October 31 in LGBTQ History

1955: Three men are arrested in Boise, Idaho on charges of lewd conduct and sodomy, inciting a “moral panic” in Boise that resulted in 16 arrests, 15 convictions and almost 1,500 people being questioned.

1969: Time runs a seven-page cover story entitled, “The Homosexual: Newly Visible, Newly Understood”, presenting a “case for greater tolerance of homosexuals”, yet “emphasized the effeminate side of homosexuality to the exclusion of everyone else . . . ”

1969: In San Francisco, lesbians and gay men protest homophobic language in the Examiner. Newspaper employees respond by showering the demonstrators with purple ink. Violence ensues.

1980: French-Canadian flight attendant Gaetan Dugas pays his first known visit to New York City bathhouses. All of New York City’s early AIDS infections would be traced to Dugas, since dubbed “Patient Zero.”

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