Queerstory February Round-Up

Panti's Noble Call, the deaths of the Diceman, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, the date for the marriage referendum was set and GCN was born. February may be the shortest month of the year but it is jam-packed with queerstory.

Queerstory image collage of Canandian Stonewall, two men hold hands wearing an american flag and a gay pride flag, Tennesse Williams, Keith Haring, Moonlight and Sam Smith

On the 10th of February 1988, the very first issue of GCN was published, marking the beginning of our Queerstory. Officially designated as LGBT History Month in the UK, February is studded with events both personal and political, recent and historic, that impacted Ireland, the queer community and the global public at large. 

Without further ado, we present the month of February in #Queerstory, one gay at a time: 


February 1

1st February 2014: Panti Bliss gives a Noble Call speech at the Abbey Theatre in response to events surrounding the RTE controversy #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Wednesday, January 31, 2018


February 2


February 3

3rd February 1874: American novelist and poet Gertrude Stein is born. Stein gained international fame in 1933, when she…

Posted by GCN on Saturday, February 3, 2018


February 4

4th February 2015: the first resource for primary school teachers aimed to help dealing with homobobic and transphobic bullying was launched in Ireland. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Sunday, February 4, 2018

February 5


February 6

6th February 1989: The American Bar Association votes 251 to 121 in favor of supporting federal legislation to prohibit discrimination against gay men and lesbians. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Monday, February 5, 2018

February 7


February 8

8th February 2015: Sam Smith becomes the first out gay artist to win four Grammys in one night. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Wednesday, February 7, 2018


February 9


February 10

10 February 1988: The very first issue of GCN is published. Designed by Niall Sweeney, the front page headline is about…

Posted by GCN on Saturday, February 10, 2018



February 11


February 12

12th February 2015: The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) publish a statement supporting same-sex marriage. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Sunday, February 11, 2018


February 13

February 14

14th February 2014: Canadian actress Ellen Page comes out as gay: “I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out." #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 15



February 16

16th February 1990: Keith Haring, iconic New York street and pop artist, dies at age 31 from AIDS. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Friday, February 16, 2018


February 17


February 18

18th February 1934: Queer poet Audre Lorde was born today. She helped found Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the world's first publishing company run by women of color. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Sunday, February 18, 2018


February 19


February 20

20th February 1995: Scottish actor and mime artist Thom McGinty dies, age 42. McGinty, better known as "The Diceman",…

Posted by GCN on Tuesday, February 20, 2018


February 21


February 22

22nd February 1987: American artist Andy Warhol dies aged 58. Warhol was the 'father' of pop art. #OnThisDay #Queerstory

Posted by GCN on Thursday, February 22, 2018



February 23


February 24

24th February 2004: President George W. Bush announces that he supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex…

Posted by GCN on Saturday, February 24, 2018



February 25


February 26

26th February 2016: Katherine Zappone becomes the first out lesbian to enter the Irish Cabinet during the 2016 election….

Posted by GCN on Sunday, February 25, 2018



February 27


February 28

28th February 1916: American author Henry James passes away. His works include 'A Portrait of a Lady' &'The Wings of the…

Posted by GCN on Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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