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 30
1944 – Gay composer Aaron Copland’s (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) “Appalachian Spring” premiers in Washington DC. The piece was written in New Jersey where Copland lived with his partner Victor Kraft (August 8, 1915 – July 2, 1976). Other works include “Billy the Kid,” “Rodeo” and “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
1963 – Following a 15-year campaign to close it down, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control revokes the liquor license of the Black Cat Bar, a focus of early gay activism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1976, Canada – The first gay civil rights group in Quebec, Association pour les droits de la communauté gaie du Québec (ADGQ), is formed.
1986, Peru – Police raid a lesbian bar in Lima and arrest about 70 women. Television reporters, who have been previously notified by police, are present to film the women for local news reports. As a result, many of the women lose their jobs; some are beaten by their families; at least two are raped on their way home from the police station.
1987- A panel discussion on gays and the constitution was held during the inauguration of the new Lesbian and Gay Studies Center at Yale University.
1992 – New Ways Ministry, a Mt. Rainier Maryland group led by three Roman Catholic bishops, announced it would release a statement of disagreement with the Vatican’s call for gays and lesbians to be barred from becoming adoptive or foster parents, teachers, coaches, or military personnel. 1,500 lay persons signed the statement.
2014 – Tim Cook (born November 22, 1960), the CEO of Apple, comes out as gay. He is the first openly gay chief executive on the Fortune 500 list. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations and then served as Executive Vice President of worldwide sales and operations. He was made Chief Executive on August 24, 2011. During his tenure as the Chief Executive he has advocated for the political reformation of international and domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, corporate taxation both nationally and abroad, American manufacturing, and environmental preservation.
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!)