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Friday, 21 December 2012

December 21st

Events this day in Queer History

2009 – Mexico City legalises same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples (effective March 2010) 

Born this day

Michael Tilson Thomas (1944 – ) US
Conductor, pianist and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon D Fox (1961 – ) US
Politician from Providence, Rhode Island and the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Fox came out publicly in 2004 and is in a long-term relationship with Marcus LaFond. He is one of four openly gay members of the Rhode Island General Assembly. He was also the first openly gay house speaker in the United States.

Kecia Cunningham (1965 – )  US
City Commissioner of Decatur Georgia, and the first openly gay African American elected official in the Southeast.

Andy Dick (1965 – )  US
Comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer.

Frank Rossavik (1965 – )
Norwegian Journalist. Openly gay,he has been called "the best writer among the homosexuals" by the Christian Conservative Finn, Jarle Sæle.

Karrie Webb (1974 – ) Australian
Australia's most successful female professional golfer, and one of the top players in the history of global women's golf. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, with 38 wins on the LPGA Tour, more than any other active player.

Died this day

Carl van Vechten (1880 - 1964 ) US
Writer and photographer, who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

Anna Elisabet Weirauch (1887 - 1970 ) German
Author, who worked for a decade starting 1904,at Berlin's German State Theatre.
She started writing plays but later moved to novels. In 1933 she moved to Gastag, Upper Bavaria, where she lived with her life partner.

Sodomy in history, December 21st

1836 — Texas adopts the common law of England, making sodomy a capital offense.

1856 — A man in Utah records in his diary that a married woman in Salt Lake City had been accused of trying to seduce the daughter of a man in town.

1988 — The Oregon Court of Appeals reverses two public indecency convictions of men looking for sex in restrooms, finding a right to sexual privacy even outside of enclosed stalls.

2001 — Romania repeals its sodomy law.


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