Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today in Gay History :: September 17th

Queer Events On This Day In History...

1979 California governor Jerry Brown appoints Stephen Lachs, the first openly gay US court judge.

1985 US President Ronald Reagan uses the word "AIDS" in public for the first time.

1987 A group of protesters confronts Pope John Paul II in San Francisco in response to his recent comments that AIDS is a punishment from God and homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

1987 The California Supreme Court unanimously rejects an appeal from Gary Coon, a gay San Francisco man who tried to sue for emotional distress after witnessing a physical assault on his lover. His lover had been assaulted by a bus driver who shouted anti-gay slurs at him. Heterosexual spouses are entitled to sue, but according to the court a gay relationship does not have the same recognition as a marriage, and therefore the claim of emotional distress is not valid.

1988 The International Gay Rodeo Association requests that Washoe County district court judge William Forman force Lawlor Events Center in Reno Nevada to reinstate their lease. The University of Nevada claimed the lease was cancelled because the IGRA was late on a rental payment, IGRA claimed it was because of complaints about HIV and gays.

1990 US automotive giant General Motors issues an apology for referring to trucks made by non-American companies as "little faggot trucks."

1993 Dr. Ian Barlow, founder of Bay Area (San Francisco) Physicians for Human Rights, dies of brain cancer at age 52 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1996 The Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, school board passes a "pro-family" resolution which bans positive discussion of homosexuality and declared the two-parent family to be the norm.

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