Today in LGBT History – July 5

It’s such a beautiful day here in Diamond Point in Sequim, Washington. The sunrise was stunning and the sea is like glass. Our little neighborhood July 4th parade yesterday was a total hoot and the potluck that followed was filled with sweet neighbors, good cheer, and seafood from our waters here. I wore my Nevertheless, she persisted shirt for the festivities. Two different women quickly ran up to me and whispered that they liked my shirt. Just two. And Kelly and I are likely the only open lesbians in this neighborhood. But nobody shot us, nobody was rude to us, and our immediate neighbors offered protection just in case! And Dooney Dog seemed only mildly annoyed at the fireworks. That, my friends, constituted a good day!


Today in LGBT History – July 5

1842 – Andrew George Scott (July 5, 1842 –  January 20, 1880), also known as Captain Moonlite, is born. He was an Irish-born Australian bushranger and folk figure. Bruun, a young man whom he had befriended was forced to open the safe. Bruun described being robbed by a fantastic black-crepe masked figure who forced him to sign a note absolving him of any role in the crime. The note read “I hereby certify that L.W. Bruun has done everything within his power to withstand this intrusion and the taking of money which was done with firearms, Captain Moonlite, Sworn.” He gathered a band of thieves together and became especially close to one James Nesbit. Nesbit was to die in a shoot-out after which Scott was imprisoned. While there he wrote letters that declared his undying love for Nesbit in terms that were extravagant and uncompromising.

1853 – Cecil Rhodes (July 5, 1853 – March 26, 190) is born in Hertfordshire, England. He was a British businessman, mining magnate and politician in South Africa, who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896.The owner of the Kimberley Diamond Mines, he was a multi-millionaire whose De Beers diamond company, formed in 1888, retains its prominence into the 21st century. Rhodes never married, pleading, “I have too much work on my hands” and saying that he would not be a dutiful husband.  Some writers and academics have suggested that Rhodes may have been homosexual and had relationships with Leander Starr Jameson and Henry Latham Curry. Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is named for him. He also started the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford.

1978, Canada – In Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, an hour-long “Gay News and Views” begins on a local station. It is the first regularly scheduled gay radio program in Canada. 

1978, Canada – The Quebec Human Rights Commission decides that Montreal Catholic School Commission’s refusal to rent facilities to gay group is discriminatory. It is the first such finding by the commission since the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in the provincial Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

1980, Canada – The national convention of the Liberal Party of Canada adopts a resolution to include sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Right Act. 

1987 – James H. Donovan (November 12, 1923 – August 31, 1990) was a New York state senator. On this day, he suggests that giving teens rosary beads would prevent the spread of AIDS more effectively than the distribution of condoms. (seriously???)

2011, Serbia – The Serbian parliament approves a law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

LGBT Fact: George Washington was likely the first American to offer domestic-partner rights. He gave housing to a known homosexual couple when housing was at a premium at Valley Forge. And when faced with a homosexual scandal at Valley Forge, he took the least harmful course of action and embarrassed the officer accused of sodomy rather than giving him the death sentence as Thomas Jefferson demanded. Author Larry Kramer believes Washington and others of the founders were gay.


Let your voice speak out and change the world! 

 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, safeschoolscoalition.org, 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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