Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. —Kevyn Aucoin
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Today in LGBT History – March 3
1938 – Dr. Don Kilhefner (born March 3, 1938) is born. He is an LGBTQ rights activist, community organizer, and Jungian psychologist living in West Hollywood, California. He is a pioneer Gay Liberationist, co-founder (with Morris Kight) of the LA LGBT Center and Van Ness Recovery House and (with Harry Hay) the Radical Faeries. He has devoted the past 50 years to gay community organizing in Los Angeles and nationally.
1973, Luxembourg – Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (born 3 March 1973) is born today. He and architect Gauthier Destenay entered a civil partnership in 2010 and married on May 5, 2015 after Luxembourg’s legislators approved same-sex marriage. Bettel becomes the first openly gay Prime Minister in December 2013, after an election campaign in which his sexuality was not a secret nor an issue. Bettel previously served as Mayor of Luxembourg City, member of the Chamber of Deputies and member of the Luxembourg City communal council. Bettel is a member of the Democratic Party. Bettel is the third openly gay head of government following Iceland’s Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (2009–2013) and Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (2011–2014). Leo Varadkar (born 18 January 1979) joined them as the prime minister of Ireland in 2017.
1994 – The organization Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force is founded. Its purpose is to work toward equal rights for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants and binational couples, equal immigration, and asylum.
2010 – Congress approves a law signed in December 2009 that legalizes same-sex marriage in the Washington, DC.
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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!)