January 5 in LGBTQ History

1967: In response to raids early on New Year’s Day, P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) stages demonstrations at Silverlake’s Black Cat Tavern. It’s the first use of the term “Pride” to become associated with LGBT rights.

1974: The “Brunswick Four” (Adrienne Potts, Pat Murphy, Sue Wells and Heather (Beyer) Elizabeth) perform a song (“I Enjoy Being A Dyke” (a parody of “I Enjoy Being a Girl”)) at amateur night at Toronto’s Brunswick Tavern. The owner asks them to leave and their refusal and subsequent arrest spark a galvanization of the Canadian LGBT liberation movement.  The event is sometimes referred to as the Canadian Stonewall.

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