) is ordained by the Episcopal Church, becoming the first openly lesbian clergyperson in any major religious institution in the U.S.

1978– Thirty-five men in Bethesda, MD, who are married to women and have attractions to men, meet and create the Gay Married Men’s Association. The group is still in existence in Washington DC.

1980 – The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence forms in San Francisco. They are a gay male “religious order” whose motto is “Give Up the Guilt.” Originally a form of Camp Street Theater, the controversial nuns later become highly visible promoters of safe(r) sex.

2005 – U.S. Supreme Court turns down an appeal by Florida foster dads, Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau, denying their children the right to be adopted by the parents who love them.

2007 – The Federal Way, Washington, school board decides that teachers who show the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” (Al Gore’s documentary about global warming), must also get the approval of the principal and superintendent and must present an “opposing view” along with the film.

2005, Israel – Israeli Supreme Court allows each partner of a lesbian couple to adopt the other’s children. The case involves Tal and Avital Yaros-Hakak who are raising three children conceived through donor insemination. Tal gave birth to two children, Avital to the third. They unsuccessfully sought to adopt each other’s children in the Family Court in Ramat Gan. The Supreme Court rules that the Family Court should grant these adoptions if it were in the best interest of the children to do so. 

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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