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Friday, 11 November 2011

November 11th in Queer History

Born this day

David I Walsh
(1872 - 1947) US Senator for Massachusetts, who in 1942 was named by the New York Post as implicated in a sensational Nazi spy sex scandal. It was alleged that he was a frequent visitor to a male brothel patronized by US Navy personnel, that had been infiltrated by Nazi spies. The brothel owner,Gustave Beekman, was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 20 years for sodomy, and three Nazi agents arrested and convicted. Senator Walsh predictably protested his innocence, insisting that he had never been near the place. However,in statements to police, Beekman and others identified Walsh as a regular patron. President Roosevelt, in conversations with his vice-president and with the Senate majority leader, said "everybody knew" that Walsh was homosexual.

David J Acer ( 1949 –  1990) US.  Dentist

American dentist who died of AIDS - and is the only health care worker known to have infected some of his patients with the virus.

Max Mutchnick ( 1965 –  ) US.  Screenwriter, Producer

American television producer. He has received an Emmy Award, a People's Choice Award, and several Golden Globe Award nominations.
Mutchnik married his partner, lawyer Erik Hyman, on October 25, 2008. The couple are fathers to twin girls, Evan and Rose, via a surrogate.

Peaches (1966/8 –  ) Canadian.  Singer

Born as Merrill Beth Nisker,Peaches is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist, whose songs are noted for disregarding traditional gender norms and their use of sexually explicit lyrics.

Carson Kressley (1969 – ) US.  Presenter, Actor

Fashion expert on the American television program Queer Eye. He is also the motivational host of the TV show How to Look Good Naked.

Died this day

Pedro Zamora (1972 - 1994) Puerto Rican / US.  Reality TV [Real World: San Francisco], Activist

Cuban-American AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly gay with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media,Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on MTV's reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco

Sodomy laws in history, November 11

1901 — The new Alabama constitution specifically denies the right to vote to anyone convicted of the "crime against nature."



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