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This Week In Gay History, February 3rd

Here are a few moments in gay history that occurred on this week in the past (last week in gay history):

  • February 1st
  • February 3rd
    • 2 years ago, in 2021, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is sworn in under President Biden, making history as the first openly-gay Cabinet member in the United States. This was a significant step forward as it marked an end to an era where queer men were discriminated against in federal government and seemingly slandered as security risks. It wasn’t until President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13087 that federal discrimination of LGBTQ employees was officially ended in most federal agencies.
    • 69 years ago, in 1954, President Eisenhower considers releasing breakdown of security firings, which included LGBTQ+ people. Breakdown on Risk Firings Under Study, Evening Star (Article, February 1954).

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