Events this day in Queer History
2008 – California State Supreme Court strikes down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making them available from June 2008
2009 – Same-sex couples in Finland allowed to legally adopt a biological child [no full adoption]
Born this day
Aristocrat, the youngest brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. Despite his mother's attempts to arrange a marriage for him with Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, youngest sister of Empress Elisabeth he remained a bachelor all his life. As a result of his very public homosexuality and transvestitism, and prolonged visits to the Central Bathhouse in Vienna, his brother Emperor Franz Joseph finally forbade him to stay in the capital.
Jasper Johns (1930 – ) US
Contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking.
Maruyama Akihiro [aka Akihiro Miwa] (1935 – ) Japanese
Drag Queen / Singer / Actor / Director
Nancy Garden (1938 - ) US
Barbara Hammer (1939 – ) US
Bill Rosendahl (1945 – ) US
Politician / Teacher / Presenter
Frank Sanders (1946 – ) Dutch
Actor / Singer / Dancer / Director
Boze Hadleigh (1954 – ) US
Ricky Ian Gordon (1956 – ) US
Rustom Padilla [aka BeBe Gandanghari] (1965 – ) Filipino
Actor / Reality TV
Andy Towle (1967 – ) US
Blogger / Editor
Spencer Herbert (1981 – ) Canadian
Fred Martinez (1985 – 2001 ) US
Hate Crime Victim
Died this dayNigel Green (1924– 1972 ) UK
Jackie Curtis (1947 – 1985) US
Actress / Poet / Playwright
Peter Grimwade (1942 – 1990) UK
Screenwriter / Director
Gloria E Anzaldua (1942 - 2004) US
Author / Poet / Activist
Rodger McFarlane (1955 – 2009), US
Gay rights activist who served as the first paid executive director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis and later served in leadership positions with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Bailey House and the Gill Foundation.
Sodomy in history, May 151797 — Captain Henry Allen is hanged in England for sodomy, the only ship’s captain ever to be hanged for sodomy.
1968 — The North Carolina Supreme Court rules that sodomy indictments must name the partner of the defendant.
1978 — The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to the North Carolina sodomy law.