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Saturday, 23 March 2013

March 23rd in Queer History

Events this day in Queer History

2009 – Vermont Senate passes a bill legalising same-sex marriages (USA)

Born this day

J. C. Leyendecker  (1874 –  1951) German / US

George Hopkins (1896  - 1985 ) US
Set Designer

Jimmy Edwards  (1920 – 1988)  UK
Actor / Scriptwriter / Musician

Diane Sands  (1947 – ) US

Bruce Bastion  (1948 –  )  US
Computer Programmer / Businessman / Activist

Jac Goderic  (1951 – ) Dutch
Presenter / Columnist

Steven Saylor  (1956 – )  US

Pekka Haavisto  (1958 – )  Finnish

Terry Sweeney  (1960 – )  US
Actor / Comedian / Screenwriter

George Weber  (1961 – ) US
Presenter / Murder Victim – Died 20th March 2009

Marc Cherry  (1962 – ) US
Producer / Screenwriter

Mitch Cullin  (1968 – ) US

Erki Pehk  (1968 – ) Estonian

Perez Hilton   (1978 – )  US Blogger / Cultural Commentator

Died this day

Julius III   (1487 - 1555)  Italian

Cristobal Balenciaga  (1895 - 1972) Spanish
Fashion Designer

Shaun McGill    (1961 - 1992)  Canadian
Figure Skater

 Benno Premsela (1920 – 1997) Dutch
Interior designer, who was a pioneer activist in the cause of gay emancipation. He was one of the first people in the Netherlands to come out publicly, and as early as 1947 was speaking out for equality. In 1964 he was the first homosexual to appear on Dutch television without having his features distorted. From 1962 to 1971 he chaired the gay rights group COC, and in 1995 he was given the prestigious Silver Carnation award, for his contribution to both arts administration and gay emancipation.

Eloy de la Iglesia
 (1944 – 2006) Spanish 

Shaun Fitzpatrick  (? - 2008) UK
Hate Crime Victim

Sodomy in history, March

1653 — In New Haven Colony, six teenage males are sentenced to be flogged for "wickedness in a filthy corrupting way with one another."
1661 — Virginia adopts all English laws explicitly, thus making sodomy clearly illegal.
1819 — Illinois enacts its own sodomy law, providing for a fine and imprisonment, and retaining the flogging provision it had received from Indiana.
1921 — The Hawaii Supreme Court rules that emission is not necessary for the completion of an act of sodomy.
1927 — A California appellate court upholds the constitutionality of the 1921 law banning oral sex.
1951 — Nevada establishes a minimum penalty for the crime against nature of one year, but retains the maximum of life imprisonment.
1953 — The Arizona Supreme Court rules that fellatio can not be prosecuted under the crime against nature law, but must be prosecuted under the unnatural and lascivious acts law.
1964 — The Colorado Supreme Court rules that sodomy convictions can be based on the uncorroborated evidence of an accomplice.
1995 — The Montana Senate votes 50-0 to delete a provision from a sex offender registration bill for consensual sodomy to be included, after overwhelming public opposition. Sponsor Senator Al Bishop (R-Billings) calls consensual homosexual activity worse than rape.


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