Today in LGBT History – November 28

The 45th president of the US once against embarrassed the hell out of our country and (again) made a fool of himself. He denigrated families of Navajo war veteranspublically and in such a bizarre manner, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II. The nephew of one of the men being honored said, “…he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that.” Does he have no shame, no sense of decency, no filters??? His insanity grows daily, leading us down a path of division, discontent, and destruction. It’s nearly unbearable to watch…

I invite you to go to Kelly’s and my Facebook page cleverly called Resist with Kelly and Ronni. Also, 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 28

1862, Germany –Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (28 August 1825 – 14 July 1895), , a pioneer of the early LGBT civil rights movement, writes a letter to his family reconciling his spirituality and his sexuality. He wrote, “Good God has given me love oriented towards men. Asking Him to change that would be extremely anti-Christian.” Ulrichs was a German writer who is seen today as the pioneer of the modern gay rights movement.

 1944 – Rita Mae Brown (born 28 November 1944), is born. She is an American writer, activist, and feminist, best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter. Starting in 1973, Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. In 1978, she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where she lived briefly with American author, screenwriter and actor, Fannie Flagg (born September 21, 1944), whom she met at a party hosted by Marlo Thomas. They later broke up due to, according to Brown, “generational differences.” In 1979 Brown met and fell in love with tennis champion Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956). In 1980 they bought a horse farm in Charlottesville where they lived together until their breakup over Navratilova’s then concern that coming out would hurt her application for US citizenship. Brown still lives on the estate in Charlottesville.

1977 – Aspen becomes the first city in Colorado to pass a gay rights ordinance.

1978 – San Francisco Examiner Headline is “THE CITY WEEPS,” following the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

1980 – The National Coalition of Black Gays holds its second national conference in Philadelphia

1988 – A Dallas judge sentences the killer of two gay men to 30 years in prison instead of a life sentence because, as he later tells the Dallas Times Herald, “I don’t much care for queers cruising the streets.” The Dallas Gay Alliance joins political leaders across the country in protesting the judge’s decision.

1989 – A judge in Texas was censured for giving a light sentence to a teenager who murdered two gay men. He explained the sentence by saying that he couldn’t give a life sentence to a teenage boy “just because he killed a couple of homosexuals.” 

1998 – In Allston, Massachusetts, transgender woman of color Rita Hester (30 November 1963 – 28 November 1998) is murdered. The ensuing candlelight vigil a few days later was attended by 250 people and inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed each November 20th worldwide.

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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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