Musings of an Aging Lesbian
Gratitude Day 3
I am grateful for my smart, courageous, passionate children, for my most precious grandchildren, and for our four-legged child Dooney. And I’m grateful for the loving memories of my family members and friends who are gone but still so close. I invite you to add that for which you are grateful today.
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 3
1746, UK – the Bath newspaper reports that Mary Hamilton (d. March 14, 1719), alias Charles, George, and William Hamilton, will be publically whipped then sent to prison for six month for fraud for impersonating a man. Hamilton marries as many as 14 women who think she’s male. She is repeatedly caught and escapes to another town.
1943 – Tee Corinne (November 3, 1943 – August 27, 2006) was a photographer, author, and editor notable for the portrayal of sexuality in her artwork. According to Completely Queer : The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia, “Corinne is one of the most visible and accessible lesbian artists in the world.” Tee came out in 1975 at which time she was in a relationship with filmmaker Honey Lee Cottrell (January 16, 1946 – September 21, 2015). Over the years, Corrine embarked upon relationships with Caroline Overman (early 1980s), Lee Lynch (mid 1980’s) and Beverly Anne Brown (1989–2005). In 2003, Brown was diagnosed with cancer, which led to Corinne’s series “Cancer in our Lives” (2003-5). Corinne died on the 27th August 2006 in Southern Oregon after a struggle with liver cancer. She was 62 years old. Her manuscript collection was donated to the University of Oregon Libraries, and is now housed in the library’s Special Collections unit. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, artwork, photographs, artifacts, and other documents that reflect Corinne’s life and work
1970 – Bella Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998) was elected to the US House of Representatives. A lesbian and gay ally, she would become the first to introduce a gay rights law in Congress. Nicknamed “Battling Bella”, she was an American lawyer, a U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women’s Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan to found the National Women’s Political Caucus. Abzug declared, “This woman’s place is in the House—the House of Representatives” in her successful 1970 campaign. She was later appointed to chair the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year and to plan the 1977 National Women’s Conference by President Gerald Ford and led President Jimmy Carter‘s commission on women.
1975 – A front-page article about the success of the gay news magazine The Advocate appears in the Wall Street Journal.
1977 – Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He is the first openly gay person to serve on the Board and one of the nation’s highest profile gay political figures. Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
1979, Canada – Gus Harris, mayor of Toronto borough of Scarborough, calls for gay rights at a Human Rights rally. The Gay Human Rights Day rally was organized by Ontario gay rights group CGRO. Messages of support were read from Stuart Smith and Michael Cassidy, leaders, respectively, of Ontario’s two opposition parties, the Liberals and the NDP
1981, Canada – A committee of Toronto city council considers the Bruner Report on relations between the police and gay community. It asks the police chief to issue a statement recognizing legitimacy of the gay community and setting up gay awareness program for police recruits, but nothing is done.
1983 – US Senator John Glenn tells the National Gay Task Force that he does not support gay rights legislation and will not do anything which might be considered advocacy or promotion of homosexuality. He would later add that LGB (T was not even a consideration yet) people should not be allowed to teach or join the military.
1992 – In Colorado, 53 percent of voters approve Amendment 2, an initiative banning state and municipal rights ordinances for lesbians and gay men. “Family values” organizations in more than 35 states begin campaigning for similar propositions. In Oregon, voters reject Measure 9, an initiative similar to Amendment 2.
1998 – Tammy Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) (D-WI) is elected to the United States House of Representatives. She is the first open lesbian and the first non-incumbent gay candidate to be elected to federal office. She is a US Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the Representative from Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013, as well as serving three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 78th district. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election.
1998 – Hawaii voters approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
1999 – A jury found Aaron McKinney guilty of felony murder and second degree murder in the death of 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard.
2010 – Kye Allums (born October 23, 1989) is a former college basketball player for the George Washington Colonials women’s basketball team of George Washington University (GWU) and a transgender pioneer. He is now a transgender advocate, public speaker, artist, and mentor to LGBT youth. In 2010, Allums, a trans man, became the first openly transgender NCAA Division I college athlete. Kye produced a project called “I Am Enough”, which encourages other LGBTQ individuals to come out and talk about their experiences. The project allows individuals to submit their stories to showing people who share the same issues that they are not alone. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(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!)