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The Year in Gay History: 1988

Gay & Lesbian History Timeline: 1987


Feb 4, 1987 - Liberace dies from AIDS complications at the age of 67.

Feb 22, 1987 - Andy Warhol dies unexpectedly at the age of 58 from complications after gallbladder surgery.

Feb 23, 1987 - Bette Midler is the subject of this week's TIME Magazine cover story.



March 20, 1987 - The FDA approves the use of AZT to combat AIDS.

March 27, 1987 - ACT-UP stages its first major action, a "die-in" on Wall St. with hundreds of participants demanding access to experimental anti-viral drugs.

April 8, 1987 - Princess Diana gains worldwide attention when she shakes the hand of an AIDS patient during a visit to the AIDS ward at London's Middlesex Hospital.Princess_diana_aids_patients

April 17, 1987 - Fashion designer Willi Smith dies from AIDS at the age of 39.

April 21, 1987 - New York governor Mario Cuomo announces that companies doing business in the state cannot require employees to take an HIV test in order to get health insurance.

May 13, 1987Quentin Crisp makes a guest appearance on the CBS crime drama The Equalizer.

May 16, 1987 - Beginning today foreigners who are HIV-positive are barred from entering the U.S. by order of the U.S. Public Health Service.  

May 30, 1987 - Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank comes out in an article in the Boston Globe.

July 2, 1987 - Broadway choreographer and director Michael Bennett dies from AIDS at the age of 44.




Aug 10, 1987 - Famed gay porn star Casey Donovan (Boys in the Sand) dies from AIDS at the age of 43. 

Sept 18, 1987 - The movie Maurice opens.

Sept 26, 1987 - The legendary Paradise Garage closes its doors after 11 years.



Oct 5, 1987 - The CBS sitcom Designing Women tackles the subject of AIDS and the public's intolerance of those infected with an episode titled "Killing All the Right People".

Oct 11, 1987 - The AIDS Memorial Quilt is unveiled for the first time at the 2nd Gay & Lesbian March on Washington, DC.




Nov 5, 1987 - Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods has its Broadway opening.

Nov 21, 1987 - Cher is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Dec 20, 1987 - The Pet Shop Boys' collaboration with Dusty Springfield, What Have I Done to Deserve This? enters the top-40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.


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


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