April 17 in LGBTQ History

1965: Ten gay and lesbian demonstrators picket the White House in Washington, D.C., the first in a series of demonstrations staged this year by the East Coast Homophile Organization (ECHO)

1976: The Lavender World’s Fair – the first all-gay world’s fair, featuring a “Spectacular Grandstand Concert,” “Special Lesbian Guest Stars,” “The World’s Largest Outdoor Disco” – is scheduled to get under way at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.  Unfortunately, the event never completely materializes and a near-riot occurs when several thousand people, having paid $7 a ticket, show up for a concert by the Pointer Sisters, only to be told that they will not appear.

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2001: The Alaska Supreme Court dismisses Brause v. Alaska. The lawsuit was filed by a same-sex couple seeking the rights reserved to married couples despite a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Court rules that the couples’ claim of discrimination had not ripened under state law.

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