Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 7

Last night Kelly and I saw the film Anchor and Hope which was about two lesbians and their relationship. One wanted a baby and the other did not. It was sweet sort of film but not great. Near the beginning of the film the two women had semi-torrid sex which, maybe in my younger years, would have been fun to watch. Today, though, I realize that the scene was simply gratuitous to titulate (if you will) the audience and did nothing for the film. Kelly felt the same way. (There was a nude scene later in the film that was lovely and necessary for the story.) In today’s post is a blurb about the first lesbian kiss on television, on the show Brookside from the UK. Your writing prompt for today: how do you feel when you see a same sex couple depicted sexually in mainstream film? Do you feel validate and visible, or demeaned and used, or anything else?

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 7

1891 – Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an African-Americannovelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. Of Hurston’s four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Living in Harlem in the 1920s, Hurston befriended the likes of Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)and Countee Cullen (May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946), among several others. Her apartment, according to some accounts, was a popular spot for social gatherings. During a period of financial and medical difficulties, Hurston was forced to enter St. Lucie County Welfare Home, where she suffered a stroke. She died of hypertensive heart disease on January 28, 1960, and was buried at the Garden of Heavenly Rest in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her remains were in an unmarked grave until 1973. Novelist Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944)and literary scholar Charlotte D. Hunt found an unmarked grave in the general area where Hurston had been buried, and decided to mark it as hers.There were rumors that Zora was gay or at least bisexual.

1946 – Jann Simon Wenner (born January 7, 1946) is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly magazine Rolling Stone, and former owner of Men’s Journal magazine. Since 1995, Wenner’s domestic partner has been Matt Nye, a fashion designer. Together, Wenner and Nye have three adopted children.

1957 – The board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) approves a national policy statement asserting that laws against sodomy and federal restrictions on employment of lesbians and gay men are constitutional.

1973 –Jack Baker (born 1942) adopts his partner, Mike McConnell (born 1942), in Minnesota for tax benefits. Baker was the president of the University of Minnesota student body. They had applied for a marriage license in 1970 but were denied. They are still together today.

1985 – Blaine Elswood writes about experimental AIDS drugs. Elswood founded the Guerilla Clinic in San Francisco, an underground group for AIDS activists who sold experimental AIDS drugs to those who wanted them.

1994, UK – The first-ever televised lesbian kiss in the UK airs on this day. Brookside is a British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on November 2, 1982, and ran for 21 years until November 4, 2003. The kiss was  between Beth Jordache and Margaret Clemence.

2004 – Six former students – Alana Flores and five others — from Morgan Hill School district (in California) settle a lawsuit against the district for $1.1 million. “[The settlement also] requires the school district to implement mandatory annual training regarding harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity for administrators, teachers, middle school and high school students, and staff. The settlement ends five years of wrangling during which a state law was passed — with the Morgan Hill students’ input — prohibiting anti-gay harassment of students. The case also prompted a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in April that stated public school administrators who fail to take effective steps to counter anti-gay harassment could be violating the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection — even if they have an anti-discrimination policy in place. That ruling covered districts in California and eight other Western states and, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys, finally brought district officials to the negotiating table,” according to the L.A. Times.

2015, India – Transgender Mandu Bai Kinnar (born 1980), who was expelled from his family, is elected mayor of Raigarh in the state of Chhattisgarh.

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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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