Events this day in Queer History
2011 – Civil Partnerships come into effect in Isle of Man, UK
Notker Balbulus (Notker the Stammerer) ( 840 – 912), Switzerland
Monk, who is said to have written homoerotic verse or love letters
Born this day
Gale Wilhelm (1908 – 1991) US
Ram Dass (1931 – ) US
Ed Schrock (1941 – ) US
Rob Epstein (1955 – ) US
Director / Producer / Screenwriter
Francis Garcia (1958 – 2007) Mexican
Actor / Designer
Jim Rondeau (1959 – ) Canadian
Gregory Durham (1969 – ) US
Businessman / Activist
Died this day
Charlotte Charke (1713 – 1760) UK
Actress / Playwright / Author
Sodomy in history,
1912 — The Nevada Supreme Court overturns a conviction for assault to commit sodomy because the jury was not instructed on possible "innocent motive."
1928 — The California Supreme Court overturns a sodomy conviction for activity on veterans’ home property, saying that the federal government has jurisdiction.
1929 — A police raid on the Lafayette Baths in New York leads to charges being filed against patrons for acts they never committed. One patron has two ribs broken and is blinded in one eye by police brutality.
1935 — The Kansas Supreme Court upholds the sodomy conviction of a man for sex with consenting teens. Favorable testimony to him is excluded from the trial.
1970 — The Colorado Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus violates the state’s sodomy law.
1971 — The Indiana Supreme Court upholds the state’s sodomy law against a vagueness challenge. A powerful dissent by Justice Roger de Bruler indicts the majority for failure to see its own prejudice in the case.
1984 — A Louisiana appellate court overturns a man’s conviction for exposing and fondling an undercover police officer. The court said that the state’s law on indecent exposure requires that the defendant expose him or herself, not another person.