Events in queer history:2008 - A lower court in Florida, USA declares the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples is unconstitutional
Born this day
Margaret Caroline Anderson (1886 – 1973),US. Editor
American founder, editor and publisher of the art and literary magazine "The Little Review", which published a collection of modern American, English and Irish writers between 1914 and 1929. The periodical is most noted for introducing many prominent American and British writers of the 20th century, such as Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot in the United States, and publishing the first thirteen chapters of James Joyce's then-unpublished novel, Ulysses.
Her co-editor on the Review was her lover, Jane Heap.
Denise Restout (1915 – 2004) French. Musician, Teacher, Author, Editor
Keyboard teacher; expert on German and French Baroque performance practice for the keyboard; and protégé, assistant, editor, biographer and domestic partnerof noted harpsichordist Wanda Landowska.
Arthur Tress (1940 – ) US. Photographer
Notable American photographer, well known for his staged surrealism and exposition of the human body.
American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. A MTF transsexual, she starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh and Women in Revolt, and was a muse of the protopunk band The Velvet Underground.
Born James Lawrence Slattery in Queens, NY, she changed her name to Hope Slattery in 1963/1964 after she started going to gay bars in Manhattan and making visits to a doctor on Fifth Avenue for hormone injections. Later, she changed her name again, eventually settling on Candy Darling. After appearing in Warhol's films, she appeared in further independent films, and on stage.
Thorne was a senior leader of America’s oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP. He served as a surrogate on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and the Campaign's LGBT Leadership Council. He has served at Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights Campaign Foundation the nation’s largest LBGT civil rights organization as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President.
Died this day
Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, notable for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Are the Champions". In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, penning hits such as "Barcelona", "I Was Born to Love You" and "Living on My Own".
He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
American crime writer and poet, best known for a series of novels starring his most iconic creation, the private eye Dave Brandstetter, an openly gay private eye who still embodied the tough, no-nonsense personality of the classic hardboiled protagonist.
Hansen was married to artist Jane Bancroft, a lesbian, from 1943 to her death in 1994. He said their relationship was that of "a gay man and a woman who happened to love each other." The couple had one daughter, who later had a sex-change operation.
Sodomy laws in history, November 24
1982 — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturns the lewdness conviction of a man for dropping to his knees during a dance and kissing the clothed crotch of another man.