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Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 8
1977 – Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay man to be elected in a major U.S. city. Although he was the most pro-LGBT politician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
1982 – Samuel Falson (born 8 November 1982) is born. He is better known by his stage name Sam Sparro, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music producer. Sparro is openly gay.
1988 – Oregon voters repeal an executive order which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation among state government employees.
1990, Ireland – Mary Robinson Therese Winifred (born 21 May 1944), whose platform includes gay rights, is elected as the predominantly Catholic country’s President. She is an Irish independentpolitician who served as the 7th, and first female, President of Irelandfrom December 1990 to September 1997. She resigned as president to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. In 2004 she received Amnesty International‘s Ambassador of Conscience Award for her work in promoting human rights. Robinson is the twenty fourth, and first female, Chancellor of University of Dublin (i.e. Trinity College). She represented the University in the Senate for over twenty years and held the Reid Chair in Law. In July 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour awarded by the United States. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission congratulated Robinson, an outstanding ally, saying she “helped advance recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in her capacity as President of Ireland and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has been unwavering in her passionate call to end torture, persecution, and discrimination against LGBT people globally.”
1992 – The East Nashville Cooperative Ministry denies membership to Dayspring Christian Fellowship, a mostly gay and lesbian congregation.
1994 – The Republican right sweeps elections across the US., but there are some gay and lesbian gains, including new state legislature representatives and senators in Arizona, California, and Rhode Island, and one reelected in Texas. An anti-gay and lesbian rights initiative, Proposition 1, is defeated in Idaho.
1995 – PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) ads regarding preventing suicide and bullying are refused by television stations around the country. All stations refused to air the suicide ad, and only two cable stations and one network affiliate station would air the gay-bashing ad. PFLAG is told the ads offended community standards.
1995, Zimbabwe – Tribal Chief Norbert Makoni addresses Parliament, saying gays and lesbians should be sentenced to whipping.
1996 – Transgender activists protest outside the offices of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington DC.
2018 – Jared Polis (born May 12, 1975) is an American politician, entrepreneur and philanthropist serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district since 2009. He was elected Governor of Colorado yesterday, making him the first openly gay governor to be elected in the history of the United States, as well as the first Jewish governor of Colorado.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, DataLounge.com, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)