Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 27

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. From the Anti-Defamation League: And with the passage of time, as survivors pass away there are fewer and fewer individuals to tell their personal stories to kids, at community events and before government officials. There is no substitute for these direct connections to the Holocaust. Let us all resolve on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day not only to remember but to help young people connect to that history and to instill the importance of democratic values to ensure that such events will never happen again.

 Today we honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism This is why my next play is about the Holocaust…to learn and to remember.

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 – JANUARY 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 1832, UK – Lewis Caroroll (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898)is born in Baresbury, England, named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was an English writer,mathematician,logician,Anglican deacon, andphotographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem “Jabberwocky“, and the poem The Hunting of the Snark – all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy. Carroll never married and his sexual identity is the subject of exploration by many historians an biographgers.

1911 – Sarah Aldridge (January 27, 1911 in Rio de Janeiro – January 11, 2006), whose actual name was Anyda Marchant, is born. She was a writer of primarily lesbian popular fiction and a founding partner for Naiad Pressin 1973 and A&M Books in 1995. Her first published work was a short story issued by The Ladder.  the periodical released by the Daughters of Bilitis. The fourteen lesbian novels she wrote include All True LoversTottieA Flight of AngelsThe Latecomer, and The Nesting Place.One of the first women to pass the bar in Washington DC, she served at the World Bank as an attorney in the Legal Department for 18 years until retiring in 1972. She met legal secretary Muriel Inez Crawford (April 21, 1914 – June 7, 2006)in 1947 with whom she lived until Aldridge’s death. Aldridge died at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on January 11, 2006. She was 94. She was awarded the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award posthumously in June 2007. Her first novel The Latecomer was reissued in 2009 in a 35th anniversary edition by A&M Books

1960 – American olympic diver Greg Louganis (born January 29, 1960)is born. He won gold medals at the 1984and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. He has been called both “the greatest American diver” and “probably the greatest diver in history.”Louganis’ ancestry is Samoan and European-American. He overcame a stutter as a child and struggled with dyslexia, asthma and depression.  Six months before the 1988 Olympics, Louganis was diagnosed with HIV. Louganis publicly came out as gay in a pre-taped announcement shown at the opening ceremony of the 1994 Gay Games. He announced his engagement to his partner, paralegal Johnny Chaillot, in People magazine, in June 2013. The two were married on October 12, 2013.

1972 – The New York City Council vetoes a proposed gay rights ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, housing and public accommodations. The bill remained a hotly contested part of City Council politics for the next 14 years. 

1994 – Deborah Batts (born April 13, 1947) becomes the first African-Americanand openly lesbian or gay U.S. federal judge. On January 27, 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Batts to a seat on the Southern District in New York. Batts was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1994, and received her commission on May 9, 1994. She took senior status on April 13, 2012. She continues to serve concurrently as an adjunct professor at Fordham University.

1995 – At a press conference in Washington, DC, the House majority whip, Dick Armey (R-Tex.), refers to Representative Barney Frank (born March 31, 1940) (D-Mass.) as “Barney Fag.” He later apologizes, insisting it was a slip of the tongue.

2006 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day is created by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Thousands of lesbians and gay men were killed.

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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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