Today in LGBT History – August 10

Kelly and I are reading On Tyranny yesterday by Timothy Snyder (2017). Snyder presents twenty lessons from the 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today’s politics. On this blog, I’ll present one lesson each day for the next 20 days (though I may insert a personal thought among the days). Kelly is posting them on our FB page called Resist with Kelly and Ronni. I hope you’ll read this little but powerfully inspirational book.

Lesson 4. Take responsibility for the face of the world. The symbols of today enable the reality of tomorrow. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away, and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so…Make sure symbols of loyalty include your fellow citizens rather than excluded them.

Read Vaclav Havel’s The Power of the Powerless. Order it from your local library.

Today in LGBT History – August 10

1888 – A lifelong transman is discovered as a patient at Iowa Prison Hospital. There is no other information available.

1900, France- Rene Crevel (August 10, 1900 – June 18, 1935) is born in Paris. He was a French writer involved with the surrealist movement. The only out bisexual member of the Dada movement of artists he was the founder of a number of short-lived literary magazines. His poetry was filled with death and castration themes. He told anyone who would listen he had been mutilated as an infant by being circumcised.

1914 – A Florida Enchantment, written by Archibald Clavering Gunter (October 25, 1847 –February 24, 1907), a silent film depicting homosexuality and cross-dressing, is released. A woman discovers a seed that can make women act like men and men act like women. The film is based on the 1891 novel and 1896 play (now lost) of the same name. The film is also known for its use of blackface antics; an aspect carefully dissected in Siobhan Somerville’s “Queering the Color Line.” Since its inclusion in Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, the film has increasingly been seen as one of the earliest film representations of homosexuality and cross-dressing in American culture.

1986, New Zealand – Homosexual Law Reform Act goes into effect decriminalizing consensual sex between homosexual men.

1989 – Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) reveals he has HIV. Prices for his art soar as collectors anticipate his death. He was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. In 2006, Haring was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of LGBT History Month.

2011, Czech Republic – Several thousand people march through Prague in the Czech capital’s first gay pride festival. The event was peaceful though there were some 300 vocal opponents.

Act now! Let your voice speak out and change the world!

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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, Lavender Effect,, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at Thanks!)

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