Today in LGBT History – March 27

The LGBT community is disproportionately affected by gun violence: firstly, because most gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides and LGBTQ people are overrepresented among suicide victims (92 percent of transgender adults have attempted suicide by age 25); secondly, because LGBTQ people are the most likely minority to be the victim of a hate crime.   —Gays Against Guns website

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Today in LGBT History – March 27

1943, The Netherlands  – A group of resistance activists led by Willem Arondeus (22 August 1894 – 1 July 1943) , a gay man, dress as German soldiers, infiltrate the citizen registration building, and destroy it, hindering the Nazi German effort to identify Dutch Jews. The attack inspires similar ones throughout The Netherlands. Arondeus was a Dutch artist and author, who joined the Dutch anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II. Arondeus was caught and executed soon after his arrest. He was openly gay before the war and defiantly asserted his sexuality before his execution. His final words were “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards”.

1951, China – The U.S. State Department announces firing of four homosexuals from the Hong Kong office. John Wayne Williams was involved in a visa bribery plot and the other three were discovered during the plot investigation.

1952, France – Actress Maria Schneider (27 March 1952 – 3 February 2011) was born in Paris. The highlight of her career came playing opposite Marlon Brandon in “Last Tango in Paris”. Schneider worked in more than 50 films and television productions between 1969 and 2008. Her notable film roles include Michelangelo Antonioni‘s The Passenger(1975), opposite Jack NicholsonRené Clément‘s Wanted: Babysitter (1975), Daniel Schmid‘s Violanta (1976), Nouchka van Brakel‘s A Woman Like Eve (1979), Daniel Duval‘s Memoirs of a French Whore (1979), Boris Szulzinger‘s Mama Dracula(1980), Jacques Rivette‘s Merry-Go-Round (1981), Enki Bilal‘s Bunker Palace Hôtel(1989), Marco Bellocchio‘s The Conviction (1991), Cyril Collard‘s Savage Nights(1992), Franco Zeffirelli‘s Jane Eyre (1996), and Josiane Balasko‘s A French Gigolo(2008). Throughout her career, she was a strong advocate for improving the work of women in film. In 1974, Schneider came out as bisexual. In early 1976, she abandoned the film set of Caligula and checked herself into a mental hospital in Rome for several days to be with her lover, photographer Joan Townsend. This, coupled with her refusal to perform nude, led to Schneider’s dismissal from the film.

1977 – On Face the Nation, White House press secretary Jody Powell defends charges that the Carter Administration panders to gay activists by saying, “For an organized group who feel they have a grievance that they are not treated fairly, for them to have a right to put that grievance before high officials and say ‘We want redress,’ that to me is what the essence of America is all about.  What I feel about gay rights or any other group doesn’t have a thing in the world to do with it.”

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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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