Today in LGBT History – June 4

I might not be the same but that’s not important. No freedom ‘til we’re equal. Damn right I support it.   —Macklemore

Learning our history IS resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!

Today in LGBT History – June 4: June is LGBT Pride month!

1464, Spain – King Henry IV (5 January 1425 – 11 December 1474), half brother of Queen Isabel, is called a “puto” (male prostitute) at his symbolic public dethronement in effigy. This ceremony became known by its detractors as the farce of Ávila and has been recorded as such in history.

1971 –  Nearly two years after the Stonewall riot, a group of men and women from the Gay Activists Alliance(GAA) walk into the New York City Marriage License Bureau carrying coffee urns and boxes of cake. Their purpose: to hold an engagement party for two male couples and to protest the “slander” of City Clerk Herman Katz who had threatened legal action against same-sex “holy unions” being performed by the Church of the Beloved Disciple which had a largely gay congregation.

1975 – Angelina Jolie Voight is born in Los Angeles. Dropping her last name, Jolie is a huge Hollywood star and an openly bisexual role model. She had a relationship with model/actress Jenny Shimizu in 1996, before her marriage to Billy Bob Thornton. She told Barbara Walters, in a 20/20 interview in 2002, “I consider myself a very sexual person who loves who she loves, whatever sex they may be.”

1979, Canada – In Toronto the Gay Liberation Union establishes the first gay self-defense course in Canada. The program grew out of increasing anti-gay violence on streets. 

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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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