Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’sdefinition of your life; define yourself. —Harvey Fierstein
Learning our history IS resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – June 21 June is LGBT Pride month!
1975 – The Texas Gay Conference was held in San Antonio with approximately 125 gay men and lesbians in attendance. It was sponsored by the Texas Gay Task Force, and speakers included Carolyn Innis, founder of the Gay Nurses Alliance and Mary Jo Risher, who was fighting for custody of her two sons.
1983 – White House officials meet with gay activists to discuss the Reagan administration’s poor response to AIDS.
1997 – The first Women’s National Basketball Association game is played. And the lesbians were happy! Sheryl Swoopes (March 25, 1971) is the first lesbian player to come out, in 2005.
2000, Scotland – Section 28 is repealed. It was the law that said that homosexuality may not be taught in schools and that homosexual couples are not a pretend family.
2000 – Coca-Cola announced that it would extend spousal health care benefits to the same-sex partners of its U.S. gay and lesbian employees effective January 1, and that it was considering extending the benefit to its international workforce in almost 200 other countries as well
2001 – Two gay male couples made history by publicly holding the first gay wedding in Cuba. Four local boys, Michel and Ángel, and Juanito and Alejandro, ranging in ages from 17 to 22, exchanged symbolic vows before their families and friends at a neighborhood recreation center in one of the poorest sections of San Miguel del Padrón, a working-class suburb southeast of Havana. The wedding created such a stir in the neighborhood that some people climbed on their roofs to get a better view. It was a first in Cuba, where there was no organized gay community and no public Pride celebrations.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, DataLounge.com, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)