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The Year in Gay History: 1988
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A Look Back at LGBT History: 1989

 

1989

   

Jan 31, 1989 - AIDS activists block morning rush hour traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge for a few hours to protest the low amount of federal funding for AIDS research. 

Feb 23, 1989 - Republican Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who supported anti-gay legislation, is outed by AIDS activist Michael Petrelis.  This is thought to be the first outing of a person of note.

March 9, 1989 - Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe dies from AIDS at the age of 42.

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May 24, 1989 - News reports suggest that an explosion aboard the USS Iowa in April, that killed 43 sailors, may have been an act of sabotage carried out by a sailor who was incensed that his male lover had married a woman.

June 25, 1989 - Alabama's first Gay Pride parade takes place in Birmingham with 200 participating.

July 14, 1989 - Marlon Riggs' documentary Tongues Untied premieres at L.A.'s Outfest.

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July 25, 1989 - Steve Rubell of Studio 54 fame dies from AIDS at the age of 45.

Sept 11, 1989 - Liza's ninth studio album, Results, is released.  Produced by the Pet Shop Boys, its most popular track is a dance remake of Losing My Mind from the 1970 Sondheim musical Follies.

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Sept 14, 1989ACT UP disrupts the trading floor of the NYSE to protest the high price of AZT.

Oct 7, 1989 - Bette Davis dies at the age of 81.

Nov 9, 1989 - Two men are shown lying in bed together on the ABC drama thirtysomething, a first for network TV.

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Dec 1, 1989 - Choreographer Alvin Ailey dies of AIDS at the age of 58.

Dec 10, 1989 - ACT UP holds a notorious demonstration inside New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral that disrupts Sunday Mass.

 

(To read about LGBT history from other years, double click here.)

 

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