November


● 1972.11.01 — That Certain Summer airs on ABC. The ending was changed from the son being guilt-ridden at failing to say goodbye to his father to one where he shows no regret, in order to “avoid controversy.”
● 1980.11.01 — The book Overcoming Homosexuality suggests that a strict vegetarian diet may “cure” gays and lesbians.
● 1988.11.01 — A University of Minnesota study reveals that there is a one in three chance that gay teen boys will attempt suicide.
● 1980.11.04 — There is a solidifying of the partnership between the “religious right” and the GOP, in the denying of Jimmy Carter’s second term supposedly over the issue of abortion. This, in spite of the fact that Ronald Reagan as California governor was liberal on abortion, and the initial rise of the religious right is instead traced to its support for segregation as in the case of Green v. Connally in the 70s.
● 1992.11.05 — A clause prohibiting anti-gay verbal abuse in schools is repealed by the Fairfax County, Virginia board of education out of concerns that it promotes homosexuality.
● 1976.11.07 — The Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6) which would have prohibited gay or gay-positive teachers and teachings in California public schools is soundly defeated.
● 1977.11.08 — Harvey Milk is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
● 1990.11.08 — Mary Robinson, whose platform includes gay rights, is elected as President of predominently Catholic Ireland.
● 1976.11.10 — Lynn Ransom wins custody of her children. She is the first open lesbian mother to do so.
● 2010.11.13 — Cindy McCain, wife of Republican Senator John McCain, participates in a ‘NoH8’ campaign video calling for equal rights for gay and lesbian service members.
● 1996.11.16 — The Board of Directors of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries of the UCC votes for “Equal Marriage Rights for Same Gender Couples.”
● 1985.11.17 — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is formed.
● 2011.11.21 — Bil Browning at The Bilerico Project promotes a drive encouraging gay-rights supporters to give their holiday donations to charities other than The Salvation Army that don’t “actively discriminate against the LGBT community.”
● 1983.11.23 — A federal court rules against a man who sued the First National Bank of Louisville for requiring that he either resign his position or his membership in Dignity, a gay Catholic group.
● 1998.11.28 — In Allston, Massachusetts, transgender woman Rita Hester is murdered. The ensuing candlelight vigil a few days later was attended by 250 people and inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed each November 20th worldwide.
● 1978.11.30 — San Francisco Examiner Headline, “THE CITY WEEPS” regarding the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk on the 27th.