The Year in Gay History: 1982
The Year in Gay History: 1984

LGBT History Timeline: 1983


Jan 15, 1983 - The gender bending singer known as Boy George gains mainstream popularity as his group Culture Club's first single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, enters the Top-40.

Feb 25, 1983 - Playwright Tennessee Williams dies at the age of 72 in his hotel room in midtown Manhattan.  The exact cause of his death is still a mystery, but legend has it that he choked on the cap from a bottle of poppers which he had opened with his teeth.

April 11, 1983 - This week's Newsweek cover story is "AIDS Epidemic - Search for a Cure."


April 13, 1983 - On Dynasty, Krystle & Alexis fall into a swimming pool during their famous catfight.

May 11, 1983 - Grace Jones is on the cover of this week's issue of Jet Magazine.


June 5, 1983 - During his acceptance speech at the Tony's for Torch Song Trilogy winning for Best Play, producer John Glines becomes the first person ever to acknowledge a same-sex partner on a major televised awards show.


June 27, 1983 - "AIDS Hysteria" is the subject of this week's TIME Magazine cover story.

July 20, 1983 - Massachusetts Democrat Gerry Studds becomes the first openly gay member of Congress when he comes out on the floor of the House after being censured for having sex with a Congressional page.


July 21, 1983 - Diana Ross gets soaked during her free concert in Central Park.

July 27, 1983 - Madonna's self-titled debut album is released.

Aug 1, 1983 - This week's Newsweek gay-themed cover story is titled "Sex, Politics & the Impact of AIDS." 


Aug 21, 1983 - Opening night for the Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, featuring George Hearn's show-stopping anthem I Am What I Am.

Dec 10, 1983 - For the first time, The New York Times mentions a same-sex partner in an obituary, for 53-year-old actor David Rounds.


(To read about gay milestones from other years, double click here.)




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