October 24 in LGBTQ History

1977: 8 men are killed and 6 injured in a fire in a gay porn theater in Washington, DC. The only emergency exit was padlocked and there were no fire sprinklers in the building.

1981: The first National Conference on Lesbian and Gay Aging is held in California.

1990: The Smithsonian accepts a small donation of gay and lesbian artifacts for inclusion in its National Museum of History. The collection is stored in a nonpublic area for the time being.

2002: Harry Hay, leader in the early gay rights movement in the United States, co-founder of the Mattachine Society and the Radical Faeries, dies at age 90.

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