October 19 in LGBTQ History

1932: Robert Reed, best known for playing the ideal father and husband of the 1970s, Mike Brady, is born John Robert Rietz, Jr. in the northeast Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.

1955: The Daughters of Bilitis, the first American organization specifically for lesbians, is founded in San Francisco.

1991: At least nine lesbian and gay employees of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores have been fired as a result of the company’s policy of supporting “heterosexual values.” Queer Nation, among other activist groups, mounts a series of protests.

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