Today in LGBT History – September 15

What a mess! Kelly and our friend Beau spent the afternoon making and canning red pepper jelly! The kitchen will never be the same but the mess was worth it. That stuff is delicious! And it was the perfect thing to do the day before we leave so that we’re not obsessing about a three-week+ trip to Europe.

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Today in LGBT History – September 15

1932 –Ann Bannon (pseudonym of Ann Weldy, born September 15, 1932) is born. She is an American author who, from 1957 to 1962, wrote six lesbian pulp fiction novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. The books’ enduring popularity and impact on lesbian identity has earned her the title “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction”. Ann Bannon retired from teaching and college administration at California State University, Sacramento in 1997

1969 – Gay Power, New York’s first gay newspaper, the first publication to emerge from the post-Stonewall movement, publishes its premiere issue.

1980, Canada – A Toronto Board of Education subcommittee to look into establishing a liaison between Board and the gay / lesbian community caves into pressure from fundamentalist Christian groups, and votes to disband. It was the committee’s very first meeting.

1988 – ACT UP protests Mew York’s MoMA’s exhibit of graphic photos of people with AIDS by photographer Nicholas Nixon who was neither gay nor afflicted. “The artist makes people with AIDS look like freaks.”

1992 – Homosexuality is removed from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization.

1996 – The European Parliament calls for an end to “all discrimination against homosexuals… and/or inequality of treatment concerning homosexuals” in every country of the European Union.

2011, Australia – “X” becomes the gender option for intersex people o their passports while transgender people continue to choose between “male” and “female.”

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(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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