June 20 in LGBTQ History

1980: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make their debut in the San Francisco’s annual Gay Freedom Day Parade.

1980: Can’t Stop the Music – a sanitized film “biography” of the Village People, directed by Nancy Walker, opens nationwide. The Advocate calls it “thunderingly bad,” while The New York Times dismisses it as “mostly dead air … no spontaneity, no variety.” It includes the now infamous line, delivered by Valerie Perrine—”The 70s are dead and gone. The 80s are going to be something wonderfully new and different, and so am I.” It goes on to inspire John Wilson to create the Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) Awards.

2011: Dane County Judge Dan Moeser rules that Wisconsin’s domestic partnership registry, which offers limited benefits to registered partners, does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He finds that the state “does not recognise domestic partnership in a way that even remotely resembles how the state recognises marriage.”

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