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13 hours ago

KRIMINELLE LIEBE? Am 4. Juli um 18.30 Uhr in der Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung: eine Veranstaltung über die Geschichte der Kriminalisierung und Entkriminalisierung von homosexueller Liebe in der DDR und BRD 🚨 🏳️‍🌈

Geschichte ist komplex: Trotz früher Entkriminalisierung homosexueller Handlungen in der DDR (1989) im Vergleich zur BRD (1994), war Homosexualität in der DDR stark tabuisiert und gesellschaftlich geächtet. In der DDR wurden auch lesbische Beziehungen ab Ende der 1960er Jahre kriminalisiert. Die Wiedervereinigung führte zu widersprüchlichen Rechtslagen in den beiden deutschen Staaten bis 1994.

Das Event „Kriminelle Liebe?“ in Zusammenarbeit mit der Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung will diese komplexe historische Entwicklung beleuchten, ihre Auswirkungen diskutieren und Lehren für den heutigen Queeraktivismus ziehen.

Das Event findet in der Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Besuchszentrum Ostkreuz, Revaler Straße 29 10245 Berlin, auf deutscher Lautsprache statt. Eintritt: frei

Grafik: mino Künze/SMU
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CRIMINAL LOVE? On 4 July at 6.30 pm at the Berlin State Centre for Political Education: an event on the history of the criminalization and decriminalization of homosexual love in the GDR and FRG 🚨 🏳️‍🌈

History is complex: despite the early decriminalization of homosexual acts in the GDR (1989) compared to the FRG (1994), homosexuality was strongly tabooed and socially ostracized in the GDR. Lesbian relationships were also criminalized in the GDR from the end of the 1960s. Reunification led to contradictory legal situations in the two German states until 1994.

The event "Criminal Love?" in cooperation with the Berlin State Center for Political Education aims to shed light on this complex historical development, discuss its effects and draw lessons for today's queer activism.

The event will take place at the Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Besuchszentrum Ostkreuz, Revaler Straße 29 10245 Berlin, in German. Admission: free

Graphic: mino Künze/SMU
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13 hours ago

Breaking: Michigan House Bill 4718 which would prohibit the use of LGBTQ+ "panic" defense in Michigan has passed in the Senate 24-14. We are one step closer to ensuring that a victim's status as an LGBTQ+ person cannot be used to undermine their pathway to justice. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Equality Michigan now calls upon the Michigan House of Representatives to quickly pass this legislation.
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Gay USA composer and songwriter Cole Porter was BOTD in 1891 and died in 1964 at the age of 73. "You're the Top!," sang Porter in one of his signature tunes. "You're the Great Houdini! You're the top! You are Mussolini!" In his defence, maybe he just couldn't think of another name to rhyme with "Houdini."
He had an affair in 1925 with Boris Kochno, a poet and Ballets Russes librettist. He also reportedly had a long relationship with his constant companion, Howard Sturges, a Boston socialite, as well as with architect Ed Tauch (for whom Porter wrote "Easy to Love"), choreographer Nelson Barclift (who inspired "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To"), director John Wilson (who later married international society beauty Princess Nathalie Paley), and longtime friend Ray Kelly, whose children still receive half of the childless Porter's copyright royalties. Scotty Bowers, in his memoir "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and Secret Sex Lives of the Stars," had this to say about Porter: "I soon learned that Cole's passion was oral sex. He could easily suck off twenty guys, one after the other. He really enjoyed the taste of semen. On one later occasion I took about nine of my best-looking young guys over to his place and he sucked off every single one of them in no time. Boom, boom, boom and it was all over." So I guess we know the real meaning behind the song "You're the Top," because he was clearly rock bottom!
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Today, May 30, is Give OUT Day. Please support Rainbopedia and hundreds of LGBTQ+ nonprofits across the country. ... See MoreSee Less

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RIP Nancy Valverde
1932 - 2024
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Christopher Street Days, Gay Pride on May 4 in Aurich, Germany, where Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was born 199 years ago!Noch knappe 4 Wochen, dann ist es wieder soweit und wir eröffnen mit dem 9. CSD Aurich die Pride Saison in Niedersachsen!
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Christopher Street Days, Gay Pride on May 4 in Aurich, Germany, where Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was born 199 years ago!
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In the early 1960s, Dirk Bogarde made the decision to abandon his hugely successful career in commercial movies and concentrate on more complex, art house films Bogarde appeared in Basil Dearden's seminal film "Victim" (1961), the first British movie to sympathetically address the persecution of homosexuals. His career choice alienated many of his old fans, but he was no longer interested in being a commercial movie star; he was interested in developing as an actor and artist (however, that sense of finding himself as an actor did not extend to the stage. His reputation was such in 1963 that he was invited by National Theatre director Laurence Olivier to appear as "Hamlet" to open the newly built Chichester Festival Theatre. That production of the eponymous play also was intended to open the National Theatre's first season in London. Bogarde declined, and the honor went instead to Peter O'Toole, who floundered in the part).

