Today in LGBT History – November 11

I was exchanging emails with an author/adventurer in Katmandu a few days ago. She said she doesn’t really know where home is. I thought about this and understood that for most of my life, I had nothing that I could call home. Sure, I had various roofs over my head (once, that roof was just a bridge in the Florida Keys), but my heart never felt that any of those roofs were home. And then I met Kelly and I discovered that home is where my heart is, as cliché as that may sound, that that my heart is with Kelly, wherever we may be. Home for me isn’t a place…it’s a feeling. For the last six years, and I hope for the rest of my life, my home is Kelly, and I feel both loved and safe.

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Today in LGBT History – November 11

1634 – In Ireland, “An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery” is passed by the Irish House of Commons, making anal intercourse punishable by hanging. The primary advocate of the act is Anglican Bishop John Atherton.

1907 – Frances V. Rummell  (Nov. 11, 1907 – May 11, 1969) is born. She was an educator and a teacher of French at Stephens College. Using the nom de plume Diana Fredericks, she wrote the book Diana: A Strange Autobiography in 1939 which was the first explicitly lesbian autobiography in which two women end up happily together. The book was published with a note saying, “The publishers wish it expressly understood that this is a true story, the first of its kind ever offered to the general reading public.” The author’s niece verified that the Frances was a lesbian and that the book followed her life rather accurately.

1950 – In Los Angeles, Harry Hay, Rudi Gernreich, Dale Jennings, Bob Hull and Chuck Rowland, hold the first meeting of the Society of Fools. The weekly gatherings leading to the formation of a homophile organization the men will call the Mattachine Society.

1975, Canada – Two members of Gays of Ottawa lay wreath at National War Memorial. It is the first time that gays are allowed to participate in the ceremony.

1985 – NBC airs “An Early Frost “starring Aidan Quinn. It’s the first major made-for-TV movie about AIDS and is broadcast in the U.S. on prime time. A Chicago lawyer goes home to tell his parents that he is gay an HIV positive. The film won numerous awards including the Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media.

1992 – Australia removes its restrictions on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

2009, Philippines – The Philippines Commission on Elections does not let Ang Ladlad, the Filipino LGBT political party, run in the May 20101 elections on the grounds of immorality. The decision is overturned in April, 2010.  Ladlad was founded on September 21, 2003 by Danton Remoto (born March 25, 1963). The party’s official motto is Bukas puso, bukas isip (Open heart, open mind.)[

2014, Australia – New South Wales legislative council passes a motion marking Intersex Awareness Day. Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people and occurs on Oct. 26.

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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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