Events this day in Queer History2009 – Maine Governor John Baldacci signed End Discrimination in Civil Marriage & Affirm Religious Freedom Act 2009 into law, legalising same-sex marriage [effective 14th September 2009], overturned in November by People’s Veto
Born this day
Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen] (1920 - 1991 ) Finnish.
Iconic artist Tom of Finland has created some of the most indelible (and erotic) images of twentieth-century gay life and has fueled the fantasies of generations of gay men.
Rodolfo Morales (1925 – 2001) Mexican
Andre Boulerice (1946 –) Canadian
Donna Minkowitz (1964 – ) US
Darren Hayes (1972 – ) Australian
Maxx Diesel (1974 – ) US
Porn / Teacher
Ian “H” Watkins (1976 – ) UK
Sarah Vaillancourt (1985 –) Canadian
Died this dayEthel Smyth (1858 – 1944) UK
Composer / Suffragette – Born 23rd April
Elizabeth Robins (1862– 1952) US
Actress / Playwright / Author / Suffragette
Duncan Grant (1885 - 1978) UK
Sir Dirk Bogarde (1921 – 1999), UK
Jeff Whittington (1985 - 1999 ) New Zealand
Hate Crime Victim
Ruth Simpson (1926 - 2008) US
Author / Activist
Sodomy in history, May 8
1763 — Police storm a lavatory in Amsterdam and arrest two men who were kissing. Two women had turned them in. One gets death and one gets 20 years.
1805 — King George III of England pardons sailor Bartlett Ambler of a sodomy conviction due to the questionable veracity of his alleged partners.
1917 — The North Dakota Supreme Court sustains a conviction for cunnilingus under its sodomy law. This is the first conviction for cunnilingus to be sustained on appeal in the United States.
1953 — A federal appellate court is the first to sustain a sodomy conviction under the federal Assimilative Crimes Act of 1909 for a male-female sexual assault committed on a naval vessel on Lake Michigan in the territorial waters of Indiana.
1975 — A Florida court sex dismisses charges against Gay men in the Club Miami.
1998 — The South African Supreme Court strikes down that country’s law against sex between men.
2001 — Arizona repeals its sodomy law.
On this gay day
Calendar of Sodomy, May