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On This Gay Day: Transgender trailblazer Christine Jorgensen was born

Transgender trailblazer Christine Jorgensen was born in 1926 Christine Jorgensen was born on this day, she was the first American to undergo gender reassignment surgery. After being drafted into the military and serving in World War II Jorgensen heard news about the new medical procedures of gender reassignment surgery. She traveled to Europe and in Copenhagen, Denmark, […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Alan Hollinghurst was born

Author Alan Hollinghurst celebrates his birthday Author Alan Hollinghurst celebrates his 67th birthday today. The author won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for his novel In The Line of Beauty which told the story of a young gay man and his contemporaries from university against the backdrop of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain in the 1980s. The book was […]

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On This Gay Day: Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency

Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labor. On this day in 1895 author Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced to two years imprisonment. At the time Wilde was at the height of his career having found success with novels and plays including The Importance […]

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On This Gay Day: Ireland said ‘Yes’ to marriage equality

Ireland voted ‘Yes’ for marriage equality in 2015 On this day in 2015 Ireland has overwhelmingly to introduce same sex civil marriages. Voters approved marriage equality with over 60% of people who voted supporting a change to the country’s constitution. The history making vote made Ireland the 20th country to allow same sex couples to […]

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On This Gay Day: The first report about AIDS is published

On This Gay Day: The first report about HIV/AIDS was published in 1981 It’s often reported that the first information about what would later be identified as HIV/AIDS was when on 5 June 1981 the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice about gay men who had died rare, and usually curable […]

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On This Gay Day: Annise Parker was born in Houston

US politician Annise Parker was born  Politician Annise Parker was born on this day in 1956, today she celebrates her 65th birthday. Parker was elected Mayor of Houston in late 2009, assuming office in 2010. She was one of the first LGBT people to elected to the position of Mayor of a US city, and […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Armistead Maupin was born

Author Armistead Maupin was born on this day in 1944 and is celebrating his 76th birthday today. Maupin is best known for his Tales of the City novels which have also been turned into a series of television programs. First published as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle. The series encompasses nine hugely popular novels: Tales […]

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On This Gay Day: Drag drama at theatre bar

On this day in 1989, the cash box for the Westside Observer was stolen The Westside Observer was for many years the source of news and information for Perth’s LGBTIQ+ communities. When it was launched in 1988 the A5 sized magazine cost $2 a copy, but the cover price was abandoned not long after. Back in […]

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On This Gay Day: George Duncan is murdered in Adelaide

10th May 1972: Academic George Duncan is murdered in Adelaide  Dr George Duncan was a law academic at Adelaide University, in 1972 he was attacked and thrown into the River Torrens, where he drowned. The public outrage over his death lead to the push for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and in 1975 South Australia became […]

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On This Gay Day: Transgender pioneer Virginia Prince died on this day in 2009

Virginia Prince was a pioneer for transgender recognition Born in Los Angeles, California in 1912, Virginia Prince was assigned male at birth. From when she was 12 years old she used to often dress in women’s clothes, and began to pass as a female in public. When she was 18 she attended at Church Halloween […]

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