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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

December 20th in Queer History

Born this day

Elsie de Wolfe (1865 – 1950) US
Actress / Interior Designer

Zebedy Colt (1929 –  2004) US
Actor / Musician

Virginia Uribe (1933 - ) US
Educator, counsellor and activist

Dafydd Jenkins (1946 – 2001) UK
Club Manager / Editor

John Spencer (1946 - 2005) US 
Film and television actor, most widely known for his role in "The West Wing".
In 1990 Spencer joined the cast of the television series "L.A. Law", playing rumpled, pugnacious associate attorney Tommy Mullaney. Spencer's work also extended to video games, portraying the role of Captain Hugh Paulsen in the 1995 video game Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom.
From 1999 until his death in 2005, Spencer was cast in the role of White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry on the NBC political drama series "The West Wing". Both Spencer and his character were recovering alcoholics.

Sky Gilbert (1952 – ) Canadian
Drag Queen / Actor / Author / Playwright / Columnist / Critic

Stephen Bicknell (1957 –2007) UK
Organ Builder / Author

Tista Das (1976 – ) Indian

Spencer Duhm (1989 – ) US
Reality TV [Survivor]

Saints' Day:

Ruth and Naomi: Biblical Women in Love

Died this day

Moss Hart (1904 – 1961)
American playwright and theatre director, best known for his interpretations of musical theater on Broadway. Married and a father, but known by his friends to have been gay.

Irving Rapper (1898 - 1999 ) US

Bernard King (1934 - 2002 ) Australian
Actor/ Chef / Presenter

C Hernandez (???? –????) Argentine
Murder Victim

Sodomy in history, December 20 th

1785 — The last known execution for sodomy in the United States occurs in Pennsylvania. Joseph Ross is the victim.

1817 — Georgia reenacts its 1816 criminal code with an identical sodomy law, and this code is enforced.

1897 — The California Supreme Court upholds the sodomy conviction of two prisoners for a consensual act in their cell, the first such reported case in the United States.

1978 — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rules that touching a clothed crotch constitutes "public lewdness."


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