Monday, February 23, 2009

Today in Gay History

February 23, 1933

Adolf Hitler's government begins its persecution
of homosexuals with directives closing gay and
lesbian clubs, banning homophile publications,
and dissolving homosexual rights groups.

On February 1, 1942, a legal amendment formally extends the death penalty to men found guilty of having sex with each other. Thousands of people, mostly men, were sent to concentration camps and put to death wearing the pink triangle.


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