December 19 in LGBTQ History

1922: The God of Vengeance opens at the Provincetown Playhouse. The drama, translated from Yiddish and performed in English for the first time, includes the first lesbian scenes on the American stage.

1924: In Hanover, Germany, a gay man named Fritz Haarmann is found guilty of 24 of the 27 murders and sentenced to death. The case ultimately becomes one of the inspirations for Fritz Lang’s classic film, “M.” The publicity surrounding the case results in a major setback for the German homophile movement.

2006: New Jersey bans gender identity discrimination in the private sector.

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