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On This Gay Day: Marriage plebiscite is adopted as government policy

Tony Abbott puts forward the idea of a plebiscite for marriage equality On August 11th 2015, division within the Coalition over the issue of marriage equality came to a head. The Abbott government’s policy was that marriage would strictly only be between a man and a woman, but as country after country around the globe […]

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On This Gay Day: Author James Baldwin was born

Author James Baldwin was born in 1924 James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924 in Harlem New York City. Baldwin would become a celebrated author whose characters often sought acceptance into society. He included gay and bisexual men as characters in many of this works. Baldwin wrote essays, plays and novels and his […]

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On This Gay Day: Poet Walt Whitman was born in 1819

Poet Walt Whitman was born in 1819 Poet Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819, described as the father of free verse his poetry was controversial in it’s day for its over sexuality and he often wrote about love between men. His most acclaimed work is Leaves of Grass a collection of poems […]

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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, today he is 66

On This Gay Day: Author Alan Hollinghurst was born, today he is 66

Author Alan Hollinghurst celebrates his birthday Author Alan Hollinghurst celebrates his 66th 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: AIDS activist organisation ACT UP formed

In 1987 ACT UP is formed in NYC The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was formed on this day back in 1987. Two days earlier activist Larry Kramer gave a speech at the NYC Gay and Lesbian Centre as part of a rotating series of speakers. He spoke about his frustration with the […]

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On This Gay Day: Multiple celebrities came out to criticise Derek Jarman

Celebrities criticise Derek Jarman’s comments about Sir Ian McKellen  On this day in 1991 a public disagreement broke out between many LGBTIQ celebrities and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Actor Ian McKellen had been granted a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Jarman publicly chastised McKellen for accepting the honour from the UK’s conservative government arguing […]

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