This Week in LGBT History From Quist — May 7-14

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May 7, 1365 — Giovanni di Giovanni Killed for Sodomy

The 15-year-old is publicly castrated and killed by a red-hot iron in his anus for admitting to having sex with multiple men. He is one of the youngest victims of the campaign against sodomy in Italy.

May 8, 2010 — Cher's Son Completed Legal Sex Change

He takes the official new legal name of Chaz Salvatore Bono when a California court grants his request.

May 9, 1726 — Three Men Hanged for Buggery in England

Gabriel Lawrence, William Griffin, and Thomas Wright are hanged at Tyburn following a raid of Margaret Clap's molly house. A molly house in eighteenth-century England was a tavern or private room where men could meet potential sexual partners or other men with shared interests (for example, cross-dressing or attraction to the same sex).

May 10, 1990 — OutRage! Formed

The British LGBTQ rights group is formed at a meeting with forty to fifty people.

May 11, 2001 — The "Cairo 52" Arrested

Fifty-two men are arrested on a floating gay nightclub called the Queen Boat moored on the Nile in Cairo. Most of them are charged with "habitual debauchery" and "obscene behaviour." Their trial lasts five months, during which time they are vilified in the Egyptian media and subjected to beatings in prison.

May 12, 1937 — Heinz Neddermeyer Expelled from Luxembourg

He is considered to be the first great love of writer Christopher Isherwood. The couple lived together in Berlin until May 1933 when, due to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, they were forced to flee the country. They traveled Europe and North Africa until this day when Heinz was expelled from Luxembourg and forced to return to Germany. The next day he was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to three and half years of forced labor and military service.

May 13, 1974 – TIME Magazine reports on "The New Bisexuals"

The magazine says "bisexuals, like homosexuals before them, are boldly coming out of their closets, forming clubs, having parties and stalking out discotheques." The article cites Kinsey and feminism as causes for the rise in visibility.

May 14, 1969 — Decriminalization of Homosexual Acts in Canada

Canada decriminalizes homosexual acts between consenting adults with the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.

 All of the information above has been reprinted with permission from Quist, an LGBT mobile history app that can be found on iOS and Android devices. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.quistapp.com/"www.Quistapp.com for more information. The app was created by Sarah Prager and launched in July of 2013.


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