Today in LGBT History – November 18

I went to synagogue with my mother last evening. The congregation of about 15 people older than I heard a moving and fully inclusive drash (sermon) from the Rabbi. The Rabbi’s politics are identical to mine and his drash was spoke of the current political situation we’re in without mentioning names or specifics. He spoke of love and also of action, that as we love ourselves, we also love our neighbors, our planet, our Higher Power. Love is an action word. To love is to participate. We must find that one thing we’re willing and able to do, them do it! I offer two things to you: participate in Kelly’s and my Facebook page cleverly called and use Resistbot on your phones to text your legislators. Just text to 50409 and type resist. They’ll guide you through the rest.

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.

2003, UK – Section 28 or Clause 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused 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  The law was repealed on this day in 2003. 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.

Speak out, share your story, keep LGBT history alive.




(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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