December 17 in LGBTQ History

1969: Falsetto singer Tiny Tim, perceived by many to be gay because of his voice and mannerisms, marries his girlfriend, Miss Vicki, on national television.

1970: Nine leaders of the women’s liberation movement, including Gloria Steinem and Susan Brownmiller, hold a press conference in NYC to express their “solidarity with the struggle of homosexuals to attain their liberation in a sexist society.”

1979: United States District Court for the Central District of California Judge Irving Hill rules that the marriage of Australian Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams, under a license issued by Boulder County, Colorado in 1975, is not valid for purposes of Sullivan’s immigration.

1982: Tootsie, in which Dustin Hoffman cross-dresses as a woman to get acting work, premieres. It goes on to become a comedy film classic.

1990: Connecticut state legislator Joseph Grabarz comes out, becoming the state’s first openly gay state legislator.

1997: In New Jersey, same-sex couples are given the right to jointly adopt children.

2007: The National Assembly of Hungary passes registered partnerships, to become effective on January 1, 2009. The law gives the same rights to registered partners as to married spouses except for adoption.

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