Today in LGBT History – July 11

Another day, another crazy story out of the White House. In discussion with Kelly yesterday, we wondered if Trump was grooming Ivanka (who he sent in his stead to the G20 summit) to be the next president when everyone else in the administration goes down. Frankly, can she do any worse? Trump and his clan are an embarrassment to this country. It may take years to undo the mess they’re making. I just hope we don’t get blown up before we have the opportunity to get back on leadership track.

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Today in LGBT History – July 11

1931 – Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm; July 11, 1931) is born. He is an American actor, pop singer and author. He has starred in over 40 films and is probably best known as a Hollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s. Hunter’s autobiographyTab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2005), co-written with Eddie Muller, became a New York Times best-seller. In the book, he acknowledges that he is gay, confirming rumors that had circulated since the height of his fame. Hunter had long-term relationships with actor Anthony Perkins and champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson, before settling down with his partner of over 30 years, film producer Allan Glaser

1934, Italy – Giorgio Armani (July 11, 1934) is born. He is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer that Italy has produced. Armani is an intensely private man, but has publicly identified as bisexual. He had a longstanding relationship with architect Sergio Galeotti, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1985.

1946 – Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) is born. When he published the first edition of The Celluloid Closet in 1981, there was little question that it was a groundbreaking book. Today it is still one of the most informative and provocative books written about gay people and popular culture. Russo was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, and died of AIDS-related complications in 1990. His work was posthumously brought to television in the 1996 HBO documentary film The Celluloid Closet, co-executive produced and narrated by Lily Tomlin.

1946 – Jack Wrangler, born John Robert Stillman (July 11, 1946 – April 7, 2009) is born. Billed professionally as Jack Wrangler, he was an American gay and straight pornographic film actortheatrical producer, and director and writer. Open about his homosexuality and adult film work throughout his career, Wrangler was considered an icon of the gay-liberation movement.

1968 – Esera Tavai Tuaolo (born July 11, 1968) is born. He is a former American professional football player, a defensive tackle in the National Football League(NFL) for nine years. Tuaolo, who is of Samoan ancestry, was born in HonoluluHawaii, and raised in poverty in a banana-farming family in Waimanalo. He played college football at Oregon State University. Nicknamed “Mr. Aloha”, Tuaolo played tackle for several teams in his career, reaching the Super Bowl in 1999 while playing with the Atlanta Falcons. He also played for the Carolina PanthersJacksonville JaguarsMinnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers during his career. He recorded the last tackle of football legend John Elway. In 2002, having retired from sports, he announced to the public that he is gay, coming out on HBO‘s Real Sports. This made him the third former NFL player to come out, after David Kopay and Roy Simmons. He has since worked with the NFL to attempt to combat homophobia in the league and is a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation. He made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004 to share his coming out story. Tuaolo’s autobiography, Alone in the Trenches: My Life As a Gay Man in the NFL, was released in spring 2006. 

1984 – Mayor Ray Flynn of Boston signs a gay rights ordinance into law.

1986, New Zealand – The NZ Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986 decriminalizes consensual sex between men. Homosexual male sex had been illegal in NZ since 1840.

1987 — Dr. Tom Waddell (November 1, 1937 – July 11, 1987) dies on this day. He was a gay American sportsman and competitor at the 1968 Summer Olympics who founded the Gay Olympics in 1982 in San Francisco. The international sporting event was later renamed the Gay Games after the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) sued Waddell for using the word “Olympic” in the original name. The Gay Games are held every four years. Waddell was a father, a versatile athlete and a physician. He died of complications from AIDS.

1990 – Muscatine, Iowa’s public library board held a meeting to discuss the possible removal of books about gays and lesbians from the shelves. The proposal was defeated, and of the 75 residents who attended the meeting only one was in favor of the proposal.

1998, Italy – The Vatican condemns a decision by municipal authorities in Pisa, Italy to recognize a lesbian marriage. The women had been together for eleven years.

2003, UK – Britain’s House of Lords repeals the notorious anti-gay Section 28, the Thatcher era law that banned any mention of homosexuality in schools.

2006 – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago orders Southern Illinois University to officially recognize the Christian Legal Society, a student group that excludes membership to gays and people who support LGBT issues, while a lawsuit against the university proceeds. The injunction allows the group to use university facilities and receive funding from the public institution even though the school’s own policies and state law bars discrimination against gays.

2007 – Florida state Rep. Bob Allen (Republican), a co-chair of John McCain’s Florida presidential campaign, was arrested for trying to charge a cop $20 for oral sex in a park restroom in Titusville, FL. During his time in the Florida legislature, Allen was a staunch supporter of anti-gay legislation.

2012 – Jane Lynch, Billie Jean King, Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts, LGBT leader Urvashi Vaid and other influential lesbians form their own political action group to fundraise and lobby on issues that impact lesbians in the U.S. LPAC provides financial backing to pro-lesbian candidates, whether Democrats or Republicans, male or female, gay or straight. Laura Ricketts is the daughter of Joe Ricketts, a Republican businessman who had donated large sums to an anti-Obama super PAC. His daughter, however, was a major donor to President Obama. While there are already women’s and LGBT groups — such as EMILY’s List and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund — LPAC bills itself as the first super PAC to specifically target lesbians, who are generally a small subset of these two communities.

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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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