Musings of an Aging Lesbian
Doctor day… pokes here, shots there, referrals to other pokers and shooters, and physical therapy. Getting old requires so much attention to detail. No wonder old people are retired! We don’t have time to do much else than to administer to our own bodies!
Gratitude Day 8
I’m grateful for my space and place in the world. Kelly and Dooney and I have been in our beautiful home in Sequim since May. This inspirational place fills me with such peace and joy. I watch the sunrises and sunsets over the water here, and sit by the fireplace in my rocker as I type. This place has been especially meaningful this year because we were married right here in our own back yard. As our ceremony was finishing, an eagle flew in and perched above us, bringing us grace and the message of love from those who came before us. Place sometimes eluded me in the past: homelessness, transiency, unstable conditions, uncertain relationships. Today I know where and with whom I belong. Our friends the eagles and cormorants and deer and shore birds and otters will keep things in order here until we return.
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 8
1977 – Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay man to be elected in a major U.S. city. Although he was the most pro-LGBT politician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
1982 – Samuel Falson (born 8 November 1982), better known by his stage name Sam Sparro, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music producer. Sparro is openly gay.
1988 – Oregon voters repeal an executive order which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation among state government employees.
1990, Ireland – Mary Robinson Therese Winifred (born 21 May 1944), whose platform includes gay rights, is elected as the predominantly Catholic country’s President. She is an Irish independent politician who served as the 7th, and first female, President of Ireland from December 1990 to September 1997. She resigned as president to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. In 2004 she received Amnesty International‘s Ambassador of Conscience Award for her work in promoting human rights. Robinson is the twenty fourth, and first female, Chancellor of University of Dublin (i.e. Trinity College). She represented the University in the Senate for over twenty years and held the Reid Chair in Law. In July 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour awarded by the United States. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission congratulated Robinson, saying she “helped advance recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in her capacity as President of Ireland and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has been unwavering in her passionate call to end torture, persecution, and discrimination against LGBT people globally.”
1992 – The East Nashville Cooperative Ministry denies membership to Dayspring Christian Fellowship, a mostly gay and lesbian congregation.
1994 – The Republican right sweeps elections across the US., but there are some gay and lesbian gains, including new state legislature representatives and senators in Arizona, California, and Rhode Island, and one reelected in Texas. An anti-gay and lesbian rights initiative, Proposition 1, is defeated in Idaho.
1995 – PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) ads regarding preventing suicide and bullying are refused by television stations around the country. All stations refused to air the suicide ad, and only two cable stations and one network affiliate station would air the gay-bashing ad. PFLAG is told the ads offended community standards.
1995, Zimbabwe – Tribal Chief Norbert Makoni addresses Parliament, saying gays and lesbians should be sentenced to whipping.
1996 – Transgender activists protest outside the offices of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington DC.
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!)