August Bebel, (1840 - 1913)
The First Politician To Speak Out For Homosexual Rights
On 13 January 1898, the leader of the great German Social Democracy, August Bebel, took the floor of the Reichstag, during a discussion of penal code reform, to argue for a petition being circulated by the Scientific Humanitarian Committee calling for the repeal of Germany’s sodomy statute, Paragraph 175.
— John Lauritsen
St. Petersburg Judge Rules Anti-Propaganda Law Is Unlawful
LGBT russian citizens scored a victory for their human rights as a judge in St Petersburg has ruled that the recent “anti-propaganda law” that allows St Petersburg officials to ban LGBT gatherings and events is unlawful. …
Although a reason to celebrate, this ruling does not guarantee future rallies would not be banned.
He fought for gay people, against war and for workers and the poor. He stood with women, immigrants, seniors and youth. He forged coalitions that built power for ordinary men and women and moved us all forward with his humor, compassion and great love for his people. — Cleve Jones
Born on May 22, 1930.
Harvey Milk delivering his famous “Hope Speech” at SF Pride in 1978.
“Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new “niggers” are gays. … It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. … The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.”
Bayard Rustin, from speech, The New Niggers Are Gays in 1986.