Thoughts of an Aging Lesbian
Have you ever “started over?” There are a few – maybe more than a few – when I have, sometimes in a positive way and sometimes with disastrous results. Madisyn Tayor of The Daily Om says this: We can choose to start over in this very moment, there’s no need to wait for a new year, month, or week. There are times in our lives that lend themselves to starting something new. The beginning of a new year, finishing school, leaving a job, or changing homes–these all are times that turn our minds to fresh starts. Their advantage is that they bring with them the energy of that event, creating a tide of change around them that we can ride to our next shoreline. But we can choose to start anew anytime. In any moment we can decide that a bad day or a relationship that’s gotten off on the wrong foot can be started again. It is a mental shift that allows us to clean the slate and approach anything with fresh eyes, and we can make that choice at any time... Each time we choose to start anew we dedicate ourselves to becoming the best we are able to be.
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 4
1847, Denmark – Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality. He wrote to the Hereditary Grand-duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, “I love you as a man can only love the noblest and best. This time I felt that you were still more ardent, more affectionate to me. Every little trait is preserved in my heart.”
1890 – Dr. Alan L. Hart, (October 4, 1890 – July 1, 1962), an American tuberculosis specialist, becomes one of the first female-to-male transsexuals to undergo hysterectomy and gonadectomy for the relief of gender dysphoria. Named Alberta Lucille Hart at birth, Hart lived the rest of his life as a man following the surgery.
1913 – E. M. Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) finished writing his novel Maurice which is about a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality. It would not be published until 1971, after Forster’s death, at the request of the author. It was published by W.W. Norton.
1983 – The AFL-CIO votes to support gay rights legislation.
1985, Germany – West Germany elects its first openly gay parliament member. Herbert Rusche (born May 6, 1952), a member of the Green Party, founded the first gay organization in Heidelberg in 1972 called Homo Heidelbergensis
1985, UK – The Labour Party Annual Conference approves a resolution calling for the end of all legal discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
1989 – Graham Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989), co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, dies of throat cancer at the age of 48. Chapman came out in his book A Liar’s Autobiography. He is survived by his lover of 23 years, David Sherlock, and John Tomiczek who the couple adopted as a teenager in 1971.
2012, Puerto Rico – Professional boxer Orlando Cruz (born July 1, 1981), comes out as gay. Cruz became the first boxer to out as gay while still active professionally, stating that “I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)