Events this day in Queer History
2009 – Uruguay legally accepts gays in the military
Born this dayModest Tchaikovsky (1850 – 1916) Russian
Playwright, brother of the composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) UK
British author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca (which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941) and Jamaica Inn and the short stories "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now". The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
After her death in 1989, numerous references were made to her secret bisexuality; an affair with Gertrude Lawrence, as well as her attraction for Ellen Doubleday, the wife of her American publisher, were cited. Du Maurier stated in her memoirs that her father had wanted a son; and, being a tomboy, she had naturally wished to have been born a boy.
Killer Karl Krupp (1934 – 1995 ) Dutch / US
Bruce Chatwin (1940 - 1989 ) UK
Journalist / Author
Armistead Maupin (1944 – ) US
Author, best known for the popular "Tales of the City" series, set in San Francisco
Jacob Dahlin (1952 – 1991) Swedish
Alan Ball (1957 – ) US
Screenwriter / Producer / Director / Actor
Real Menard (1962 – ) Canadian
Cheryl Dunye (1966 – ) Liberian /US
Film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress, whose work often concerns themes of race, sexuality and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians.
Alison Goldfrapp (1966 – ) UK Singer / Songwriter
Died this daySir William Dobell (1899 - 1970 ) Australian
Sculptor / Painter
Rebecca Wight (1959 - 1988) US
Hate Crime Victim
Myron Brinig (1896 – 1991) US
Jewish-American author who wrote twenty-one novels from 1929 to 1958. Brinig's novels often dealt with homosexuality. According to the Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage, Brinig was the "first American Jewish novelist to write in any significant way about the gay experience."
Paul Bartel (1938 - 2000 ) US
Actor / Director / Screenwriter
Larry McKeon (1944 - 2008) US
Sodomy in history, May 13
1660 — In New Netherland Colony, J.Q. van der Linde, a married man, is tied into a sack and drowned for sodomy with an adolescent male. Three years later his widow files for bankruptcy.
1892 — The Michigan Supreme Court rules that sodomy convictions can be based on unverified information.
1909 — Connecticut reduces the penalty for sodomy from a compulsory life sentence to a maximum of 30 years in prison.
1965 — The Washington Supreme Court upholds a sodomy conviction over the defendant’s contention that the prosecutor’s closing remarks to the jury constituted misconduct. The defendant didn’t provide text of the remarks, so the Court couldn’t rule on them.