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- Althea Garrison runs for Boston City Council.
- Dung Hà becomes the lover of the influential crime boss Hùng Cốm — her influence in the criminal underworld of Hai Phong grows.
- Althea Garrison runs for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She wins the election by 437 votes. She is subsequently outed in the Boston Herald by reporter Eric Fehrnstrom.
- July 6: Marsha P. Johnson is found dead. Her death is ruled a suicide.
- Laws criminalizing homosexuality are repealed in East Germany.
- East and West Germany reunited — decriminalizing homosexuality in West Germany.
- The U.S. Postal Service releases a Ma Rainey commemorative stamp.
- Matthew Shepard attends his senior year of high school at the American School in Switzerland because his father is working in Saudi Arabia.
- Althea Garrison runs for re-election, and is defeated.
- It is around this time that Jackie Shane moves to Nashville and disappears for several years.
- A new group forms but adopts the name of the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee.
- October 6: Matthew Shepard meets two men at a bar in Laramie, Wyoming and is lured to their truck. They rob him and torture him, and leave him tied to a fence.
- October 7: Matthew Shepard is discovered by cyclist Aaron Kreifels. He is in a coma, and is ultimately brought to Pudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins where he remains on life support.
- October 12: Matthew Shepard is taken off of life support and passes away.