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