Today in LGBT History – January 29

This is a time that calls for courage, for imagination and for generous dialogue.   —Jerry Brown, California Governor

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Today in LGBT History – January 29

1749, Denmark – Christian VII (29 January 1749 – 13 March 1808) is born in Copenhagen. He was rejected by his father as being effeminate. When he became king at 16, the nobles plied him with sex mates to curry favor. He married to produce an heir, but his queen became the mistress of the court doctor who then took control of the government and assigned Christian a lover. The lover locked him in a room. But Christian was freed by the nobles, the queen was divorced, and the doctor and the lover were drawn and quartered. 

1858 – Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (January 29, 1858 – July 23, 1942) is born. He was an American author who used the pseudonym of Xavier Mayne. In 1908, he published the first American defense of homosexuality entitled The Intersexes: A History of Similisexualism as a Problem in Social Life.

1977 – Thelma Houston’s song Don’t Leave Me This Way begins its 17-week top 40 run. It goes on to become a perennial gay anthem

1983 – Arizona’s first Lesbian and Gay health fair is held at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center in Tucson.

1991 – Minnesota governor Arne Carlson issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.

2007, Israel – Israel registers its first same-sex couple. Binyamin and Avi Rose got married in Canada in 2006 then returned to Israel. The Israeli High Court ruled unanimously that couples married outside of Israel should be recognized by the state.

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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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