Feb 10, 1976 - The comic strip Doonsebury introduces a gay character named Andy Lippincott.
March 20, 1976 - Vicki Sue Robinson's disco smash, Turn the Beat Around, begins four weeks atop Billboard's Dance chart.
May 24, 1976 - Armistead Maupin's newspaper column "Tales of the City" first appears in the San Francisco Chronicle. It is later published in book form and then as a mini-series on PBS in 1994.
July 4, 1976 - The first "invasion" of Fire Island Pines by drag queens from Cherry Grove takes place.
Aug 9, 1976 - Cherry Grove and the Pines were buffeted by Hurricane Belle, which made landfall on Jones Beach shortly after midnight. Since the storm's approach was on Sunday, weekend activities were impacted due to a mandatory evacuation.
Aug 27, 1976 - Transexual Renee Richards is barred from competing in the U.S. Open as a woman.
Nov 1, 1976 - The disco album Christmas Jollies is released by the Salsoul Orchestra.
Nov 13, 1976 - Carol Burnett's contribution to the "camp" Hall of Fame occurs tonight on her show with the Gone With the Wind parody Went With the Wind!
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