October 8, 1904 - In Germany, lesbian feminist Anna Ruhling spoke at an annual meeting of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, one of the earliest gay organizations. She criticized the women's movement for not taking an active role in ending the oppression of lesbians.
Not really "gay" history but today would've been John Lennon's 66th birthday. I was a recruit in the Police Academy when he was murdered and a few days after the event, a cop who had been in the previous class to mine, returned to the academy and spoke to my class about his participation in the events immediately afterward. I believe he was one of the cops in the radio car who rushed John to the hospital. Lenon had made news fairly recently regarding his and Yoko's rather large donation to the PBA or to the NYPD to pay for bullet proof vests for NYPD cops. And soon after, met his tragic end at the hand of that whacko Chapman.
October 10, 1949 - The periodical Newsweek published a story titled "Queer People" calling gays perverts and comparing them to exhibitionists and sexual sadists. It challenged the idea that homosexuals hurt no one but themselves.
October 10 1973 - Toronto City council passes resolution banning discrimination in municipal hiring on basis of sexual orientation. First such legislation in Canada.
October 11, 1987 - The second march on Washington drew 1/2 million people. The NAMES project AIDS quilt was displayed with 1,920 panels. Rev Jesse Jackson addressed the crowd, calling for AIDS funding, civil rights protection, and an end to anti-gay violence.
October 11, 1988 - The first National Coming Out Day was celebrated.
October 11, 1993 - The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a former CIA employee who was fired for acknowledging he was gay.
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October 12, 1774 - Adolph Jans van Oldeberkoop of Frisia Netherlands, a fifty year old customs officer, was convicted of seduction to sodomy and banished for two years. October 12, 1971 - The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs recommended the repeal of a law prohibiting homosexuals from working in or frequenting bars.
October 12, 1979 - The National Coalition of Black Gays sponsored a conference in Washington DC, The First Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference.
October 12, 1998 - Twenty-one year old Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student, died of injuries inflicted during a gay bashing.
October 13, 1987 - In Washington DC 600 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at the US Supreme Court to protest the Bowers v. Hardwick decision which upheld the constitutionality of Georgia's sodomy law. It was the largest number to participate in an act of civil disobedience since the Vietnam War. (Federal law prohibits protesting on the steps of the US Supreme Court.)
October 13, 1993 - The Lesbian Avengers protested during a speech by Senator Sam Nunn (D) in New York City. Nunn fought to retain the military's ban on gay and lesbian servicepersons.
October 13, 1999 - President Clinton renewed his call to include gay men and lesbians in hate crimes legislation.
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Hey Fiblue. I love the history lessons. Please keep them coming. Some time ago, I had the chance to sit down with Barbara Gittings, She was one of the picketers who marched in front of the White House back in the 1960's with Frank Kameny and other brave soles. They had the stregnth to do this before the Stonewall riots. What a great lady. Our history is filled with those of us who stepped out of the privacy of their own lives to combat hatred. Today, we are all standing on the shoulders of those fighters who came before us. With any luck, one day someone will be standing on ours. So please Fiblue, for all of our sakes, keep that education coming.
October 13, 2006 - In New York City, Michael Sandy, the gay African American man from Brooklyn who was beaten and then chased into the path of a speeding car on the evening of Sunday, October 8th, died today after his family instructed doctors to take him off life-support. Sandy, who turned 29 years old on Oct. 12th, had been in a coma, never to regain consciousness, and diagnosed brain dead since the attack.
The three Brooklyn men who have been charged with hate crimes in the attack on Sandy: John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16 are charged with assault and robbery as hate crimes, and a NYPD spokeman announced this afternoon that charges against the three will now be upgraded to include murder.
October 14, 1979 - The first March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights was held, attracting 50,000-100,000 participants.
October 14, 1987 - The US Congress voted in favor of banning federal funding for AIDS education organizations that "promote homosexuality."
October 14, 1999 - California state senator Pete Knight, who sponsored a ballot initiative banning same sex marriages in California, was criticized in the Los Angeles Times by his gay son. He questioned his father's defense of family values because his father rejected him when he came out.
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October 15, 1952 - Members of the Mattachine Society form One, Inc. to promote gay education and research.
October 15, 1973 - The formation of the National Gay Task Force was announced in New York City.
October 15, 1977 - The Santa Barbara, California, board of education voted to ban discrimination against GLB students, making it the first US school board to do so. / A gay rights ordinance was passed in Alexandria, Virginia. / Federal district court Judge Kimba Wood ruled that shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores Inc should be allowed to vote on retaining a company policy that would forbid employment of gays and lesbians.
October 15, 1999 - Washington Times columnist Cal Thomas reported that George W. Bush told a small group of conservative Republicans he would not knowingly appoint a practicing homosexual as an ambassador or department head if elected president.
October 17,1920 - Actor Montgomery Clift is born in Omaha Nebraska. His sexuality was carefully guarded from fans but few in Hollywood did not know. Clift burned himself out and was dead at the age of 46.
October 17, #[email protected]! - Carroll Hunter, early leader and prominant activist in the causes of equal rights and anti-discrimination issues for LGBT Law Enforcement Officers and Criminal Justice personnel through Gay Officer's Action League and Florida LEGAL is born. Hunter is very much alive and continues fighting for right.
October 17, 1977 - An appeal of an obscenity conviction against Vancouver's Gay Tide is heard before the Supreme Court of Canada. It is the first time a gay civil rights case heard by Supreme Court.
October 17, 1980 -The first Black Lesbian Conference began in San Francisco with nearly 200 women in attendance.
October 17, 1998 - Melinda Whiteway was appointed co-chair of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, making her the first transgendered person to co-chair a national gay and lesbian organization.