Musings of an Aging Lesbian
Remembering LGBTQ veterans who served and died for this country but who were not fully free in it….
Gratitude Day 11
Today I am grateful for the words of Audra Lorde: “When I dare to be powerful, , to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid…”
I invite you to add that for which you are grateful today.
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!
THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY – NOVEMBER 11
1634, Ireland – “An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery” is passed by the Irish House of Commons, making anal intercourse punishable by hanging. The primary advocate of the act is Anglican Bishop John Atherton.
1907 – Frances V. Rummell (Nov. 11, 1907 – May 11, 1969) is born. She was an educator and a teacher of French at Stephens College. Using the nom de plume Diana Fredericks, she wrote the book Diana: A Strange Autobiography in 1939 which was the first explicitly lesbian autobiography in which two women end up happily together. The book was published with a note saying, “The publishers wish it expressly understood that this is a true story, the first of its kind ever offered to the general reading public.” The author’s niece verified that the Frances was a lesbian and that the book followed her life rather accurately.
1950 – In Los Angeles, Harry Hay, Rudi Gernreich, Dale Jennings, Bob Hull and Chuck Rowland, hold the first meeting of the Society of Fools. The weekly gatherings leading to the formation of a homophile organization the men will call the Mattachine Society.
1975, Canada – Two members of Gays of Ottawa lay wreath at National War Memorial. It is the first time gays are allowed to participate in ceremony.
1985 – NBC airs “An Early Frost “starring Aidan Quinn. It’s the first major made-for-TV movie about AIDS and is broadcast in the U.S. on prime time. A Chicago lawyer goes home to tell his parents that he is gay an HIV positive. The film won numerous awards including the Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media.
1989 – Adam Rippon (born November 11, 1989) is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Four Continents champion and 2016 U.S. national champion. Earlier in his career, he won the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix Final, and the 2008 U.S junior national title. Rippon was selected to represent USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This makes him the first openly gay American athlete to qualify for any Winter Olympics.
1992 – Australia removes its restrictions on gays and lesbians serving in the military.
2009, Phillipines – The Philipine Commission on Elections does not let Ang Ladlad, the Filiponi LGBT political party, run in the May 20101 elections on th grounds of immorality. The decision is overturned in Ariul, 2010. Ladlad was founded on September 21, 2003 by Danton Remoto (born March 25, 1963). The party’s official motto is Bukas puso, bukas isip.(Open heart, open mind.)[
2014, Australia – New South Wales legislative council passes a motion marking Intersex Awareness Day. Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people and occurs on Oct. 26.
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, #LavenderEffect, DataLounge.com, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm, out.com, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)