September


● 1967.09 — “The Los Angeles Advocate,” a local newsletter alerting gay men to police raids in L.A. gay bars begins publication. It later becomes The Advocate.
● 1977.09.01 — Log Cabin Republicans club is formed in Southern California (originally called “Gay Republicans”).
● 1980.09.01 — John Boswell’s Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality debuts in book stores.
● 2013.09.04 — NALT (Not All Like That) Christians Project makes its public debut with co-founders Dan Savage and John Shore.
● 1988.09.11 — Archbishop O’Connor of New York condemns a recent wave of gay beatings as “stupid, ignorant, and malicious,” stating that those who perpetuate such acts are “doing violence against Christ Himself,” and that anyone who thinks that such violence is condoned by church teachings is “grossly ignorant of what the church actually teaches.”
● 2004.09.12 — “And I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one [a gay man] ever looks at me like that, I’m going to kill him and tell God he died,” Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart says to laughter and applause from his congregation. Then 10 days later: “It’s a humorous statement that doesn’t mean anything. You can’t lie to God—it’s ridiculous,” Swaggart told The Associated Press. “If it’s an insult, I certainly didn’t think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology.”
● 2008.09.12 — Christian singer Ray Boltz publicly comes out.
● 2001.09.13 — Jerry Falwell appears on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club and they discuss the 9/11 attacks...
Falwell: “[T]he pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’”
Robertson: “Well, I totally concur...”
● 2007.09.19 — San Diego Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders reveals his plan to support a city measure guaranteeing marriage equality to gays and lesbians, after previously opposing it.
● 1996.09.21 — The Defense of Marriage Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Barr (R—GA) is passed and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
● 1965.09.26 — Thirty people picket Grace Cathedral to protest punitive actions taken against Rev. Canon Robert Cromey for his involvement in the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, an alliance between LGBT people and religious leaders.
● 1292.09.28 — Ghent (in present-day Belgium): John, a knife maker, is sentenced to be burned at the stake for having sex with another man. This is the first documented execution for sodomy in Western Europe.
● 1989.09.28 — A group of around 100 New York City area Catholics meet to openly discuss homosexuality among clergy members at a conference titled “Our Lesbian and Gay Religious and Clergy.” Yale Professor John Boswell is the keynote speaker.