Today in LGBT History – May 27

No one I know of has foreseen an America like the one we live in today. No one could have imagined that the 21st-century catastrophe to befall the USA, the most debasing of disasters, would appear not, say, in the terrifying guise of an Orwellian Big Brother but in the ominously ridiculous commedia dell’arte figure of the boastful buffoon.— Philip Roth

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Today in LGBT History – May 27

1917, UK – Major Michael Augustus Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers (27 May 1917 – December 1999) was a West Country landowner who gained notoriety in Britain in the 1950s when he was put on trial for buggery. This trial was instrumental in bringing public attention—and opposition—to the laws against homosexual acts as they then stood.

1919, Germany –Berlin doctor Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935)co-founds the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft(Institute for Sex Research), a pioneering private research institute and counseling office. Its library of thousands of books was destroyed by the Nazis in May of 1933.

1927 – Lesbian author Marijane Meaker (born May 27, 1927 – 1995) is born. In 1952 she wrote “Spring Fire,” the first lesbian paperback novel which was the beginning of the lesbian pulp fiction genre. Marijane used the pseudonym Vin Packer and Ann Aldrich  among others. She died in 1995.

1937 – Approximately 200,000 bridge walkers attend the opening day of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The bridge was considered a symbol of the gay community.

1987 – Lambda Book Report, the first periodical devoted exclusively to lesbian and gay literature, makes its debut.

1993, Russia – President Boris Yeltsin publishes a decree decriminalizing consensual adult male sodomy.

1994 – Canadian Olympic pole vaulter and world champion Shawn Barber (born 27 May 1994)is born. He came out publicly on Face Book on April 24, 2017, when he wrote: “Gay and proud!”

2006, Russia – First attempt at Moscow pride. The march accompanying a gay rights forum was banned. Some activists try to march despite the ban. Neo-Nazi groups and Orthodox protesters threaten the gay activists and beat the marchers. About 50 marchers and 20 protesters are arrested. In 2016, arrests took place during Moscow’s 10th Gay Pride Parade, an event that officials have banned every year of its existence.

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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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