Today in LGBT History – January 30

In this deep winter of American politics and culture, the life-forms of the Earth are already flowing their juice into what many call the Resistance. May those fruitful changes flow also into new directions as we explore together how to respond to the President’s speech and his intentions!        –Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center

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

Today in LGBT History – January 30

1946 – A House Committee on Military Affairs panel reports on “Blue Discharges.” Blue discharges were commonly used against homosexuals and African-Americans in the military who hadn’t transgressed but commanders wanted out of their ranks. Blue discharges were neither honorable nor dishonorable but were denied G.I. Bill benefits.

1948, India – Indian activist and leader Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)  was assassinated in New Delhi, India, by a religious fanatic. Gandhi had ended British rule in India through nonviolent resistance. “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being,” he stated in 1926. His teachings were used during many of the gay demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the LGBT non-denominational group Soulforce uses Gandhi’s non-violence practices in its demonstrations against churches which discriminate against LGBT people.

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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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