Events in LGBT History:
Born this day
Louise Abbéma (1853 - 1927), French
Portrait painter, and lover of the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Nestor Almendros ( 1930 – 1992) Spanish
Oscar winning cinematographer. One of the highest appraised contemporary cinematographers, "Almendros was an artist of deep integrity, who believed the most beautiful light was natural light......"
Timothy Findley ( 1930 – 2002 ) Canadian
Novelist and playwright. His writing was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology, and mental illness, gender and sexuality were frequent recurring themes in his work. He publicly mentioned his homosexuality, passingly and perhaps for the first time, on a broadcast of the programme The Shulman File in the 1970s.
Claude Janiak (1948 – ) Swiss
Swiss politician of Polish origin, lawyer and President of the Swiss National Council for the 2005/2006 term. He was the first openly homosexual President of the Swiss National Council.
P Craig Russell (1951 – US
Comic book writer, artist, and illustrator. His work has won multiple Harvey and Eisner Awards. Russell was the first mainstream comic book creator to come out as openly gay
Arthur Dong (1953 – ) US
Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. His work combines the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues, examining topics such as Asian American history and identity, and gay oppression.
Rex Harrington (1962 – ) Canadian
Ballet dancer. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by York University and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Geert Blanchard (1966 - ) Belgian
Ice-skater and singer, who was the first Belgian gay sportsman to have a public coming-out. Later, he had an equally public ex-gay outing.
Jack Plotnick (1968 – ) US
Film and television actor. Plotnick is openly gay, best known for performances on Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as the voice of Xandir on Drawn Together, and his drag persona, "Evie Harris" in Girls Will Be Girls.
Grant Robertson (1971 – ) New Zealand
Politician and Member of Parliament. He was elected to represent the Labour Party in the seat of Wellington Central at the 2008 general election. Robertson lives with his partner Alf,who he met through playing rugby together for the Wellington-based Crazy Knights, New Zealand's first gay rugby team.
Died this day:
Ramon Navarro ( 1899 – 1968) Mexican
A leading man actor in Hollywood in the early 20th century. He was the next male "Sex Symbol" after the death of Rudolph Valentino. Novarro had been troubled all his life as a result of his conflicting views over his Roman Catholic religion and his homosexuality, and his life-long struggle with alcoholism is often traced to these issues. Novarro was the victim of a violent extortion attempt which resulted in his death.
Craig Russell (1948 - 1990) Canadia.
Female Impersonator and actor, better known by his stage name Craig Russell.
David “Sinders” Morley (1967 - 2004) UK
Gay barman, who was manager at the Admiral Duncan pub. He survived the nail bomb attack on the pub in 1999, but five years later in 2004, he was killed in a late night assault, which may have been prompted by homophobia, by a group of teenagers outside Waterloo station.
Sodomy in history, October 30th
1861 — Nevada recognizes common-law crimes, making sodomy a crime with a compulsory sentence of life imprisonment.
1942 — The Nebraska Supreme Court rules that fellatio is outlawed by the state’s law prohibiting "carnal copulation in any opening of the body, except sexual parts."
1944 — The Arizona Supreme Court upholds the sodomy conviction of a man over his claims of privacy rights, the first to be raised in the United States.
1968 — The North Carolina Supreme Court overturns a sodomy conviction because the indictment didn’t name the "victim."