March 5, 2006 — Ang Lee Wins Academy Award for Best Director for Brokeback Mountain
The film about the love between two cowboys had the most nominations of any film that year (eight) but did not win Best Picture.
March 6, 1994 — Secret Crushes Episode Taped for “Jenny Jones Show”
Jonathan Schmitz appears on the show, expecting his admirer to be a woman. He is surprised and embarrassed when his gay neighbor, Scott Amedure, is the one with the secret crush and tells the audience about his fantasy involving "Schmitz, some whipped cream, strawberries and champagne." A few days after the taping, Schmitz found a sexually suggestive note on his doorstep, went out and bought a gun, went to Amedure's home and shot him twice in the chest. Schmitz is later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. “The Jenny Jones Show” is found liable for the murder in a civil suit and awarded the Amedure family $25 million.
March 7, 1986 — Desert Hearts Released
Widely considered the first positive lesbian film, it's the first in which both women are alive, happy and still gay at the end.
March 8, 1970 — New York City Police Raid Gay Bar
NYPD arrests 167 patrons at the Snake Pit. One of the arrestees, Diego Vinales of Argentina, so feared the possibility of deportation that he "leapt from a second-story window of the police station, impaling himself on the spikes of an iron fence. He survived, though firemen were forced to cut out a section of the fence with Vinales still skewered on it, in order to move him to the hospital." While the charges against the other patrons are dropped, Vinales was rebooked for resisting arrest.
March 9, 2004 — Asbury Park began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
The licenses are later nullified since they were illegally issued. This jurisdiction is one of several to follow the lead of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who began issuing licenses on February 12, 2004.
March 10, 1987 — ACT UP is formed
Writer Larry Kramer leads the creation of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.
March 11, 1998 — First Two Openly Gay Members of Danish Parliament Take Office
Torben Lund (the first gay man) and Yvonne Herløv Andersen (the first lesbian) had both come out recently while serving as MPs.
March 12, 1995 — Same-sex Couple Married in Cambodia
Khav Sokha and Pum Eth are married in the village of Kro Bao Ach Kok. Sokha says, "The authorities thought it was strange, but they agreed to tolerate it because I have three children already (from a previous marriage). They said that if we were both single (and childless), we would not be allowed to get married because we could not produce children." The wedding has about 250 guests, including Buddhist monks and high officials from the province.
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