Events this day in Queer History
2007 – Final approval for same-sex domestic partnerships passed in Washington State, USA
Born this dayMontague Summers (1880 – 1948) UK
Author / Clergyman
Wim Ibo (1918 - 2000), Dutch
Cabaret historian, who used to be a stand-up-comedian, director, writer/journalist and record- and TV-producer. At school he started a cabaret group 'The Merry Young Five'.
George Stambolian (1938 - 1991 ) US
Educator, writer, and editor of Armenian descent, who was a key figure in the early gay literary movement that came out of New York during the 1960s and 1970s. He was best known as the editor of the Men on Men anthologies of gay fiction.
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (1968 – ) Puerto Rican
Author / Poet / Playwright
Jan Werner Danielsen (1976 – 2006) Norwegian
Gro Hammerseng (1980 – ) Norwegian
Died this dayDorothy Wilde (1895 -1941) UK
Author / Socialite
Marjorie Main (1890 - 1975) US
Sodomy in history,
1855 — California outlaws making an assault to commit the crime against nature, with a penalty of 1-14 years.
1865 — The Iowa Supreme Court rules that a woman accused of sodomy can sue for slander, five years after saying that a man could not. It says that the rule should be different for women.
1869 — North Carolina reduces the penalty for sodomy from 20-60 years to 5-60 years.
1953 — Tennessee changes its law on infamous crimes (which includes sodomy) to permit those convicted of them to testify in trials, but to allow their credibility to be attacked.
1967 — A California appellate court upholds the disorderly conduct conviction of a man who solicited an undercover officer in public for private sex.
1968 — Georgia adopts a new criminal code and raises the penalty for sodomy from 1-10 years to 1-20 years. It also specifically covers cunnilingus between two women for the first time.
1980 — A Maryland appellate court upholds the state’s sodomy law, citing Biblical references to it.