September 23 in LGBTQ History

1970: On the CBS Television series Medical Center, a medical researcher announces, “I am a homosexual.” Although his “condition” is portrayed as unfortunate, the program is acclaimed as the first sympathetic treatment of a gay man in an American TV drama.

1998: The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Abel v. United States of America rules that the government’s proffered reasons for passing “don’t ask,don’t tell” pass rational basis review, reversing the District Court.

2004: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs “SB 1234,” a bill that defines the legal term “hate crime” (which includes LGBT-motivated violence) for all state and local agencies, encourages the creation of local law enforcement hate-crime protocols and increased hate crime awareness training for law enforcement officers.

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