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Saturday, 10 November 2012

November 10th in Queer History

Events this day in queer history

1928 - The New York Times reported that forty distinguished witnesses, mostly authors, appeared in a London court to testify in favor of the lesbian novel "The Well of Loneliness." The judge refused to hear any of them.

1970 - The Stanford Gay Students Union was formed. It was the second Stanford organization for gay students-a previous organization, the Student Homophile League, was short lived.

1980 - Toronto's civic election sees defeat of George Hislop, the first openly gay candidate to run for municipal office in Canada. Gay-positive mayor, John Sewell was also defeated. The "Gay issue" figures prominently in campaign and brings out flood of anti-gay literature.

1984 - Chris Smith came out and became the first openly gay member of UK Parliament.

1992 - The Louisiana Baptist Convention voted 581-199 to exclude congregations which condone homosexuality. A similar resolution was approved the same day by the North Carolina State Baptist convention.

1992 - The Portland Maine school committee approved a ban on anti-gay discrimination in public school employment.

1997 - Keith Boykin of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and California state assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl participated in a White House conference on Hate Crimes.

Born this day

Patrick Pearse  (1879 – 1916 ) Irish.  Poet, Author, Activist
Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916.

The suggestion that the unmarried Pearse, a hero of Irish nationalism, may have been "homosexual", has drawn fierce opposition from some Irish people. However, his biographer Ruth Dudley Edwards is clear that although celibate, he was undoubtedly physically attracted to young men men and boys.

Harry Andrews (1911 –  1989 ) UK.  Actor, Singer

English film actor known for his frequent portrayals of tough military officers. Earlier, he had been an accomplished Shakespearean actor,

Andrews died at the age of 77 in 1989, survived by his companion Basil Hoskins.

James Broughton (1913 –  1999 ) US.  Poet, Director

American poet, and poetic filmmaker, who was an early bard of the Radical Faeries as well as a charter member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

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Phyllis Lyon (1924 –  ) US.  Activist

Phyillis Lyon and Del Martin were possibly America's best known lesbian couple, until Martin's death in 2008. They came to prominence as founder members of the Daughters of Bilitis, and known as feminist and gay-rights activists. They were a couple until Del Martin's death in 2008, just two months after they were the first Californians to marry after the state Supreme Court's decision in In re Marriage Cases legalized same-sex marriage in California.

Terence Davies (1945 – ) UK.  Screenwriter, Director.
English screenwriter, film director, who creates aesthetically compelling films that offer honest and complex psychological portraits of gay adults and youths.

Roland Emmerich (1955 – ) German.  Director, Producer
German film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films, most of which are Hollywood productions filmed in English, have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, more than those of any other European director.

In 2006, he pledged $150,000 to the Legacy Project, a campaign dedicated to gay and lesbian film preservation.

Nigel Evans (1957 – ) UK 

Politician Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the Ribble ValleyOn 18 December 2010, Nigel Evans revealed to the Daily Mail that he is gay, saying that he is fed up of living his life as a lie

Adam Ebbin (1963 –  ) US.  Politician.

American Democratic politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. A member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the state's 49th district in Northern Virginia since January 2004. He was elected to the state senate in November 2011 and will take office in January 2012.

Heather Matarazzo (1982 –  ) US. Actress

American actress. Her breakthrough role was as a geeky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse. In July 2008, Matarazzo's publicist announced that openly lesbian Matarazzo was engaged to Caroline Murphy.

Died this day

Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891) French.  Poet

French Poet, who is a progenitor of modern gay poetics.

Anita Berber (1899 - 1928 ) German.  Dancer, Actress, Author, Prostitute

German dancer, actress, writer, and prostitute of the Weimar period who was the subject of an Otto Dix painting. Her performances broke boundaries with their androgyny and total nudity, but it was her public appearances that really challenged taboos. Berber's overt cocaine use and bisexuality were matters of public chatter. She could often be seen in Berlin's hotel lobbies, nightclubs and casinos; she would walk around naked except for a sable fur, carrying a pet monkey and a silver brooch full of cocaine, while flaunting her lesbian lovers.

Craig Spence ( 1941- 1989 ) US
A conservative lobbyist, who committed suicide after it was discovered he ran a male prostitution ring.

Sodomy laws in history, November 10

1841 — A Pennsylvania court dismisses a sodomy charge brought against the curator of the Chinatown Museum brought by an apparent ex-amour who has extorted money from him.

1923 — The New Jersey Supreme Court upholds the "private lewdness" conviction of two men for consensual sex with each other.

1976 — The California Supreme Court rules that a person tried under the repealed consenting adult laws can not be sentenced if the conviction was not final at the time of the repeal.

1978 — The Nevada Supreme Court rules that sodomy can be accomplished by merely licking a penis, without any penetration.

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