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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

November 23rd in Queer History

Events this day in queer history:

1973 – First Gay Academic Union conference (two day conference)

Born this day

Bill Bissett (1939 –  ), Canadian. Poet

Canadian poet famous for his anti-conventional style. He often does not capitalise his name or use capital letters. In 2006, Nightwood Editions published "radiant danse uv being", a poetic tribute to bissett with contributions from more than 80 writers.

Bruce Vilanch(1948 – ), US. Scriptwriter, Comedian, Actor

American comedy writer, songwriter and actor. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winner.

Died this day

Gene Moore (1910 - 1998), US.  Window Dresser
A leading window dresser of the 20th century, who worked for almost forty years for Tiffany's on Fifth Avenue. (The example of his work above uses a watermelon made of gumdrops to display the jewellery).

Boudewijn Buch (1948 - 2002),Dutch. Author, Presenter

Dutch writer, poet and television presenter.

Sodomy laws in history, November 23

1828 — Florida repeals its common-law reception statute, thus legalizing sodomy.

1943 — The Indiana Supreme Court upholds a conviction for attempted sodomy of a man who made repeated attempts to seduce a male teenager, and the teenager had police arrest the man.

— Wisconsin enacts a new criminal code that reduces the penalty for sodomy from a felony to a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 9 months in jail.

1977 — An Ohio court dismisses an importuning charge because the undercover police officer encouraged the solicitation.

1998 — Reversing a 1996 decision, the Georgia Supreme Court strikes down the state’s sodomy law on broad privacy grounds.



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