Today in LGBTQ History :: March 9, 2017

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March 9, 1969: The Horrific Death of Howard Efland Beaten To Death by the L.A..P.D. In Dover Hotel Raid – “I repost this story every year on the Anniversary of one o the most brutal murders of a gay man in our recorded history. The incident took place in Los Angeles, CA in 1969 is a reminder of what life was like in our community at a time when we were considered less than human and lived in the shadows and in fear.  We must never forget our past so we can stand guard and make sure that it never happens again.” Full story here via Back2Stonewall!

March 9, 2004: Asbury Park, New Jersey Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples – The licenses are later nullified because they were illegally issued. Asbury Park is one of several jurisdictions to follow the lead of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who began issuing licenses on February 12, 2004.

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