Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 3

Think about your story, all the places you’ve lived. I’ve lost count by now but I’m sure that I spent much time moving so that I could ignore what was happening with me and around me. Today I’m grateful for the homes I share with Kelly and for the grounding she’s brought to my life. Write about where you’ve lived and what grounds you 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 – JANUARY 3

1752, Switzerland – Swiss historian Johannes Von Muller (3 January 1752 – 29 May 1809)is born in Neunkirch. He spent 40 years writing a history of his homeland, but more interesting are his love letters to Charles Victor de Bonstetten (3 September 1745 – 3 February 1832), a handsome young Swiss writer. Outed by Goethe, Muller’s poems to Bonstetten were not published until 1835, long after his death. 

1897 – Dorothy Emma Arzner(January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979) was an American film director whose career in feature films spanned from the silent era of the late 1920s into the early 1940s. In fact, Dorothy Arzner was the only female director working in the 1930s in the United States. She was one of the very few women who established a name for herself as a director in the American film industry during this time.Arzner had been linked romantically with a number of actresses, including Alla Nazimova (May 22 , 1879 – July 13, 1945) a Russian actress who immigrated to the United States in 1905and Billie Burke(August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970),  an American actress who was famous on Broadway, but lived for the last 40 years of her life with her companion, choreographer Marion Morgan(January 4, 1881, New Jersey – November 10, 1971).Arzner died, aged 82, in La Quinta, California.Her ashes were scattered by the Chapel of the Desert over her home at 49-800 Avenida Obregon in La Quinta.

1948 – Dr. Alfred Kinsey publishes the landmark report “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” stating that 10% of all men are homosexual for at least three consecutive years. He uses a scale from zero (exclusively heterosexual) to six (exclusively homosexual). His research, very flawed by today’s standards, was nevertheless the first ever widely published and discussed research to explore such taboos as masturbation and same-sex sexual behavior.

1962 – Illinois decriminalizes same-sex acts between consenting adults.

1971 – Ti-Grace Atkinson (born November 9, 1938) advocates political lesbianism which is a total and exclusive commitment to women that may or may not include sex,  at a Daughters of Bilitis New York meeting.

1981 – Barney Frank (born March 31, 1940)is elected to congress. He is the first US congressperson to come out. He is re-elected consecutively until he retires in 2013.

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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