This Week in LGBT History from Quist — June 25- July 1

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June 25, 1978 — First Rainbow Pride Flag Flies

Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove, then re-add colors based on available fabrics. The original gay pride flag, created by Ryan Halliday of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was hand-dyed by Blake Thielmann. It flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.

June 26, 1964 — Photos of Gay Men Cruising Included in Life Mag

A double-page photo spread of men at gay biker bar The Tool Box ran with the caption "These brawny young men in their leather caps, shirts, jackets, and pants are practising homosexuals, men who turn to other men for affection and sexual satisfaction. They are part of what they call the 'gay world,' which is actually a sad, often sordid world."

June 27, 2010- First Legal Wedding of a Gay World Leader

Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland's prime minister, marries her partner, Jonina Leosdottir. They had entered into a civil union in 2002.

June 28, 1969- The Stonewall Riots

Widely considered the turning point of the gay and lesbian movement in the United States. Police raided the Stonewall Inn at 1:20 a.m. and proceeded to arrest people whose gender presentation didn't match their identification.

June 29, 1730- Two Soldiers Executed for Sodomy

Jan Westhoff and Steven Klok are hanged and then buried under the gallows.

June 30, 1919- Film Different from the Others Released

Anders als die Andern (the film's German title) is one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuals in the cinema. Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld was one of the writers, actors, and funders of the film, using his Institute for Sexual Science to pay for part of the production.

July 1, 1828- Buggery Act Repealed and Reenacted at Once

The act criminalizing sodomy in the UK is repealed in Section 1 of the Offences Against the Person Act of 1828 (OAPA). The same act nonetheless specified in section 15 that buggery would still be a capital offence.

 

 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 www.quistapp.com for more information. The app was created by Sarah Prager and launched in July of 2013.

 


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