LGBT History Month: Three Queer Events On October 3

10/03/2013 09:59 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
  • James Nichols The Huffington Post

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates! Check back throughout the month for a brief overview of some of the landmark moments throughout the course of our journey as LGBT and queer-identifying individuals.

1973: Dr. Howard Brown, former New York City Health Administrator, made history when he came out of the closet in a speech in front of 600 colleagues. He later became the director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

howard brown

1980: Conservative Republican U.S. Representative Robert Bauman was arrested for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. Prior to his arrest, Bauman was a member of both the Moral Majority the American Conservative Union.

robert bauman

2012: Orlando Cruz became the first out gay professional boxer when USA Today broke the news of the athlete coming out. He said in a statement: "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."

orlando cruz

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