I have been in hot Southern California these past two days, visiting friends and attending the wedding of Ramon Borunda and Shassie Gil. The first visit was with a friend of my sister who recently learned that her college-age child is transgender and in the process of transitioning. The mom is just now able to talk about it and needed an understanding ear. Her attitude and love and support of her child is impressive and it was a privilege to hear her story. The second visit with my friend Marilyn who I’ve known since elementary school. She’s a person of my heart, a member of my family, and I always enjoy spending time with her. The third visit with my BFF Regina Lark who was my plus-one for the wedding. I always have a great time with her!
With all this fun with so many different people now behind me, I look forward to getting home and seeing my wife today!
I’ve decided to suggest positive action and positive thought as they relate to today’s political situation. Each day’s lesson will be about something you can do without being negative or frightful. Please feel free to suggest your own ideas on my blog.
What to do today: encouraged people to consider what is most needed where you personally live, and what each is most personally able to do, then do that! Talk with your neighbors and friends, break the paralysis, and build solidarity.
Today in LGBT History – September 3
1792, France – The head of Princess Lamballe (8 September 1749 – 3 September 1792) is displayed on a stick and paraded before the imprisoned Marie Antoinette. The two were thought to be lovers. She was married at the age of 17 to Louis Alexandre de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Prince de Lamballe, the heir to the greatest fortune in France. After her marriage, which lasted a year, she went to court and became the confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette. She was killed in the massacres of September 1792 during the French Revolution.
1969 – The American Sociological Association issues a public declaration, condemning “oppressive actions against any persons for reasons of sexual preference” and endorses rights of homosexuals and other sexual minorities. It is the first national professional organization to voice support of gay and lesbian civil rights.
1971 – In Minnesota, Jack Baker and Mike McConnell are the first same-sex couple to be legally married when Jack changes his first name to Pat and the marriage license is granted. The clerk of the Hennepin County District Court, Gerald Nelson, said he had “no intention of issuing a marriage license,” because it would “result in an undermining and destruction of the entire legal concept of our family structure in all areas of law.” In mid-August 1971, Baker and McConnell took up residence in Blue Earth County and applied to the District Court in Mankato for a license to marry which was granted once the waiting period expired. Rev. Roger Lynn, a Methodist minister, solemnized their marriage on September 3rd. They were the first legally married couple and remain together to this day.
1972 – The first New Orleans gay pride event called Southern Decadence is held. It is an annual six-day event held by the gay and lesbian community during Labor Day Weekend, climaxing with a parade through the French Quarter on the Sunday before Labor Day.
1980, Canada – Toronto Mayor John Sewell endorses George Hislop (June 3, 1927 – October 8, 2005), a gay candidate for alderman in the municipal election, and causes media uproar about “gay power politics” taking over city hall. Hislop does not win election. However, he was one of Canada’s most influential gay activists. In an obituary notice, Eye Weekly referred to Hislop as “the unofficial mayor of the Toronto gay community”.
1988 – The first national U.S. Latina Lesbian conference is held in Los Angeles.
Let your voice speak out and change the world!
(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!)