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!
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Today in LGBT History – MARCH 11
222, Italy – Elagabalus (c. 203 – March 11, 222)is assassinated at age 18 because of his relationship with Hierocles, a charioteer. Elagabaluswas Roman emperor from 218 to 222. A member of the Severan dynasty, he was Syrian, the second son of Julia Soaemias and Sextus Varius Marcellus. In his early youth he served as a priest of the god Elagabalus in the hometown of his mother’s family, Emesa. As a private citizen, he was probably named Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus. Elagabalus, barely 14 years old, became emperor, initiating a reign remembered mainly for sex scandals and religious controversy. Elagabalus developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricity, decadence, and zealotry. This tradition has persisted, and with writers of the early modern age, he suffers one of the worst reputations among Roman emperors.
1967 – “Doctor Who” actor John Barrowman(born 11 March 1967)is born. He is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he moved to the United States with his family in 1975. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diegobefore landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter‘s Anything Goes in London’s West End. Barrowman is openly gay. He met his husband, Scott Gill, during a production of Rope at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1993, after Gill came to see Barrowman in the play.He nearly got the role of Will in “Will and Grace” in 1998, but he lost the part when producers thought he was ‘too straight’. Eric McCormack, who got the part, is straight.
1975 – Madison, Wisconsin passes a bill granting civil rights protection to gays and lesbians.
1998, Denmark – Torben Lund (born November 6, 1950) and Yvonne Herlov Andersen (born 1942), the first two openly gay and lesbian members of the Danish Parliament, took office. Lundcame out as gay in 1998, becoming Denmark’s first openly gay member of the Folketing. In 1999, he married his partner Claus Lautrup. He served in the Folketing from 1981 to 1998and in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. Herlov Andersenwas elected to the Folketing (Danish parliament) in 1977 from Sorø, serving until 1979, again from 1981 to 1984 from Slagelse, and from 1987–88 from Odense. In 1994 she was appointed Social Minister in the first Nyrup Rasmussen cabinet. She subsequently served as Minister of Health in the second Nyrup Rasmussen cabinet, from 1994 to 1996, where she focused particularly on reform of HIV policy, and compensation for previous mistreatment of hemophiliacs. Herlov Andersenwas outed as lesbian in 1996 by Palle Juul-Jensen, the former head of the National Board of Health, who had clashed with Herløv Andersenand her predecessor Torben Lund over AIDS policy, leading to Juul-Jensen’s forced resignation in 1995.
2003 – The first transgender person, Reuben Zellman, is accepted in the Reform Judaism Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Zellman is now the assistant rabbi and music director of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, CA.
2007 – The first openly LGBTQ person, Rabbi Toba Spitzer, is chosen to head an American Rabbinical Association, in Arizona.Rabbi Shewas elected president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at the group’s annual convention, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spitzer leads Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, Massachusetts.
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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, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If yo