October 8 in LGBTQ History

1904: In an address to the Scientific Humanitarian Committee in Berlin, women’s rights leader Anna Rueling urges feminists to unite with “Uranian” women and men in the fight for social reform, citing concerns and goals common to both movements.

1970: In New York City, two policemen invade a private club to interrupt a Daughters of Bilitis-New York business meeting. The blatantly harassing nature of the police action persuades many members of the hitherto low profile group of the need for militancy.

1972: Demonstrators at the annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy protest the continued use of “aversion therapy” to “treat” homosexuality.

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