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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

March 14th in Queer History

Events this day in Queer History

2008 – Bill passed in Victoria, Australia to allow registered partnerships (effective 1st December 2008)

Born this day

Alfred Redl  (1864 –  1913) Austrian

Harold Monro  (1879 –  1932) UK

Sylvia Beach  (1887 –  1962) US

Malka Drucker  (1945 – )  US
Rabbi / Author

Franco Grillini  (1955 – ) Italian
Politician / Activist

Sean Mathias  (1956 –  ) UK
Actor / Director / Screenwriter

Terry George  (1965 – ) UK
Entrepreneur / Club Owner / Photographer / Columnist

Kevin Williamson  (1965 – )  US

Mary Cheney  (1969 – )  US

Kayne Gillaspie  (1979 – )  US
Reality TV [Project: Runway] / Fashion Designer

Died this day

Bruno Balz  (1902 - 1988 ) German

Howard Ashman US
Playwright / Songwriter / Director / Producer (1950 - 1991)

Ryan Skipper (1981 - 2007) US
Hate Crime Victim

Sodomy in history, March

1778 - Gotthold Frederick Enslin was the first American soldier dismissed from the army for homosexuality.

1848Virginia changes the penalty for sodomy to 1-5 years for free persons and keeps the death penalty for slaves.

1878 Virginia raises the minimum penalty for sodomy from 1 to 2 years.

1890Wyoming amends its sodomy law to prohibit fellatio, but not cunnilingus. The maximum penalty for sodomy also is reduced from life to 5 years.

1955 — The Colorado Supreme Court upholds a sodomy conviction and says the psychopathic offender law is optional with sentencing judges. The defendant wished to be declared such, but the court said that only "dangerous" offenders were. Despite not being "dangerous," he received 2-6 years in prison.

1962 — The Arizona Supreme Court upholds the fellatio conviction of a man with a teenage male. He acknowledged being Gay and said that the arresting police might be, too.

1963 — Nevada prohibits the release of anyone convicted under the "crime against nature" law unless certified by psychiatrists as not harmful to the health, safety or morals of others.

1990 — The Idaho Court of Appeals finds a privacy interest in sex in enclosed restroom stalls.


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