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. At times I may include Jewish and other histories as well since the Holocaust and other significant events of must be remembered as well. Remembering and sharing history is an act of resistance.
We’re here, we’re queer, and we’ve been around a heck of a long time! Enjoy!
Keep LGBT history alive! Write the stories of your life and share with others.
Today in LGBT History – October 20
1958 – Truman Capote’s (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s is published in the November issue of Esquire Magazine. Capotes was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Many of Capote’s short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized as literary classics, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a “nonfiction novel.” At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote’s works. Capote was openly gay. One of his first serious lovers was Smith College literature professor Newton Arvin (August 25, 1900 – March 21, 1963), who won the National Book Award for his Herman Melville biography in 1951 and to whom Capote dedicated Other Voices, Other Rooms. But Capote spent the majority of his life until his death partnered to Jack Dunphy (August 22, 1914 – April 26, 1992), a fellow writer.
1969 – The National Institutes of Mental Health releases a report based on a study led by UCLA psychologist Dr. Evelyn Hooker. The report urged states to repeal sodomy laws.
1987 – Over fifty ACT-UP members are arrested during an act of civil disobedience protesting President Reagan’s lack of action to the AIDS epidemic. Another demonstration of about 150 people was held across the street from the United Nations building during the UN General Assembly’s first debate on AIDS.
1987 – The US House of Representatives votes 368-47 to approve an amendment to withhold federal funding from any AIDS education organization which encourages homosexual activity. The senate approved a similar amendment the previous week by a vote of 94-2. It was introduced by Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted 21-13 to approve a bill requiring the justice department to collect statistics on hate crimes, including anti-gay violence.
1988 – Sixty ACT-UP protestors shut down the filming of NBC’s “Midnight Caller” in San Francisco due to the plot in which a bisexual man is intentionally infecting others with HIV. This is the first gay-related disruption of a filming since the 1979 protests against the film “Cruising” in New York City.
1991 – The first prime-time same-sex wedding on U.S. television airs on the Fox sitcom Roc .
1992 – The San Diego Police Department announces that it was severing its ties with the Boy Scouts of America due to a local chapter’s dismissal of a gay police officer who was involved with the Explorer program.
1993 – Roman Catholic priest Rev Andre Guindon dies of a heart attack at age 60. In his book “The Sexual Creators,” he wrote that heterosexuals should look to same-sex couples to learn about tenderness and sharing.
1997 – Portugal’s first Gay and Lesbian Community Centre opens in Lisbon.
2010, Canada – Teenager Brittany McMillan uses Tumblr to call on people to wear purple on this day to show support for bullied LGBT youth. The day is known as Spirit Day. The first Gay Spirit day is Celebrated Worldwide. It then became celebrated on Oct. 19th.
Speak out, share your story, keep LGBT history alive.
(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!)