Appearing in "Victim" was a huge career gamble. In the film, Bogarde played a married barrister who is being blackmailed over his closeted homosexuality. Rather than let the blackmail continue, and allow the perpetrators to victimize other gay men, Bogarde's character effectively sacrifices himself, specifically his marriage and his career, by bravely confessing to be gay (homosexuality was an offence in the United Kingdom until 1967, and there reportedly had been a police crackdown against homosexuals after World War II which made gay men particularly vulnerable to blackmail).

The film was not released in mainstream theaters in the US, as the Production Code Administration (PCA) refused to classify the film and most theaters would not show films that did not carry the PCA seal of approval. For himself, Bogarde was proud of the film and his participation in it, which many think stimulated public debate over homosexuality. The film undoubtedly raised the public consciousness over the egregious and unjust individual costs of anti-gay bigotry. The public attitude towards the "love that dared not speak its name" changed enough so that within six years, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act decriminalizing homosexual acts between adults passed Parliament. Bogarde reported that he received many letters praising him for playing the role. His courage in taking on such a role is even more significant in that he most likely was gay himself, and thus exposed himself to a backlash.

Bogarde always publicly denied he was a homosexual, though later in life he did confess that he and his manager, Anthony Forwood, had a long-term relationship. When Bogarde met him in 1939, Forwood was a theatrical manager, who eventually married and divorced Glynis Johns. Forwood became Bogarde's friend and subsequently his life partner, and the two moved to France together in 1968. They bought a 15th-century farmhouse near Grasse in Provence in the early 1970s, which they restored. Bogarde and Forwood lived in the house until 1983, when they returned to London so that Forwood could be treated for cancer, from which he eventually died in 1988. Bogarde nursed him in the last few months of his life. (IMDb)

Happy Birthday, Dirk Bogarde!
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3 months ago

Stella Rush (aka Sten Russell) was ahead of her time, defying the binaries (gay/straight, butch/femme) that defined the lives of women in the mid-20th century and resisting society’s expectations—marriage, kids. She took a huge risk by writing for ONE magazine while working as a civil servant at the peak of the Lavender Scare (if discovered, she would almost certainly have been fired). That’s where “Sten Russell,” Stella’s nom de plume, came in.

LISTEN to Eric’s 1989 interview with Stella: bitly.com/mgh-rush

Image: Stella Rush holding a copy of ONE magazine featuring a drawing of her as Sten Russell, during taping for the Lesbian Herstory Archives Daughters of Bilitis Video Project, San Francisco, May 15, 1987. Credit: Photo by Morgan Gwenwald © Lesbian Herstory Archives DOB Video Project, LHEF, Inc.
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A short film was made called The Letter Men.

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It was just supposed to be a romantic dinner out. Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rolón Amato never set out to test anti-discrimination laws. But they did. And they won.

A friend had told them about the Papa Choux restaurant in Los Angeles. They went, but once the restaurant staff realized the women were a couple, they tried to remove them from the romantic booth they’d reserved, claiming it was against the law for them to serve two people of the same sex there. Seasoned activists as they were, Johnson and Amato fought back in court. “To summarize it quickly… Yeah, what happened. Okay, we go to court. The lower courts rule against us. The appellate court rules for us. So they have a right to petition the supreme court, which they did. When the supreme court said they weren’t going to hear it, then that meant that the next lowest level, the appellate court’s ruling was going to stand.” Their case put teeth into the local gay rights ordinance. And while it didn’t actually change California’s civil rights bill to add sexual orientation, the appellate court interpreted the law to include sexual orientation—that was big!

LISTEN: www.makinggayhistory.com/podcast/deborah-johnson-zandra-rolon-amato⁠⁠

Image: Zandra Rolón Amato (left) and Deborah Johnson, 1984. Credit: Courtesy Deborah Johnson.
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5 months ago

Black Pride congratulates Colman Domingo on his Oscar nomination for portraying Bayard Rustin! He is now the 2nd openly Gay actor to receive an Oscar nomination for playing a Gay character. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Lesbian Tide (1971-1980)

From the archives of JD Doyle who has 38 copies of the periodical (see link below). An excellent publication, with a very good balance of cultural and political. It was the first lesbian publication with a national distribution in the US.
www.houstonlgbthistory.org/lesbian-tide.html
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Lesbian Tide (1971-1980)

From the archives of JD Doyle who has 38 copies of the periodical (see link below). An excellent publication, with a very good balance of cultural and political. It was the first lesbian publication with a national distribution in the US.
http://www.houstonlgbthistory.org/lesbian-tide.html
6 months ago

Timeline photosMerry Christmas from team AnOther ❤️

📸 Photography by Richards, 1937. Courtesy of Getty
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In the early 1950s, “people turned to psychiatrists for answers to the question of homosexuality. What causes it? What can we do about it? How can we eliminate it? So the sickness label infected everything that we said and did. And made it very difficult for us [homosexuals] to have any credibility for anything we said for ourselves.” — Barbara Gittings

Where does a person without a name for what they are, without a shared language for how they feel—where do you go to find yourself? In the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, you headed to the library. Barbara Gittings believed strongly in the power of public libraries to support young people in search of information and a sense of belonging. Listen to Barbara and other early activists at the forefront of the campaign to depathologize homosexuality in A KIND OF MADNESS, episode one in our miniseries “Dismantling a Diagnosis,” available now wherever you get your podcasts.

