04/29/2013 09:34 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

This Week In Gay History April 28 – May 4: 'Angels In America,' Billie Jean, Gay Bar Terrorist Attack And More


April 28, 1929 - Gay journalist John Paul Hudson is born. Hudson is one of the first gay writers to take up gay rights and become involved in the media. He wrote for the periodical Gay in 1969, the Advocate in 1970 and contributed to David, Gaysweek, News West, Flash and Vector. A tireless activist he is credited with being one of the founders of the gay rights movement that grew out of the Stonewall riots and was one of the principal organizers of the Christopher Street Liberation Day (CSLD) committee, which put together the first GLBT Pride March, in 1970 on the first anniversary of Stonewall.

April 28 1977 - Florida Governor Reubin Askew asks Miami voters to rescind a recently passed gay rights ordinance saying, “I would not want a known homosexual teaching my children. Askew was an ally of Florida Orange Juice spokesperson Anita Bryant, who conducted an anti-gay crusade and signed legislation prohibiting any gay or lesbians in Florida from adopting children.

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