THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY – NOVEMBER 18

Musings of an Aging Lesbian

I began submitting two of my plays for production consideration. Dear Anita Bryant, which is already being performed in different cities, and Sing Meadowlark are now being submitted to various theaters. Both plays are Readers Theater productions with sound effects and power point slides. I’m also considering making them radio plays. Hmmm….maybe I’ll do my own podcasts of them myself. I wonder what that takes? No! Not another shiny penny! Well, maybe… Damn! Even in my old age, I’m STILL ADHD!

Gratitude Day 18

 Today I’m grateful for our pickleball game (I suck), our golf game (I suck), our bikes (I’m good), and our hot tub (I’m great!). Ah, sweet simplicity!

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 18

1901, Mexico – Police raid a gay dance club. Of the 41 attendees, 29 men are dressed in women’s clothing and all are members of the highest classes of society. Punishment was conscription into the army. As a result of the Dance of the Forty-One Raid, the number 41 is adopted into Mexican popular culture as reference to homosexuality. No segment of the army is allowed to be given the unit number 41.

1972, Canada – Gay McGill holds the first of what were to become the most successful community dances in Montreal. They ended in May 1975 because of the withdrawal of liquor license by Quebec liquor board.

1996 – Psychologist Dr. Evelyn Hooker (September 2, 1907 – November 18, 1996) dies. Her research at UCLA provided some of the earliest evidence that homosexuality is not a psychological disease.

2003, UK – Section 28 or Clause 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused the addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986, which affected England, Wales and Scotland. The amendment was enacted on May 24, 1988, and stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”  The law was repealed on this day in 2003. 

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the state’s constitution guarantees equal marriage rights for same-sex couples (Goodridge v. Department of Public Health). The November 18, 2003 decision was the first by a U.S. state’s highest court to find that same-sex couples had the right to marry and sparked a national wildfire of civil disobedience (the issuing of marriage licenses authorized by mayors and city councils in San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; New Paltz, NY and Sandoval County, N.M.) and dozens of lawsuits in those and many other jurisdictions.


Stand up, speak out, share your story!

Warmly,

Ronni

(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 ronnisanlo@gmail.com. Thanks!)

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