Today in LGBT History – November 9

It’s Happy Dance time! Kelly and I are celebrating the many victories of the Resistance in Tuesday’s elections. Against the backdrop of the trump republican administration of open sexism and violence against women, we watched women run campaigns of positivity, hope and solutions, and who won. We witnessed victories by women in Palm Springs, Virginia, new Jersey, and Washington. Open lesbian Jenny Durkan is the new mayor of Seattle. We saw transgender women get elected in both Virginia an California. We watched some men run campaigns like trump, specifically Gillespie in Virginia for example, who used sexism, hatred and racism… and lost. Trump and his pals are on their way out…and you resistors are making it happen!

Resist on, Friends. Our earth, our future, our children depend on the work we do now.

Today in LGBT History – November 9

1928, UK – Obscenity trial for the classic novel “The Well of Loneliness “ by Radclyffe Hall (12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) begins. The book portrays lesbianism as natural. The star witness for the defense, Norman Haire, testifies that one could not become homosexual by reading books any more than one “could become syphillic by reading about syphilis.”

1947 – Kate Clinton (born November 9, 1947) is an American comedian specializing in political commentary from a gay/lesbian point of view. She began her stand-up career in 1981 using her lesbianism, Catholicism and current politics for her jokes. Clinton is a self-described “fumerist,” or feminist humorist. She has lived in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, with her partner Urvashi Vaid (born 8 October 1958)  since 1988.

1975, Canada – The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission rules that “sex” in the Human Rights Act includes sexual orientation and begins formal proceeding against University of Saskatchewan for discriminating against teacher Doug Wilson who had been fired after coming out.

1985 – Openly gay Terry Sweeney (born March 23, 1950) joins the cast of Saturday Night Live.

1992 – Approximately 100 people held a vigil outside the home of Chicago’s Roman Catholic cardinal Joseph Bernardin to protest the church’s teaching that homosexuality is a disorder.

2016 – Kate Brown (born June 21, 1960) is sworn in as governor of Oregon, the day after she was officially elected to the office. She is bisexual and is the country’s first openly bisexual statewide officeholder and first openly bisexual governor. Brown took over the governorship in February, 2016, without an election after Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amidst a criminal investigation. She is the 38th and current Governor of Oregon. Brown, a Democrat and an attorney, previously served as Oregon Secretary of State and as majority leader of the Oregon State Senate, where she represented portions of Milwaukie and of Northeast and Southeast Portland. Brown lives in Portland, with her husband Dan Little. She has two stepchildren, Dylan and Jessie.

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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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