History helps us see that we have a rich past as LGBT people. We’ve been rendered invisible in the history books but our existence is as long and colorful as humankind. The purpose of this bog, therefore, is to share the good, the bad, and ugly, and the fabulousness of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. At times I may include Jewish and other histories as well since the Holocaust and other significant events of must be remembered as well. Remembering and sharing history is an act of resistance.
We’re here, we’re queer, and we’ve been around a heck of a long time! Enjoy!
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Today in LGBT History – October 16
961, Cordoba – Al-Hakam II (January 13, 915 – October 16, 976) dies. He becomes the Caliph of Cordoba. He rules in Al-Andalus as an open homosexual until his death in 975. He kept a male harem which was a problem since it was essential for the Caliph to produce an heir. A resolution was reached by having the female concubine – sultana Subh – dress in male clothing and use the masculine name of Jafar. They had a son, Hisham II, who succeeded Al-Hakam and who also kept a male harem.
1793, France – Marie Antoinette (2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793), accused of being a lesbian among many other crimes, is executed.
1856, Ireland – Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) is born in Dublin. He was an openly gay writer who wrote plays, fiction, essays, and poetry.
1929, Germany – A Reichstag Committee votes to repeal the anti-gay law Paragraph 175. However, the Nazis’ rise to power prevents the implementation of the vote;
1943 , Rome– On this day date the largest sequestration of Jews in the history of Italy occurred. On Piazza 16 Ottobre 1943, roughly 1,000 Jews, mostly women and children, were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz where almost all perished. It was Italy’s one show of support to Hitler.
1975 – Deputy Mayor of Los Angles Maurice Weiner (August 18, 1930 – September 30, 2012) is arrested for groping an undercover police officer during a vice-squad raid on a gay porn theater in Hollywood, resulting is his resignation resigns from office.
1987 – AIDS quilt organizer Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954) was named “Person of the Year” by ABC anchorman Peter Jennings. Jones is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art as of 2016. In 1983, at the onset of the AIDS pandemic Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDS advocacy organizations in the United States.
1995 – In Washington, D.C., the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March divides African-American gay men: some, disturbed by Nation of Islam homophobia, decide to stay home. Others, viewing the march as an affirmation of the need for Black unity, attend. No openly gay speaker is permitted to speak at the rally that follows the march.
1998 – Openly gay college student Matthew Shepard’s (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) funeral takes place at the St. Mark Episcopal Church in Casper, Wyoming. Anti-gay protesters attend as a crowd of supporters line up shoulder to shoulder wearing white angel’s wings to keep the protesters from seeing the service. Matthew was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998. Six days later, he died from severe head injuries at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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(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, 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!)