Today is the Los Angeles boat show. I love boat shows. As a kid in Miami, my family went to the annual boat show at Dinner Key Auditorium. I even once flew to Reno for a houseboat show. Today Kelly and I own the boat of my dreams: a 27 foot Ranger Tug cabin cruiser appropriately named Strait Knot. But I still go to boat shows. I get to see other boats, other typse and styles, and I get to learn about electronics and new and clever must-have gadgets and gear. Today we’re shopping for an AIS system that will couple with our electronics and radar systems. I’ve lusted for years about having a boat like Strait Knot; now I lust to take her on The Great Loop adventure, that somewhat circular waterway starting in Chicago, down the Mississippi to the west coast of Florida to the Keys, up Florida’s east coast and the Intracoastal to New York, then into the Great Lakes to Canada, then end in Chicago, called Jumping the Wake, or finishing where you started. Kelly isn’t keen on the idea, and maybe it’s just a pipe dream for me but, yes, a girl can dream, indeed. Your writing prompt for today: What dream have you had that you would attempt now if there were no obstacles?
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 – JANUARY 10
1956 – About 30 people attend the first public meeting of the Mattachine Society, at the Diplomat Hotel in New York City.
1975 – The Chicago Board of Education approves a plan that allows, for the first time, the city’s teachers to answer students’ questions about homosexuality.
1978– Thirty-five men in Bethesda, MD, who are married to women and have attractions to men, meet and create the Gay Married Men’s Association. Now named the Gay and Married Men’s Association, for over thirty years, GAMMA has been offering support to men who are or have been involved in a long-term heterosexual relationships, and are now coming to terms with their sexual attraction to other men.
1980 – The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence forms in San Francisco. They are a gay male “religious order” whose motto is “Give Up the Guilt.” Originally a form of Camp Street Theater, the controversial nuns later become highly visible promoters of safe(r) sex. It is a charity, protest, and street performance organization that uses drag and religious imagery to call attention to sexual intolerance and satirizes issues of gender and morality. At their inception in 1979, a small group of gay men in San Francisco began wearing the attire of nuns in visible situations using high camp to draw attention to social conflicts and problems in the Castro District.
2005 – U.S. Supreme Court turns down an appeal by Florida foster dads, Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau, denying their children the right to be adopted by the parents who love them. Steve and Roger didn’t plan on having children. But in 1988, they were asked to take in an infant foster child with HIV from the hospital where Steve worked in pediatric AIDS. Within months, they had three babies in the house, all of whom had HIV. Because the kids’ medical needs were so intense, the state asked Steve to quit his job and care for the kids full time, which he did without hesitation.The family was thrown into disarray when the state of Florida told them they had to give up one of their foster children, Bert, whom they have raised for 10 years. Lofton and Croteau would like to adopt Bert, but under Florida law they can’t, because they are gay. Until 2010 Florida was the only state to have a blanket statutory prohibition against gay adoption until a 2010 Third District Court of Appeals changed the ruling.
2007 – The Federal Way, Washington, school board decides that teachers who show the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” (Al Gore’s documentary about global warming), must also get the approval of the principal and superintendent and must present an “opposing view” along with the film. Though specifically a gay issue, global warming is a human rights issue.
2005, Israel – Israeli Supreme Court allows each partner of a lesbian couple to adopt the other’s children. The case involves Tal and Avital Yaros-Hakak who are raising three children conceived through donor insemination. Tal gave birth to two children, Avital to the third. They unsuccessfully sought to adopt each other’s children in the Family Court in Ramat Gan. The Supreme Court ruled that the Family Court should grant these adoptions if it were in the best interest of the children to do so. The ruling came at the end of a long legal battle, decided at the High Court. The Yaros-Hakak couple had lived together for16 years.
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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!)