Jan 6, 1993 - Ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev dies from AIDS complications at the age of 54.
Jan. 11, 1993 - Inspired by Rudolf Nureyev's death, Newsweek publishes a cover story titled "AIDS and the Arts".
Jan 16, 1993 - Madonna is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and performs two numbers from her Erotica album, Bad Girl and Fever.
Jan 20, 1993 - Rock guitarist/singer Melissa Etheridge comes out as a lesbian during the Triangle Ball, a LGBT-sponsored party to celebrate Bill Clinton's inauguration.
Jan 29, 1993 - President Clinton announces his intention to lift the ban on gay soldiers in the military.
Feb 11, 1993 - On a classic episode of Seinfeld, Jerry and George are mistaken as gay lovers ("not that there's anything wrong with it").
March 12, 1993 - Janet Reno is sworn in as the nation's first female U.S. Attorney General.
March 17, 1993 - New York mayor David Dinkins boycotts the City's St. Patrick's Day parade to protest its exclusion of a gay Irish contingent of marchers.
May 4, 1993 - Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches opens on Broadway.
May 24, 1993 - The US Senate confirms openly gay Roberta Achtenberg to be a top federal housing official.
May 29, 1993 - Vienna holds its first "Life Ball", which becomes Europe's premier AIDS charity event.
June 8, 1993 - RuPaul's debut CD, Supermodel of the World, is released.
June 9, 1993– In the movie Orlando, which opens today, Quentin Crisp plays Elizabeth I, Tilda Swinton plays a man for the 1st half of the film and Jimmy Somerville plays an angel.
June 21, 1993 - This week's Newsweek cover story is "Lesbians".
July 9, 1993 - The U.S. military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is announced.
July 15, 1993 - The cover of Vanity Fair's August issue shows supermodel Cindy Crawford shaving lesbian singer kd lang.
July 28, 1993 - Wedding bible Brides Magazine runs a one-page article about same-sex weddings.
Sept 11, 1993 - The acclaimed AIDS drama And the Band Played On airs on HBO.
Oct 21, 1993 - Twilight of the Golds opens on Broadway.
Dec 12, 1993 - Bette Midler stars in a made-for-TV version of the musical Gypsy.
Dec 24, 1993 - The AIDS drama Philadelphia opens in theaters, starring Tom Hanks.
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