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Thursday, 6 December 2012

December 6th in Queer History

Born this day

Charles Edward Sayle (1864 –  1924) UK  
Poet / Librarian

Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892 – 1969) UK.  
English writer,the brother of Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, who first began to write poetry while serving in the trenches during the First World War.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893 –  1978) UK.  
English novelist and poet, who is an important lesbian voice of the earlier twentieth century. and was the life partner of  the poet Valentine Ackland,

Together, Ackland and Warner embarked on an unusual poetry venture - a book of poems, at the heart of which is a group of celebratory, erotic love poetry, published under both names simultaneously, with no indication which poem was the work of which poet.

Agnes Moorehead (1900 – 1974), US
American actress, best known to modern audiences for her role as the witch Endora in the series Bewitched, although she has appeared in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years.

Zeki Muren (1931 – 1996), Turkish.  
a prominent Turkish singer, composer and actor. He was famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation in his singing of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs.
Müren dressed effeminately, wearing large, ornate rings and heavy make up, especially in the later years of his life. In many ways, he had a pioneering role in rendering the Turkish society more accepting about homosexuality. He, with his distinct style, remained a highly respected artist throughout his career, and in a sense, paved the way for many later, more openly gay or transsexual Turkish artists.

Tom Hulce (1953 - ), US.
American actor and theater producer. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Mozart in the movie Amadeus and his role as "Pinto" in National Lampoon's Animal House. Additional acting awards included a total of four Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award nomination. Hulce retired from acting in the mid-1990s in order to focus upon stage directing and producing. In 2007, he won a Tony Award as a lead producer of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

In a 2008 interview with Seattle Gay News, he stated that he was "comfortable" being placed in lists of openly gay actors.

Jim Provenzano (1961 –  ), US. 
American author, playwright, photographer and currently the Assistant Arts Editor for the Bay Area Reporter. In May, 2010, he co-created and became editor of BARtab, the Bay Area Reporter's monthly LGBT nightlife guide.

Kathleen Bryson (1968 – ), US. 
Novelist, painter, actor and filmmaker. Bryson, who describes herself as bisexual, has been clear in several interviews that she does not consider either heterosexuality or homosexuality to have a genetic basis, but rather considers them to be the result of many social and environmental factors.
"People often forget that 'gayness' and 'heterosexuality' are new concepts, less than a hundred and fifty years old... 'Straight' and 'gay' and 'bisexual' are all social constructions anyway, but until the world is more comfortable with same-sex desire I'll be calling myself bisexual, as that word comes the closest to describing my own personal make-up."

Anders Hornslien (1970 – ) Norwegian. 
Norwegian media personality and politician for the Labour Party, he has served as a member of Oslo city council and as deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo.
In 1996 he became the world's first member of parliament to enter a partnership union, with former state secretary and political party fellow Vidar Ovesen.

Carole Thate (1971 – ) Dutch.  
Dutch former field hockey player, who played 168 international matches for the Netherlands. Thate is married,to one of the highest international goal scorers, the Australian striker Alyson Annan.

Heather Mizeur (1972 – ) US. 
American politician from Maryland. A Democrat, she is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the state's 20th district in Montgomery County.
She lives with her partner Deborah Mizeur (née Veres. Her election campaigns have both won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Died this day

Elisabeth de Gramont (1875 - 1954) French 
Antoinette Corisande Élisabeth, Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre (née de Gramont) was a French writer of the early 20th century, best known for her long-term lesbian relationship with Natalie Clifford Barney. She was a close friend, and sometimes critic of writer Marcel Proust, whom she had met on June 9, 1903. In her youth, Élisabeth de Gramont was a strikingly pretty woman. Opinionated, outspoken, she became openly bisexual by the turn of the century, despite being married.

George Platt Lynes (1907 - 1955)  US 
American photographer, who became one of the country's most successful fashion and portrait photographers, but his greatest work may have been his intensely homoerotic dance images and male nudes.

Lynes also photographed several series of male nudes. These photographs frequently depict mythological figures, utilize theatrical lighting, feature symbolic tableaux or props, and are nearly always frankly homoerotic in their appeal.

Given the state of censorship at this time, it is not surprising that Lynes never published these photographs. Instead, he restricted their circulation to friends and admirers. Nevertheless, he considered these private photographs his most significant work, a judgment in which some later critics have concurred.

Timothy Patrick Murphy (1959 - 1988)  US 
American actor, perhaps best known for his role as "Mickey Trotter" on the popular CBS prime time soap opera Dallas during the 1982–83 season. Murphy contracted HIV and died of AIDS on December 6, 1988 in Sherman Oaks, California. He once stated that he'd had an affair with the allegedly bisexual actor Brad Davis, who had AIDS and committed assisted suicide in 1991.

Robert Fizdale (1920 - 1995)  US 
Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale were an American two-piano ensemble; they were also authors and television cooking show hosts.
Gold and Fizdale met during their student years at the Juilliard School. They formed a lifelong partnership based around their common interests of music , travel and cooking.

Sodomy in history, December 6th

1918 — A California appellate court upholds the sodomy conviction of a soldier, rejecting an intoxication defense.

1927 — The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus is not a "crime against nature." The oral sex provision of the Wisconsin law specifically outlaws only fellatio.

1956 — The South Carolina Supreme Court upholds a libel judgement in favor of a 12-year-old boy against a newspaper for accusing him of attempted sodomy with other boys during an initiation.

1957 — The Tennessee Supreme Court upholds an attempt to commit the crime against nature by having "tried" to touch another male.

1972 — Pennsylvania passes a new criminal code that reduces the penalty for sodomy from a felony to a misdemeanor and exempts married couples from its coverage.

1978 — In a post-repeal case, a New Jersey appellate court finds the state’s sodomy law unconstitutional as an invasion of privacy.

1989 — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that California’s high age of consent (18) does not violate equal protection of the law because it is different from that of other states.


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