Today in LGBT History – October 15

History helps us see that we have a rich past as LGBT people. We’ve been rendered invisible in the history books but our existence is as long and colorful as humankind. The purpose of this bog, therefore, is to share the good, the bad, and ugly, and the fabulousness of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. We’re here, we’re queer, and we’ve been around a heck of a long time! Enjoy!

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Today in LGBT History – October 15

1926, France- Michel Foucault (15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), a French philosopher, historian of ideas, and literary critic, is born in Poitiers, France. He died in Paris of AIDS, the first public figure in France to have died from the disease. His partner, Daniel Defert (born 10 September 1937), founded the AIDES charity in his memory.

1952 – In Los Angeles, W. Dorr Legg (December 15, 1904—July 26, 1994) and six friends including Dale Jennings, all members of the Mattachine Society, discuss publishing a journal to promote education and research activities beneficial to gay men and lesbians. The magazine “ONE, Inc.” is founded.

1964 – Composer and songwriting legend Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) passes away of kidney failure at age 75. Porter, who was gay, had a committed, lifelong relationship with his wife Linda, who knew he was gay from the start and not only tolerated but often encouraged his lifestyle as long as he was not too flamboyant.

1970 – Edna Knowles and Peaches Stevens are married in Liz’s Mark III Lounge in Chicago’s South Side. Though headlines read “Two Women ‘Married’ in Chicago,” there is no record of the couple’s marriage license.

1973 –The Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Federal Council declares homosexuality not an illness, the first such body in the world to do so. In December the American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II), based largely on the research and advocacy of Evelyn Hooker.

1973 – The formation of the National Gay Task Force was announced in New York City. Dr. Howard Brown announces the founding of the National Gay (“and lesbian” was added later) Task Force, considered the first gay or lesbian rights organization with a truly national scope. Dr. Bruce Voeller  (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994) is named the first executive director

1974 – The New York Gay Activists Alliance “Firehouse” is destroyed by arson;

1977 – The Santa Barbara, California, board of education votes to ban discrimination against GLB students, making it the first U.S. school board to do so.

1977 – Federal district court Judge Kimba Wood ruled that shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores Inc. should be allowed to vote on retaining a company policy that would forbid employment of gays and lesbians.

1977 – A gay rights ordinance passes in Alexandria, Virginia.

1982 – The first time a White House Press Secretary is questioned about HIV/AIDS. When asked about the President’s reaction to the announcement that AIDS is now an epidemic, Larry Speakes asks, “What’s AIDS?” When told it was known as the gay plague, Speakes laughed.

1983 – A Washington, DC, Superior Court judge dismisses a lawsuit brought by gay students against Georgetown University three years earlier, ruling that the students cannot force the university to grant their organization recognition because the federal government does not have an official national policy on homosexual rights.


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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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