April 25 in LGBTQ History

1965: An estimated 150 people participate in a sit-in when the manager of Dewey’s restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania refused service to several people he thought looked gay. Four people are arrested, including homophile rights leader Clark Polak of Philadelphia’s Janus Society. All four are convicted of disorderly conduct. Members of the society also leaflet outside the restaurant the following week and negotiate with the owners to bring an end to the denial of service.

1977: After former “Ronald McDonald” actor Bob Brandon publicly announces he is gay, the McDonald’s Corporation seeks an injunction forbidding him from ever dressing as the corporate clown again, or from stating or implying that “Ronald McDonald” is also a homosexual.

1978: St. Paul, Minnesota, voters repeal a provision in the city’s human rights ordinance that protects gays and lesbians from discrimination. The ordinance is repealed by a 2-to-1 margin; 54,096 in favor of repeal, 31,694 against

1979: Jury selection begins in the murder trial of Harvey Milk and George Moscone killer Dan White in San Francisco. Meanwhile, published reports indicate that the city’s policemen and firefighters have contributed more than $100,000 to White’s defense fund.

1993: March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation takes place in Washington, DC.

2005: Four same-sex couples in the Canadian province of New Brunswick ask their Court of Appeal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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