Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 12

During the 2019 Palm Springs film festival, we’ve seen four films in which gratuitous sex scenes were flying in our faces. I’m certainly not a prude but I know the difference between a tasteful, tender lesbian love scene that enhances a film and gratuitous sex scenes that are usually included to titillate (if you will) straight men. C’mon, filmmakers! Make us proud, not embarrassed! Word prompt: What makes you feel embarrassed for your community of people when you see it depicted on TV or the big screen?

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 12

1564, UK – Queen Elizabeth I reinstates the buggery law in England which makes sodomy illegal.

1597, Brussels – Martyred Flemish sculptor François Duquesnoy(January 12, 1597 – July 12, 1643) is born. He was a Baroque sculptor in Rome. His more idealized representations are often contrasted with the emotional character of Bernini‘s works, while his style shows greater affinity to Algardi‘s sculptures. He was regarded as one of the finest sculptors of the seventeenth century. In 1644, Duquesnoy was commissioned to create statues for the nave of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, and the following year he was appointed “architecte, statuaire et sculpteur de la Cour” to Archduke Leopold William, Regent of the Netherlands. Some of his most famous works depicted strong, muscled male figures in the Hellenic tradition. In 1651, he became Court Architect and Sculptor, and in 1654 he went to Ghent to fulfill several commissions when he was accused of indecencies with his assistants. The Privy Council of Ghent convicted Duquesnoy of sodomy and sentenced him to death. He was bound to a stake in the Grain Market in the center of the city, strangled, and reduced to ashes. His reputation was destroyed and his memory repressed.

1903 – Grace Marion Frick (January 12, 1903 – November 18, 1979) was a translator and researcher for her lifelong partner French author Marguerite Yourcenar(June 8, 1903 – December 17, 1987). Grace Frick taught languages at U.S. colleges and was the second academic dean to be appointed to Hartford Junior College. Frick and Yourcenar lived together for forty years until Frick died of cancer on November 18, 1979. Together they bought a house, “La Petite Plaisance” in 1943 in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island. They are both buried at Brookside Cemetery in Mount Desert. Buried alongside them is Jerry Wilson, the last companion of Yourcenar, who died of AIDS in 1986.

1939 – The Georgia Supreme Court rules that women cannot commit sodomy.

1976, Canada – In Vancouver a British Columbia Board of Inquiry rules in a case called Gay Tide vs Vancouver Sunthat British Columbia human rights code provides protection for gays and lesbians. 

1977 – The Advocatereveals that the CIA has been collecting information on some three hundred thousand people who had been arrested in the U.S. for committing homosexual acts.

1981 – Premiering on ABC, Dynastyfeatures gay character Steven Carrington. Steven is noteworthy as one of the earliest gay main characters on American television. Despite identifying as homosexual, Steven has relationships with both men and women throughout the series.he role was originated by Al Corley in the show’s first episode in 1981; Corley left at the end of the second season in 1982 after complaining about Steven’s “ever-shifting sexual preferences”and wanting “to do other things.” The character was recast in 1983 with Jack Coleman, the change in appearance attributed to plastic surgery after an oil rig explosion. Coleman remained on the show until 1988, but Corley returned to the role of Steven for the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion when Coleman was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. In the 2017 reboot of the series, Steven is played by actor James Mackay.

1982 – Gay men in New York City gather at Larry Kramer’s (born June 25, 1935)apartment and agree to form the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in response to the escalating epidemic of fatal illnesses in their community.

2000 – The United Kingdom lifts its banon lesbians and gay men serving in the armed forces.

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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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