October 13 in LGBTQ History

1970: Bob Mellors and Aubrey Walter host the United Kingdom’s first Gay Liberation Front meeting at the London School of Economics.

1982:  Jerry Falwell and National Gay Task Force director Virginia Apuzzo debate gay rights on the Donahue show.

1987: Over 600 lesbians, gay men, and supporters are arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest civil disobedience protest in the history of the gay and lesbian rights movement.

1998: The United States Supreme Court refuses an appeal in Equality Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, et al. v. The City of Cincinnati, in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had twice found the city’s anti-gay Issue 3 constitutional despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in Romer v. Evans that struck down a state constitutional amendment that used substantially the same language.

2009: Ugandan Member of Parliament David Bahati introduces the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relationships in Uganda and establish the death penalty for HIV-positive people engaging in sexual activity with people of the same sex or with those under 18.

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