Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 4

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my sister’s death. She was such a gentle, kind, beautiful woman with whom I had so many experiences and memories. One memory that makes me laugh is the farting and bjurping contests we had as kids in our shared bedroom. As little as Sherry was, she always won! Write about your memory of a sibling or someone in your life when you were young.

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 4

1750, France – Bruno Lenoir and Jean Diot are caught having sex in public for which they are arrested. A year later they were executed. There was general surprise in France at the severity of their sentence. Their execution was the last in France for consensual sodomy.

1877 – Marsden Hartley(January 4, 1877 – September 2, 1943), an American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist, is born in Lewiston, Maine. Hartley was in Paris at the creation of the cubist movement. His many gay friends were William Sloan Kennedy (1850–1929)who one of Whitman’s most devoted friends and admirers; Thomas Bird Mosher (1852–1923) who was a publisher out of Portland, Maine and notable for his contributions to the private press movement in the United States; authorOscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900); and Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), to name a few. The love of Hartley’s life was Karl von Freyburg (15 July 1889 – 7 October 1914),a young German soldier who was killed in battle in 1914.

1977, Canada – The first issue of After Stonewall: A Critical Journal of Gay Liberationis published in Winnipeg. The magazine continued into the early 1980s. In1977 to 1980, After Stonewall was a unique entry into a crowded field of western queer newsletters and small periodicals. It was created by George Edin, Mark Kaluk, John Allec, Walter Davis, and Bill Fields. When After Stonewall launched its “critical journal of gay liberation” in 1977, the collective had modest goals and a wry self-deprecating sense of humor about its enterprise. It anticipated readers might question the need for “yet another left publication,” this time by “critical faggots” from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Inspired by Boston’s Fag Rag, the collective’s goal was to offer a queer journalistic forum intended to stimulate discussion amongst gay men and lesbians. (information provided by Dr. Valerie J. Korinek)

2010, Austria –Same sex couples married in Vienna under the new civil union bill but do not have the right to adopt children or use artificial insemination.

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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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