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Saturday, 8 December 2012

December 8th in Queer History

Born this day

Norman Douglas (1952 - 1868) UK
British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.

Leroy F Aarons (1933 - 2004 ) US 
journalist, editor, author, playwright, founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In 2005 he was inducted into the NLGJA Hall of Fame.

Dan Hartman (1994 - 1950 ) US
American singer, songwriter and record producer, who died of an AIDS-related brain tumor three and a half months past his 43rd birthday .

Paul Rutherford (1959 – )  UK
The former backing vocalist, dancer and occasional keyboardist with 1980s pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH), Rutherford was one of the group's two openly gay singers.

Hope Powell (1966 – ) UK
English former international footballer who is the coach of the England women's national football team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland women's Olympic football team.
In August, 2010, she was named in 68th place on The Independent newspaper’s Pink List of influential lesbian and gay people in the UK.

Brendan Burke (1988 –  2010) Canada / US
Athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men's ice hockey team.
In November, 2009, he made international headlines for coming out, advocating for tolerance and speaking out against homophobia in professional sports.

Died this day

Claude Cahun (1894 - 1954) French
French artist, photographer and writer. [1] Her work was both political and personal, and often played with the concepts of gender and sexuality.

Boris Kochno (1904 - 1990) Russian 
Russian poet, dancer and librettist, in 1920 became Sergei Diaghilev's secretary, librettist, and eventually main collaborator. He also had an affair with Cole Porter in 1925, with whom he carried on a lengthy correspondence.

Nicky Crane (1958 - 1993) UK 
British neo-Nazi skinhead activist. He came out as gay before dying from an AIDS-related illness in 1993.

James Stoll (1936 -1994 ) US 
Unitarian Universalist minister who became the first ordained minister of any religion in the United States or Canada to come out as gay. He led the effort that convinced the Unitarian Universalist Association to pass the first-ever gay rights resolution in 1970.

Howard Rollins (1950 - 1996 )
American television, film, and stage actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the film Ragtime, and as Virgil Tibbs on the NBC/CBS television series In the Heat of the Night.

Sodomy in history, December 8 th.

1943 — A California appellate court upholds a crime against nature conviction based on a judge’s "inferences" from testimony.

1989 — The Kansas Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus does not violate the state’s sodomy law. Since the law applies only to people of the same sex and covers only oral and anal sex, this means that Gay men can be prosecuted under it, but Lesbians can not.


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