The Year in Gay History: 1988
Feb 20, 1988 - Brian Boitano wins a gold medal for the U.S. in Men's Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics in Calgary.
March 7, 1988 - John Waters' famed drag actress, Divine, dies from a heart condition at the age of 42.
March 20, 1988 - 28-year-old B.D. Wong (pictured, right, with co-star John Lithgow) gains acclaim with his starring role in M. Butterfly, a drama which had its Broadway opening tonight .
March 25, 1988 - Robert Joffrey, founder of the Joffrey Ballet, dies of AIDS at the age of 57.
April 11, 1988 - Cher wins the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Moonstruck.
April 30, 1988 - Closing night at The Saint.
May 3, 1988 - Madonna makes her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow.
June 22, 1988 - Leonard Matlovich, who in 1975 appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in military uniform for the story "I Am A Homosexual", dies from AIDS at the age of 44.
June 26, 1988 - 20-year old Kylie Minogue's first single, I Should Be So Lucky, enters the top-40 on Billboard's Hot 100.
July 1, 1988 - During an appearance on David Letterman, Sandra Bernhard brings out "gal pal" Madonna and they proceed to act obnoxiously.
Sept 19, 1988 - U.S. diver Greg Louganis hits his head on the diving board while competing at the Summer Olympics in South Korea and still wins a gold medal.
Oct 11, 1988 - Ventriloquist Waylon Flowers (creator of the character "Madam") dies from AIDS at the age of 58.
Oct 11, 1988 - The first National Coming Out Day is observed.
Dec 1, 1988 - The first World AIDS Day is observed.
Dec 14, 1988 - 6-1/2 years after opening on Broadway, the movie version of Torch Song Trilogy opens in theaters with Matthew Broderick playing the role of Harvey Fierstein's young lover.
Dec 16, 1988 - Beloved disco diva Sylvester succumbs to AIDS at the age of 40.
Dec 20, 1988 - ABC news anchor Max Robinson dies from AIDS at the age of 49.
(To read about gay milestones from other years, double click here.)