Today in LGBT History – July 27

Diversion. That’s what this pathetic attack on transgender service members is all about. Trump always need a distraction so that we stop looking at his ineptness, his crimes, the embarrassment of his very presidency. Impeach, invalidate, whatever it takes to remove this dangerous man. 

Today in LGBT History – July 27

1899 – Author Henry James (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916) wrote to Hendrik C. Andersen, “I’ve struck up a tremendous intimacy with Conte Alberto, and we literally can’t live without each other. He is the first object my eyes greet in the morning, and the last at night.” James was an American-born British writer. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James. As more material became available to scholars, including the diaries of contemporaries and hundreds of affectionate and sometimes erotic letters written by James to younger men, the picture gave way to a portrait of a closeted homosexual.

1928 – Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness is published in the UK. It’s one of the first to portray lesbianism as natural (except the end sucks). Marguerite Radclyffe Hall (12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) was an English poet and author and is best known for the novel The Well of Loneliness, a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature.

1940 – The Rev. (July 27, 1940), founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, is born. The Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian denomination with a special affirming ministry with the lesbiangaybisexual, and transgender communities, is formed in Los Angeles on October 6, 1968.

1967, UK – Britain decriminalizes homosexuality between consenting adults in private, except for those in the military and police forces. The new law makes the age of consent 21 years old, provided that a homosexual act between two and no more than two men is in private. 

1969 – The Gay Liberation Front organizes a protest of police harassment, with an estimated 300-400 people participating. It was the one-month anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

1978 – New Jersey repeals its sodomy laws. 

1982 – The term AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is proposed at a meeting in Washington of gay-community leaders, federal bureaucrats and the CDC to replace GRID (gay-related immune deficiency) as evidence showed it was not gay specific.

1987- Sports Illustrated published a five-page tribute to Dr. Tom Waddell (November 1, 1937 – July 11, 1987), Olympic decathlete and organizer of the Gay Games, who had recently died of AIDS. Other accomplishments: he was the first gay man to be featured with his lover in the “couples” section of People magazine; a U.S. Army paratrooper; a physician specializing in the treatment of infectious disease; a gymnastics champion at Springfield College in Massachusetts; the personal physician to the brother of the King of Saudi Arabia.

1988 – US Army private Adrian Morris Jr. was found guilty of sodomy and discrediting the military by a military judge in Ft. Huachuca, but not guilty of aggravated assault for not informing his partners that he was HIV positive. He was fined $1,200 and given a bad conduct discharge. He had unprotected sex with one male partner and two female partners but was unaware of his HIV status at the time.

1990 – Two men in Adrian, Michigan are sentenced to five years for having sex in a park. The judge who sentenced them previously gave a lenient sentence to a gay-basher and then sympathized with the defendant about how awful it must have been for him to have a gay man make a pass at him.

2001 – The Houston, Texas City Council approves an ordinance outlawing discrimination against gay men and lesbians in hiring by city agencies.

2011, Argentina – Osvaldo Ramon Lopez (Sept. 4, 1971), the first openly gay congressperson, takes office in Argentina.

2015 – World champion power lifter Janae Marie Kroc (formerly Matt Kroczaleski) comes out as trans and genderfluid. Janae began entering powerlifting contests after joining the Marines in 1991. In 2017 after 18 months on estrogen, performance was reduced to 210 pounds for 10 reps and deadlifted 605 pounds. Kroc is a world champion and a National Physique Committee bodybuilder.

2015 – Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates announces “the national executive board ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees.”

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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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