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Today…January 5th

Today…January 5th

In response to raids on New Year’s Eve 1966 and early morning of New Year’s Day 1967 at the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (P.R.I.D.E) staged demonstrations in defense of the patrons and in protest of the police…

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Today…January 4th

Today…January 4th

On January 4, 1964, Dot Marie Jones was born in California, where she grew up. Jones is best known these days for her portrayal of Coach Sheldon Beiste on the television show Glee, where she portrayed a transgender man. One of the pivotal scenes in…

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Today…January 3rd

Today…January 3rd

January 3rd, 1981: Representative Barnett “Barney” Frank took office after being elected to serve the state of Massachusetts. He became the first national U.S. politician to come out voluntarily when he came out in 1987. He served from January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2013….

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Today…January 2nd

Today…January 2nd

Martha Carey Thomas (January 2, 1857 – December 2, 1935) is remembered as a suffragist and the president of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. For many years, Carey Thomas was in a relationship with Mamie Gwinn. She is still remembered as one of the earlier…

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Coalition New Year Commitment #2: Fight Conversion Therapy

Coalition New Year Commitment #2: Fight Conversion Therapy

“For too long, religious teachings have been misused – and are still being misused – to cause deep pain and offence to those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex. This must change.” Says Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, co-chair of the…

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Coalition New Year Commitment #1: Increased Advocacy

Coalition New Year Commitment #1: Increased Advocacy

“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself,” says Zanele Muholi, south African activist and artist who uses her art to show the “beauty and individuality of black LGBTQ women: a group that she believes has…

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Today…January 1st

Today…January 1st

On January 1st, 1962, Illinois became the first state to decriminalize sexual activity between adult partners of the same physiological anatomy after repealing sodomy laws. Read more about this and other milestones on the road to LGBTQIA+ equal rights here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/stonewall-milestones-american-gay-rights-movement/

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Today…December 31st

Today…December 31st

Twenty-seven years ago today, Brandon Teena (December 12, 1972 – December 31, 1993) was attacked and murdered in a small town in Nebraska. Teena was murdered because he was transgender, and his two friends – Phillip DeVine and Lisa Lambert – were killed to cover…

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Today…December 30th

Today…December 30th

In 1993, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” went into effect for all U.S. Armed Forces personnel. The policy said that LGBT people needed to keep their gender and sexuality secret to serve the nation, After years of effort from activists, the policy was revoked on September…

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Today…December 29th

Today…December 29th

On December 29th, 1914, jazz musician Billy Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989) was born. Tipton was a well-known musician from 1930 – 1950 when he had to retire due to worsening arthritis. An upcoming documentary explores Tipton’s life, including the misgendering that…

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