Today in LGBT History – January 3

Ibsen said, “A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” Today I remember that a group’s growth – as well as its survival – depends upon each member. What can I do as an active member to help out?                     –from Proud to Be by Amy E. Dean.

Learning our 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.

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 – 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’s the first US congressperson to come out. He is re-elected consecutively until he retires in 2013.

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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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