Looking Back at Gay History: 1981
LGBT History Timeline: 1983

The Year in Gay History: 1982


Jan 18, 1982 - The first episode of the mini-series Brideshead Revisited airs on PBS.

Feb 5, 1982 - The lesbian-themed movie Personal Best, starring 20-year-old Mariel Hemingway, opens in theaters.

Feb 12, 1982 - The movie Making Love opens in theaters.

Feb 20, 1982 - The British medical journal The Lancet reports that amyl nitrate ("poppers") damages the immune system and might be a cause of AIDS.



Feb 25, 1982 - Wisconsin becomes the first state to pass legislation banning antigay discrimination.

June 10, 1982 - Five months after opening off-Broadway Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy moves to Broadway. 

June 26, 1982 - Front Runners of New York hold their first 5K Gay Pride Run in Central Park.



July 15, 1982 - 26-year-old Nathan Lane makes his Broadway debut in the Noel Coward play Present Laughter.

July 27, 1982 - The mysterious "gay cancer" is officially named AIDS.

Aug 28, 1982 - The first Gay Games are held in San Francisco.

Aug 31, 1982 - German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's last film, Querelle, has it premiere at the Venice Film Festival, two months after his death at the age of 37.



Dec 25, 1982 - It's Raining Men by the Weather Girls tops this week's Billboard dance chart.


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



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