Kelly and I continue with On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (2017). Snyder presents twenty lessons from the 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today’s politics. On this blog, I present one lesson each day for 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 15. Contribute to good causes. Be active in organizations, political or not, that express your own view of life. Pick a charity or two and set up auto pay. Then you will have made a free choice that supports civil society and helps others to do good… One element of freedom is the choice of associates, and one defense of freedom is the activity of groups to sustain the members. In so far as we take pride in these activities, and come to know others who do so as well, we are creating civil society.
In helping to create a civil society, I donate to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Seattle Holocaust Center, and Joy Silver for the California District 28 Senate seat. What are you supporting?
Today in LGBT History – August 23
1954 – Charles Busch (August 23, 1954, actor and playwright, is born. He is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator, known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. He wrote and starred in his early plays Off-off-Broadway beginning in 1978, generally in drag roles, and also acted in the works of other playwrights. He also wrote for television and began to act in films and on television in the late 1990s. His best known play is The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife(2000), which was a success on Broadway.
1972, Canada – An article in the Toronto gay publication “The Body Politic,” entitled “Of men and little boys,” sparks a public outrage. Criminal charges are threatened but not laid.
1994, Australia –The federal government acts to overturn Tasmania’s anti-sodomy law. Tasmania’s is the last Australian state to penalize same sex relations.
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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, 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!)