LGBT History Timeline: 1968
"Tales of the City" Airs on PBS (January 1994)

Looking Back at LGBT History: 1969




March 4, 1969 - 22-year-old Cher gives birth to a daughter that she and husband, Sonny Bono, name Chastity.

May 23 - In an editorial in Screw Magazine, the word "homophobia" is used for the first time , referring to straight men who fear others might think they are gay.

June 22, 1969 - Judy Garland dies in London at the age of 47.




June 28, 1969 - In the wee hours of the morning, and resuming later in the day on Saturday evening, The Stonewall riot in New York's Greenwich Village marks the beginning of the gay liberation movement.

Sept 12, 1969 - The Gay Liberation Front organizes a protest at the offices of the Village Voice to oppose the alternative paper's policy of allowing reporters to refer to homosexuals as "fags".

Oct 5, 1969 - Peggy Lee's camp classic Is That All There Is? enters the top-40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.  

Oct 5, 1969 - The Washington Blade, DC's weekly gay newspaper (originally called The Gay Blade), publishes its first issue.  

Oct 24, 1969 - This week's TIME Magazine cover story is "The Homosexual in America."




Dec 18, 1969 - The musical Coco, starring Katharine Hepburn, opens on Broadway. 

Dec 21, 1969 - The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) is formed in New York City by dissatisfied members of the Gay Liberation Front and would thrive in the first half of the 1970s.

Dec 21, 1969 - Diana Ross makes her final TV appearance with The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show.


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