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This Weekend In Gay History November 9 – 10: The Rose, Sandra Bernhard and Baptist Gone Wild

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November 9th:

1955Rock Hudson marries his agent’s secretary to squelch rumors about his sexual orientation.

1979Bette Midler’s first movie, The Rose, opens in theaters and leads to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the Divine Miss M

1985 – Openly gay Terry Sweeney joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

1992 – Approximately 100 people held a vigil outside the home of Chicago’s Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to protest the church’s teaching that homosexuality is a disorder.

 

November 10th:

1928The New York Times reported that forty distinguished witnesses, mostly authors, appeared in a London court to testify in favor of the lesbian novel “The Well of Loneliness.” The judge refused to hear any of them.

1970 – The Stanford Gay Students Union was formed. It was the second Stanford organization for gay students-a previous organization, the Student Homophile League, was short lived.

1984Chris Smith came out and became the first openly gay member of UK Parliament.

1989 – Republican Lobbyist Craig Spence,  committeds suicide after it was discovered he gave secret tours of The White House and ran a male prostitution ring.  During a lengthy interview at a Manhattan apartment a few months before his death, Spence alluded to more intricate involvements. “All this stuff you’ve uncovered (involving call boys, bribery and the White House tours), to be honest with you, is insignificant compared to other things I’ve done. But I’m not going to tell you those things, and somehow the world will carry on

1992 – On Roseanne, Sandra Bernhard plays the first recurring lesbian character on a sitcom

1992The Louisiana Baptist Convention voted 581-199 to exclude congregations which condone homosexuality. A similar resolution was approved the same day by the North Carolina State Baptist convention.

1992The Portland Maine school committee approved a ban on anti-gay discrimination in public school employment.

1997 – Keith Boykin of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and California state assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl participated in a White House conference on Hate Crimes

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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