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On This Gay Day: In 1981 the first mainstream media report about AIDS was published

40 years ago the first newspaper report about HIV appeared In 1981 the New York Times ran the first article in the mainstream media that covered that would later be recognised as HIV/AIDS. On the 18th May 1981 a news article has been published in the gay press, and on 5th June 1981 the US Centre for […]

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On This Gay Day: The 1969 Stonewall Riots started

The fight for queer liberation was propelled forward on this day in 1969 when riots broke out in New York following a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. It is the tipping point where the queer community decided it had had enough of discrimination, intolerance and homophobia. Tired of the police raids and ill-treatment the […]

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On This Gay Day: Marriage Equality was achieved in the USA

In 2015 the US Supreme Court voted in favour of marriage equality On this day is 2015 the LGBTIQ gathered outside the US Supreme Court to anxiously await the decision in the case of Obergefell vs Hodges. The stakes were high if the nine judge bench voted in favour of Ohio man Jim Obergefell – […]

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On This Gay Day: The Pride flag was raised for the first time

The Pride flag was flown for the first time in 1978 The rainbow flag that is a symbol for the LGBTI+ communities was created by designer Gilbert Baker for San Francisco’s Freedom Day celebrations in 1978. Originally the flag had eight colours but since 1979 it has usually had six colours. The colors were determined to […]

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On This Gay Day: Australia’s first Mardi Gras march

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was born  The first Mardi Gras march took place on this day, Saturday 24 June in 1978, and it was met with unexpected police violence. What is known known as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, began its life as Sydney’s contribution to the international Gay Solidarity Celebrations, […]

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On This Gay Day: Singer and actor Judy Garland died in 1969

Judy Garland died on this day in 1969 Judy Garland died in her London apartment on this day in 1969, she was aged just 47 but she’d already had a massive career in Hollywood and on the stage. Garland found fame as a child star, most famously appearing as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of […]

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On This Gay Day: The movie ‘Beautiful Thing’ was released

In 1996 the film ‘Beautiful Thing’ was released Jonathan Harvey’s play Beautiful Thing tells the story of London teenager Jamie who is infatuated with his classmate Ste. Ste lives with his drug taking brother and alcoholic father. When he is badly beaten by his father, Jamie’s Mum insists he stay at their flat. There’s no extra bed, […]

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On This Gay Day: The Rocky Horror Show opened in London

The Rocky Horror Show began on this day in 1973  After two previews, The Rocky Horror Show made it’s debut at the Royal Court’s 63-seat Upstairs Theatre on this day in 1973. The show was an instant success. The outrageous musical was written by Richard O’Brien, and it tells the story of a sweet couple Brad and […]

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On This Gay Day: Film director Franco Zeffirelli died in 2019

Franco Zefferelli is remembered for his films and operas Zeffirelli is remembered for his 1967 adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, which starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He has found great success the following year with another of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. His later film work turned to biblical stories including the […]

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On This Gay Day: The Pulse massacre took place in Florida

In 2016 tragedy hit The Pulse nightclub in Florida  On this day in 2016 tragedy struck The Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida when lone gunman carried out a terrorist attack on the venue.  At the end of the siege he had killed 49 people, and wounded 53 others. The mass shooting was the deadliest in […]

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