October


● 1989.10.01 — In Denmark, the first state-sanctioned gay marriages take place.
● 1993.10.01 — Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell goes into effect. “It is not a perfect solution,” Clinton said as he announced the policy. “It is not identical with some of my own goals. And it certainly will not please everyone, perhaps not anyone, and clearly not those who hold the most adamant opinions on either side of this issue.” Fearing increase of ‘witch hunts’ within the military, DADT tenuously allowed closeted lesbian and gay service members to remain in the military.
● 2004.10.01 — Pastor Ken Hutcherson hopes that a million Christians will join him on October 15th in Washington, D.C., during the “Mayday for Marriage” rally on the National Mall. An estimated 150,000 attend, and where James Dobson declares, “[E]verything we care about is on the line. It’s now or never.”
● 1985.10.02 — Rock Hudson dies of AIDS at age 59.
● 1988.10.02 — Ten members of the Cathedral Project are arrested for disorderly conduct after they lay down on Fifth Avenue in front of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in protest of Cardinal O’Connor’s anti-homosexual attitude. The archdiocese also obtains an injunction preventing the organization from further pickets or demonstrations outside St. Patrick’s.
● 1968.10.06 — Metropolitan Community Church holds its first service. It is the first “gay” church.
● 1987.10.11 — The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights draws over 500,000 people making it the largest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history.
● 1988.10.11 — National Coming Out Day is founded on this anniversary of the March on Washington a year ago.
● 2014.10.13 — A new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays. The synod said that gay people have ‘gifts and talents to offer the Christian community.’ By the 18th, most of the positive language toward gays and lesbians is struck from the report.
● 1977.10.14 — Anita Bryant is hit in the face with a pie by a gay activist while speaking at a press conference.
● 2009.10.14 — A proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill is introduced into Uganda’s Parliament. It is greatly expanded from a earlier draft dated April 20, 2009.
● 1952.10.15 — Members of the Mattachine Society, including Dorr Legg, Dale Jenning and five others, meet and form One, Inc. to promote gay education and research.
● 1929.10.16 — Germany: a Reichstag Committee votes to repeal Paragraph 175; the Nazis’ rise to power prevents the implementation of the vote.