Events this day in Queer History
2009 – Japan acknowledges its nationals same-sex marriages to foreigners from countries or states where same-sex marriages are legal
2010 – First ever Exeter Pride, Devon, UK
Born this day
Denton Welch (1915 - 1948 ) UK
English-American writer and painter, admired for his vivid prose and precise descriptions.
Frank O’Hara (1926 – ) US
Maria Schneider (1952 – 2011)French
Actress, best known for playing Jeanne, opposite Marlon Brando, in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris.
Reed Gusciora (1960 – ) US
Johannes Kerkorrel (1960 – 2002) South African
Born Ralph John Rabie, Kerkorrel was a South African singer-songwriter, journalist and playwright who worked as a journalist on the Afrikaans-language, government supporting weekly newspaper Rapport. Later, he performed politically-themed cabaret, then became a full-time musician and performer under the name Johannes Kerkorrel ("John Church Organ"), and exposed divergent political views to a new generation of Afrikaners.
Renato Russo (1960 – 1996)Brazilian
Singer and songwriter, who aged 18 outed himself as bisexual to his mother, and in 1988 he made it public by writing the song "Meninos e Meninas" ("Boys n' Girls") with the chorus stating, in English, "I like St. Paulo, I like St. João, I like St. Francisco and St. Sebastião, and I like boys and girls."
His death in 1996 was due to complications caused by AIDS
Dave Koz (1963 – ) US
Musician / Presenter
Stacy Ann Ferguson [Fergie] (1975 – ) US
Singer / Songwriter / Rapper / Model / Actress
Sanne van Kerkhof (1987 – ) Dutch
Died this day
James I (1566 - 1625) English
Gordon Merrick (1916 -1988 ) US
Actor / Author
Ed Savitz (1942 - 1993) US
Sodomy in history, March
1874 — Illinois reduces the penalty for sodomy from life to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
1958 — A New York court decides that loitering for sodomy is legal if there is no attempt to breach the peace.
1959 — A California appellate court upholds the revocation of the license of a Turkish bath for allowing sex on the premises. The Court ridicules the defense of privacy and says that morality is more important.
1972 — Idaho reenacts its entire pre-1971 criminal code, reinstating common-law crimes and the sodomy law with a penalty of up to life imprisonment.
1976 — Wisconsin repeals its law prohibiting the publicizing of the names of victims of sexual crimes, including sodomy.