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  • First Day Stamp Dedication Ceremony at the White House Will Honor Milk, San Francisco Special Dedication Also Being Planned.

    Sacramento, Calif. – Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:

  • Honoring the Pink Triangle

    On January 27, people around the world commemorated one of the saddest events in history: International Holocaust Remembrance Day recalled the millions upon millions who were killed during Adolph Hitler's reign of terror.

  • Image For Harvey Milk Stamp Released

    Joe My God reports that the design for the long awaited and debated Harvey Milk commemorative forever stamp, was released to the philatelist website Monday. The stamp will be released on Harvey Milk Day, May 22.

  • LGBT History: AP Reports Probable Cause of AIDS

    WASHINGTON (AP) - EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

  • March Marks 50th Anniversary of Tragic Murder of Lesbian Kitty Genovese

    In March 1964, 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered outside her apartment building in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, N.Y. A number of her neighbors heard her screams for help. No one did a thing. Had someone called the police, Genovese might have survived the attack.

  • This Week in Gay History from Quist

    January 8 — Harvey Milk Took Office — 1978

    The Mayor of Castro Street had been elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5.

  • This Week in Gay History from Quist, January 15, 2014

    Jan. 15, 1926 — Greenwich Village Ball Held

    Extravagant LGBTQ balls at Webster Hall at 119 East 11th Street are common during the 1920's. This affair is billed as the 15th annual ball and the advertisement reads “Come [...] with whom you like -- wear what you like -- Unconventional? Oh, to be sure -- Only do be discreet!”

    Jan. 16, 1967 — Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Lesbian Sex is Also Illegal

    The court rules that the state's statutory ban on "unnatural carnal copulation" applies to women engaged in oral sex with other women.

    Jan. 17, 1999 — Death of Robert Eads from Ovarian Cancer

    More than two dozen doctors had refused to treat Eads, a transman, on the grounds that taking him on as a patient might harm their practice. His story was documented in Southern Comforts.

    Jan. 18, 1977 — Anti-Discrimination Law Passed by Dade County

    The ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation passes by a vote of 5-3. Anita Bryant leads the effort to repeal.

    Jan. 19, 1901 — New York Times Reports Murray Hall's Story

    Murray Hall had lived as a male politician for decades, and was discovered to be female-bodied after Hall died of breast cancer. The headline reads: "Murray Hall Fooled Many Shrewd Men - How for Years She Masqueraded in Male Attire - Had Married Two Women."

    Jan. 20, 1993 — Melissa Etheridge Came Out as Lesbian

    She does so during the Triangle Ball, an LGBTQ-focused celebration of President Clinton's inauguration.

    Jan. 21, 2013 — First Presidential Mention of Gay Rights in an Inaugural Address

    The text of President Obama's Inauguration speech reads: "It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. [. . .] Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

    The unsigned two-page article includes statements such as ?Homosexuality is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life. [. . .] it deserves no encouragement [. . .] no pretense that it is anything but a pernicious sickness.?

    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.

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

  • This Week in LGBT History - March 19-26

    March 19, 1987: AZT Approved

    It is the first drug for the treatment of HIVAIDS approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist - April 2 to 9

    April 2, 2013 — Uruguayan Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    The 23-8 vote makes the South American country the fourteenth in the world to legalize marriage equality.

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist - April 9 to 16

    April 9, 1986 -- Bayard Rustin Gives Speech “The New N*ggers Are Gays.”

    The civil rights leader was arrested more times for being homosexual than for his civil disobedience. In this speech he says, "Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new 'niggers' are gays. [. . .] It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. [. . .] The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people."

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist Feb. 12-19

    San Fran Mayor Ordered Marriage Licenses Be Granted to Gay Couples. — Feb, 12, 2004

    Gavin Newsom makes the order to the City and County of San Francisco despite the lack of legal recognition by the state of California or the United States. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons are issued a marriage license on this day.

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist — April 16-23

    April 16, 1061 — First Recorded Same-Sex Wedding

    Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz are married by a priest at a small chapel in Rairiz de Veiga, Galicia, Spain. The records of the wedding were found at the Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova.

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist — April 23-30

    April 23, 1984 — Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Announced

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary holds a press conference announcing that the cause of AIDS has been discovered. Known today as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus is first named GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist — February 19-26

    Feb. 19, 2007 — N.J. Civil Union Act Goes into Effect

    The New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions on December 14, 2006 which was signed into law by the governor on December 21, 2006. The act comes into effect on this day allowing the couples to register for the partnerships.

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist — March 26 to April 2

    March 26, 2000 — Hilary Swank Wins Oscar for ‘Boys Don't Cry’

    She thanks Brandon Teena during her acceptance speech. Teena's mother takes offense at Swank's use of the male name and reference to Teena as male: "That set me off. She should not stand up there and thank my child. I get tired of people taking credit for what they don't know."

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist — March 5-12

    March 5, 2006 — Ang Lee Wins Academy Award for Best Director for Brokeback Mountain

  • This Week in LGBT History from Quist, March 12-19, 2014

    March 12, 1995 — Gay Couple Married in Cambodia

  • This Week in LGBT History, Feb. 26 to March 5

    Feb. 26, 1649Christina of Sweden Abdicates Throne

    Christina has "an insurmountable distaste for marriage [...and] for all the things that females talked about and did." Citing her wish not to marry, she resigns as Queen on this day.

  • UK Finally Pardons Gay Computer Pioneer

    LONDON -- His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.