October 4, 2002—Transgender Teen Gwen Araujo is murdered in
October 5, 2004—A Louisiana judge throws out an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.
October 6, 1968—Metropolitan Community Church of L.A. is founded by Rev. Troy Perry.
October 6, 1998—Gay college student Matthew Shepard is beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming.
October 9, 1984—Dr. Mervyn Silverman, San Francisco’s Public Health Director orders Gay Bathhouses and Other Businesses to close saying they were ‘’fostering disease and death.”
October 9 - 12, 1998—First International Retreat for Lesbian and Gay Muslims is held in Boston.
October 10, 2008—The Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford
rules that the state must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
October 11, 1987—Half a million people participated in the second
March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington.
October 11, 1988—First National Coming Out Day is celebrated.
October 12 - 15, 1979—First March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights with estimated 75,000 attendees.
October 12 - 15, 1979—First National Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference Convenes.
October 12, 1998—Matthew Shepard died from severe head injuries at age 21.
October 14 - 17, 1987—Latin American and Caribbean Lesbian Feminist Network is formed and it was held in Mexico.
October 15, 2013—Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory are the first
same-sex couple to receive a marriage license application in Buncombe County, NC.
October 18, 1973—Lambda Legal Authorized to Practice Law.
October 18, 2012—The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that
the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA), violates the Constitution’s
equal protection clause, deciding in favor of widow Edith Windsor.
October 21, 2013—Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New Jersey
by court decision.
October 22, 2009—The United States Congress passed the Matthew
Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
October 28, 2009—President Barack Obama signed hate crime
legislation into law at the state and federal levels.
October 31, 1969—Time Magazine runs a cover story entitled, “The Homosexual: Newly Visible, Newly Understood.”
October 1955—Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon formed Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States, in SF.
October 1969—Nuestro Mundo Forms as First Queer Organization
October, 1974—Lesbian Connection begins publication by the Ambitious
Amazons in Michigan.
October, 1980—Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press is founded by author Barbara Smith at the suggestion of her friend, poet Audre Lorde.
October, 1992—Canadian Military Lifts Its Ban on Gays and Lesbians.
Sources: Historic Calendar Project, Wikipedia, Library of Congress,
Gay/Lesbian Issues, CNN.