Last night I learned a great deal about writing a play. We rehearsed Sing, Meadowlark with the full cast for the performance on Monday. We writers love our words and hate to discard any of them. That describes me perfectly. But last night after the rehearsal, I slashed about half of the words, all the while envisioning a film director leaving film on the editing floor. But the play is now tight, direct, and has the potential of being pretty darned good if I do say so myself. Rehearsal again on Sunday. Ha!
Today in LGBT History – July 28
600 B.C. – The Greek poet Theognis is born near Athens. He was an aristocrat who lost his wealth and property during one of the many civil wars of the period and turned to writing, penning most of his works for his young lover Cyrnus.
1533, UK – Walter Hungerford (born 1503 – July 28, 1540), First Baron Hungerford of Heytesbury, is the first person executed under the Buggery Act of 1533.
1533, Italy – Artist Michelangelo (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) wrote to Tommaso Cavaleri, “I could as easily forget your name as the food by which I live; nay, it would be easier to forget the food, which only nourishes my body, than your name, which nourishes both body and soul.”
1928, The Netherlands – Opening of the 1928 Olympics where French athlete Violette Morris (April 18, 1893 – April 26, 1944) had been barred from competing because she was a lesbian and because she and her female lover, Raoul Paoli made their affair public. Paoli left Morris after the athlete had decided to undergo a double mastectomy to fit into race cars more easily. She won two gold and one silver medals at the Women’s World Games in 1921–1922. Starting in 1936 she worked with the Gestapo during World War II. She was killed in 1944 in a Resistance-led ambush as a traitor to the French state.
1961 – Illinois becomes the first U.S. state to repeal its sodomy law
1976 – The San Francisco Department of Health reports an outbreak of GI disorders, especially shigellosis and amoebic dysentery, among gay men.
1983 – Bobbi Campbell (January 28, 1952 – August 15, 1984) is the 16th person to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma and possibly the first to be open about his diagnosis even before GRID or HIV/AIDS had been named. Robert Boyle “Bobbi” Campbell Jr. was a public health nurse and an early AIDS activist. In 1983, he co-wrote the Denver Principles, the defining manifesto of the People With AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement, which he had co-founded the previous year. Appearing on the cover of Newsweek and being interviewed on national news reports, Campbell raised the national profile of the AIDS crisis among heterosexuals and provided a recognizable, optimistic, human face of the epidemic for affected communities.
1985 – The first AIDS Walk is held in Los Angeles. Craig Miller and AIDS Project LA produce the fundraiser that attracts 4500 walkers.
1986 – Gov. George Deukmejian of California vetoes a bill that would have protected people with AIDS from discrimination in housing and employment.
1987 – Gay filmmaker Arthur Bressan Jr. (1943 – July 28,1987) dies of complications from AIDS. All of his films were low budget production, and dealt with gay characters and storylines. Buddies was one of the first feature films to deal with AIDS.
1989 – William Cruse is sentenced to death for a shooting spree in Palm Bay, Florida, that left six people dead and ten injured. He said he did it because his neighbors were spreading rumors that he was a homosexual.
1993, UK – Jonathan Harvey’s (born 13 June 1968) influential play about two working-class teenage boys who fall in love, Beautiful Thing, premiers at London’s Bush Theater.
1993 – New Zealand becomes the seventh country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
1997 – The city council of Evanston, Illinois votes unanimously to extend anti-discrimination protection to transgendered people.
1997 – Judge John Frusciante, a Broward County Circuit Court judge, upholds Florida’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples.
1998, Fiji – A constitution approved by the Fiji government went into effect that granted constitutional protection to gay and lesbian citizens. Opponents claimed it would result in an increase in homosexuality.
2004 – The Miami Beach City Council unanimously votes to create a domestic partner registry.
2011, Serbia – Serbian Parliament approves change in health insurance law to subsidized sex reassignment surgery.
2016 – Sarah McBride (born on August 9, 1990) is the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention in the US. She speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. McBride is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations. In August 2014, McBride married her then-boyfriend Andrew Cray after he received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson presided at their ceremony. Four days after their nuptials, Cray died from cancer.
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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 email@example.com. Thanks!)