Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 16

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Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 16

1502 – Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510) is accused of sodomy but the charges were dropped. The summary of the charge reads: “Botticelli keeps a boy.” Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a “golden age“. Botticelli’s posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.

1928 – “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall (12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) is declared obscene. UK.  Hall is best known for this groundbreaking work in lesbian literature.

1964 – Randy Wicker (born February 3, 1938) is a guest on “The Les Crane Show,” becoming the first openly gay person to appear on national television. Following the show, Wicker is barraged by hundreds of letters from isolated lesbians and gay men across the country. He is an American author, activist and blogger. After involvement in the early homophile and gay liberation movements, Wicker became active around the issue of human cloning.

1970, UK – The London Gay Liberation Front attended a demonstration in support of the National Union of Students.

1971 – Bruce Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994), chairman of the Gay Activist Alliance State and Federal Affairs Committee, questioned Sen. Ted Kennedy. Kennedy said he would support efforts to end policies which deny homosexuals the right to work gainfully in their professions.

1979 – Martin Sherman’s (born December 22, 1938)  “Bent,” about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, starring Richard Gere and David Dukes, begins previews on Broadway. Sherman is an American dramatist and screenwriter best known for his 20 stage plays which have been produced in over 55 countries. He rose to fame in 1979 with the production of his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bent, which explores the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust

1984, Germany – The West German government announces it will attempt to pass legislation making it a crime for a person with AIDS to have sex.

1989, Germany – The Center for Homosexual Lifestyles was established in Berlin. It was the first time in Germany that a public office was established specifically to deal with the concerns of lesbians and gay men. Called the Referat fur Gleichgeschlectliche Lebensweisen (Center for Homosexual Lifestyles), the state-level office works to eliminate discrimination and promote understanding of gay men and lesbians.

1995, Canada – A directive was issued by the Canadian Government allowing workers in same-sex relationships to take time off in the event of a partner’s illness or death.

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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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