Today in LGBT History – May 7

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Today in LGBT History – May 7

1365, Italy – Fifteen year-old Giovanni de Giovanni is castrated and killed for having sex with other men. He is one of the youngest victims of the campaign against sodomy waged in 14th-century Florence

1840, Russia – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893) is born in Votinsk. He was a Russian composer of the romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. He was honored in 1884 by Emperor Alexander III and awarded a lifetime pension. Discussion of Tchaikovsky’s personal life, especially his sexuality, has perhaps been the most extensive of any composer in the 19th century and certainly of any Russian composer of his time. It has also at times caused considerable confusion due to Soviet efforts to expunge all references to same-sex attraction and portray him as a heterosexual. Russian violinist Iosif Iosifovich Kotek (6 1855 – 4 January 1885) was probably Tchaikovsky’s lover at some point.

1977, Canada – Ten groups attend the first Manitoba Gay Conference in Winnipeg and form the Manitoba Gay Coalition. 

1986, Russia – A former Soviet deputy health minister tells readers of Literaturnaya Gazeta, a popular weekly newspaper, that AIDS is not a concern in the USSR because homosexuality and drug use are both illegal.

1988 –  In Sacramento, California, 8,000 activists mark the National Day of Protest with the largest gay and lesbian rights rally in the state’s history.

1988 – In New York City, some 500 ACT Up activists protest the nation’s lethargic response to the AIDS crisis by blocking traffic in the financial district.

1993 – The Hawaii Supreme Court rules that the state must prove a “compelling interest” for denying same-sex partners a marriage license. 

1990 – Premier of the first Washington D.C. area gay and lesbian television program called “Gay Fairfax.” The content is political. It airs for four years with a sign-off: “Remember to keep the pride alive.”

2001, China – Leslie Cheung (September 12, 1956 – April 1, 2003), a Hong Kong-born Canadian singer and actor, is credited as the parent of modern Cantonese and Mandarin pop music. He comes out as bisexual in Time Magazine. Cheung committed suicide on April 1, 2003 by jumping off the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong. A suicide note left by Cheung stated that he had been suffering from depression.

2009, Argentina – Civil Union law is approved by the city council of Rio Cuarto, Cordoba.

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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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