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Saturday, 20 April 2013

April 20th in Queer History

Events this day in Queer History

2009 – Registered Partnership Bill passed in Hungary [becoming effective 1st July 2009]

Born this day

Pietro Aretino  (1492 – 1556) Italian
Author, playwright, poet and satirist who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography.

Herman Bang  (1857 – 1912)  Danish
Author, one of the men of the "Modern Breakthrough". His homosexuality contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. He lived most of his life with his sister but found happiness for a few years with the German actor Max Eisfeld (1863–1935), with whom he lived in Prague in 1885-86.

Warren Casey  (1935 – 1988) US
Theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He is best known for being the writer and composer, with Jim Jacobs of the stage and film musical Grease.
Casey died of AIDS-related complications in Chicago at the age of 53.

George Takei  (1937 – )  US
Actor, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He is a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics as well as continuing his acting career.

  (1939 – )  Canadian

Jamie Gillis  (1943 -  2010)  US
Porn actor, director and member of the AVN Hall of Fame.

Andrew Tobias  (1947 – )  US
Journalist / Author / Columnist

Toller Cranston  (1949 – )  Canadian
Figure skater and painter. He is the 1971-1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medalist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist. Cranston is credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men's figure skating.

Luther Vandross  (1951 – 2005)  US
Singer-songwriter and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards.

Richenel (1957 - ) Dutch
Singer/performer, born as Hubertus Richenel Baars.

Mathias Holmgren  (1974 – )  Swedish
Singer, who from 2006-2010 was married to singer-songwriter Johan Thorsell .

Vibeke Skofterud  (1980 – )  Norwegian
Cross country skier who has been competing since 1999. She won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay at Vancouver in 2010. She confirmed in June 2008 that she is in a committed relationship with a woman,[1] even though she had male companions in the past.

Marco Jaye Sabba  (1983 – ) UK
Reality TV [Big Brother]

Saint's Day

St Hildegonde of Neuss (? - 1188) Germany
Biologically female, who dressed as a boy as a child, and lived as a man as an adult, before entering a male monastery, successfully concealing his birth gender until his death.

Died this day

Tony Jackson   (1876 - 1921) US
pianist, singer, and composer.In September 2011, The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame announced that Jackson would be inducted into the hall in recognition of his musical contributions and for living "as an openly gay man when that was rare"

Dennis Cleveland Stewart  (1947 -  1994) US
Actor and dancer 

Sodomy in history, 
April 20

1836 — The organic law for the Wisconsin Territory adopts all laws of Michigan, thus setting the penalty for sodomy at a maximum of 3 years at solitary and hard labor.
1909Minnesota increases the penalty for the crime against nature to a maximum of 20 years and permits conviction upon proof of penetration only.
1923Michigan eliminates the need to prove emission in sodomy cases.
1949 — The Georgia Attorney General issues an opinion that the reduction in maximum sentence for sodomy earlier that year was not retroactive.
1972Tennessee eliminates the voting disability of those convicted of sodomy.
1979 — The Virginia Supreme Court affirms the solicitation conviction of a man entrapped by the Richmond police "Selective Enforcement Unit."


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