This Week in Gay History from Quist, July 2, 2014

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July 2, 2009 — India Decriminalized Homosexuality

The Delhi High Court rules that the existing laws violate fundamental rights to personal liberty (Article 21 of the Indian Constitution) and equality (Article 14) and prohibition of discrimination (Article 15). Before the overturning of this 148-year-old law, so-called homosexual acts were punished with a ten-year prison sentence.

Greg Kabel

July 3, 1981 — HIV/AIDS First Mentioned in Press

 The New York Times prints "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals" article.

July 4, 1976 — Dykes on Bikes Founded

A group of lesbians on motorcycles comes together to lead the 1976 San Francisco Pride Parade, and chapters of the club have been leading Pride Parades around the world ever since.

July 5, 2011 — Serbian Parliament Approves Youth Law

The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

July 6, 1750 — Last Execution in France for Consensual Sodomy

Bruno Lenoir and Jean Diot, 18 and 20 years old, had been caught "committing crimes [. . .] which propriety does not permit us to explain in writing" in January 1750. They are strangled and burned in the Place de Grève by "seven wagons of brushwood, two hundred faggots and straw."

July 7, 2010 — First Bisexual Member of Swedish Government Elected

Tobias Billström, an openly bisexual man, is elected to be the Minister of Migration affairs.

July 8, 1950 — Harry Hay and Rudi Gernreich Met

The two later become founders of the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States.

 All of the information above has been reprinted with permission from Quist, an LGBT mobile history app that can be found on iOS and Android devices. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.quistapp.com/"www.Quistapp.com for more information. The app was created by Sarah Prager and launched in July of 2013.

 

 


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