Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 18

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Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 18

1901, Mexico – Police raid a gay dance club. Of the 41 attendees, 29 men are dressed in women’s clothing and all are members of the highest classes of society. Punishment was conscription into the army. As a result of the Dance of the Forty-One Raid, the number 41 is adopted into Mexican popular culture as reference to homosexuality. No segment of the army is allowed to be given the unit number 41.

1972, Canada – Gay McGill holds the first of what were to become the most successful community dances in Montreal. They ended in May 1975 because of the withdrawal of liquor license by Quebec liquor board.

1996 – Psychologist Dr. Evelyn Hooker (September 2, 1907 – November 18, 1996)dies. Her research at UCLA provided some of the earliest evidence that homosexuality is not a psychological disease.

2003, UK – Section 28 or Clause 28of the Local Government Act 1988caused the addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986,which affected England, Wales and Scotland. The amendment was enacted on May 24, 1988, and stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”  The law was repealed on this day in 2003. 

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the state’s constitution guarantees equal marriage rights for same-sex couples (Goodridge v. Department of Public Health). The November 18, 2003 decision was the first by a U.S. state’s highest court to find that same-sex couples had the right to marry and sparking a national wildfire of civil disobedience (the issuing of marriage licenses authorized by mayors and city councils in San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; New Paltz, NY and Sandoval County, N.M.) and dozens of lawsuits in those and many other jurisdictions.

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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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