We performed the play Dear Anita Bryant today for the Rainbow Youth Summit in Coachella Valley. The 200 or so middle school and high school kids were attentive, active, and paying attention. Their questions and comments following the play were testament to their presence. To be ho9nest, if I had seen a play like this when I was their age, I might have come out at 11 rather than 32. It was an honor to perform the play for them. Writing prompt: what have you done that made you feel as if you were honoring someone?
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 2
1905 – Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964)is born in Philadelphia. He wrote the definitive Depression Era opera “The Cradle Will Rock” in 1936. His English version of “Three Penny Opera” ran for years on Broadway. Blitzstein was openly gay.
1975, Canada – In Toronto an Ontario Human Rights Code review committee was established to consider gay protections for gays and lesbians.
1982 – Wisconsin becomes the first U.S. state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
1985 – The FDA licenses the first HIV blood test
1996, Australia – Robert James Brown (born 27 December 1944), representing Tasmania, is elected to the Australian Senate. He was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.
2002 – Jason West, mayor of New Paltz, New York, is charged with 19 criminal counts of solemnizing same-sex marriages in his town without a license.
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!)
For writing prompts, references and a complete listing today’s events, please go to my blog at www.ronnisanlo.com/blog