Today in LGBT History – March 5

MONDAY MORNING MANTRA: This week everyone I am working with will do what they said they are going to do. All gatekeepers will be respectful and fair. All projects will move forward. Everyone will return phone calls and be reliable. People will communicate to gain information, solve problems and create greatness. No one will confuse the power of their institution with their own importance. This will be an amazing week.   —Sarah Schulman

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Today in LGBT History – March 5

1898 – In San Bernardino, California, William Burke and Harry Fisher were found guilty of a crime against nature and given 25 years each in prison.

1922, Italy – Pier Paolo Pasolini (5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) is born in Bologna. He was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Pasolini also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, philosopher, philologist, novelist, playwright, painter, and political figure. While openly gay from the very start of his career (thanks to a gay sex scandal that sent him packing from his provincial hometown to live and work in Rome), Pasolini rarely dealt with homosexuality in his movies. He remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters, but he is an established major figure in European literature and cinematic arts. His murder prompted an outcry in Italy and its circumstances continue to be a matter of heated debate.

1933, Germany – One of the largest LGBT clubs of hundreds in Berlin is shut down nine days after a “Public Morality” directive that gay bars and clubs be closed.

1974, Canada – In Milton, Ontario, fundamentalist minister Ken Campbell, outraged by Hamilton-McMaster Homophile Association members addressing his daughter’s high school class, forms the Halton Renaissance Committee, forerunner of Renaissance Canada. Eventually it becomes one of strongest opponents of gay rights movement. 

1999 – Young playwright Samantha Gellar wins a writing contest in Charlotte, NC, but her play is banned from production by the Children’s Theater of Charlotte because of the play’s theme of love between two women. As a result, her play is produced off-Broadway by a group of actors and Ms. Gellar goes on to be named one of the most influential women under 20 by Ms. Magazine in 2000.

2006 – Ang Lee wins academy award for Best Director for  the film Brokeback Mountain, an American neo-Western romantic drama filmdirected by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James SchamusAdapted from the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, the screenplay was written by Ossana and Larry McMurtry. The film stars Heath LedgerJake GyllenhaalAnne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams, and depicts the complex emotional and sexual relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the American West from 1963 to 1983

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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, Lavender Effect,, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm,, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at Thanks!)


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