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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

November 1st in Queer History

Born this day

Hannah Hoch (1889 –  1978),  German.   Artist

German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage. After an early relationship with Raoul Hausmann, a member of the Berlin Dada movement, she was sexually involved with women and had a relationship from 1926 to 1929 with the Dutch writer and linguist Til Brugman.

Max Adrian (1903 –  1973),  UK.  Actor, Singer

Northern Irish stage, film and television actor and singer. He was a founding member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His lifelong partner was the producer Laurier Lister.

NA Diaman (1936 –  ), US. Author, Artist

Gay American novelist and artist. During the early 1970s, he was active in the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Revolution Party. He wrote for Zygote magazine and Come Out! before co-founding Queer Blue Light, an independent video production group.

Tom Waddell (1937 –  1987),  US. Decathlete,  Founder of the Gay Games

American sportsman who founded the international Gay Games. A football player and gymnast when he was in college,he represented the USA in decathlon at the 1968 Summer Olympics, in which he placed sixth. As a doctor, he worked for a time in the military, and later was employed at a city clinic in the Civic Center area of San Francisco which to this day carries his name.

Bob Hattoy (1950 –  2007),  US.   Activist

American activist on gay rights, AIDS and the environment.

Adolfo Constanzo (1962 – 1989),  US.  Serial Killer

Born in Miami, Florida, he visited Mexico City in 1983, where he recruited two younger men to be his servants, lovers and disciples. Over the next few years he became the leader of a full-fledged religion with drug dealers, musicians and even police officers under his command. The religion, based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, sold drugs, held high-priced religious ceremonies, and by 1987 at the latest, murdered people for use in human sacrifices. These victims fell along with the religion's rivals in dealing drugs.

Sophie B Hawkins (1967 – ) US.   Singer

American singer, songwriter, musician and painter. Her biggest hits are "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover", "Right Beside You", and "As I Lay Me Down".

Her websites states that she is bisexual. In February 2011, Hawkins performed at the "Big Gay Party" event staged by GOProud, as part of the Conservative Political Action Conference festivities.

Pierre Fitch (1981 –  )  Canadian.  Porn,  Producer

Canadian gay pornography actor, formerly exclusive to Falcon Studios. He is also an entrepreneur, who now works for himself as an actor and producer of video productions.

Died this day

Alfred Jarry (1873 -1907),  French.   Author

French writer, best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), which is often cited as a forerunner to the surrealist theatre of the 1920s and 1930s. Jarry included homosexual characters and themes in most of his works.

From 1893 to 1895, he enjoyed a brief relationship with his reputed literary collaborator, the future poet Léon-Paul Fargue. Though Jarry jested often about his homosexuality, this is his only known relationship, which provided the material for his semiautobiographical play, Haldernablou (1894).

Elsa Maxwell (1883 - 1963),  US.   Author, Presenter,  Columnist

American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day.

From 1912 until her death in 1963, Maxwell's lover was Scottish socialite and singer Dorothy "Dickie" Fellowes-Gordon. Fellowes-Gordon was Maxwell's sole heir.

A. A. Marberger (Born 1947 - 1988)  US (?).   Activist,  Gallery,  Manager

Former artistic director of New York's Joffrey Ballet, and later a New York art dealer and director of the Fischbach Gallery on West 57th Street. Before his death in 1988 after complications from AIDS, he was outspoken about his illness and was the subject of several newspaper and magazine profiles as well as a television documentary about his spirited way of dealing with the disease. He volunteered for experimental treatments and actively encouraged and supported fellow AIDS patients. '

Florence Klotz (1920 – 2006) US.  Costume Designer

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

Sodomy laws in history, November 1

1890 — Mississippi adopts a new constitution which permits the exclusion of the public from trials of those accused of the "crime against nature."

1897 — The Illinois Supreme Court is the first to rule that fellatio constitutes the "crime against nature."

1937 — The Mississippi Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus does not violate the state’s "crime against nature" law.

1974 — The Massachusetts Supreme Court strikes down as unconstitutional the state’s unnatural and lascivious acts law. It says that the law can not be applied to private, non-commercial sexual activity between adults.


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