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Thursday, 7 June 2012

June 7th in Queer History

Born this day

1916 – Patrick Trevor-Roper – UK Surgeon / Activist – Died 22nd April 2004
1924 – Edward Field – US Poet / Author
1956 – Robert Dover – US Equestrian
1964 – Dave White – US Author / Music & Film Critic
1966 – Mark Ravenhill – UK Playwright
1970 – Dean DeBlois – Canadian Director / Screenwriter / Animator

Died this day

1954 – Alan Turing – UK Mathematician / Cryptologist – Born 23rd June 1912
1970 – EM Forster – UK Author – Born 1st January 1879

Sodomy in history, June 
7

1919 — A California appellate court upholds the sodomy conviction of a man. The mother of his consenting partner had drilled holes in his bedroom walls to watch.
1937 — Colorado increases the minimum fine for possession of sex toys and requires defendants to pay all court costs.
1972 — The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals rules that consensual sodomy is a "crime involving moral turpitude" within the meaning of federal law permitting deportation of any alien convicted of such a crime. The case is brought by a man convicted of sodomy with a woman.
1973 — The Nevada Supreme Court upholds the right of the state to prosecute heterosexual cunnilingus under the "crime against nature" law. In 1914, it said at lease one male must be involved, so this decision gives Lesbians a solitary exemption from the law.
1975 — New Hampshire passes a new sexual assault law and includes a repeal of the consensual sodomy law that is not noticed for a year after passage. The repeal of the sodomy law is well hidden in the law and is signed by homophobic Governor Meldrim Thomson, who does not learn of the repeal for a year afterward.


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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

June 6th in Queer History

Born this day

1869 – Siegfried Wagner – German Composer – Died 4th August 1930
1894 – Violet Trefusis – UK Author – Died 29th February 1972 
1948 – Al McAffrey – US Politician / Funeral Director 
1949 – Holly Near – US Singer / Actress / Author 
1952 – Harvey Fierstein – US Actor / Playwright 
1955 – Sandra Bernhard – US Singer / Actress / Comedian 
1959 – Marcel Musters – Dutch Actor / Singer 
1965 – Mark Lund – US Author / Publisher / Producer / Presenter 
1970 – JC Adams – US Author / Editor / Journalist / Director
1977 – Matt Heinz – US Doctor / Politician 
1981 – TJ Jourian – Lebanon / Armenia / Cyprus – Reality TV [Transgeneration] / Activist

Died this day

1993 – James Bridges – US Screenwriter / Director – Born 3rd February 1936

Sodomy in history, June 
6


1671 — Plymouth Colony exempts males under 14 and forced parties from the death penalty for sodomy.
1940 — Congress amends the Assimilative Crimes Act to absorb state laws enacted through February 1, 1940. The first revision since 1933, this makes oral sex on federal property in three additional states.
1950 — The New Hampshire Supreme Court rejects the contention that the 1949 "psychopathic offender" law repealed the state’s sodomy law.
1979 — The Ohio Supreme Court upholds the state’s law prohibiting the "offensive" solicitation of a person of the same sex. The Court says that homosexuality was accepted in the Dark Ages and Victorian times, but not in the modern, sexually liberated world.
1986 — Hawaii revises the conflict in its age of consent law by lowering the age for all activity to 14.
2001 — Estonia equalizes the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual sex.


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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

June 5th in Queer History

Born this day

1876 – Tony Jackson – US Pianist / Singer / Composer – Died 20th April 1921
1883 – John Maynard Keynes – UK Economist / Mathematician – Died 21stApril 1946
1887 – Ruth Benedict – US Anthropologist / Author – Died 17th September 1948
1898 – Federico Garcia Lorca – Spanish Poet / Musician / Director / Playwright / Murder Victim – Died 19th August 1936
1923 – Daniel Pinkham – US Composer / Musician – Died 18th December 2006
1928 – Tony Richardson – UK Director / Producer – Died 14th November 1991
1940 – David Brudnoy – US Presenter – Died 9th December 2004
1951 – Suze Orman – US Author / Presenter
1951 – Lluis Pasqual – Spanish Theatre Director
1963 – Scott Long – US Professor / Activist
1964 – Lisa Cholodenko – US Author / Director
1968 – Michael MacLennan – Canadian Playwright / Screenwriter / Producer
1974 – Chad Allen – US Actor / Activist
1979 – Francois Sagat – French Porn Star Model

Died this day


1887 – Hans von Marees – German Painter – Born 24th December 1837
1979 – Terry Knudsen – US Hate Crime Victim – Born ?
1991 – Larry Kert – US Actor / Singer / Dancer – Born 5th December 1930

Sodomy in history, June
 5


1945 — An Alabama appellate court upholds a conviction for cunnilingus under the state’s "crime against nature" law.
1998 — Rhode Island repeals its sodomy law.


