July 27 in LGBTQ History

1940: The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, is born.

1967: In the United Kingdom, nearly ten years after the publication of the Wolfenden Report, the Sexual Offenses Act takes effect, decriminalizing private homosexual acts in England and Wales. The age of consent for homosexual acts is set at 21, compared to 16 for heterosexual acts.

1978: New Jersey repeals its anti-sodomy laws.

1982: Representatives of various gay, government, and health organizations decide on the term “acquired immune deficiency syndrome,” or AIDS, at a Centers for Disease Control meeting convened in Washington, D.C. The mysterious syndrome is now reaching epidemic proportions among gay men in the U.S.


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