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Today in LGBT History – September 10
1886 – Hilda Doolittle(September 10, 1886 – September 27, 1961) is born. H.D., as she was called, befriended Sigmund Freud during the 1930s, and became his patient in order to understand and express her bisexuality.H.D. married once, and undertook a number of relationships with both men and women. She was unapologetic about her sexuality and thus became an icon for both the LGBT rights and feminist movements when her poems, plays, letters and essays were rediscovered during the 1970s and 1980s. Her lover was Annie Winifred Ellerman (2 September 1894 – 28 January 1983) who wrote under the name Bryher.
1978, Canada – A visit by Anita Bryant to London, Ontario sparks a protest demonstration outside London Gardens Coliseum.
1981, Canada – Gays of Ottawa (GO) celebrates tenth anniversary with official opening of a community center at 175 Lisgar Street. The reception is attended by mayor Marion Dewar, Gordon Fairweather, head of Canadian Human Rights Commission, and MPP Michael Cassidy, leader of the Ontario provincial New Democratic Party.
1997 – The U.S. Senate thrashes GLBT civil rights twice in one day, passing the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” denying to LGB and many T Americans the right to federally recognized marriages to those they love and relieving states of the obligation to recognized marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and defeating the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” which would have barred job discrimination based on sexual orientation.
2002, South Africa – In Du Toit v Minister of Welfare and Population Development, the Constitutional Court of South Africa rules that same-sex couples must be allowed to adopt children jointly.
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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, out.com, 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!)