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 our 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 25
51 AD, Rome – Titus Flavius Domitianus (51-96) was bon in Rome. The Emperor is the first recorded case of a married man leaving his wife for a man, a mime named Paris. After a public outcry Titus killed Paris and went back to his wife. However, he continued his affairs with young men so his wife had him assassinated.
1783 – Deborah Sampson (December 17, 1760 – April 29, 1827) is honorably discharged from the Continental Army after serving under the name Robert Sampson. General Henry Knox at West Point presides.Deborah Sampson is honorably discharged from the Massachusetts Regiment. Wounded in one of several battles in which she fought, Sampson had escaped discovery for almost a year and a half until falling sick with a fever. One of the earliest American examples of a passing woman, Sampson formed several attachments with women while dressed as a man. She later marries and receives a military pension.
1929 – David McReynolds (born October 25, 1929) is born. He appeared on the Socialist Party ballot, becoming the first openly gay individual to run for President of the United States. He is a pacifist activist who describes himself as “a peace movement bureaucrat” during his 40-year career with Liberation magazine and the War Resisters League. He lives in New York City.
1979 – The Front Page, the first LGBT newspaper in Raleigh, NC, is published.
2006 – The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples.
2012 – Allyson Robinson becomes the leader of OutServe-SLDN, working on LGBT issues in the military. She is the first transgender person to do so. She attended West Point before gender reassignment, graduated in 1994 majoring in her undergraduate degree in physics, and was then commissioned as an officer serving in the U.S. Armyuntil 1999. She held the rank of Captain. Also prior to transition, she became an ordained Baptist minister, earning from the Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Robinson has been married to Danyelle Robinson since 1994. They have four children.
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(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!)