September 2 in LGBTQ History

1907: Dr. Evelyn Hooker is born. Dr. Hooker published the first empirical research to challenge the notion that homosexuality was a mental illness. Her work was the foundation for an entire field of research that led to removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

1967: Dick Michaels, Bill Rand, and Sam Winston publish the first issue of the Los Angeles Advocate, the forerunner of the Advocate, in an edition of 500 copies. The Advocate goes on to be one of the largest LGBTQ publications in history.

2011: The California State Senate passes AB 9, known as “Seth’s Law” after 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who committed suicide in 2010 after constant homophobic harassment at his school. The bill would require every school in California to implement anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies and programs that include actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The state assembly had passed the bill in June 2011.

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