Today in LGBT History – November 2

History helps us see that we have a rich past as LGBT people. We’ve been rendered invisible in the history books but our existence is as long and colorful as humankind. The purpose of this bog, therefore, is to share the good, the bad, and ugly, and the fabulousness of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. At times I may include Jewish and other histories as well since the Holocaust and other significant events of must be remembered as well. Remembering and sharing our history is an act of resistance.

We’re here, we’re queer, and we’ve been around a heck of a long time! Enjoy!

Keep LGBT history alive! Write the stories of your life and share with others.

Today in LGBT History – November 2

1948 — Mandy Carter is born (born 1948). She is a Black American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist. She is a former Executive Director and one of the six co-founders of the North Carolina-based Southerners On New Ground (SONG). Carter was a four-year (1996-2000) North Carolina Member-At-Large of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and a member of both the DNC Gay and Lesbian Caucus and the DNC Black Caucus. She was a delegate at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, as well as one of the four co-chairs for the daily meeting of the DNC Gay and Lesbian Caucus.

1955  – Three men are accused of having sex with teenagers in Boise, Idaho, setting off a politically motivated 15-month investigation of local gay male networks. Some 1,400 people are questioned in the McCarthy Era witch-hunt that results. Dozens are arrested, nine men are imprisoned for as long as 15 years, and an untold number of gay men flee the city.

1961, Canada -Singer k. d. (Kathryn Dawn ) lang (November 2, 1961) is born in Consort, Alberta. She is a multiple Grammy-winning pop singer/songwriter and an androgynous, unapologetic gay woman (her choice of words), one of the first performers of her caliber ever to come out. Lang is also known for being an animal rights, gay rights, and Tibetan human rights activist. She performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and brought the world to tears.

1969 – A nationwide poll of US doctors revealed 67% were in favor of the repeal of sodomy laws.

1969 – The Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations votes at its convention to abandon the Annual Reminder demonstration in Philadelphia in favor of an event to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. This proposed event would eventually blossom into the first Christopher Street Liberation Day, held on June 28, 1970.

1977 – SAGE-Senior Action in a Gay Environment is founded in NYC with the goal of improving the lives of lesbian and gay seniors.

1999 – A United Methodist Church committee found that operators of a church campground in Des Plaines, Illinois discriminated when they refused to rent a cabin to a gay couple.

2004 – Voters in 11 U.S. states back constitutional amendment bans on same-sex marriage. They are Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah.

2010 – Voters in El Paso, Texas pass an initiative that strips health insurance benefits from the unmarried partners of city employees. Supporters say that their intention was to target gay city employees and their partners.

2011 – The United States Internal Revenue Service announces that it intends to issue a formal agreement, known as a “notice of acquiescence,” with the 2010 United States Tax Court decision in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner, allowing people to deduct the costs for treating gender identity disorder from their federal income taxes. The issue for the court was whether a taxpayer who has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder can deduct sex reassignment surgery costs as necessary medical expenses under 26 U.S.C. § 213. The IRS argued that such surgery is cosmetic and not medically necessary. The case was brought by Rhiannon O’Donnabhain is a transgender woman who underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2001.

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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