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This week we observe the 40th anniversary of the 1978 “Queer November to Remember” – the first victory by US equality forces over an anti-LGBTQ ballot measure after a wave of defeats … followed less than three weeks later by the shocking assassination of one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials. Those events did not happen in a vacuum: during the first few years after the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City, hundreds of “Gay Liberation” groups formed across the US ... And by 1976, some had successfully promoted local anti-discrimination ordinances with little resistance. But then along came a former beauty queen and pop singer whose main gig at the time was pushing Florida Orange Juice ... as This Way Out’s Greg Gordon recalls...

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