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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

October 25th in Queer History: Art, Crime,Music, Poetry, Politics, Porn, Theatre

Born this day:

Fritz Haarmann (1879 – 1925) German serial killer.

Friedrich Heinrich Karl "Fritz" Haarmann, also known as the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer who is believed to have been responsible for the murder of 27 boys and young men between 1918 and 1924. He was convicted, found guilty of 24 murders and executed.

Claude Cahun ( 1894 – 1954) Gender bending French photographer, writer.

Born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob, Cahun was a French artist, photographer and writer.  Her work was both political and personal, and often played with the concepts of gender and sexuality.

David McReynolds (1929 – ) US Politician / Activist.

American democratic socialist and pacifist activist who described himself as "a peace movement bureaucrat" during his 40-year career with Liberation magazine and the War Resisters League. He was the first openly gay man to run for President of the United States.

Fenton Johnson ( ? –  )
Award - winning US Author of "Geography of the Heart" and and "Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks", as well as two novels,"Crossing the River" and "Scissors, Paper, Rock".

Muffin Spencer-Devlin (1953 – ), US professional golfer.

Openly lesbian professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour. She made cameo appearances in the Star Trek film Generations that was released in 1994, and in "The Chute", the third episode of the 1995 series Star Trek: Voyager.

Arthur Rhames ( 1957 – 1989 ), US Musician / Singer / Composer.

A guitarist, tenor saxophonist, pianist and melodica stylist, Krishna devotee, and a legend of New York City avant-garde jazz. Despite his much-admired technical virtuosity and unmatched dedication, the Bedford Stuyvesant-born multi-instrumentalist was unable to score a recording contract before succumbing to AIDS-related illness at the age of 32.

David Furnish (1962 – ) Canadian.  Film director, partner to Elton John

Canadian/British filmmaker, former advertising executive, and now a film director and producer most known for his documentary "Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras". He is the civil partner of British entertainer Elton John.

Buddy Jones (1968 –) Canadian Porn.

Actor in gay pornography, 1999 Grabby Awards winner of Best Threeway Sex Scene with Marcio do Costa and Sergei Jordanov in "Thick As Thieves"   

Chely Wright (1970 – ) US Singer, LGBT activist.

American country music artist and, starting in 2010, gay rights activist. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. In May 2010, Wright became the first major country music performer to publicly come out as gay, citing among her reasons  a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".

Died this day:

Emma Stebbins (1815 - 1882 ), US Sculptor and lesbian pioneer.

Stebbins was among the first notable American woman sculptors, who lived openly as a lesbian in nineteenth century Rome.

Frederick Rolfe (1860 - 1913)
UK Author / Artist

Virgil Fox (1912 - 1980 )
American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more familiar with rock 'n' roll music and were staged complete with light shows. 

Sodomy in History, October 25

1917 — An Oklahoma appellate court rules that fellatio is a "crime against nature."
1966 — In Columbus, a dentist begins a 3½-year battle with the state of Ohio over consensual sodomy charges. After courts continue to dismiss the charges, the state finally gives up its prosecution efforts in 1970.
1973 — The California Supreme Court upholds the removal of Judge Leland Geiler for prodding a man with a dildo.

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