Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 29

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

These snippets of LGBT history are the stories of our lives the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we stand. Learn about them then tell the stories…and remember.

Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!

Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 29

1628, UK – John Felton (c. 1595 – 29 November 1628) is hanged. He was a lieutenant in the English Army who killed George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham(28 August 1592 – 23 August 1628), and most probably the lover of King James I, in the Greyhound Pub of Portsmouth on August 23, 1628. Villiers was the last in a succession of handsome young favorites on whom the king lavished affection and patronage, although the personal relationship between the two has been much debated. 

1915 – Jazz great Billy Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) is born. Planet Out says, “Although Billy Strayhorn was considered by many to be Duke Ellington’s musical superior, his refusal to stay in the closet forced him to take a back seat. Central to the jazz movement, Strayhorn infused his compositions with complex harmonies and plenty of soul. His willful obscurity brought him much pain, but it also served to fuel his creativity and boundless talent.” He was an American jazzcomposer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington, lasting nearly three decades. His compositions include “Take the ‘A’ Train“, “Chelsea Bridge“, “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing“, and “Lush Life“. Strayhorn was openly gay. His first partner was African-American musician Aaron Bridgers(January 10, 1918 – November 3, 2003), who was an African-American jazz pianist who moved to Paris, in 1947. He and Strayhorn were lovers from 1939 until Bridgers’ move to France.

1933, Germany – Close to bankruptcy after repeated Nazi raids and seizures of his publications and property, Adolf Brand (14 November 1874 – 2 February 1945) writes a letter to the Sexicology Society in London announcing the end of the Homophile movement he has led. He died in an Allied bombing raid in 1945. Adolf Brand, who began publishing one of the earliest gay publications in Berlin, said he was unable to continue. Nazi raids and seizures had left him financially ruined. Brand was a German writer, individualist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality.

1979, Canada – A Quebec Superior Court judge rules that the Montreal Catholic School Commission did not have justifiable grounds to refuse to rent space to gay rights group ADGQ and therefore was not exempt from the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The ruling overturns the province’s human rights commission’s second opinion in 1978 and becomes the first legal victory against discrimination since adoption of the gay rights clause in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms of the Constitution in December 1977.

1984 – West Hollywood, the first city in the U.S. to have a city council with a majority of LGBTQ members, is incorporated in Los Angeles County. Less than a month after being established as a city, West Hollywood approves a gay rights ordinance.

1989 – Randy Kraft, a serial killer who murdered at least 61 gay young men, is sentenced to death in California. He was arrested in 1983 and remains in a California prison waiting for his sentence to be carried out.

1990 – US President George H.W. Bush signs an immigration bill ending the gay ban.

2004 – Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear arguments appealing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that same-sex marriage must be allowed in that state, in essence letting the ruling stand.

2007, Viet Nam – First same-sex wedding in Hanoi between two men takes place though it is not legally recognized. The grooms, Dinh Cong Khanh and Nguyen Thai Nguyen, now live in Canada.mOn 29 November, 2007, the first foreign gay wedding was held inHanoibetween a Japanese and an Irish national. The wedding raised much attention in the gay and lesbian community in Vietnam

2007, Uruguay – Uruguay becomes the first Latin American country to pass a national civil union law.

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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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