Today in LGBT History – JUNE 16

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 – JUNE 16

LGBTQ PRIDE: 50 Years since Stonewall

 1858, Sweden – King Gustav V of Sweden (June 16, 1858 – October 29, 1950) is born. He was King of Sweden from 1907 until his death in 1950. He represented Sweden under the alias of Mr. G. as a competitive tennis player, keeping up competitive tennis until his 80s when his eyesight deteriorated rapidly. Allegations of a love affair between Gustav and Kurt Haijby led to the court paying 170,000 kronor under threat of blackmail by Haijby. However, the fact that the Swedish Court was prepared to pay Haijby such large sums to suppress his accusations has by somebeen taken as evidence that they were true. Later, several servants at the Royal Court, among them a male servant and chauffeurs, claimed that they were given money to keep quiet concerning their own intimate contacts with the King.

1949, Columbia – Colombian-American author, poet, and journalist Jaime Manrique (16 June 1949) is born. His first poetry volume won Colombia’s National Poetry Award. In 1977, Manrique met the American painter Bill Sullivan(September 10, 1942 – October 23, 2010). They remained partners until Sullivan’s death in 2010.

1961, Russia – On this date the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (March 17, 1938 – January 6, 1993) defects from the Soviet Union at Le Bourget airport in Paris. He was director of the Paris Opera Ballet from 1983 to 1989 and its chief choreographer until October 1992. Named Lord of the Dance, Rudolf Nureyev is regarded as one of ballet’s most gifted male dancers. Nureyev met Erik Bruhn(3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986), the celebrated Danish dancer, after Nureyev defected to the West in 1961. Bruhn and Nureyev became a coupleand remained together off and on, with a very volatile relationship for 25 years, until Bruhn’s death in 1986. In 1973 Nureyev met the 23-year-old American dancer Robert Tracy (1955 – June 7, 2007)and a two-and-a-half-year love affair began. Tracy later became Nureyev’s secretary and live-in companion. 

1965— The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rules in Scott v. Macythat the United States Civil Service Commission “may not rely on a determination of ‘immoral conduct’ based only on such vague labels as ‘homosexual’ and ‘homosexual conduct’ as a ground” for disqualifying applicants for federal employment.

1967 — Louisiana Supreme Court rules lesbian sex is illegal. The court rules that the state’s statutory ban on “unnatural carnal copulation” applies to women engaged in oral sex with other women.

1967 – Jenny Lynn Shimizu (born June 16, 1967) is born. She is an Americanmodel and actress from San JoseCalifornia. In the mid-1990s, Shimizu was briefly in a relationship with Ione Skye(September 4, 1970)[. In January 2007, Shimizu described an intimate relationship she had with Madonna(born August 16, 1958). She also had a romantic relationship with Angelina Jolie(born June 4, 1975), which Jolie confirmed in a 1997 interview when she said, “I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my [first] husband (Jonny Lee Miller).” In 2005, to protest against America’s laws on gay marriage, Shimizu went through the process of marriage to Dutch model  Rebecca Loos(born 19 June 1977)on the Sky documentary Power Lesbian UK (broadcast as Power Lesbians on LOGO in the U.S.). The two had a relationship for a period thereafter. In 2012, Shimizu met Michelle Harper at a party. They married in August 2014.

1979, Canada – Montreal’s first major gay celebration, Gairilla Week, takes place. 

1981, Canada – Toronto Police raid two bathhouses, arresting twenty-one men on bawdyhouse charges. Raided were the Back Door Gym and Sauna and the International Steam Baths. 

1983 – The New York Times publishes its first front-page story on AIDS.

1988 – Delegates at the annual convention of Southern Baptists pass a resolution blaming gays for AIDS and condemning homosexuals as perverts and abominations who have depraved natures.

1990 – Queer Nation holds a Take Back the Night march in New York, protesting hate crimes against gays. Over 1,000 people attended.

1992, Canada – Singer k.d. lang (born November 2, 1961) comes out in an interview with The Advocate, setting off a year of US. media reports on “lesbian chic.” Kathryn Dawn “K.D.” Lang, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang won the American Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her 1989 album, Absolute Torch and Twang. On November 11, 2009, she entered into a domestic partnership with Jamie Price whom she had met in 2003. After separating on September 6, 2011, Lang filed for a dissolution of the partnership in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles, California, on December 30, 2011. In 2011, Lang was inducted to Q Hall of Fame Canada in recognition of the work she has done to further equality for all peoples around the world.

1999 – The Southern Baptist Convention passed resolutions demanding the recall of openly gay James Hormel (born January 1, 1933) from his new post as Ambassador to Luxembourg and denouncing President Bill Clinton for issuing the nation’s first official proclamation of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Ironically, as the hate-mongers convention meeting got underway in Atlanta, Georgia, 600 rainbow flags hung on the light posts for the city’s Pride celebration.

2006 – The state of Hawaii agrees to pay $625,000 to three LGBT youth who’d been incarcerated in juvenile jails to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. “The ACLU won a ruling against the state in February, when a judge agreed that the facility was ‘in a state of chaos’ characterized by dangerous and pervasive harassment against LGBT youth. The judge found ‘a relentless campaign of harassment … that included threats of violence, physical and sexual assault, imposed social isolation, and near-constant use of homophobic slurs.'”

2008 – Del Martin  (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008) and Phyllis Lyons (born November 10, 1924) are the first same-sex couple to be legally married in San Francisco, after a landmark ruling making California the second state to allow same-sex marriage went into effect. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom, who helped launch the series of lawsuits that led the court to strike down California’s one-man-one-woman marriage laws, presided at the wedding. Newsom picked the couple for the only ceremony in City Hall that Monday evening in recognition of their long relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement. 

2008 – Robin Tyler and Diane Olson are the first same-sex couple to wed in Los Angeles. The couple – together for 18 years – were plaintiffs in a California Supreme Court lawsuit that ruled a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. On this day they became the first of 18,000 couples to marry in the six months before Proposition 8 passed – once again banning the nuptials. The women had applied for marriage every year since 2001, but were repeatedly rejected. In 2008, they joined gay couple Troy Perry and Phillip Ray de Blieck, who had married in Canada, as the plaintiffs for the California Supreme Court suit

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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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