Events this day in Queer History
1999 - Methodist minister Jimmy Creech was stripped of his clerical status for presiding over a same-sex holy union.
Born this day
Lord Arthur Somerset (1926 - 1851), UK.
Aristocrat / Major
Rock Hudson (1985 - 1925), US.
Daniel O’Donnell (1960 – ) US.
RuPaul (1960 – ), US.
Drag Queen, Singer, Actor, Model
Jose Villarrubia (1961 – ) Spanish.
Comic Book Artist
Rebecca Walker (1969 – ), US.
Died this day
Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992), US.
Author, Poet, Activist
Co-author of "The Corporate Closet: The Professional Lives of Gay Men in America," died of complications from AIDS at age 32.
Kurt von Ruffin (1901 - 1996 ), German.
Aaron Webster (1959 - 2001), Canadian.
Hate Crime Victim
John Craxton (1918 / 1922 – 2009), UK.
Sodomy laws in history, November 17
1715 — North Carolina adopts all laws of England, making the buggery statute operative.
1960 — A county bar association in Ohio files charges against an attorney for misrepresenting a client arrested for sodomy. The Ohio Supreme Court disbars the attorney and refuses to reinstate him in 1967.
1975 — The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Tennessee "crime against nature" law.
1980 — The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirms that cunnilingus is a "crime against nature."
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