My new play The Soldier and the Time Traveler is ready for table reads. I need to hear the words aloud, to hear the voices of the characters, to listen to what they’re saying to me. Writing prompt: What do your characters say to you when you write?
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!
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – MARCH 14
1860, Sweden – Eric Stanislaus, Count Stenbock (14 March 1860 –14 April] 1895) is born. He was a Baltic Swedish poet and writer of macabre fantastic fiction.Stenbock attended Balliol College in Oxford but never completed his studies. While at Oxford, he was deeply influenced by the homosexual Pre-Raphaelite artist and illustrator Simeon Solomon(9 October 1840 – 14 August 1905) . He is also said to have had a relationship with the composer and conductor Norman O’Neill(14 March 1875 – 3 March 1934)and with other young men.
1971 – An estimated 2,000 people march on the New York state capitol in protest of anti-gay and anti-lesbian laws and policies.
1977 – Windsor, Ontario becomes the third Canadian city council to pass resolution banning discrimination against gay and lesbian city employees.
1987 – The New York City AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up) is formed as a direct-action group by Larry Kramer and some 300 other activists.
1993, Brazil – Armed men abduct, torture, and behead Renildo Jose dos Santos (1964 – March 14, 1993),an openly bisexual local city councilor in the state of Alagoas. Santos, who had been under attack from the local mayor and the mayor’s allies, had repeatedly been denied police protection, despite a previous attempt on his life.
2006, India – Prince Manvendra Kumar Singh Gohil (born 23 September 1965)of the former state of Rajpipla comes out as a gay man making him the first openly gay prince in the world. He is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat. He runs a charity, The Lakshya Trust, which works with the LGBT community.
2012, Denmark – The gender-neutral marriage equality legislation is proposed in the Danish Parliament, goes on to be passed on June 15th, granting rights to civil marriage as well as marriage in the Church of Denmark.
2012, New York – On behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, the Center for Constitutional Rights files a lawsuit claiming that hate preacher Scott Lively violated international law with conspiracy to engineer a genocide of LGBT people in Uganda. In the summer of 2016 the case continued and a summary judgement hearing before Judge Ponsor was scheduled for September 14, 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts. In June 2017, Ponsor dismissed the case due to lack of jurisdiction.
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(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 you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)