20 LGBTQ+ Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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We all love a good fact, especially those we probably didn’t know! We’ve trawled through the internet to bring you twenty random interestingly short, weird and cool facts about the LGBTQ+ community including some facts which date back into the history of pride.

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But without going on, here are 20 short LGBTQ+ facts which you probably didn't know about:

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  1. The oldest known pornography dating back over 3,000 years features male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

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  1. A billionaire from Honk Kong offered £50 million to any man that could woo and marry his lesbian daughter… would you believe that it didn’t work!

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  1. In the early 17th century in London, there was a gay brothel situated where Buckingham Palace is today. Wonder if the Queen knows?

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  1. In the 1985 film Back To The Future, there was a scene deleted where Marty tells Doc that he’s scared that hitting his mother could make him gay. We don't know how?

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  1. The word ‘drag’ is supposedly an acronym for a stage direction coined by Shakespeare and his contemporaries meaning ‘Dressed Resembling A Girl’. YAAAS Shakespeare!

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  1. Up until the late 1400s, the word ‘girl’ only had meaning for a child of either sex. Male children were referred to as ‘knave girls’ whereas females were known as ‘gay girls’. 

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  1. In 1962, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Hendrix pretended to be gay in order to get out of the army.

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  1. It wasn’t until 1982, that the Gay Related Immune Disorder (GRID) was renamed Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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  1. The entire species of the Dwarf Chimpanzee are bisexual. In fact, homosexuality has been observed within 1,500 animal species globally.

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  1. With over 800,000 LGBT residents, San Francisco is the highest LGBT populated cities in the world. Who's moving with us!? 

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  1. The first ever sex change operation was carried out by Dr. John Money who performed the male-to-female (MTF) surgery in 1968 at Johns Hopkins University USA.

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  1. There has been no research that has conclusively proven what creates homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

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  1. The pink triangle was used to symbolise gay men within Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Lesbians were sometimes required to wear a black triangle.

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  1. Records of same-sex relationships have been identified in nearly every culture throughout history with varying degrees of acceptance.

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  1. It has been highlighted that gay people are more likely to be left-handed much more than heterosexuals. Which handed are you?

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  1. The word ‘lesbian’ derives from the Greek island Lesbos which was home of Greek poet Sappho who proclaimed her love for girls within her poetry.

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  1. Thanks to the opening ceremony of the London 2020 Olympics, the first gay kiss was screened in Saudi Arabia as the ceremony contained a clip from the first televised lesbian kiss in the UK dating back to 1993 in the soap Brookside.

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  1. The world’s oldest surviving LGBT organisation is the Center for Culture and Leisure (COC) in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1956 and used this name to cover its taboo purpose.

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  1. The first celebrity to publicly come out as openly gay was American Actor and interior designer William Haines way back in 1933. Go Billy! 

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  1. There are now approximately 1 million children within the US who are currently being raised by same-sex couples. And we bet they're having great lives! 

   

    

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And that's it for this list. We hope you learnt some new awesome facts you didn't know! 

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