This Week in LGBT History, Jan. 29-Feb. 5

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Eleanor Roosevelt (Wikipedia)

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

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

Jan. 30, 1946 — Blue Discharges Report Issued

The House Committee on Military Affairs issues a report called "Blue Discharges." The committee finds that the use of the blue discharge is discriminatory and singles out the Veterans Administration for special criticism for denying blue discharge holders G.I. Bill benefits.

Jan. 31, 2011 — Zach Wahls Addressed Iowa House Judiciary Comm.

The son of lesbian moms, Wahls's testimony brings national attention to the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Iowa and launches his role as a national activist.

Feb. 1, 2009 — First Openly Lesbian Gov’t Leader in Iceland

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir becomes the first female prime minister of Iceland, and the world's first openly lesbian head of government.

Feb. 2, 2005 — Formation of Transgender Europe

Founded in Vienna during the first European Transgender Council, this NGO works "to support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/gender variant people." It also runs the Trans Murder Monitoring project, which records and reports the many people who are killed each year as a result of transphobia.

Feb. 3, 1988 — Butchie Awarded Certificate of Honor

Cameron "Butchie" Tanner is a bartender and drag performer in San Francisco and had been elected "Empress of San Francisco." He is awarded a Certificate of Honor by the City of San Francisco on this day.

Feb. 4, 1934 — Eleanor Roosevelt Writes to Female Love

Roosevelt writes to journalist Lorena Hickok from the White House: "Someday perhaps fate will be kind & let us arrange a life more to our liking [but] for the time being we are lucky to have what we have. Dearest, we are happy to-gether & strong relationships have to grow deep roots."

Feb. 5, 2005 — IRIN Report "Iraq: Male homosexuality still a taboo" Issued

The Integrated Regional Information Networks, based in Kenya, states that "honor killings" by Iraqis against gay family members are common and given some legal protection. The article also states that the 2001 amendment to the criminal code stipulating the death penalty for homosexuality "has not been changed," despite Paul Bremer's clear order that the criminal code to go back to its 1980s edition.


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