This Week in LGBT History Jan. 22-29 From Quist

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Jan. 22, 1957 — Death of Cabaret Singer Claire Waldoff

Waldorff had lived openly as a lesbian in Germany her entire life. She lived with her partner, Olga von Roeder, enjoying their time in 1920s Berlin together. Shortly after Claire's death, Olga says "life for me has no content anymore. We were joined by forty years of our being together just so intimately with each other than ever that this gap could be filled in for me. Actually we just lived one for the other. I would be happy if my ashes already could rest with Claire's ashes in peace." They share their final resting place in Stuttgart.

Jan. 23, 2008 — Two Teens Arrested for Homosexuality

Hamzeh Chavi, 18, and Loghman Hamzehpour, 19, are arrested in Sardasht, in Iranian Azerbaijan, for homosexuality. They apparently confessed to the authorities that they were in a relationship and in love, prompting a court to charge them with Moharebeh ("waging war against God") and Lavat (sodomy). An online petition garnered over 20,000 signatures calling for their release.

Jan. 24, 1996 — Post-Op Transsexuals Granted Gender Recognition in Singapore

MP Abdullah Tarmugi announces they can have their new sex reflected in their identity cards (but not their birth certificates) and marry opposite-sex spouses.

Jan. 25, 2013 — First Federal Study of Violence Among Persons in LGBT Relationships Released.

The CDC's report is titled "The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation"

Jan. 26, 1978 — ‘Rent’ Opens Off Broadway

A full production of the show, featuring multiple same-sex and HIV-positive storylines, opens at the New York Theatre Workshop for its initial six-week run. The creator of “Rent” Jonathan Larson, had died the night before the premiere.

Jan. 27, 2006 – First Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day Observed

The United Nations General Assembly had passed resolution 607 on November 1, 2005 establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It "urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide." An estimated 15,000 homosexuals were killed during the Holocaust.

Jan. 28, 1982 — US Defense Dept. Issued Policy Barring Gays From Military

Additionally, all new recruits are to be asked about their sexual orientation.

Jan. 29, 2007 — First Gay Couple Registered in Israel

Following a Supreme Court ruling, Avi and Binyamin Rose register as a couple in Jerusalem.


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