Today in LGBT History – June 21

I’m so disappointed in the Georgia 6 elections yesterday. So close and yet still so far to go. As Kathy Hogan wrote on Facebook this morning:

“Yes, we’re bummed at the losses, and at all the crappy stuff that’s coming out of this administration. We get a victory here and there (like with the travel ban, getting Mueller on board, etc.). We are living in dangerous and depressing times. Every one of us is needed for the long haul. This is the battle of our lives, and our shared future is counting on us.”

Indeed… every day every one of us must take action. Insist. Resist. Persist.

Today in LGBT History – June 21

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.

June 21 – July 3, 1980, Canada – More than ten thousand gay men and lesbians participate in second annual Gairilla Week. The Gay celebration was awarded a grant by organizing committee of Quebec’s national holiday, la fête nationale des Québécois.

1983 – White House officials met 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2000, Scotland – Section 28 is repealed.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.

Let your voice speak out and change the world! 




(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, Lavender Effect,, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, 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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