Today in LGBT History – August 6

Kelly and I went on a 10-mile hike yesterday with our Sequim hiking group. From start to finish, the conversation was about this administration, this regime under which we are now living. Most of us in the group were lesbians or gay men and we all acknowledged that we’re fearful for our lives. The threat is very real and it permeates everything we do. I’m glad that we were in the company of like-minded progressive people on our hike, but we all agreed that we’re suffering from trump fatigue.

By the way, remember the name Hope Hicks. She’s the highest paid, no-experienced person in the White House, has an office next to his, travels with trump everywhere, and is suspected of being trump’s girlfriend. As we hiked, we made up scenarios, one of which that Melania dumps trump for Putin. This one was our favorite!

Today I will read the book Tyranny.

 Today in LGBT History – August 6

390, Italy – Valentinian, Arcadius, and Theodosius wrote to the Roman city vicar that they cannot tolerate Rome “being stained any longer by the contamination of male effeminacy…” They call for death by fire.

1637 – The Plymouth, Massachusetts court finds John Alexander and Thomas Roberts guilty of “often spending their seed one upon the other” though they are not charged with sodomy. Both were severely whipped, and Alexander was branded on the shoulder and banished from the colony. Although the colony had made sodomy punishable by death the previous year, it required penetration that was not proven in this case.

1862 – A transgender soldier, Albert Cashier (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915), enlists in the 95th Illinois Infantry and is assigned to Company G of the Union Army. Cashier adopted the identity of a man before enlisting, and maintained it for most of the remainder of his life. He became famous as one of a number of women soldiers who served as men during the Civil War, although the consistent and long-term commitment to the male identity has prompted some contemporary scholars to suggest that Cashier was a trans man. In 1911, Cashier was hit by a car that broke his leg. A physician discovered his secret in the hospital, but did not disclose the information. On May 5, 1911, because he was no longer able to work, Cashier was moved to the Soldiers and Sailors home in Quincy, Illinois. During this stay, Albert was visited by many of his fellow soldiers from Ninety-fifth Regiment. He lived there until his mental state deteriorated. He was moved to the Watertown State Hospital for the Insane in March 1914. Attendants at the Watertown State Hospital discovered that Albert was female when giving him a bath, at which point – and at age 70 –  he was made to wear women’s clothes again after fifty years. His tombstone reads “Albert D. J. Cashier, Co. G, 95 Ill. Inf.” His birth name of Jennie Hodgers was discovered nine years later so a second tombstone with both names was placed beside the original.

1868 – Florida revises its sodomy law, making sodomy punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

1885 – British Parliament votes to make homosexual acts a criminal offense.

1913 – Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (May 14, 1868 – May 14, 1935), crusaded for the repeal of sodomy laws in Germany and founded two organizations for homosexuals. On this day he spoke at the International Medical Conference in London and met with British gays to discuss forming a London branch of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Hirschfeld was a German Jewish physician and sexologist educated primarily in Germany. He based his practice in Berlin-Charlottenburg. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out “the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights

1928 – Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) is born. He was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silk-screening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67). Warhol’s lovers included John Giorno, Billy Name, Charles Lisanby, and Jon Gould. His boyfriend of 12 years was Jed Johnson whom he met in 1968 and who later achieved fame as an interior designer.

1930 – Author and GLBT historian Martin Duberman (born August 6, 1930) is born on this date. He is an American historian, biographer, playwright, and gay rights activist, and Professor of History Emeritus at Herbert Lehman College. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War, and was jailed, as a member of REDRESS, for a sit-in protest on the floor of the U.S. Senate. His numerous essays on “The Black Struggle,” “The Crisis of the Universities,” “American Foreign Policy,” and “Gender and Sexuality” have been collected in two volumes of his essays: The Uncompleted Past and Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion, 1964-1999. He came out as a gay man in an essay (December 10, 1972) in The New York Times. A founder and keynote speaker of the Gay Academic Union (1973), he later founded and served as first director (1986-1996) of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. In 1997 he edited two volumes, “A Queer World” and “Queer Representations” containing selections from the Center’s conferences. He was also a member of the founding boards of the National Lesbian and Gay Task ForceLambda Legal Defense Fund, and Queers for Economic Justice. Duberman’s most recent novel, Jews Queers Germans, was published by Seven Stories Press in March, 2017

1936, UK – Mark Weston (born Mary Louise Edith Weston, March 30, 1905 – January 29, 1978), nicknamed “the Devonshire Wonder”, was one of the best British field athletes of the 1920s. He was a national champion in the women’s javelin throw and discus throw in 1929 and won the women’s shot put title in 1925, 1928 and 1929. At the 1926 Women’s World Games he finished sixth in the two-handed shot put, where the final result was a sum of two best throws with the right hand and with the left hand. On this day, Article “The Girl who Became a Bridegroom” is published as an interview with FTM Mark Weston. Weston had a genital abnormality and was assigned as female at birth and raised as a girl. In April–May 1936, Weston underwent a series of gender changing operations at the Charing Cross Hospital. He changed his first name to Mark, retired from competitions and later worked as a masseur. In July 1936 Weston married Alberta Matilda Bray and they had three children. Following his example, his elder sibling Harry (previously Hilda) also changed his gender and name in the 1930s. Harry hanged himself during a depression in 1942. Mark Weston died in the Freedom Fields Hospital in Plymouth in 1978.

1938 – Out actor/director Paul Bartel (August 6, 1938 – May 13, 2000) is born in Brooklyn, New York. After working as a unit director for Roger Corman, Bartel broke out on his own, directing horror/camp classics such as Deathrace 2000 (1975) and Eating Raoul (1982).

1992 – The Ontario Court of Appeals issues a ruling that voided the Canadian military’s ban on gays and lesbians.

1994 – The Japanese-American Citizens League votes 50-38 at its meeting in San Francisco in favor of supporting same-sex marriage.

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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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