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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October 26th in Queer History: Karin Boye, Kris Kovick, Rex Gildo, Kris Kovick

1996First Intersex Awareness Day held in the USA

Born this day:

Karin Boye (1900 – 1941), Swedish.  Poet / Author

Swedish writer and poet, born in Gothenburg. In 1929 she married Leif Björk but they were divorced in 1934. Boye committed suicide in Alingsås.

Holly Woodlawn ( 1946 – )Puerto Rican. Actress.

Transgendered actress and former Warhol superstar, who appeared in his movies Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1972).

Keith Strickland ( 1953 –  ), US.  Musician

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and one of the founding members of the The B-52s. Originally the band's drummer, Strickland switched to guitar after the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985. Strickland also plays keyboards and bass guitar on many of The B-52s recordings, and has occasionally provided backing vocals

Ben Brantley (1954 – )US.  Theatre Critic

Journalist, and the chief theater critic of The New York Times.

Glen Murray (1957 –), Canadian.Politician.

Canadian politician and urban issues advocate. He served as the 41st Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1998 to 2004, and was the first openly gay mayor of a large North American city. He subsequently moved to Toronto, Ontario, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Toronto Centre in 2010. In August 2010, he was appointed to the provincial cabinet as Minister of Research and Innovation. Murray was re-elected in October 2011, and appointed Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

El-Farouk Khaki ( 1963 – )Tanzanian / Canadian. Politician / Lawyer / Activist.

Canadian refugee and immigration lawyer, and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, sexual orientation, and progressive Islam. He was the New Democratic Party's candidate for the House of Commons in the riding of Toronto Centre in a March 17, 2008 by-election. Khaki came in second with 13.8% of the vote.

Died this Day:

Mabel Hampton (1902 - 1989),US.
American lesbian activist, a dancer during the Harlem Renaissance, and a philanthropist for both black and lesbian/gay organizations.

Alexander Wilson  (1953 - 1993), US / Canadian.   Author,  Horticulturist and Activist.

Writer, teacher, landscape designer, and community activist.

Rex Gildo (1936 - 1999), German.  Singer, Actor.

German singer of Schlager ballads who reached the height of his popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, selling over 25 million records and starring in film and television roles.

Kris Kovick (1951 - 2001)
US Author / Cartoonist

California-based writer, cartoonist and printer, who died of breast cancer.

Sodomy in History, October 26

1885 — The first reported court case under the 1879 Pennsylvania fellatio statute results in a conviction being overturned and a new trial ordered to determine if the "victim" was actually an accomplice.
1949 — The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the District’s 1948 sodomy law’s nonspecific indictment provision.
1959 — Wisconsin permits anyone convicted of consensual sodomy to be denied a driver’s license, presumably so that they can’t cruise.

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