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On This Gay Day: John Caleo from ‘Holding the Man’ died

John Caleo died on this day in 1992   The story of Timothy Conigrave and his partner John Caleo has captivated Australian audiences since Tim’s posthumous autobiography Holding the Man was released in 1995. The true story of two young guys who fell in love while they were students at a Catholic High School, has gone on […]

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On This Gay Day: WOW magazine came to an end

Back in 2008, local lesbian magazine Women Out West announced it was closing On this day back in 2008 Perth based lesbian magazine WOW – Women Out West announced it was closing down. Publisher and editor Ruth Wykes launched the magazine in 1999 at a time where there was limited lesbian specific media content available in […]

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On This Gay Day: Music producer David Cole died

Music producer David Cole (pictured right) from C+C Music Factory died on this day in 1995. Best known as one half of production duo C+C Music Factory, alongside musical partner Robert Clivillés he created a strong of hits for their collective and many other artists. In the late 1980s and early 1990s Cole and Clivillés were in high […]

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On This Gay Day: Composer Samuel Barber died in 1981

Samuel Barber died on this day in 1981 aged 70 Samuel Barber was one of the most celebrated composer of the 29th century, his work spanned the genres of orchestral, opera, choral and piano music. One of his most popular works is his 1936 composition Adagio for Strings which is featured in many film scores and it […]

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On This Gay Day: President Obama mentioned LGBT people in his speech

President Obama mentions LGBTI people in inauguration speech US President Barack Obama was inaugurated as the President of the United States for the second time on this day in 2013. During his speech the President spoke to the need to respect the civil rights of LGBT people, the first time any reference had been made […]

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On This Gay Day: Melissa Etheridge came out as a lesbian

Melissa Etheridge comes out In 1993, on January 20th, Melissa Etheridge let the world know that she was a lesbian by coming out at the Triangle Ball, an LGBTI focussed celebration of US President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Standing alongside singer K.D. Lang, Etheridge said Lang, who had come out on the cover of The Advocate the previous […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Patricia Highsmith born in 1921

Author Patricia Highsmith born this day in 1921 Author Patricia Highsmith was born on this day in 1921. The author wrote many books, including the popular series of novels featuring the serial killer Tom Ripley. In recent years many works from the notoriously cynical and isolated writer have been translated into successful films such as Strangers […]

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On This Gay Day: Irish politician Leo Varadkar publicly came out

In 2015 Irish politician Leo Varadkar publicly announced he is gay In 2015 on this day Irish politician Leo Varadkar publicly announced he was gay during a radio interview. The politician shared the information about his sexuality as the country headed towards a national referendum on same-sex marriage. Varadkar made the announcement on his 36th […]

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On This Gay Day: Merle Miller declared what it means to be a homosexual

On This Gay Day: Merle Miller published ‘What it means to be a homosexual’ On this day in 1971 novelist and essayist Merle Miller came out when he published an article in the New York Times magazine titled What it means to be a homosexual. His article received a record breaking number of letters to the newspaper, and […]

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On This Gay Day: NYC Politician Murray Hall died

On This Gay Day: NYC Politician Murray Hall died

NYC Politician Murray Hall Dies in 1901 Murray Hall was a NYC politician who died on this day in 1901 after battling cancer. Hall was known as a whiskey drinking, poker playing man about town. The coroner was surprised to discover he had been assigned female at birth. The news came as a surprise to […]

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