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, because knowing your history IS resistance!
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – APRIL 3
1895, UK – the opening of the Oscar Wilde v. the Marquis of Queensburytrial. The Marquis accused Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)of being “a sodomite,” a criminal activity. Wilde sued the Marquis for criminal libel. The Marquis had to prove that the allegation was true in order to escape conviction. The court decided the accusation was true and the Marquis was acquitted. Wilde had to pay the Marquis’ legal fees which left him bankrupt.
1931 – William Bast (April 3, 1931 – May 4, 2015) was an American screenwriter and author. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he was the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean(February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955). He often worked with his lover author Paul Huson(born 19 September 1942).
1959 – The Florida legislative Investigation Committee conducts witch-hunts from 1958-1964. On this day in 1959, the University of Florida fires 14 employees and removes 50 students for being gay.
1972 – Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieckbecame the first openly LGBT elected officials in America. They were graduate students at the University of Michigan, and both were elected to the Ann Arbor City Council. DeGrieck and Wechsler were elected to the Ann Arbor City Council as members of the Human Rights Party on April 3, 1972.
2009 – Iowa is the first state to allow legal same-sex marriages via an Iowa Supreme Court decision.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, DataLounge.com, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, 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!)