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On This Gay Day: Steven Carrington was introduced on ‘Dynasty’

Dynasty premiered in 1981 with a gay character TV series Dynasty premiered on this day in 1981. The show followed the trials and tribulations of the rich Carrington family. In the debut episode it was revealed that son Steven Carrington, played by Al Corley (pictured left), was gay. At the time there few LGBTIQ characters on television, […]

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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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On This Gay Day: In 1982 the fight against HIV begins

The formation of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc. It was on this day, January 4th, in 1982 that the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. was formed in New York. It was the first community organisation created to tackle the emergence of what would later be identified as HIV. Reports of a ‘gay cancer’ began […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Ethel Richardson was born

The birth of Ethel Richardson Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson was born on this day in 1870 in East Melbourne. She would become one of Australia’s most celebrated writers under the pseudonym Henry Handel Richardson. Her father died when she was young, and her mother became the Post Mistress in the Victorian Country town of Maldoon. Ethel […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Charles Beaumont was born

Author who challenged Playboy’s audience on their attitudes towards homosexuality was born on this day. On this day in 1929 author Charles Beaumont was born, and while he was not (as far as we know) LGBTIQ+, he wrote a story that had an significant effect on the fight for gay liberation. Born Charles Nutt in […]

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On This Gay Day: Writer E.M. Forster was born

E.M. Foster was born on this day in 1879 Writer Edward Morgan Foster was born on January 1st, 1879. He would go on to write many best selling novels that often explored themes of class difference and hypocrisy. His best known works include A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). He was nominated for […]

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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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