Today in LGBT History – March 2

I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.    —Brene Brown

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Today in LGBT History – March 2

1905 – Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964) is born in Philadelphia. He wrote the definitive Depression Era opera “The Cradle Will Rock” in 1936. Blitzstein is regarded as the closest thing America produced to the genius of Brecht or Weill. Not surprising then that his English version of “Three Penny Opera” ran for years on Broadway. Blitzstein was openly gay.

1972, Canada – In Saskatoon, the Zodiac Friendship Society is registered as a non-profit organization, and becomes the umbrella group for social and political activities in the city. 

1974 – Five activists discuss gay and lesbian issues on a nationally televised forum, The David Susskind Show

1975, Canada – In Toronto an Ontario Human Rights Code review committee was established to consider gay protections for gays and lesbians. 

1976 – Mayor George Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska, vetoes a municipal civil rights ordinance that would have extended protections in housing and employment to LGBT people, proclaiming that the “people of Anchorage should not be forced to associate with sexual deviates.”

1982 – Wisconsin becomes the first U.S. state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

1985 – The FDA licenses the first HIV blood test

1996, Australia – Bob Brown (born 27 December 1944), representing Tasmania, is elected to the Australian Senate. Robert James Brown is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, and environmentalist who is a former Senator, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and in 2007. He was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.

2002 – Jason West, mayor of New Paltz, New York, is charged with 19 criminal counts of solemnizing (same-sex) marriages in his town without a license.

2011 – The Wyoming Senate votes down House Bill 74, which would have banned recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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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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