Events in LGBT History:2011 – First Out Cafe Bar, London, UK closes after 25 years trading .
Born this dayNatalie Clifford Barney (1876 –1972) US
Playwright, poet and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris. She was openly lesbian and began publishing love poems to women under her own name as early as 1900, considering scandal as "the best way of getting rid of nuisances" (meaning heterosexual attention from young males).
Napoleon Lapathiotis (1888 –1944) Greek
Ethel Waters (1896 – 1977) US
Singer / Actress
Craig Rodwell (1940 – 1993) US
David Ogden Stiers (1942 – ) US
Actor / Musician
Bruce Bawer (1956 – ) US
Literary Critic / Author / Poet
Frank Bruni (1964 – ) US
Inka Grings (1978 – ) German
Adam Bouska ( 1983 – ) US
Brent Corrigan (1986 – ) US
Model / Porn / Actor
Died this day
Eileen Gray (1878 - 1976) Irish
Designer / Architect
Georgi Partsalev (1925 -1989) Bulgarian
Marcel Carne (1906 - 1996) French
Lee Calvin Yeomans (1938 - 2001) US
Sodomy in history, October 31st
1923 — The Indiana Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus of a female under the age of 21 is outlawed by the state’s sodomy law. The Court considers cunnilingus to be a form of masturbation as described in the law.
1955 — The South Carolina Supreme Court rules that cunnilingus does not violate the state’s "buggery" law.
1955 — The "Boys of Boise" affair begins. Starting with the arrest of four men for sexual relations with male teenagers who are prostitutes, it is blown into a situation in which Boise is called a mecca where Gay men can find boys. Begun by a group of right-wing politicians to shake the moderate political establishment, the issue is inflamed by the Idaho Daily Statesman and Time magazine. As a result of the hysteria, a city councilman is defeated for reelection and a West Point cadet from Idaho is dismissed. A 1965 investigation reveals the incident to be based on outright lies.
1956 — A California appellate court bans questions in an oral copulation case as to the defendant’s sexual orientation.
1974 — A federal court upholds the constitutionality of the Florida sodomy law.
1980 — A California appellate court upholds the conviction of a man for masturbating in the presence of an undercover police officer in a public restroom over the contention that, since the officer did not appear to be offended, he should be acquitted.