Learning our history IS resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – October 3
1928 – Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) is born. He was aDanishdanseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author. Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) met Erik Bruhn(3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) were together off and on in a volatile relationship for 25 years until Bruhn’s death in 1986.
1961 – In Hollywood, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) announces a revision of its production code. “In keeping with the culture, the mores and the values of our time,” the revision advises, “homosexuality and other sexual aberrations may now be treated with care, discretion and restraint.” The new ruling paves the way for the release of films like The Children’sHour and Advise and Consent, but the MPPDA later amends the revision to specify that “sexual aberration” may be “suggested but not actually spelled out.”
1970 – Bisexual singer Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) dies. She was an American rock, soul and blues singer and songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely-known female rock stars of her era.After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. A fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death. It reached number one on the Billboard charts.Joplin, highly respected for her charismatic performing ability, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Audiences and critics alike referred to her stage presence as “electric”.She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold.The film The Rose (1979) is loosely based on Joplin’s life. Originally planned to be titled Pearl—Joplin’s nickname and the title of her last album—the film was fictionalized after her family declined to allow the producers the rights to her story.Bette Midler earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.
1973 – Dr. Howard Brown (April 15, 1924–February 1, 1975)comes out. He was a founder of the National Gay Task Force (now the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) and a former New York City Health Services Administrator and physician, who helped change the image of gay men and lesbians in the United States by coming out publicly in 1973. Brown’s tenure as a gay activist proved brief. Plagued by coronary disease, he suffered a second heart attack on February 1, 1975 and died at the age of fifty. His estate published his autobiography, Familiar Faces, Hidden Lives, a book that also contains anecdotal stories of discrimination experienced by other gay men throughout America. In 1973, most Americans commonly viewed gay men as effeminate narcissists too disturbed to be respectable members of society. Brown helped change that image. The discovery that a distinguished public figure, the very epitome of respectability as a physician, could also be a homosexual gave the cause of gay liberation a tremendous boost. In 1974 an alternative health center, specializing in sexually transmitted diseases, and catering to gay men and lesbians, was opened in Chicago as the Howard Brown Memorial Clinic (now known as Howard Brown Health Center). It has since become the premier Midwest health center specializing in the medical and psychosocial needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
1980 – U.S. Representative Robert Bauman (R-MD) (born April 4, 1937) was arrested in Washington DC for soliciting sex from a 16 year old male prostitute. Bauman was a supporter of the Moral Majority and a founding member of the American Conservative Union. Hisautobiography, The Gentleman from Maryland: The Conscience of a Gay Conservative, was published in 1986.
1992 – At the fourth annual Asian Lesbian and Gay Regional Conference in Manila, delegates voted to create the Global Alliance Lesbian and Gay Asia to promote solidarity among Asian sexual minorities.
1997 – Paul Bradford Cain, a 26 year-old champion kickboxer, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of gay scientist Dr. Stanley Keith Runcorn (19 November 1922 – 5 December 1995). In a statement before his sentencing, Cain claimed he was the true victim because Runcorn made a pass at him. The judge disagreed, saying to Cain “I hope you rot in hell because what you did was callous and cruel.” Runcorn was a British physicist whose paleomagneticreconstruction of the relative motions of Europe and America revived the theory of continental drift and was a major contribution to plate tectonics.
1997, Canada – An Ontario court rules that the province’s Insurance Act had to include same-sex couples in the definition of spouse.
1997, UK – Gay historian and Shakespeare scholar A. L. Rowse (4 December 1903 – 3 October 1997) dies at age 93 in southwest England. He had suffered a stroke the year before. He was a British author and historian. Diary excerpts published in 2003 reveal that “he was an overt even rather proud homosexual in a pre-Wolfenden age, fascinated by young policemen and sailors, obsessively speculating on the sexual proclivities of everyone he meets.” His most controversial book (at the time of publication) was on the subject of human sexuality: Homosexuals In History (1977).
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(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, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at email@example.com. Thanks!)