Today in LGBT History – November 8

We did it! As Darrel Tucci wrote, “Across the country in elections local, regional and statewide progressive values largely prevailed. LGBT people have been elected to school boards, city councils, state assemblies and even the Mayor of Seattle. Democrats prevailed in gubernatorial elections in NJ and VA. People voted in many states. They voted for fairness, for justice, for healthcare for all, they voted against the hateful divisive doctrine of the man in the White House I refuse to call my President.” The resistance works. Our work begins today for 2018.

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 US city. Dan White, who would murder Harvey Milk just a year later, was also elected. Harvey Milk was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

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 Independent politician who served as the 7th, and first female, President of Ireland from 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, 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.

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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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