Today in LGBT History – September 4

I remember when we were protesting everything back in college (University of Florida, 1965-69). First, the civil rights movement brought the national guard to Gainesville where soldiers camped in the streets. My friends and I went into the African-American community to share that time with our sisters and brothers who were not allowed to go into town after dark. We brought food and drinks, played in the clubs, and ate at the tables of some of the most courageous people I had ever met. Our resistance and our protest was to be present for and with our friends. Second, we protested the Viet Nam war. We created banners, marched in the streets, and chained ourselves to the doors in the admiration building. In addition to not seeing any purpose in being in SE Asia, our friends (and my cousin Jeff) were dying overseas. Our resistance and our protest was to show up, be loud, and do some things that otherwise we would never have done.

What to do today to resist: Whatever you would have done in the 1960s, do it today.

Read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.


Today in LGBT History – September 4

1939 – The day after the UK declares war on Germany, Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), father of computer science, registers for the UK military. He would make a major breakthrough in deciphering the German Enigma code that would help the Allies win WWII. His story is caught in the film The Imitation Game

1957, UK – The Wolfenden report is published in England which recommends “that homosexual behavior between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offense.” It recommends that private consensual sex acts between men aged 21 or older be decriminalized. The Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution (better known as the Wolfenden report, after Lord Wolfenden, the chairman of the committee) was published in Britain after a succession of well-known men, including Lord MontaguMichael Pitt-Rivers and Peter Wildeblood, were convicted of homosexual offences.

2012 – The Democratic Party becomes the first major US political party in history to publicly support same-sex marriage on a national platform at the Democratic National Convention.


Remember the 60’s! Let your voice speak out and change the world!

Warmly,

Ronni

 

(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 ronnisanlo@gmail.com. Thanks!)

I remember when we were protesting everything back in college (University of Florida, 1965-69). First, the civil rights movement brought the national guard to Gainesville where soldiers camped in the streets. My friends and I went into the African-American community to share that time with our sisters and brothers who were not allowed to go into town after dark. We brought food and drinks, played in the clubs, and ate at the tables of some of the most courageous people I had ever met. Our resistance and our protest was to be present for and with our friends. Second, we protested the Viet Nam war. We created banners, marched in the streets, and chained ourselves to the doors in the admiration building. In addition to not seeing any purpose in being in SE Asia, our friends (and my cousin Jeff) were dying overseas. Our resistance and our protest was to show up, be loud, and do some things that otherwise we would never have done.

 

What to do today to resist: Whatever you would have done in the 1960s, do it today.

 

Read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

 

 

Today in LGBT History – September 4

 

 

1939 – The day after the UK declares war on Germany, Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), father of computer science, registers for the UK military. He would make a major breakthrough in deciphering the German Enigma code that would help the Allies win WWII. His story is caught in the film The Imitation Game

 

1957, UK – The Wolfenden report is published in England which recommends “that homosexual behavior between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offense.” It recommends that private consensual sex acts between men aged 21 or older be decriminalized. The Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution (better known as the Wolfenden report, after Lord Wolfenden, the chairman of the committee) was published in Britain after a succession of well-known men, including Lord MontaguMichael Pitt-Rivers and Peter Wildeblood, were convicted of homosexual offences.

 

 

2012 – The Democratic Party becomes the first major US political party in history to publicly support same-sex marriage on a national platform at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Pay attention! Let your voice speak out and change the world! 

 

Warmly,

Ronni

 

(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 ronnisanlo@gmail.com. Thanks!)

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