Events this day in Queer History
2009 – Adoption by same-sex couples legalised in Denmark
Born this day
Edmund Goulding (1891 - 1959) US
Film writer and director.
Eyre de Lanux (1894 – 1996) US
Author / Artist
Michael Redgrave (1908 – 1985) UK
Actor / Author / Director
Sviatoslav Richter (1915 – 1997) Soviet
Ernst van Heerden (1916 – 1997) South African
Anthony Blond (1928 - 2008) UK
British publisher and author. Blond, who was openly bisexual, was twice married, and also had a long relationship with Andrew McCall.
Coos Huijsen (1939 – ) Dutch
Jaime Chavarri (1943 – ) Spanish
Actor / Director / Screenwriter
John Boswell (1947 - 1994 ) US
Prominent historian and a professor at Yale University. Many of Boswell's studies focused on the issue of homosexuality and religion, specifically homosexuality and Christianity.
Sue Sanders (1947 – ) UK
Activist / Teacher
Paula Aboud (1950 – ) US
Alexandra Potvin (1966 – ) Belgian
Cathy DeBuono (1970 – ) US
Declan Bennett (1981 – ) UK
Ruby Rose (1986 – ) Australian
Model / Presenter
Xavier Dolan (1989 – ) Canadian
Actor / Director
Died this day
Lord Alfred Douglas (1870 - 1945) UK Author / Poet / Translator
British writer and poet and lover of Oscar Wilde. Bosie, as he was known to his friends, married Olive Cunstance in 1902 and they had a son, Raymond, that same year. The 1997 film 'Wilde' tells the story about his relationship with Oscar Wilde.
Brendan Behan (1923 – 1964) Irish
Poet / Author / Playwright
Agustin Gomez-Arcos (1939 – 1998) Spanish
George Weber (1961 - 2009) US
Presenter / Murder Victim
Sodomy in history, March
1835 — Missouri outlaws consensual sodomy by statute, with a penalty of not less than 10 years and no maximum stated.
1858 — Tennessee adopts a new criminal code and changes the wording of its sodomy law, but leaves the penalty as 5-15 years.
1905 — Delaware eliminates the pillory as a punishment for crime. Since 1852, those convicted of sodomy have been required to stand in the pillory for one hour prior to imprisonment.
1924 — Virginia, responding to the Virginia Supreme Court decision of the preceding year, amends its oral sex provision of the sodomy law to include people of the opposite sex as well.
1957 — The Illinois Supreme Court upholds the sodomy conviction of an optometrist with a male patient after very conflicting witness testimony.
1979 — The North Carolina Court of Appeals rules that the "crime against nature" law applies to heterosexuals.