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  • ... that The Pittsburgh Courier crusaded against the blue discharge, calling it "a vicious instrument that should not be perpetrated against the American Soldier"?
  • ...that Nireah Johnson, a transgender woman, was murdered by Paul Moore after Moore discovered Johnson was a biological male?
  • ... that the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club developed some of the earliest "safe sex" education material in the United States?
  • ... that the success of Gay Weddings as counterprogramming to Super Bowl XXXVII led television network Bravo to develop additional LGBT-interest programming, including Queer Eye and Boy Meets Boy?
  • ... that Freeheld is an Academy Award winning documentary by Cynthia Wade that follows a New Jersey detective fighting for the right to pass on her pension to her female domestic partner?
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  • ... that when Dan Savage's book Savage Love was published, his advice column of the same name had 4 million readers?
  • ... that Anita Bryant's participation in Save Our Children, a coalition working to overturn gay rights ordinances in Miami and other cities in 1977 and 1978, destroyed her career?
  • ...that the GayFest of 2005 was the first LGBT pride parade in Romania?
  • ... that African American civil rights activist Mel Boozer was the first openly gay person nominated for the office of Vice President of the United States?
  • ... that the first same-sex kiss on an American soap opera was between fictional characters Lena Kundera and Bianca Montgomery in 2003, who were also American soap opera's first lesbian couple?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/2

  • ... that when reporter George Crile III compared San Francisco to Sodom and Gomorrah when interviewing Dianne Feinstein for the CBS documentary Gay Power, Gay Politics, she threw him out of her office?
  • ... that Dan Savage indulged in the "seven deadly sins" during research for his book Skipping Towards Gomorrah?
  • ... that Bethany Black has been described as "Britain's only goth, lesbian, transsexual comedian"?
  • ... that drag entertainer José Sarria was the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States, garnering some 6,000 votes in his 1961 campaign for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors?
  • ... that ABC moved the Roseanne (TV series) episode "December Bride", which featured a same-sex wedding, from its usual broadcast time slot to one 90 minutes later, citing the episode's "adult humor"?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/3

  • ...the first edition of Patience and Sarah, winner of the 1971 Stonewall Book Award, was self-published and all copies sold by the author after six publishers rejected it for not being marketable?
  • ... that Jim Foster and Madeline D. Davis were the first openly LGBT people to address a major U.S. national political convention when they spoke to the 1972 Democratic National Convention?
  • ...that openly-gay actor Robert La Tourneaux considered his role as the gay hustler in the 1970 film The Boys in the Band to be the "kiss of death" for his career?
  • ... that Norman Lear's 1977 soap opera spoof All That Glitters featured Linda Gray as the first recurring transgender character on American television?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/4

  • ...that Tanaz Eshaghian's film Be Like Others explores the experiences of transsexuals in Iran, a country that outlaws homosexuality but sanctions sex-reassignment surgery?
  • ... that horror novelist Anne Rice has cited the 1936 film Dracula's Daughter as an inspiration for her own homoerotic vampire fiction?
  • ... that Silverton, Oregon has elected the first openly transgender mayor in the United States?
  • ... that after initially deciding not to air the Roseanne (TV series) episode "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it included Mariel Hemingway kissing Roseanne Barr, ABC promoted it as "the lesbian kiss episode"?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/5

  • ... that The Pittsburgh Courier crusaded against the blue discharge, calling it "a vicious instrument that should not be perpetrated against the American Soldier"?
  • ...that Nireah Johnson, a transgender woman, was murdered by Paul Moore after Moore discovered Johnson was a biological male?
  • ... that the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club developed some of the earliest "safe sex" education material in the United States?
  • ... that the success of Gay Weddings as counterprogramming to Super Bowl XXXVII led television network Bravo to develop additional LGBT-interest programming, including Queer Eye and Boy Meets Boy?
  • ... that Freeheld is an Academy Award winning documentary by Cynthia Wade that follows a New Jersey detective fighting for the right to pass on her pension to her female domestic partner?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/6

  • ... what a Gay icon is?
  • ... that when ABC's Birmingham, Alabama, affiliate WBMA-LP refused to air the Ellen coming out episode "The Puppy Episode", a local LGBT group sold out a 5,000-seat theater so people could watch it via satellite?
  • ...that Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is the first Baptist church in the Southern United States to have chosen an openly gay person as lead clergy?
  • ...that Cheryl Dunye's 1996 film The Watermelon Woman was the first feature film to be directed by a black lesbian?
  • ...that the very first news article on what became known as AIDS appeared in the New York Native, a now defunct gay newspaper in New York City?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/7

  • ...that Mohamed Camara's 1997 film Dakan was the first West African film to explore homosexuality?
  • ... that for the 1967 television documentary CBS Reports: The Homosexuals, the network concealed the identity of one of the gay interview subjects by seating him behind a potted palm tree?
  • ... that Vanessa Redgrave's portrayal of transsexual Renée Richards in the 1986 biopic Second Serve was praised as embodying "every internal contradiction of the polymorphously perverse"?
  • ... that the author of Hollywood Undercover posed as an aspiring gay actor while investigating claims of a Church of Scientology "cure" for homosexuality?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/8

  • ... that the Heian period Japanese story Torikaebaya Monogatari is the tale of a man who lives as a woman and his sister who lives as a man, who eventually swap places in order to lead happy lives?
  • ... that in his 1999 book The Trouble With Normal, gay author Michael Warner argued that same-sex marriage is an undesirable goal for the gay rights movement?
  • ... that the 2009 book Unfriendly Fire argues that bans on gays in the military were based on prejudices and fears, not empirical data?
  • ... that sexual activism group Sex Panic! criticized the efficacy of 1990s US anti-HIV campaigns that, they argued, demonized public sexual culture?

    Portal:LGBT/Did you know/9

  • ... that during action by the UK Gay Liberation Front (GLF) to disrupt a Christian morality campaign in 1971, a GLF "bishop" began an impromptu sermon urging people to "keep on sinning"?
  • ... that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of official mental illnesses in 1973? And that the American Psychological Association followed suit in 1974?
  • ... that Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became the world's first openly gay head of state in the modern era on February 1, 2009?
  • ... that Men who have sex with men are not currently allowed to donate blood in the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, Finland, or Denmark?
  • ... that in her 1992 documentary film Nitrate Kisses Barbara Hammer filmed an elderly lesbian couple making love as part of an exploration of the repression and marginalization of LGBT history?
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