June 26 in LGBTQ History

1935: The Nazis add to Paragraph 175 of the Criminal Code (A male who commits a sex offense with another male or allows himself to be used by another male for a sex offense shall be punished with imprisonment) with “the Amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases” which allows for the additional punishment of “if the men consented.” The new laws define gays as “asocials” who are a threat to the Reich and the moral purity of Germany. “Chronic homosexuality” will be treated with incarceration in a concentration camp.

1988: Art Agnos is the first San Francisco mayor to ride in a Gay Pride celebration parade.

2003: The Supreme Court of the United States strikes down all remaining US state sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.

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