Hello again! I’ve had no internet for nearly a month. It’s nice to be back on line. Each day I’ll write a personal blurb and maybe a spiritual (of sorts) one. Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New year. As a teenager, I loved the start of this holiday of renewal and hope. Robert Bank, CEO of American Jewish World Service, wrote Rosh Hashanah is just hours away. As evening approaches and we prepare to celebrate the start of a New Year, we are also called to reflect back on our actions — and recommit ourselves to the values we cherish: Freedom. Justice. Dignity. For all people. We know our world is marked by injustice. But every day we are given the chance to overcome despair and cynicism. And to build a new, more compassionate and equitable world together.
Shanah Tova, Friends… Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
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…
Today in LGBT History – SEPTEMBER 29
1926 – The Captive, a melodrama about a young woman seduced by an older woman (her “shadow”), creates a sensation on Broadway for its lesbian undertones
1948 – Rope, an Alfred Hitchcock film with a gay subtext, opens in theaters. Based on the play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Hume Cronyn, it was inspired by the real-life thrill kill murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by gay University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.
1963 – Judy Garland’s variety show debuts Sunday on CBS. The Judy Garland Show was an American musical varietytelevision series that aired on CBS on Sunday nights during the 1963-1964 television season. Despite a sometimes stormy relationship with Judy Garland, CBS had found success with several television specials featuring the star. Garland, who for years had been reluctant to commit to a weekly series, saw the show as her best chance to pull herself out of severe financial difficulties.
1973 – W.H. Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) dies in Vienna at age 63. He was an English-American poet. Auden’s poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content. From around 1927 to 1939 Auden and Christopher Isherwood maintained a lasting but intermittent sexual friendship while both had briefer but more intense relations with other men. In 1939 Auden fell in love with Chester Kallman and regarded their relation as a marriage; this ended in 1941 when Kallman refused to accept the faithful relation that Auden demanded, but the two maintained their friendship, and from 1947 until Auden’s death they lived in the same house or apartment in a non-sexual relation, often collaborating on opera libretti such as The Rake’s Progress, for music by Igor Stravinsky.
1991 – California Governor Pete Wilson vetoes AB 101, a gay and lesbian employment rights bill, inciting what some call Stonewall II, a month of marches and angry protests across the state.
1992 – Actor, singer, and songwriter Paul Jabara (January 31, 1948 – September 29, 1992) dies from AIDS at the age of 44. Jabara wrote Donna Summer’s Last Dance from Thank God It’s Friday, Barbra Streisand’s song The Main Event/Fight (1979), and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit It’s Raining Men with Paul Shaffer. Paul Jabara won both Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Last Dance from TGIF in which he also played the role of Carl, the lovelorn and nearsighted disco goer.
2004, Sierra Leone – FannyAnn Viola Eddy (1974–2004) was an activist for lesbian and gay rights in her native Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. In 2002, she founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone. She traveled widely, addressing the United Nations and other international groups. In April 2004, she advocated the passing of the Brazilian Resolution at the UN in Geneva. Eddy was murdered on September 29, 2004, a group of at least three men broke into the office of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association in central Freetown, gang-rapedher, stabbed her, and eventually broke her neck. Eddy left behind a 10-year-old son and a girlfriend Esther Chikalipa. In 2008 the FannyAnn Eddy Poetry Award was named in her honour.[
2006 – Closet case Florida Republican congressman Mark Foley (born September 8, 1954) resigns after Instant Messages of a sexual nature between him and underage male congressional pages are revealed.
2006 – GLAD files and wins lawsuit on behalf of Rhode Island to allow out-of-state same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts, the only state in the country in which same-sex marriage is legal.
2012 – California becomes the first state to ban gay conversion therapy on minors to “cure” them of their homosexuality.
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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, 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!)