Our History


June 1, 1880
The United States Census finds 63 men in 22 states incarcerated for "crimes against nature."


June 1, 1950 (circa)
A group of black and white men and women, including partners Merton Bird and Dorr Legg, form Knights of the Clock, a support group for interracial gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples

June 1, 1975

Drummer magazine debuts, spotlighting the rise of open s/m and leather subcultures within the gay male subculture

June 3rd, 1967

Anderson Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. As of September 2011, he also serves as host of his own syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson Live, which will be cancelled at the end of the second season

June 6th, 1952

Happy Birthday!
American actor and playwright, noted for the distinction of winning Tony Awards for both writing and originating the lead role in his long-running play Torch Song Trilogy, about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family, as well as writing the award-winning book to the musical La Cage aux Folles. He has since become a champion for gay civil rights.

June 12, 1989
Because it is afraid of losing its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancels, "The Perfect Moment," an exhibit of 150 photos and objects by Robert Mapplethorpe that includes 13 S/M images.

June 14, 1950

After months of controversy, the U.S. Senate authorizes a wide-ranging investigation of homosexuals "and other moral perverts" working in national government.


June 14, 1961

Boy George is an English singer-songwriter,  During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the  pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography).

June 15, 1987
 The New York Times tells its writers that they now may use the word "gay" as a synonym for "homosexual."

June 15, 1973

Born in New Mexico, Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, singer, director, producer and magician. He is best known for the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon's musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. NPH was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011.

June 22, 1953

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist.  She first achieved success in the early 1980s with the release of her debut solo album She's So Unusual in 1983, which was an instant commercial success. It spawned four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night". Over the course of her career Lauper has released over 40 singles and, as of 2011, has sold more than 50 million albums, 1 million DVDs and 20 million singles.  She has won numerous awards, including Grammy, Emmy, MTV VMA, Billboard and AMA. In 1999, Lauper ranked No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll by VH1.

 June 23rd, 1912 --- June 7th, 1954

Alan Mathison Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, giving a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.
In August 2009, John Graham-Cumming started a petition urging the British Government to posthumously apologise to Alan Turing for prosecuting him as a homosexual. The petition received thousands of signatures. Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged the petition, releasing a statement on 10 September 2009 apologising and describing the treatment of Turing as "appalling"

June 24 1970
Myra Breckinridge Hollywood's mainstream, big-budget transgender classic debuts, starring Mae West and Raquel Welch.


June 25, 1972
The United Church of Christ becomes the first mainstream American denomination to ordain an openly gay man, William Johnson

June 25, 1963

George Michael  is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.   Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham!
As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010.

 June 25, 1978

San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker debuts the first Rainbow Flag in the City's annual Gay Freedom Day Parade.


June 26, 1964
Life magazine's pioneering article "Homosexuality in America," featuring photographs taken at the Jumpin' Frog and the Tool Box in San Francisco, creates mainstream awareness of an emerging American gay and lesbian subculture.


June 27, 1994
Deborah Batts becomes the first openly lesbian or gay U.S. federal judge



June 28, 1969

New York Police raid the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Fighting back against harassment and discrimination, patrons and on-lookers ignite the American gay liberation movement.


June 28, 1970
A "Gay-In" at Golden Gate Park attracts several thousand participants the day after thirty self-proclaimed "hair fairies" march down Polk Street to celebrate San Francisco's first Christopher Street Liberation Day


June 30, 1986

Citing Judeo-Christian prohibitions and Anglo-American sodomy laws as precedents,
the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that the U.S. Constitution gives the states the right to regulate and proscribe same-sex relations.







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