Friday, September 5, 2008

Queering Up History: Sept 5th

"Queer Events On This Day In History...

1967 The American television series N.Y.P.D. now includes gay characters.

1970 Columbia "decriminalizes" "homosexual behavior" changing it from a felony to a misdemeanor with the maximum penalty reduced to "only" three years.

1981 The 5th Gay Softball World Series closes in Toronto with teams from 11 cities participating.

1982 The first Gay Games close in San Francisco. 1350 athletes from 179 cities in 12 countries participated in 14 events.

1987 The Homomonument, a group of three pink granite triangle stones which commemorates all gay men and lesbians subjected to persecution because of their sexual orientation, opens in Amsterdam. The memorial idea dated from 1970, when Dutch gay activists were arrested for attempting to place a lavender wreath at the National War Memorial on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The wreath was removed by local police and denounced as a disgrace.

1990 Gays in London, England, hold a Kiss-In at the Eros statue, Piccadilly Circus, to demonstrate against police harassment of public displays of gay affection.

1991 US AIDS activists inflate a 35 foot condom on the roof of anti-gay US Senator Jesse Helms's house.

2001 Canada's first gay television station, PrideVision, begins broadcasting on national cable TV."

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1 comment:

Queers United said...

A fantastic account and videos of the HIV/AIDS activists who covered Jesse Helms house with a condom.

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