LISTEN NOW: bit.ly/mgh-madness

Photo of Barbara Gittings (center) by Annette Lein, taken during the American Library Association celebration and Social Responsibilities Roundtable Award. Source:Philadelphia Gay News, July 23, 1982, via NYPL The New York Public Library
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Have a Queer 1950s/60s Xmas!

PS: Every issue of ONE magazine is digitized and can be found on the site houstonlgbthistory.org/ONE.html
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Have a Queer 1950s/60s Xmas!

PS: Every issue of ONE magazine is digitized and can be found on the site https://houstonlgbthistory.org/ONE.html
7 months ago

In den frühen Morgenstunden des 4. Dezember 1993 verstarb der Berliner Fotograf Jürgen Baldiga (1959–1993) an den Folgen von Aids. Exakt 10 Jahre zuvor hatte er erfahren, dass er HIV-positiv ist – damals (und noch bis Mitte der 1990er Jahre) kam das einem Todesurteil gleich. Ärzte gaben ihm höchstens noch 2 Jahre. Baldiga, gelernter Koch ohne fotografische Ausbildung, begann, sein Leben und seine Umwelt mittels einer simplen Spiegelreflexkamera zu dokumentieren. In seinen Arbeiten setzte er sich intensiv mit der eigenen Erkrankung und dann auch seinem Sterben auseinander, ebenso mit schwulem Sex. Bevorzugt porträtierte er die Randständigen und Außenseiter der Gesellschaft, wurde zum Chronisten der Westberliner Szene der 1980er Jahre. Im Kosmos der „Trümmertunten“ des Kreuzberger SchwuZ fand er ein Zuhause. Beizeiten regelte Baldiga Nachlass, Beerdigung und Grab; und hartnäckig hält sich das Gerücht, er stecke selbst hinter seiner Todesanzeige, die posthum in der „taz“ erschien: „Ich bin tot.“ Mit diesen Worten endete auch sein allerletzter Tagebucheintrag kurz vor seinem Tod vor 30 Jahren.

Balidgas Nachlass wird im Archiv des Schwulen Museums aufbewahrt. Sein Vermächtnis umfasst mehr als 5.000 Fotos, rund 40 Tagebücher, unzählige Artefakte und Dokumente. Darunter besagte Todesanzeige, unser „Fundstück des Monats“. (In unserem Café ist im Dezember zudem der Farbabzug des „Autoporträts mit Clownsnase“, das der Anzeige zugrundeliegt, ausgestellt.)
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In the early hours of 4 December 1993, the photographer Jürgen Baldiga (1959-1993) died in his Berlin home as a result of AIDS. Since 1983 he knew that he was HIV-positive – at the time (and until the mid-1990s) this was tantamount to a death sentence. Doctors gave him a maximum of 2 years to live. Baldiga, trained as a chef but not as photographer, bought a simple SLR camera and began to deal intensively with his AIDS illness and his own dying. Another recurring theme of his photos was gay sex. His preference for portraits of the marginalised and of outsiders made him a chronicler of the West Berlin scene of the 1980s. The drag queens of the Kreuzberg-based SchwuZ club were at the centre of his personal universe. Baldiga took care of his estate, funeral and grave in good time; and rumour has it that he himself was behind his obituary, posthumously published in the leftist newspaper “die tageszeitung”: “I am dead”. His very last diary entry from the beginning of December 1993 ended with exactly these words.

Baldiga left 40 or so diaries, more than 5,000 photos, and countless artefacts and documents; they are stored in the archives of the Schwules Museum in Berlin. (The colour print of his “Self-portrait with clown's nose” – at the basis of this obituary – will also be on display in our café in December).

Image: Baldiga-Selbstporträt mit Clownsnase (ca. 1992), SMU
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7 months ago

OSCAR WILDE [below left] having lunch with Lord Alfred Douglas near Dieppe in 1898, after his release from Reading Gaol ... See MoreSee Less

OSCAR WILDE [below left] having lunch with Lord Alfred Douglas near Dieppe in 1898, after his release from Reading Gaol
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The GAY-BC Book, 1966, a camp adventure....
Download it many others of its ilk at this page....
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The GAY-BC Book, 1966, a camp adventure....
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http://www.houstonlgbthistory.org/assorted3.html
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