Musings of an Aging Lesbian
Happy Thanksgiving, all… enjoy your day!
Gratitude Day 28
Today I’m grateful for a loving, tender, adventurous spouse, for my children and grands, for family of origin and family of choice, for my students from whom I learned so much, for my lesbian and gay foreparents and activists who showed me the way, and dear friends with whom I walk arm in arm today.
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 28
1862, Germany –Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (28 August 1825 – 14 July 1895), a pioneer of the early LGBT civil rights movement, writes a letter to his family reconciling his spirituality and his sexuality. He wrote, “Good God has given me love oriented towards men. Asking Him to change that would be extremely anti-Christian.” Ulrichs was a German writer who is seen today as the pioneer of the modern gay rights movement.
1932 – Margaret “Midge” Costanza (November 28, 1932 – March 23, 2010) was an American Presidential advisor, socialand political activist. A lifelong champion of gay and women’s rights, she was known for her wit, outspoken manner and commitment to her convictions.
1944 – Rita Mae Brown (born 28 November 1944) is born. She is an American writer, activist, and feminist, best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter. Starting in 1973, Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. In 1978, she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where she lived briefly with American author, screenwriter and actor, Fannie Flagg (born September 21, 1944), whom she met at a party hosted by Marlo Thomas. They later broke up due to, according to Brown, “generational differences.” In 1979 Brown met and fell in love with tennis champion Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956). In 1980 they bought a horse farm in Charlottesville where they lived together until their breakup over Navratilova’s then concern that coming out would hurt her application for US citizenship. Brown still lives on the estate in Charlottesville.
1977 – Aspen becomes the first city in Colorado to pass a gay rights ordinance.
1978 – San Francisco Examiner Headline is “THE CITY WEEPS,” following the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1980 – The National Coalition of Black Gays holds its second national conference in Philadelphia
1988 – A Dallas judge sentences the killer of two gay men to 30 years in prison instead of a life sentence because, as he later tells the Dallas Times Herald, “I don’t much care for queers cruising the streets.” The Dallas Gay Alliance joins political leaders across the country in protesting the judge’s decision.
1989 – A judge in Texas was censured for giving a light sentence to a teenager who murdered two gay men. He explained the sentence by saying that he couldn’t give a life sentence to a teenage boy “just because he killed a couple of homosexuals.”
1998 – In Allston, Massachusetts, transgender woman of color Rita Hester (30 November 1963 – 28 November 1998) is murdered. The ensuing candlelight vigil a few days later was attended by 250 people and inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed each November 20th worldwide.
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!)