March 31 in LGBTQ History

1979: “In The Navy” begins a thirteen-week run in the nation’s Top 40.  The U.S. Navy briefly considers using the song as a recruitment theme . . . until the full implications of the lyrics are explained.

1981: In an article in The Globe, First Lady Nancy Reagan says, “Women’s liberation and gay liberation [are] part of the same thing: a weakening of the moral standards of this nation. It is appalling to see parades in San Francisco and elsewhere proclaiming ‘gay pride’ and all that. What in the world do they have to be proud of?”

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