Musings of an Aging Lesbian
These few days are a bit crazy for Kelly and me. It’s time to pack up and head south to Palm Springs. On one hand, I look forward to the warmer weather. On the other, I don’t look forward to the crappy air. On the third other (is there such a thing???), I will miss our Sequim life regardless of the weather. I love our biking group, our boating group, and our growing friendship circle. As I learned in Michigan years ago, there are no bad days, just bad clothes. As long as Costco carries good winter clothing, I’m good! But head south we will, to return to Sequim in the spring.
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…
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 1
1932 – The New York Times reviews the play “Incubator” which dealt with the consequences of homosexuality in an all-male school. The play was produced by Arthur Edison and George Burton, and ran for only 7 performances.
1948 – WMCA, a radio station in New York, broadcast a show in response to a letter from a man who was arrested after a police officer made advances. A judge who was a guest stated that the author of the letter had no right to complain about the entrapment and that police should use such tactics to weed out homosexuals.
1961 – Anne Theresa Donovan (November 1, 1961 – June 13, 2018) was an American women’s basketball player and coach. From 2013 to 2015, she was the head coach of the Connecticut Sun. In 2003, Donovan was hired as the second head coach of the Seattle Storm, inheriting a team with two number one draft picks from 2001 and 2002, the Australian Lauren Jackson and University of Connecticut star Sue Bird. In her first year, Donovan’s team narrowly missed the playoffs, but in 2004, after Donovan became director of player personnel and added Betty Lennox, the Storm earned the city of Seattle its first national championship in 25 years. On March 31, 2010, she accepted the women’s basketball head coaching position at Seton Hall University. Donovan died on June 13, 2018 of heart failure in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was 56 years old
1969 – Connecticut decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.
1971, Canada – Canada’s first gay rights magazine “The Body Politic” goes on sale.
1972 – Hal Holbrook co-starred with Martin Sheen in the controversial and acclaimed television film That Certain Summer. The film was directed by Lamont Johnson. The teleplay, by Richard Levinson and William Link, was the first to deal sympathetically with homosexuality. Produced by Universal Television, it was broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week on November 1. A novelization of the film written by Burton Wohl was published by Bantam Books. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Movie Made for TV. It sensitively explore homosexuality through the story of an American housewife (Hope Lange) losing her husband (Hal Holbrook) to a young artist (Martin Sheen).
1973 – New Hampshire decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.
1980 – The book “Overcoming Homosexuality” by Robert Kronemeyer suggests that a strict vegetarian diet may “cure” gays and lesbians.
1984 – Independent Hollywood producer Jerry Wheeler announces that production on “The Front Runner,” by Patricia Nell Warren (born June 15, 1936), will begin in late September of 1985, but it didn’t happen. The book was Warren’s first novel and the first contemporary gay fiction to make the New York Times Best Seller list.[
1988 – A University of Minnesota study reveals that there is a one-in-three chance that a gay teen boy will attempt suicide.
1999 – Nancy Katz becomes the first openly-lesbian judge in Illinois when she was sworn in as a Cook County associate judge.
1999 – TV’s Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) enjoys a prolonged kiss with her office nemesis, Ling (Lucy Liu). Seventeen million viewers tuned in, the show’s largest audience to date.
2003, Taiwan –Taiwan Pride, the first gay pride parade in the Chinese-speaking world, was held in Taipei, with over 1,000 people attending. It has taken place annually since then, but still, many participants wear masks to hide their identity because homosexuality remains a social taboo in Taiwan. However, the 2010 parade attracted 30,000 attendees and increasing media and political attention, highlighting the growing rate of acceptance in Taiwan. Since 2010, there has also been a pride parade in Kaohsiung, which attracted over 2,000 people.
2009, Sweden – The Church of Sweden begins allowing same-sex marriages and the use of the term “marriage” for same-sex couples.
2009 – Angie Zapata (5 August 1989–17 July 2008, a transgender woman, was murdered in Greeley, Colorado. Allen Andrade was convicted of first-degree murder and committing a bias-motivated crime, because he killed her after he learned that she was transgender. This case was the first in the nation to get a conviction for a hate crime involving a transgender victim. Angie Zapata’s story and murder were featured on Univision‘s Aqui y Ahora television show on November 1, 2009.
2013, Canada – Audrey Gauthier was elected president of CUPE 4041, representing Air Transat flight attendants based in Montreal. She thus becomes the first openly transgender person elected president of a union local in Canada.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, #LavenderEffect, DataLounge.com, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm, out.com, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, 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!)