Musings of an Aging Lesbian
The last week or more has been very windy, in the 40s-50s, and rainy. I’ve enjoyed waking up to all the water activity caused by the wind, sitting by my fire, and doing my writing. In two weeks we’ll be back in Palm Springs where the weather rarely changes and where there is no sea. The advantage, though, is that we can be outdoors each day either playing pickleball, walking, hiking, golfing, or boking. I feel extremely lucky to have both options, to select where we want to be and when, and then to pack the car and go. Still, even as an aging lesbian, life is truly exciting! I’m grateful!
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 – OCTOBER 22
1870, UK – Lord Alfred Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945) is born near London. Forever known as Bosie, the boy lover of Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) he was intent on self-destruction. In the end it was Wilde who was destroyed.
1916 – Police in New York City raid an all-male Lafayette Bathhouse after agents from the New York Society for the Prevention of Vice, who had infiltrated the establishment, filed a detailed report. Thirty-seven men, including the manager, were arrested. Twenty-five of them were convicted and sentenced to prison. The manager committed suicide.
1963 – Brian Anthony Boitano (born October 22, 1963) is an American figure skater from Sunnyvale, California. He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and the 1985–1988 U.S. National Champion. He turned professional following the 1988 season. He returned to competition in 1993 and competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed sixth. In December 2013, Boitano was named to the United States delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In conjunction with that appointment, Boitano publicly came out as gay. The Sochi games and Russia have been the targets of criticism and LGBT activism because of a Russian anti-gay “propaganda” law passed in June 2013.
1977, Canada – Montreal Police raid gay bars Truxx and Le Mystique and charge 146 men with being found in a common bawdyhouse. More than fifty uniformed and plainclothes police in bullet proof vests from the divisional Morality, Mobile and Technical squads carry off the raid. The arrestees were held for up to 15 hours at police headquarters “while ‘compulsory’ VD tests were administered
1981, Ireland – In a case brought to the court by Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association member Jeff Dudgeon, the European Court of Human Rights rules that Northern Ireland violates basic human rights by criminalizing gay male sex. Dudgeon is a Northern Irish politician, historian and gay political activist. He currently sits as a Ulster Unionist Partycouncillor for the Balmoral area of Belfast City Council. As part of the 2012 New Year Honours, Dudgeon was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for “services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Northern Ireland.”
1986 –U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issues the first report on AIDS. He had been prevented for political reasons from addressing the AIDS crisis for four years. His report calls for the use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission and that information on both gay and straight relationships would help prevent the spread of AIDS.
1993 – U.S. Air Force Lt. Heide De Jesus announces that she is dropping her lawsuit challenging her discharge from military service under the ban on gay and lesbian service personnel because the fight had left her literally broke.
1999 – Boeing announces it will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its gay and lesbian employees. The company explained that unmarried opposite sex couples would not be included because marriage is an option for them, which brought criticism from union leaders.
1999 – San Francisco archbishop William Levada announces he would make a $30,000 contribution to a California ballot initiative to restrict the definition of marriage to opposite sex couples.
1999 – The film Boys Don’t Cry is released. Based on a true story, the film was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena (December 12, 1972 – December 31, 1993), born Teena Brandon, a female-to-male transperson who suffers tragic consequences. A story about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself, Boys Don’t Cry is critically acclaimed and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Teena’s murder, along with that of Matthew Shepard, led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.
2009, Sweden – The Church of Sweden votes to allow same-sex marriages.
2013, Australia – The Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital territory (ACT) (Canberra), votes in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
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!)