Today in LGBT History – October 26

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 26

1955 – The “Village Voice” newspaper is launched.

1962 – The National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Masquerade Ball is raided by police.

1988, Ireland – The European Court of Human Rights rules that laws in Ireland criminalizing sex between men are in violation of the Charter of Human Rights. The court was petitioned by David Norris, an MP in the Dail of Ireland.

1992 – Portland Oregon police chief Tom Potter testified before a state senate committee, saying many victims of anti-gay assaults do not report the crimes because of fear that their identities will be made public.

1996 – Intersex Awareness Day and the first public demonstration by The Intersex Society of North America. They demonstrate in Boston carrying signs saying “Hermaphrodites with Attitude.”

2006, Italy – Italian member of Parliament Daniele Capezzone (September 8, 1972)  comes out as bisexual.

2009 – Polyamorous lesbian writer Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972) is honored with an historic marker in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio. She  was an American playwright, poet and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris. Barney’s longest relationship was with the American painter Romaine Brooks (May 1, 1874 – December 7, 1970).

2014, Germany – The Senate of the German Land of Berlin issues a positive statement on Intersex people.

 Speak out, share your story, keep LGBT history alive.





(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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