Musings of an Aging Lesbian

Yesterday we visited with friends and talked politics with gusto. I love spending time with smart, funny women who have a passion to make the world a better place for our kids and grands. Tonight we’ll go to our meeting of Courageous Resistance as we get started with collecting signatures for the Joy Silver for California Senate campaign. Joy is one of our dear friends at whose house we schmoozed with friends yesterday.

Rudyard Kipling said: If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. The snippets of LGBTQ history here are the stories of our lives, the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we all stand. Learn about them then tell the stories and remember…

Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!


1899 — American Samoa is obtained by the United States. It had no law against sodomy, making it the only “free” jurisdiction in the United States.

1909 — The Montana Supreme Court upholds the right of the state to prosecute attempts to commit sodomy under the general Attempts statute.

1946 – Fashion designer Gianni Versace (2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) is born.

 He  was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings, and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; Naomi Campbell; Duran Duran; Kate Moss; Madonna; Elton John; Cher; Sting; Tupac; The Notorious B.I.G., and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world. He and his partner Antonio D’Amico were regulars on the international party scene. On July 15,1997, Versace was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion Casa Casuarina at the age of 50.

1963 — Earl Kade, a prisoner at the Ohio Penitentiary is killed by another prisoner because he had solicited him. The grand jury refuses to indict the killer for murder, stating that the willful killing of a non-violent person from behind bars was justifiable if the person had solicited.

1964 – In NY, four gay men and lesbians picketed a lecture by a psychoanalyst espousing the model of homosexuality as a mental illness. The demonstrators were given ten minutes to make a rebuttal.

1994 – Transgender Terrie Ladwig, born in the Philippines, is killed. Her murder remains unsolved. She was married to Steven Ladwig.

1997 – Republican David Cantania became the first openly gay person to be elected to the Washington DC city council.

1998 – In India, Over 200 right-wing activists, called Shiv Sainiks, stormed two theaters and forced managers to suspend the screening of Toronto director Deepa Mehta’s internationally acclaimed film “Fire,” the first Indian film to focus on a lesbian relationship. 

2013: The first official day that LGBTQ couples in Hawaii (both residents as well as tourists) can marry in the Aloha State

Stand up, speak out, share your story!



(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, #LavenderEffect,, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm,, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at Thanks!)

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