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Thursday, 27 October 2011

October 27th in Queer History

BornThis Day:

Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466 – 1536), Netherlands. Theologian.

Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian

Warren Allen Smith ( 1921 – ),  US.  Author, gay activist

American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist. In 1961, Smith started the Variety Recording Studio, a major independent company off Broadway, New York City, with his business partner and longtime companion Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora. Smith ran the company for almost thirty years (1961–90).In 1969, Smith participated in the Stonewall riots.

Larry Townsend ( 1930 – 2008) US Author

"Larry Townsend" was the pseudonym of the writer 'Bud' Bernhardt of dozens of books, including Run Little Leather Boy (1970) and The Leatherman's Handbook (1972)at pioneer erotic presses such as Greenleaf Classics and the Other Traveler imprint of Olympia Press

Gerd Brantenberg ( 1941 – ) Norwegian Author / Teacher

Norwegian author, teacher, and feminist writer. Her most famous novel is Egalias døtre ("The Daughters of Egalia"), which was published in 1977 in Norway. In the novel the female is defined as the normal and the male as the abnormal, subjugated sex. All words that are normally in masculine form are given in a feminine form, and vice versa.

She was a board member of the Norway's first association for homosexual people Forbundet av 1948, the precursor to the Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation.

Patty Sheehan ( 1956 –) US. Golfer.

Professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1980 and won six major championships and 35 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Sheehan become one of the first LPGA players to publicly announce that she was a lesbian

Brian Pockarl ( 1959 – 1992) Canadian Figure Skater

A Canadian figure skater, who was the three-time Canadian national champion (1978–1980), 1980 Olympian, and the 1982 World bronze medallist. He died of AIDS in 1992

K8 Hardy (1977 –  ) US Artist / Performance Artist

Brooklyn based artist working mainly in video and performance. She is represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art. Hardy is one of the founding editors of LTTR, a radical genderqueer, lesbian-feminist art collective and journal.

And those who died:

Nico Engelschman (1913 - 1988) Dutch Actor / Activist

Dutch actor, gay activist and Dutch resistance fighter during World War II .

Charles Hawtrey (1914 - 1988 ) UK Actor

English comedy actor, best known from the "Carry on " series, but his career also encompassed the theatre (as both actor and director), the cinema (where he regularly appeared supporting Will Hay in the 1930s and 40s and films such as The Ghost of St Michaels),and television.

Allen R Schindler Jr. (1969 – 1992 ) US Naval Petty Officer, murdered in hate crime killing.

Radioman Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy who was murdered for being gay. He was killed in a public toilet in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan by shipmate Terry M. Helvey, who acted with the aid of an accomplice, Charles Vins, in what Esquire called a "brutal murder". The case became synonymous with the gays in the military debate that had been brewing in the United States culminating in the "Don't ask, don't tell" bill.

Sodomy in History, October 27

1910 — The Maine Supreme Court rules that there are no common-law crimes in the state.
1955 — A California appellate court upholds the oral copulation conviction of a man who tried to bribe the arresting police officer not to arrest him.
1959 — A New York appellate court overturns the disorderly conduct conviction of a man who thrust his erect penis at police, because there was no breach of the peace.
1969— The Michigan Court of Appeals upholds the sodomy conviction of a man even though the trial judge believed much of the testimony against him was untrue.

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