Today is nationalMarch for Truth Day. As I researched our LGBT history for today, I wondered how today’s political truth will shake out. How will it read in the future? We all have our versions of the truth; some even have alt truths. The interesting thing is that all of our truths will shape how today’s story will get told. If you wish to participate in the March for Truth but are not near one of the marches, consider these actions (biased actions? Absolutely!):
- Get on the Indivisible.com email list for overviews and actions
- Get on the 5calls.org for daily actions
Our understanding of history changes over time as more information is discovered and based on the perspective of the person who is telling the story. Today, at the beginning of Pride month, start writing your own personal history. It’s the only way people will know you were here, doing good work, and helping to change the world. If you need a boost to get started, consider ordering my little book Your Story, Your Life: Ronni Sanlo’s Easy Memoir Writing Method available on kindle for a whopping $4.99.
Today in LGBT History – June 3
1818, Greece – On this day the Lion of Chaeronea is discovered by a British architect named George Ledwell Taylor. The Lion was erected by the Sacred Band of Thebes which was a troop of select soldiers consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. Its predominance began with its crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC. It was annihilated by Philip II of Macedon in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC. Built to honor their dead, the statue was surrounded by 254 buried skeletons. Plutarch’s Life of Pelopidas, which contains the most detailed account of the Sacred Band, is considered a highly reliable account of the events. Chaeronea is a village in Boeotia, Greece.
1926 – Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) is born. Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a gay American poet of Jewish origin, and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions. Ginsberg is best known for his poem “Howl“, in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. In 1956, “Howl” was seized by San Francisco police and US Customs. In 1957, it attracted widespread publicity when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as it described heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every U.S. state.
1948 – The Kinsey Report on male sexuality is published, shocking the nation with its revelation of the high incidence of same-sex acts among American men.
2000, Italy – Italian Agricultural Minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio announces that he’s bisexual, becoming the first openly bi member of the Italian government.
2007, Japan – The first openly lesbian politician, Kanako Otsuji, holds a public wedding ceremony with her partner of four years, Maki Kimura, despite lack of legal recognition.
2012, Argentina – A six-year-old girl named Luana, who was born male, becomes the first transgender child in Argentina to have her new name officially changed on her identity documents. She is believed to be the youngest to have her gender identity officially acknowledged anywhere.
The best resistance is to speak OUT!
(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!)