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Μέχρι σήμερα, δηλαδή, που δημιουργήθηκε στο Instagram ένας λογαριασμός, @lgbt_history, ο οποίος είναι αφιερωμένος στην ιστορία της ΛΟΑΤΚΙ κοινότητας, φέρνοντας στο προσκήνιο ιστορίες, ντοκουμέντα και φωτογραφίες του παρελθόντος.
"RARE CANCER SEEN IN 41 HOMOSEXUALS – OUTBREAK OCCURS AMONG MEN IN NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA—8 DIED INSIDE 2 YEARS," by Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times (@nytimes), July 3, 1981. . Just a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published a report announcing that five gay men in Los Angeles had died of a rare form of pneumonia, a second CDC report confirmed that the disease—identified as the typically malignant Kaposi's Sarcoma—was spreading among young gay men beyond California. . On July 3, 1981, thirty-six years ago today, in what is considered to be the first mainstream coverage of what ultimately became known as HIV/AIDS, the New York Times included a piece on this second CDC report. . “It said that all the guys had the same history of having had all these sexual diseases: amoebas, hepatitis A and B, mononucleosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea,” Larry Kramer later told Eric Marcus (@makinggayhistorypodcast). “The late 1970s were the years of the amoebas—we forget that. Just as everybody talks about AIDS now, you couldn’t go to a party in the late 1970s without everybody telling an amoeba story. When I saw that article in the Times I was scared because I had had all of those diseases. . “A few weeks later I had a conversation with Dr. Friedman-Kien from @nyuniversity, who told me in essence, ‘This is what’s happening. You’ve got to stop fucking.’ … As a result of that conversation, Dr. Larry Mass, who had been writing about this new health problem in a local gay paper even before the Times wrote about it, and two other guys—now both dead—and I, invited everyone we knew to come to a meeting here at my apartment.” That meeting resulted in the establishment of @gmhc, the world’s first AIDS service organization. . Significant mainstream media coverage of the AIDS epidemic did not begin for at least five—and, some would argue, ten—years after the July 1981 article. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #NeverForget #NeverAgain
“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” – Texas v. Johnson (1989) (quoting Spence v. Washington (1974)) . Picture: Heritage of Pride, New York City, June 25, 1989. Photo c/o AP. . During the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag in front of Dallas City Hall as a means of protesting the Reagan administration. Johnson was arrested, tried, and convicted under a Texas law outlawing desecration of the flag; he was sentenced to one year in jail and fined $2,000. After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, the case went to the United States Supreme Court. . On June 21, 1989, in a 5-4 decision, the Court held that Johnson’s burning of the flag was protected expression under the First Amendment. . “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment,” Justice William Brennan wrote for the majority, “it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” . A few days later, as Pride celebrations took place in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco, queer activists exercised their right to protest the federal government’s murderous policies on AIDS by holding impromptu flag-burnings. . Resistance is patriotic. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #Mood
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