Today is Memorial Day. Let us remember the LGBT military personnel who gave their lives fighting for the freedom of this country while not being fully free themselves. The U.S. still does not have sexual orientation nor gender identity/expression in the federal non-discrimination laws.
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Today in LGBT History – May 28
1960 – First U.S. public gathering of lesbians, at San Francisco’s Daughters of Bilitis national convention. Daughters of Bilitis formed in San Francisco in 1955 by Del Martin (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008)and Phyllis Lyon(born November 10, 1924)as a social alternative to lesbian barswhich were subject to raids and police harassment. The DOB endured for 14 years as an educational resource for lesbians, gay men, researchers and mental health professionals.Bilitis is the name given to a fictional lesbian contemporary of Sapphoby the French poet Pierre Louÿs in his 1894 work The Songs of Bilitisin which Bilitis lives on the Isle of Lesbos alongside Sappho.
1987 – Barney Frank (D. Mass) (born March 31, 1940) is the first US Congressperson to come out. In July 2012, he married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex.
1989 – The Leather Pride flag, designed by Tony DeBlase (1942-July 21, 2000), debuts at the International Mister Leather event in Chicago.
1990,Tallinn, Estonia – The Estonian Academy of Sciences History Institute sponsors the first international conference on homosexuality and other sexual minorities to be held in the USSR. Gay British historian Jeffrey Weeks (born 1945)and Dutch sociologist Gert Hekma are among the attendees.
1997, France – Ma Vie En Rose(My Life in Pink) is released, telling the story of a transgender child. Thefilm was directed by Alain Berlinerand depicts Ludovic’s family struggling to accept this transgressive gender expression. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. In the United States the film received an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, an unusual decision because the film has minimal sexual content, minimal violence, and mild language. Those opposed to the rating believe that the rating was the result of transphobia. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Filmas well as the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
1999 – Yahoo! takes over GeoCities for $357 billion from GeoCities gay developer David Bohnett (born April 2, 1956). Bohnett launched NetZero, PlanetOut and other internet companies. In addition, he has donated computers and accompanying funds for college and university LGBT centers. The first campus David Bohnett Cyber Center was launched at UCLA in 2004.
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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!)