January 8 in LGBTQ History

1978: Harvey Milk makes national news when he is sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 1979: Acting San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein names Harry Britt to fill the vacant Board of Supervisor’s seat left empty by the assassination of Harvey Milk. 2004: The New Jersey legislature passes a bill…

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November 7 in LGBTQ History

1978: Proposition 6 (aka The Briggs Initiative) which would have banned gays, lesbians, and possibly anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California’s public schools is defeated in California, 59% to 41%. 1990: Gay Activist and film historian Vito Russo, author of the book and subsequent film “The Celluloid Closet” who is described by friends as “one of…

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