April 18 in LGBTQ History

1965: Following the previous day’s protest in Washington, D.C., twenty-nine ECHO (East Coast Homophile Organization) demonstrators picket the United Nations in New York City.

1973: The Minnesota State House of Representatives votes 69 to 46 to retain the state’s sodomy laws.

1976: Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line” sweeps the Tony Awards, winning nine in all, including one for Best Musical and one for Best Direction.

2011: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signs into law a bill that requires adoption agencies in the state to “give primary consideration to adoptive placement with a married man and woman.” Agencies may place a child with a legally single person if it is in the child’s best interest or if there is no married couple applying for adoption. Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Arizona.

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