Events this day in Queer History2009 – New York marriage bill passed the Assembly, but later defeated in the Senate before final passage in 2011.
Born this dayBruce Voeller (1934 - 1994 ) US
Gerry Studds (1937 – 2006) US
Joan Nestle (1940 – ) US
Author / Editor / Activist
Pam St Clement (1942 – ) UK
Linda Ketner (1950 – ) US
Business Consultant and politician, who was a Congressional candidate for the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 2008
Deborah Warner (1959 – ) UK
Jared Polis (1975 – ) US
IT entrepreneur and Democrat Colorado politician, who was elected to Congress in 2008.
Charlie Herschel (1979 – )US
Reality TV [Survivor]
Died this day
Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925) US
Robert Reed (1932 - 1992) US
Actor, best known for "The Brady Bunch". Married and publicly closeted, he was nevertheless well-known as gay to colleagues on the series. He was HIV positive at the time of his death in 1992
Simon Raven (1927 – 2001) UKNovelist, essayist, dramatist and raconteur who, in a writing career of forty years, caused controversy, amusement and offence. Among the many things said about him, perhaps the most quoted was that he had "the mind of a cad and the pen of an angel". E W Swanton called Raven's cricket memoir Shadows in the Grass "the filthiest cricket book ever written"
Roberto Duncanson (1987 - 2007) US
Hate Crime Victim
Robert Rauschenberg (1925 - 2008) US
Robert Rauschenberg was an American artist who came to prominence in the 1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Rauschenberg is well-known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the "Combines" are a combination of both. Rauschenberg's approach was sometimes called 'Neo-Dada', a label he shared with the painter Jasper Johns , with whom he had a long artistic and personal relationship.
Sodomy in history, May 12
1921 — California changes the penalty for sodomy to 1-10 years.
1961 — A Georgia appellate court rules that the age of a sodomy partner is irrelevant and that the defendant’s homosexuality is irrelevant.
1975 — California repeals its consenting adult laws, including the laws against sodomy and oral copulation.
1976 — A federal court in Virginia suggests that the state’s sodomy law does not apply to married couples, assuming that no third party is present, even though there is no statutory exemption for them.
1977 — A Georgia appellate court upholds a conviction for solicitation for sodomy for offering an undercover police officer a blowjob.