At dinner with friends last evening, I was asked about my feelings when I initially lost custody of my children in 1979. In talking about the intense anger that I felt for decades, I also shared that I placed blame for all my pain and rage on another person. I didn’t even know the other person (Anita Bryant!) but I knew that it was all her fault. The rage I felt fueled me into activism and removed any sense of fear I had to be open in Florida, in the very unsafe South. I didn’t (and still don’t) care what others felt about me. (Back then that feeling was out of arrogance. Today it’s due to the understanding that what others think of me is just none of my business.) When I became emotionally healthy enough to truly look at my anger, I realized that the person against whom I raged was myself. When I owned responsibility for my actions and honored my role in my own life, and when I could finally forgive myself, the anger began to dissipate. Today any anger I harbor is strictly situational (like I’m not amused with the current political situation as an example), easily recognizable, and dealt with immediately. Just wondering…what holds you back from moving into your future with a free and open heart?
Today in LGBT History – June 14
427 BC – Philosopher Plato is born in Athens. Platonic love today means love without sex. For Plato it meant sex with young men.
1519, Spain – Friar Luis Castelloli preaches that the Plague came as God’s wrath for sodomy. As a result, mobs hunt down gay men and burn them at the stake.
1950 – After months of controversy, the U.S. Senate authorizes a wide-ranging investigation of homosexuals “and other moral perverts” working in national government.
1961- George Alan O’Dowd (born 14 June 1961), known professionally as Boy George, is born. He is an English singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and photographer. He is the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band Culture Club. In 2006, in an episodic documentary directed by Simon George titled The Madness of Boy George, George declared on camera he was “militantly gay.” In a 2008 documentary Living with Boy George, he talks about his first realization he was gay, and when he first told his parents. He discloses that he understands why men fall in love with one another as well as with women.
1972, Canada – In Montreal gay rights group Front the libération homosexuel (FLH) opens a new gay center with a dance. Police raid it and charge forty people for being in an establishment selling liquor without a permit. The charges were later dropped, but attendance falls at center. The organization folds within 15 months.
1977 – First U.S. national opinion poll of homosexuality. The Gallop team said, “While Americans are becoming increasing liberal regarding homosexual behavior and the legality of homosexuality, there still remains a substantial percentage of the public who consider homosexuality to be unacceptable and who feel it should be illegal.” The questions were: “Do you think homosexual relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal?” and “Do you feel that homosexuality should be considered an acceptable alternative lifestyle or not? The questions were asked by Gallop until 2005.
2004, Australia – In response to the Australian government’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage, a group of gay and lesbian activists declare independence in the Coral Sea Islands. The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands (also known as The Gay Kingdom of the Coral Sea – for example on postage stamps) was established as a symbolic political protest by a group of gay rights activists based in Australia. Declared in 2004 in response to the Australian government’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages, it was founded on Australia’s external overseas Territory of the Coral Sea Islands, a group of uninhabited islets east of the Great Barrier Reef. The rainbow flag is the official flag, the pink triangle is their coat of arms, and “I am what I am” is their national anthem.
2013 –Nitza Quinones Alejandro (born January 1951) is appointed to a U.S. federal court by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. She is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Quiñones Alejandro is the first lesbian Latina to be appointed to serve as a federal judge. Her nomination was confirmed by voice vote on June 13, 2013. She received her commission on June 19, 2013.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, 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!)