Today in LGBT History – September 21

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Today in LGBT History – September 21

1372, UK – King Edward II is killed (25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327). The King was rumored to have had an affair with Hugh Despenser. Edward also had a close and controversial relationship with Piers Gavestonwho had joined his household in 1300. The precise nature of Edward and Gaveston’s relationship is uncertain; they may have been friends, lovers or sworn brothers.

1944 – Fannie Flagg (born September 21, 1944) is born. She is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 motion picture Fried Green Tomatoes. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation. In the late 1970s, Flagg had a relationship with American writer, Rita Mae Brown(born November 28, 1944), whom she met at a party in the Hollywood Hillshosted by Marlo Thomas. The couple briefly shared a house together in Charlottesville, Virginia, before breaking up. Flagg also lived for eight years with former The Bold and the Beautiful actress Susan Flannery(born July 31, 1939).

1948 – John D’Emilio (born Sept. 21, 1948)is a professor emeritus of history and of women’s and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1998and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 1997 and also served as Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1995 to 1997. Jim Oleson, his partner since the early 1980s, died at their home in Chicago on April 4, 2015.

1955 – In San Francisco four lesbian couples, including Phyllis Lyon (born November 10, 1924) and Del Martin  (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008), found the Daughters of Bilitis, the first homophile organization exclusively for women. Forty-nine years later, Lyon and Martin would become the first same-sex couple ever to marry legally in the United States when San Francisco begins issuing licenses. Their marriage would be subsequently annulled by the California Supreme Court, along with more than 4,000 other couples’ marriages, in its ruling that Mayor Gavin Newsom was exceeding his authority by determining that it was unconstitutional to deny these couples marriage licenses. Then, on June 16, 2008, after 55 years in love, Lyon and Martin married again, this time legally.

2003, Philipines –Ladlad or the LGBT Party is aFilipinoLGBTpolitical party, founded by Danton Remoto(born March 25, 1963). He is a Filipino writer, essayist, reporter, editor, columnist, and professor. Remoto was a first prize recipient at the ASEANLetter-Writing Contest for Young People. The award made Remoto a scholar at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. As a professor, Remoto teaches English and Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. Remoto is the chairman emeritus of Ang LadladThe party’s official motto is Bukas puso, bukas isip. (Open heart, open mind.)

1982 – The Oklahoma Supreme Court awards custody of two boys to their divorced gay father, declaring homosexuality isn’t in itself grounds for ruling a parent unfit.

1993 – Actress Amanda Bearse (born August 9, 1958) comes out while co-starring on the television series Married with Children

1996 – President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage and defining marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

1998 – “Will & Grace,” the first prime-time program to feature openly gay lead characters, premiers.

2003, Canada –Soldier’s Girl, a film based on a true story about solider in love with a transsexual woman, is nominated for an EMMY.

2009 – Openly transgender Michelle Poley wins an EMMY as part of the CNN Election Center team.

2010 – Dan Savage (born October 7, 1964) and husband Terry Miller upload their first It Gets Bettervideo on YouTube, to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Dan is an American author, media pundit, journalist, and activist for the LGBT community. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column. He has also worked as a theater director, sometimes credited as Keenan Hollahan.

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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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