Queer History: May

Welcome to Queer History! Queer History will be a bi-monthly feature highlighting important days in queer history from around the world during the month.

The beginning of May is not exactly chockfull of queer historical events, but I did manage to find a couple of dates of interest.

First week of May, 1970 – Morris Knight leads the Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in a zap of American Psychiatric Association conference in San Francisco, interrupting a film on electroshock therapy as a method for changing sexual orientation with a protest. Many psychiatrists spent an hour talking to them and invited them to a future conference to talk about homosexuality. This protest started the conversations that led to the removal of homosexuality from the DSM in 1973.

5 May 2011 – Brazil’s Supremo Tribunal Federal (Supreme Federal Court) unanimously votes to extend the 112 rights bestowed by União Estável (Stable Unions) to same-sex relationships.

*Featured Image is of the Supremo Tribunal Federal in Brazil.

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Will is the admin of Queereka, part of the Skepchick network. They are a cultural/medical anthropologist who works at the intersections of sex/gender, sexuality, health, and education. Their other interests include politics, science studies, popular culture, and public perceptions and understandings of anthropology. Follow them on Twitter at @anthrowill and Facebook at facebook.com/anthrowill.


  1. May 5, 2012 at 11:55 am —

    I really like this idea!
    Between Global Quickies over on Skepchick and Queer History here, I’m going to spend so much more time on the network.
    Carry on, good sir!

  2. May 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm —

    Ooooooh, I just realized it has been a full year since that STF ruling, ha. That was one very happy day, (:

    A few months after the ruling there were a lot of news coming out where couples who’d been on court for years were finally extended those rights, it was a pretty happy year, actually.

    People still have to go to court to get the “união estável” documents, though (it’s just WAY easier now).

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