We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.. Definition of courage: Tell your story with all your heart. —Brene Brown
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Today in LGBT History – March 14
1860, Estonia – Stanislaus Eric, Count Stenbock 14 March 1860 –14 April] 1895) is born in Estonia. He was a Baltic Swedish poet and writer of macabre fantastic fiction. Virtually forgotten today, he was the aesthete who could out-aesthete the great Oscar Wilde. A writer of opium-induced poems and stories, he once hosted Wilde who dared light a cigarette in front of a bust of Shelly. The sacrilege was so horrible the count fainted.
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 Scott Lively violated international law with conspiracy to engineer a genocide of LGBT people in Uganda. The case is still open. Massachusetts hate preacher Scott Lively is one of the world’s most notorious homophobes, and has been linked to anti-gay laws in a number of countries.
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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 you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)