They’re (activism and sexual orientation) definitely linked for me personally. If I wasn’t so open about who I was I never would’ve been able to do this. In ninth grade, I was in a creative writing class where I could actually really effectively communicate what I was feeling, and it especially helped me come to terms with who I was. That definitely was when I really understood who I am, and when I came to terms with it, and when I told most people. —Emma Gonzalez
Learning our history is resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – March 29
1953 – The Los Angeles Times accuses the Mattachine Society of “dangerously subversive activities.”
1976 – By a vote of 6 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of Virginia’s sodomy laws
1985 – The Los Angeles Times comes out in favor of gay rights and urges the U.S. Supreme Court to take a stand on more gay-related issues
1988 – After eight years in court, Georgetown University loses its fight to keep lesbian and gay groups off campus. The university argued against the groups on freedom of religion grounds, based on its status as an institution of the Roman Catholic Church.
1990 – Delivering his first speech on AIDS since he took office fourteen months earlier, President Bush is heckled by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force director Urvashi Vaid (born 8 October 1958), who hollers, “We need your leadership! We need more than one speech every fourteen months!” Vaid, holding a sign reading “TALK IS CHEAP, AIDS FUNDING IS NOT,” is quickly “escorted” from the auditorium by police. Vaid is an Indian-American LGBT rights activist. Her wife is comedian Kate Clinton (born November 9, 1947).
2009 – Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore in New York, the first LGBTQ bookstore in the country, closes. It had opened in 1967. Craig Rodwell (October 31, 1940 – June 18, 1993) opened the New York City-based Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in 1967. It was the first book store devoted to gay and lesbian authors. It closed in 2009. Initially located at 291 Mercer Street, it moved in 1973 to Christopher Street and Gay Street in New York City‘s Greenwich Village neighborhood. It is named after author Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
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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!)