My play Dear Anita Bryant will be producing an encore production in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, CA on April 7, 2019, at the Desert Rose Playhouse. I hope you’ll join us. Better…bring us to your home theater! Writing prompt: Have you tried your hand a playwriting? If you can write dialogue, you have the gift!
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 6
1475, Italy – Michelangelo Buonaroti(6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564)is born in Caprese. He will one day paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and sculpt the David. The great painter had several lovers, but none so loved as Tommasso Cavalieri (1509–1587)to whom he wrote exquisite love sonnets.
1923 – Shortly after Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeancemoves to Broadway to the Apollo Theater, the producer, the theater owner, and 12 cast members are arrested and charged with “presenting an obscene, indecent, immoral and impure theatrical production.” God of Vengeanceis a 1906 play that explores religious hypocrisy, prostitution, and lesbianism. The play had previously been performed successfully and without interference in nine countries in Europe. Although a jury rules against the play two months later, the verdict is later overturned on appeal.It is about a Jewish brothel owner who attempts to become respectable by commissioning a Torah scroll and marrying off his daughter to a yeshiva student, but the daugbhter falls in love with one of the women in the brothel.
1972 – The American Bar Association passes a resolution recommending that consensual sex acts between people of the same sex be decriminalized.
1981, Canada – The founding meetings of the Toronto Gay Community Council are held. It was the first city-wide coordinating organization of gay and lesbian groups in Canada. The council remained in operation until Sep 1984.
1987 – Vermont becomes the first state to hand out condoms to prisoners on request
1994 – Jonathan Schmitz and Scott Amedure tape a Jenny Jones Show about secret crushes. Schmitz expected his admirer to be a woman, not his gay neighbor. When Schmitz found Amedure, a 32-year-old unemployed gay man, telling a television audience about a fantasy that involved Schmitz, he became embarrassed and, his lawyers said, enraged. Three days after the taping, on March 9, 1995, Schmitz received an anonymous, sexually suggestive note on his doorstep and assumed it came from Amedure. Schmitz purchased a 12-gauge shotgun, went to Amedure’s mobile home and fired two shots at close range into Amedure’s chest. A few minutes later, Schmitz dialed 911 from a pay phone at a gas station near his sister’s house. He said, “I just walked in the room and killed him.” Schmitz was later convicted of second-degree murder. Although the conviction was overturned, Schmitz was again found guilty in a second trial and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. In a civil suit, a jury found the Jenny Jones Showliable for the murder and awarded the Amedure family $25 million.
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!)