Born this day
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) Russian.
Composer / Musician
Professional American football player, a running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins for two seasons, from 1967-68. In 1968, he was arrested by Washington, D.C. police for having sex with a man in public. Injuries also played a part in cutting short his career and by 1969 he was out of pro football. He died of complications due to AIDS in 1993.
John Fleck (1951 – ) US
Actor / Performance Artist
Nicholas Hytner (1956 – ) UK
Producer / Director
Mike Jones (1957 – ) US Personal Trainer / Escort / Author
Craig Hinton (1964 - 2006), UK.
Author / Playwright
Johan Kenkhuis (1980 – ) Dutch Swimmer
Died this dayGiovanni di Giovanni (1350 - 1365) Italian
One of the younger victims of the campaign against sodomy, waged in Florence since the Middle Ages. He was convicted by the Podestà court of being the passive partner of a number of different men. He was labeled "a public and notorious passive sodomite." His punishment was to be paraded on the back of an ass, then to be publicly castrated. Finally, he was to have his anus burned with a red-hot iron (or, as the sentence read: "[punished] in that part of the body where he allowed himself to be known in sodomitical practice.") It is presumed he did not survive the ordeal
Stewart McKinney (1931 – 1987) US
Kevyn Aucoin (1962 – 2002) US
Make-up artist and photographer. As a child, he used to frequently did his sisters' makeup and photographed the results. After dropping out of high school as a result of continuous bullying, he enrolled in beauty school, hoping to learn more about applying make-up - but ended up teaching the class instead.
He later moved to New York, where he was did several photo shoots and covers for Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and then worked for Revlon and the Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido.
Robin Blaser (1925 –2009) US / Canadian
Author / Poet
Author / Poet
Sodomy in history, May 7th
1726 — A London newspaper publishes a list of Gay cruising spots.
1909 — The Kentucky Court of Appeals rules that the "crime against nature" outlaws anal sex only. The Court says: "...the word `sodomy’ is derived from the city of Sodom, where the crime against nature had its origin, and was universally prevalent until that city was destroyed by the wrath of God." Speaking of the defendants, the Court says: "The acts charged against the appellees are so disgusting that we refrain from copying the indictment in the opinion."
1975 — The Minnesota House votes in favor of a new sexual assault law that includes a repeal of the consensual sodomy law, but the Senate doesn’t go along.
1975 — The North Carolina Supreme Court again upholds the constitutionality of the state’s sodomy law.
1990 — A Florida appellate court issues a puzzling decision concerning the state’s "unnatural and lascivious act" law, hinting that it is too vague to permit prosecution.