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Monday, 4 June 2012

June 4th in Queer History

Events this day in Queer History

1998 – Rainbow Alley founded in Denver, Colorado, USA

Born this day

1943 – Sandra Haynie – US Golf
1955 – Val McDermid – UK Author
1961 – Sam Harris – US Singer / Actor / Producer / Director
1971 – Peter Joback – Swedish Singer / Actor

Died this day

1585 – Marc-Antoine Muret – French Poet – Born 12th April 1526
1967 – JR Ackerley – UK Author / Editor – Born 4th November 1896
1996 – Leen Jongewaard – Dutch Actor / Singer / Comedian – Born 30th March 1927
1998 – Josephine Hutchinson – US Actress – Born 12th October 1903
2005 – Jean O’Leary – US Politician / Activist / Nun – Born 4th March 1948

Sodomy in history, 
June 4


1812 — The Organic Act for the Missouri Territory receives the 1805 Louisiana sodomy statute, with a compulsory sentence of life imprisonment at hard labor.
1894 — The Georgia Supreme Court reverses the sodomy conviction of a boy "under 14" due to questionable evidence. It does not challenge the right of the state to prosecute those of his age as adults.
1908 — The Iowa Supreme Court upholds a sodomy conviction against a challenge that one of the jurors on the case on his own visited the toilet where the crime was alleged to have occurred.
1936 — The Michigan Supreme Court rules that fellatio can not be prosecuted under the state’s "crime against nature" law with a 15-year maximum penalty, but must be prosecuted under the "gross indecency" law with a 5-year maximum penalty.
1954 — The Massachusetts Supreme Court upholds the state’s "unnatural and lascivious acts" law.
1979 — North Carolina changes the fine for the "crime against nature" from unspecified to $5,000.
1980 — Puerto Rico amends its "crime against nature" law to set a 6-year fixed penalty, but to allow a range of 20-99 years if a habitual felon. The range is set at 4-10 years for unspecified mitigating or aggravating factors.
1981 — A Michigan appellate court overturns restroom sex convictions on privacy grounds.


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Friday, 1 June 2012

June 1st in Queer History

Events this day in Queer History

2007 – Registered partnerships begin in South Australia
2009 – Nevada approve domestic partnerships (effective 1st October 2009) 2009 – “Everything but marriage” domestic partnership bill effective this date in Washington State, USA 

Born this day

1897 – Lionel Pries – US Artist / Architect – Died 7th April 1968
1903 – Peggy Fears – US Actress – Died 24th August 1994
1947 - Ashok Row Kavi – Indian Journalist 1950 – Tom Robinson – UK Singer / Musician
1951 – Teresa Gutierrez – US Activist / Politician (or 6th January 1951)
1952 – Ferron – Canadian Singer / Musician / Songwriter / Poet
1953 – Ken Kostick – Canadian Chef / Presenter – Died 21st April 2011
1981 – Brandi Carlile – US Singer / Songwriter / Musician

Died this day


1941 – Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole – UK Author – Born 13th March 1884
1968 – Witter Bynner – US Poet / Author – Born 10th August 1881
2008 – Yves Saint-Laurent – French Fashion Designer – Born 1st August 1936

Sodomy in history, June 


June 1

1792 — Kentucky becomes a state and receives all laws of Virginia, which includes the reception of the English buggery statute with a penalty of death.
1880 — The U.S. Census reports that 63 prisoners are imprisoned for "crimes against nature," 56% in the South, 25% in the East, 13% in the Midwest, and 6% in the West.
1890 — The U.S. census reveals that 224 people are in prison for sodomy, up from 63 in the 1880 census.
1915 — California outlaws oral sex. Its unique statute actually uses the words "fellatio" and "cunnilingus."
1949 — A Georgia appellate court overturns a sodomy conviction because the indictment did not specify how the defendant was alleged to have committed the act.
1959 — The Louisiana Supreme Court upholds a sodomy conviction even though one trial juror violated a court order and discussed the case with a witness.
1961 — The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a deportation order against an alien for loitering for solicitation for sodomy. It says that "simple assault" would not make him eligible for deportation.
1972 — The Maryland Commission on Criminal Law publishes a proposed criminal code that recommends decriminalization of consensual sodomy with an age of consent of 19. The commission’s comments demonstrate that they believe sodomy is something only Gay men ever commit.
1977 — Nebraska passes a new criminal code over the veto of the Governor that includes repeal of the state’s sodomy law.
1993 — A federal judge in Pennsylvania overturns the lewdness conviction of a man for soliciting an undercover federal agent in a national park, saying the agent led him on.


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