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LGBTQ+ History Month: Oliver Sipple

  Oliver Wellington “Billy” Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989) was a decorated U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran. On September 22, 1975, he grappled with Sara Jane Moore as she fired a pistol at U.S. President Gerald Ford … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: The Black Cat Tavern Raid

The Black Cat Tavern was an LGBT bar, established in 1966, located at 3909 West Sunset Boulevard in the Sunset Junction neighborhood of the Silver Lake district in Los Angeles, California. It was the site of one of the first … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Fannie Mae Clackum V. United States

Fannie Mae Clackum V. United States   Fannie Mae Clackum (June 10, 1929 – August 16, 2014) was the first person to successfully challenge her discharge on the grounds of homosexuality from the U.S military. Fannie Mae Clackum served as … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Cooper Do-nuts Riot

  The Cooper Do-nuts Riot was a May 1959 incident in Los Angeles in which transgender women, lesbian women, drag queens, and gay men rioted, one of the first LGBT uprisings in the United States. The incident was sparked by … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is observed annually, on October 11th, to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement. The first decades of observances were marked by private and public people coming … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: One, Inc. v. Olesen

One, Inc. v. Olesen (1958), is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision for LGBT rights in the United States. It was the first U.S. Supreme Court ruling to deal with homosexuality and the first to address free speech rights … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: The Mattachine Society

  The Mattachine Society founded in 1950, was one of the earliest LGBT organizations in the United States, probably second only to Chicago’s Society for Human Rights. Communist and labor activist Harry Hay formed the group with a collection of … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Annual Reminder Protests

  The Annual Reminders were a series of early pickets organized by homophile organizations. The Reminder took place each July 4 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning in 1965 and were among the earliest LGBT demonstrations in the United States. … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Daughters of Bilitis

The Daughters of Bilitis, also called the DOB or the Daughters, was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States. The organization, formed in San Francisco in 1955, was conceived as a social alternative to lesbian … Continue reading

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