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Thursday, 8 March 2012

March 8th in Queer History

Born this day

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge  (1887 –  1963) UK
British sculptor and translator, who is best known as the long-time partner (28 years) of Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, the author of The Well of Loneliness.

Charlotte Whitton  (1896 –  1975) Canadian
Feminist and mayor of Ottawa, where she was the first female mayor of a major city in Canada, serving from 1951 to 1956 and again from 1960 to 1964. Whitton never married, but lived for years with her partner, Margaret Grier.

Otto Peltzer  (1900 –  1970) German
Middle distance runner who set world records in the 1920s. Under the Nazis, Peltzer was often persecuted for his homosexuality, and arrested and imprisonment in 1935, and again from 1941 until 1945.

Gary Miller  (1949 –  ) US

Mark Oaten  (1964 – )  UK
A former British Liberal Democrat politician. He stood for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats in the election in 2006, but withdrew from the contest, and from the party's front bench, after newspaper revelations that he had hired male prostitutes.

Gregory Barker  (1966 – )   UK
British politician and Conservative Member of Parliament.Following a newspaper report in 2006, Barker confirmed he and his wife had separated and on 26 October 2006. British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror revealed that he had left his wife and children for a man. Barker has since confirmed that he is gay.

Dave Moffatt  (1984 – ) Canadian
Singer, actor and musician.

Died this day

Jean-Jacques-Regis de Cambeceres  (1753 - 1824), French 
Lawyer and statesman during the French Revolution and the First Empire, best remembered as the author of the Napoleonic code, which still forms the basis of French civil law. He is often credited with playing a leading part in the decriminalization of homosexuality in France. He was himself homosexual, his sexual orientation was well-known, and he does not seem to have made any effort to conceal it.

Renata Borgatti  (1894 - 1964), Italian
Classical musician, performing in Europe and the United States. A lesbian, she settled on the Mediterranean island of Capri in the early 1900s, where her lifestyle raised fewer eyebrows than elsewhere in Europe.

Wim Sonneveld  (1917 - 1974)  Dutch
Cabaret artist and singer. Together with Toon Hermans and Wim Kan, he is considered to be one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret.

Hubert Fichte (1935 - 1986) German
Novelist, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1986.

John Inman  (1935 - 2007) UK
English actor best known for his role as Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served?, a British sitcom in the 1970s and 1980s. Inman was also well known in the United Kingdom as a pantomime dame. On December 27, 2005, Inman entered in a civil partnership with his partner of 35 years, Ron Lynch.

Sodomy in history, March 8th

1945 — A Georgia appellate court upholds the sodomy conviction of a man whose lead counsel was ill and absent from the trial for a while.
1969 — Utah lowers the penalty for sodomy from a felony to a misdemeanor.
1972 — Due to Mormon Church pressure, the Idaho legislature repeals the state’s 1971 criminal code revision, effective April 1, but passes no replacement code at this time, leaving the legislature to work against the clock to pass a new code.
1973 — Utah passes a new criminal code. It retains the misdemeanor sodomy law, but exempts married couples from its coverage.
1990 — The Georgia Supreme Court rejects an argument of selective enforcement of the state’s sodomy law.


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