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November 24 in LGBTQ History

1955: In the wake of the murder of a Sioux City, Iowa, boy earlier in the year, 29 men suspected of homosexuality have been committed to mental asylums as a preventive measure authorized by the state’s “sexual psychopath” laws.

1967: Craig Rodwell opens the first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors in the United States, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop.

1974: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force protests an episode of NBC’s Police Woman (aired on November 8) that featured lesbian murderers in a home for aged women. The network agrees not to rerun the episode, but MCA-TV producer David Gerber keeps it in syndication release.

2008: A lower court in the U.S. state of Florida declares that the state’s ban on adoption by gay couples is unconstitutional.

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