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Friday, 28 October 2011

October 28th in QueerHistory

2009 – President Obama signs bill to include sexual orientation into the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law

Born this day:

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke ( 1856 - 1942), US.  Painter

American portrait and genre painter born in San Francisco, California, United States. She is perhaps best known for her portraits of famous women including Rosa Bonheur and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. As a girl, Anna had been given a "Rosa" doll, styled after the French animal painter Rosa Bonheur -- so famous at the time that dolls were made in her image. From early childhood, Anna had been fascinated and inspired by the woman artist.Intent on painting Bonheur's portrait, she met Rosa Bonheur on October 15, 1889, under the pretext of being the interpreter for a horse dealer. The two women were soon living together at Bonheur's estate in Thomery, near Fontainebleau, and their relationship endured until Bonheur's death in 1899.

Francis Bacon (1909 –1992), Irish/ British.  Painter.

Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Despite Margaret Thatcher having famously described him as "that man who paints those dreadful pictures", he was the subject of two major Tate retrospectives during his lifetime and received a third in 2008.

Karl Lange (1915 – ?   ) German / US. Imprisoned by Nazis for homosexuality.

Born in Hamburg, Germany to an American father and a German mother, Lange was imprisoned by the Nazis in 1935 and again in 1937 for the then crime of homosexuality. After the war, he lost his job with a bank when his employers learnt of his convictions.

Florence Klotz (1920 – 2006) US.  Costume Designer

American costume designer on Broadway and film. Her partner was producer and stage manager Ruth Mitchell.

Walter Capiau (1937 –  ) Belgian.  Presenter,  Politician

Originally a teacher of religion, Capiau later became a popular radio presenter and Television host of popular game shows. For years he maintained strict silence over his sexuality, but came out unequivocally in magazine interview in 2003. In 2006, he stood as a candidate for local council elections.

Andy Bey ( 1939 – ) US.  Musician , Singer

Openly gay jazz singer and pianist. Bey has a wide vocal range, with his four octave baritone voice.

Fran Winant (1943 – ) US. Poet,  Painter, lesbian activist,

Poet, painter, and activist Fran Winant was one of the early participants in the Stonewall-inspired gay rights movement of the 1970s. Through her poetry and visual art, she helped define the role and sensibility of lesbians in the contexts of gay liberation and radical feminism, especially during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Derek Hartley (1969 – ) US,  Presenter

American talk show host, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Gay/Lesbian channel, OutQ.

Peter van der Vorst ( 1971 –  ) Dutch.  TV Presenter, Columnist

Dutch television presenter, and columnist for the Dutch magazine "Gay Krant".

Died this day:

Mitchell Leisen (1898 - 1972) US,  Director,  Costume Designer.

American film director, art director, andcostume designer. Though married, Leisen was reported to be gay or bisexual. According to Carolyn Roos, Leisen's long time business manager's daughter, he had a very long relationship with dancer/actor/choreographer Billy Daniel up until the 1950's.

Joe Herzenberg (1941 - 2007) US Politician, Historian, Activist

American historian, political activist, advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. In 1987, he became the first openly gay elected official in North Carolina, when he was elected to the town council of Chapel Hill.

Sodomy Laws in History, October 28th

1824 — French historian Astolphe de Custine is beaten by soldiers he solicited. He reluctantly files charges against them.
1864 — A trial court in Utah dismisses the sodomy charge against a man because Utah has no sodomy law. Later that day, the man, Frederick Jones, is murdered (apparently by his partner’s father) but the murderer is released due to a lack of witnesses.
1867 — A Cleveland newspaper reports that a man who sexually assaulted a boy was provided only with "lodging for the night."
1971 — The Oregon Medical Board gives a Gay physician 10 years probation that includes never having sex and not treating any Gay or Lesbian patients. A court later overturns these restrictions.

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