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Case of same-sex couple to receive marriage license in 1971 reverberates today

Sunday, May 17, 2015
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
Long before the fight over same-sex marriage began in earnest, long before gay couples began lining up for marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to wed. [...]

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The improbable, 200-year-old story of one of America’s first same-sex ‘marriages’

Saturday, March 21, 2015
The shared tombstone of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, a 19th-century lesbian couple.
Charity Bryant only intended to stay a few days in Weybridge, Vt., a tiny rural town with little to hold her attention. But then she met Sylvia Drake. [...]

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Why is a state historical society honoring a discredited book about Matthew Shepard?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Stephen Jimenez
The Wyoming State Historical Society honored a book that asserts college student Matthew Shepard wasn’t murdered because he was gay, but was instead killed in a drug-related incident – even though the book relies on wild extrapolation and questionable or anonymous sources and has been denounced as “fictional” by lawyers [...]

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Looking back at the most historic date in LGBT history…

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case. On June 26, 2013, the court struck down a key provision of DOMA that denied federal recognition to married, same-sex couples.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural [...]

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Dear Nancy Grace: Your revisionist history of Anita Bryant is mind boggling

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Anita Bryant, country singer and gay-rights opponent, had a banana cream pie thrown in her face by Tom Higgins, an openly gay man from Minneapolis, in 1977 during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of retaliating, Bryant's husband, Bob Green, said to let Higgins go untouched as they prayed for him.
As a gay dad to two boys adopted from foster care as babies, I can tell you that what Anita Bryant WAS trying to do was de-humanizing.  Under the rallying cry of “save our children” she fought to keep gay people away from children. I can only imagine what she would [...]

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National Park Service announces effort to mark historic LGBT sites

Friday, May 30, 2014
A man passes The Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village, Thursday, May 29, 2014. The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of LGBT Americans part of the national narrative.
The U.S. National Park Service will begin marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday at the Stonewall Inn, scene of the 1969 riots widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement. [...]

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National Park Service aims to identify, promote historic LGBT sites

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Brody LevesqueStonewall Inn, c.2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. [...]

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Gay artifacts subject of new museum collection in Missouri

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS — The Missouri History Museum is on the verge of the St. Louis region's first mainstream collection of gay artifacts. [...]

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LGBT History Month profile: Filmaker, poet, activist Marlon Riggs

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Marlon Riggs
Marlon Riggs was a filmmaker, educator, poet and gay rights activist. He examined race and sexuality in his documentaries for which he received an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. [...]

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LGBT History Month profile: Sally Ride, first female American astronaut in space

Friday, October 25, 2013
On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She later became the only person to serve on the presidential commissions investigating both of the nation’s space shuttle tragedies — the Challenger explosion (1986) and the Columbia disaster (2003). [...]

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