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Saturday, 29 December 2012

December 29th

Events this day in queer history

2009 – Malawi couple (Tiwonge Chimbalanga & Steven Monjeza) arrested and expected to be charged with gross indecency at their engagement party
2009 – Mexico City’s same-sex marriages signed into law (effective March 2010)

Born this day

Elsa Gidlow (1898 – 1986) US
Poet who in 1923 published the first volume of openly lesbian love poetry in the United States, "On A Grey Thread". Born in England, as a child she had no formal education. After moving to Canada with her family at the age of 16, she took a typing job, attended courses at McGill College (now University), and had her first passionate relationship with a woman.In time, she co-founded and owned a publishing house.
Her two long-term life partners were Violet Henry-Andreson and Isabel Quallo.

Billy Tipton (1914 –  1989) US 
Jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Tipton, he is also notable for the discovery, after his death, that he was female assigned at birth.

Joseph Maher (1933 – 1998) Irish
Character actor who appeared in 43 films and was nominated for three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award for his supporting roles on the stage.

Paul Rudnick (1957 –)   US 
Playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His plays include I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla and The New Century.

Sean Martin ( 1960 – ) Canadian
Cartoonist, set designer, and graphic designer, best known for the Doc and Raider comic strip series which appeared in LGBT publications in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jason Gould (1966 – ) US 
Actor, writer and director, who is the son of Barbra Streisand and actor Elliott Gould. About 1991, tabloids outed Gould as being gay.

Dave Brinson (1977 – ) UK 
Labour Party politician, who was a candidate for the English constituency of Eastbourne in the 2010 general election.

Ariel Schrag (1979 – ) US  
Cartoonist and television writer who achieved critical recognition at an unusually early age for her autobiographical comics. Schrag was listed in The Advocate's list of "Forty under Forty" out media professionals in its June–July 2009 issue. 

Died this day

Frank Thring (1926 - 1994) Australian
Character actor.

Cassia Eller (1962 - 2001) Brazilian
Musician, who performed a fusion of rock and MPB.
Eller gave birth to a son, Francisco "Chicão" Eller, in 1993. That same year, she went public with her long-term relationship with Maria Eugênia Vieira Martins. She explained that she came out so that her son could grow up without hearing rumors about his mother.As one of Brazil's most prominent lesbian artists, Eller was sometimes called the "South American Melissa Etheridge."

Kevin Greening ( 1962 - 2007 )  UK 
Radio presenter, who co-hosted the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show with Zoe Ball from 1997 to 1998.

Sodomy in history, December 29th

1804 — Ohio repeals the 1795 common-law reception statute, making sodomy legal in the state.

1992 — The Michigan Court of Appeals rules that the state’s laws against sodomy and "gross indecency" are constitutional as applied to private, consensual activity among adults.


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