Today in LGBT History – January 4

Discrimination due to sexual orientation is painful. When we experience homophobia, it’s sometimes easy to buy into the shame of what others may say. Instead of seeing yourself as a reflection of what you think others see, look in the mirror and see your beautiful queer self. You are a worthwhile loving person who deserves to be treated with kindness, consideration, and respect…just as you treat others. Today I won’t accept the unkind and untrue beliefs others may have about me. Instead, I believe this about myself: I am a lesbian and I am a powerful, beautiful, kind, and loving woman.                                        –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 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 riends 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; author Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900); and Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), to name only 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. A catalogue raisonné of Hartley’s work is underway by art historian Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor at Baruch College, and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

1977, Canada – The first issue of After Stonewall: A Critical Journal of Gay Liberation is published in Winnipeg. The magazine continued into the early 1980s. In 1977 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 humour 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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