October 7 in LGBTQ History

1959: Russell Wolden, running for mayor of San Francisco as a Democrat, accuses the incumbent of welcoming and collaborating with the city’s “sex deviates.” His tactic backfires: the city’s newspapers accuse him of irresponsible mudslinging, and he loses in the next month’s elections.

1977: The Advocate celebrates its 10th anniversary in Washington, DC

1987: A Justice Dept. report concludes that “homosexuals are probably the most frequent victims” of bias crimes and hate-related violence in the United States.

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