A story broke just yesterday that told us the National Park Service pulled ou of the planned Raibow Flag dedicationat the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Read this article and pay attention…. As Andy Hum writes: we’re under attack.
1774 – Adolph Jans van Oldeberkoop of Frisia, Netherlands, a fifty year old customs officer, was convicted of seduction to sodomy and banished for two years.
1871, India – The Criminal Tribes Act, which defines certain social communities as “addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences,” comes into effect. One of these “criminal tribes” is the Hijra, a term referring to several identities within the transgender spectrum across South Asia. After independence from Britain rule, the Hijara were no longer officially criminalized.
1971 – New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs recommends repealing a law that prohibits homosexuals from being employed in or frequenting the city’s bars, cabarets and dance halls.
1979 – The National Coalition of Black Gays sponsored a conference in Washington DC, the first Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference in preparation for the upcoming March on Washington.
1998 – Openly gay college student Matthew Shepard, 21, dies of injuries inflicted when he was beaten and tortured. Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson rob and beat Shepard four days earlier and tie him to a split-rail fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. The murder, for which the pair are each serving two consecutive life sentences, inspired “The Laramie Project,” a play and later film about Laramie, WY in the year after the murder Federal hate crimes legislation approved in 2009 bears Shepard’s name.
2008 – Connecticut Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a 4-3 decision.
2011 – Huffington Post launches “Gay Voices,” the first mainstream news organization to have an LGBT-focused section. Noah Michelson is the section’s first editor.
Let your voice speak out and change the world!
(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, 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!)