Today in LGBT History – JANUARY 30

From my friend Rev. Michale Piazza: Jesus, King, and Gandhi told us, and showed us, that injustice sometimes must be resisted through peaceful civil disobedience. I’ve been pondering lately what more I can do to create a movement so Americans insist that we STOP being the only industrialized nation in which health care is not a human right for all citizens.What will it take for us to see the utter shame in profiting off the sickness and suffering of people? No one should have to choose between food and medicine, for themselves or for their children. Jesus fed the hungry and healed the sick. He did BOTH, and so should we.

Writing prompt: What will you do if your rights and the rights of your loved ones are in jeopardy? Are those rights in jeopardy now? Mine are…

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 30

1946 – A House Committee on Military Affairs panel reports on “Blue Discharges.” Blue discharges were commonly used against homosexuals and African-Americans in the military who hadn’t transgressed but commanders wanted them out of their ranks. Blue discharges were neither honorable nor dishonorable but the soldiers were denied G.I. Bill benefits. Service members holding a blue discharge were subjected to discrimination in civilian life. They were denied the benefits of the G.I. Bill by the Veterans Administration and had difficulty finding work because employers were aware of the negative connotations of a blue discharge. Following intense criticism in the press—especially the black press, because of the high percentage of African Americans who received blue discharges—and in Congress, the blue discharge was discontinued in 1947, replaced by two new classifications: general and undesirable.

1948, India – Indian activist and leader Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)was assassinated in New Delhi, India, by a religious fanatic. Gandhi had ended British rule in India through nonviolent resistance. “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being,” he stated in 1926. His teachings were used during many of the gay demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the LGBT non-denominational group Soulforce uses Gandhi’s non-violence practices in its demonstrations against churches which discriminate against LGBT people.


Stand up, speak out, share your story!

Warmly,

Ronni

 

(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 ronnisanlo@gmail.com. Thanks!)

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