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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

November 14th in Queer History

Events in LGBT history:

2001, Egypt. 21 of those arrested on “The Queen Boat” in Cairo, convicted of “habitual practice of debauchery,” 1 for “contempt of religion,” & 1 for both. A 53rd man (a teenager) tried in juvenile court and sentenced to 3 years prison and 3 years probation

Vatican, 2006 – “Ministry to persons with a homosexual inclination” document issued by the Roman Catholic Church

Born this day

Adolf Brand (1874 – 1945),  German.   Author, Anarchist, Activist
German writer, individualist anarchist and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality.

Eugene O’Brien (1880 – 1966),  US.  Actor
Silent film star and stage actor.

Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990),  US.   Composer,  Conductor
American composer,teacher, writer, and conductor,often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers". His best known works are the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo and his Fanfare for the Common Man, and the Clarinet Concerto.

Louise Brooks (1906 – 1985 ) US 
Dancer / Model / Actress 

Albrecht Becker (1906 – 2002), German.  Actor,  Photographer, Production Designer
Production designer, photographer, and actor, who was imprisoned by the Nazi regime for the charge of homosexuality.

Joseph McCarthy 1908 - 1957 )  The red baiting homophobe was actually a closet gay. The number of American lives destroyed in the '50s by his "outing Communists" numbered in the tens of thousands in America.

Pierre Berge (1930 –  ),  French.   Businessman
French industrialist and patron. He is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House and former partner of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Jack Smith (1932 –1989), US.  Actor, Playwright, Director, Photographer
American filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema. He is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American performance art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer, though his photographic works are rare and remain largely unknown.

Wendy Carlos (1939 -   ),  US.  Composer / Musician / Photographer
American composer and electronic musician. Carlos first came to notice in the late 1960s with recordings made on the Moog synthesizer. Born Walter Carlos, she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1972 after living as a woman beginning in May 1968.

Tom Judson [Gus Mattox] (1960 –  ), US.  Actor, Porn, Composer
American musical theatre actor and composer, particularly for off-Broadway and Broadway plays, and a former porn actor.

Stefano Gabbana (1962 –  ),  Italian.  Fashion Designer
Co-founder of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house.

Petra Rossner (1966 –  ), German.  Cyclist
German cyclist, who won the gold medal in 3 km pursuit track cycling at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In the same event she won the 1991 World Championships and finished second in 1989.
Since 1996 she has been living in Leipzig with her partner Judith Arndt. In 2006 the couple announced that they want to adopt a child.

Svetlana Surganova (1968 – )  Russian  Musician / Singer / Poet
Russian rock musician, singer and poet. She was a founding member of the popular Russian rock band "Nochnye Snaipery" (Night Snipers), vocalling and playing violin. She and another member of Night Snipers are considered Russian lesbian icons: many of their songs hint of intimacy between women and are considered lesbian and feminist anthems of Russophone world.

Russell Tovey (1981 –   ),  UK.  Actor
English actor with numerous television, film and stage credits. Tovey is best known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands on BBC Three's supernatural drama Being Human

Saints' Day

St John of the Cross , Mystic, and composer of homoerotic mystical verse.

Died This Day

William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp (1938 – 1872), UK.  Politician
British Liberal politician. He was Governor of New South Wales, a member of the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith and leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords between 1924 and 1931. When political enemies threatened to make public his homosexuality he resigned from office to go into exile.

Adrian Lee Kellard  (1991 –  1959), US.  Artist
American artist known for his woodcuts and sculptures of religious and often homoerotic imagery.

Tony Richardson (1928 – 1991 ) UK 
Director / Producer – Born 5th June 

Humphrey Berkeley (1926– 1994) UK 

Tom Villard (1953– 1994 ) US 

Peter Wildeblood  (1923– 1999) UK / Canadian 
Journalist / Author / Playwright / Activist  

Lateisha Green  (1985/6 – 2008 )  US Hate Crime Victim

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