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The Year in LGBT History: 2009


Jan 10, 2009 - Patti LuPone stops in the middle of her performance in Gypsy and has an audience member thrown out for snapping a photo. photos.

Jan 24, 2009 - The TV movie Prayers for Bobby airs on Lifetime, starring Sigourney Weaver.

Feb 8, 2009 - The first Mr. Gay World pageant is held and 37-year-old Max Krzyzanowski of Dublin is crowned in ceremonies held in Whistler, Canada (British Columbia).  19 nations participated but the U.S. entrant withdrew.


Feb 26, 2009 - Dustin Lance Black wins the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk; Sean Penn wins for Best Actor for the same picture.

March 25, 2009 - Grindr, a "hook-up" app for men seeking other men in their neighborhood for sex, is introduced.


March 29, 2009 - Zurich, Switzerland elects a lesbian as mayor, 48-year-old Corine Mauch. 

March 29, 2009 - The Oscar Wilde Bookstore in Greenwich Village closes its doors after 42 years (37 of those years were spent on Christopher St.)



April 19, 2009 - Miss California creates a controversy at the Miss USA Pageant when, during the Q&A portion of the pageant, she declares her opposition to same-sex marriage.

April 27, 2009 - The first same-sex marriages take place in Iowa.



April 30, 2009 - The off-Broadway play The Temperamentals opens, a drama about the founding of The Mattachine Society. 

May 19, 2009 - A preview episode of Glee airs after American Idol.

May 20, 2009 - Adorable Kris Allen is the surprise winner of American Idol, beating gay glam rocker Adam Lambert, who was the favorite.


June 7, 2009 - Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards for the first time (he also hosts the 2011 and 2012 telecasts).

June 11, 2009 - Chastity Bono announces that she plans to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

July 10, 2009 - Hx Magazine, one of New York's two weekly gay entertainment guides, publishes its last issue after being purchased by rival publisher, Next Media.


July 10, 2009 – The movie Humpday opens, a comedy about two straight male friends who, on a dare, agree to make a gay porn film with each other.



Aug 12, 2009 - Harvey Milk is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

Sept 17, 2009 - On Parks & Recreation Deputy of Parks, Leslie Knope, unknowingly marries two male penguins at the town zoo and becomes a hero of the town's gay population.  

Sept 23, 2009 - ABC's new sitcom Modern Family debuts.  It features three couples, one of which is gay daddies Cameron and Mitchell. 



Oct 4, 2009 - On Saturday Night Live, Lady Gaga and Madonna appear in a skit together in which they have a catfight.

Oct 11, 2009 - On tonight's episode of Mad Men, closeted art director Sal (played by out actor Bryan Bratt) is fired after rebuffing the advances of the Lucky Strike client.  This would be Sal's last appearance on the series. 

Dec 11, 2009 - The drama A Single Man, directed by fashion designer Tom Ford and starring Colin Firth, opens in theaters.



Dec 12, 2009 - Houston becomes the largest city in the U.S. with a gay mayor when it elects lesbian Annise Parker to the office.


(To read about LGBT history and pop culture from other years, double click here.)


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