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Ernst Röhm july 1 night of long knives

On this day: Night of Long Knives presaged gay holocaust

The murderous Nazi rampage known as the Night of the Long Knives lasted three days from June 30 until July 2, 1933. Adolf Hitler orchestrated the murders of his oldest friend, chief Nazi thug Ernst Röhm, along with numerous other rivals and perceived enemies. Röhm was homosexual. With him out of the way, the Nazis …

LIFE Homosexuality in America

On this day: Homosexuality in America, LIFE, 1964

In its June 26, 1964 issue, the popular American magazine, LIFE, ran a 14-page feature on the hitherto little-discussed subject of Homosexuality in America. The article opened with an explanation of the above photo (taken at San Francisco’s Tool Box Leather Bar). “These brawny, young men in their leather caps, shirts, jackets, and pants are …

homoerotic Thomas Eakins the swimming hole

On this day: Thomas Eakins’ homoerotic The Swimming Hole

Thomas Eakins’ homoerotic The Swimming Hole, painted in 1884-85, continues to attract the accolades now that the artist never received during his lifetime. Thomas Eakins painted the masterpiece from 1884-85 and died on June 25, 1916. Art critic Tom Lubbock called The Swimming Hole a classic of American painting. “It shows a scene of healthy, …

Utrecht sodomy trials June 24

On this day: mass murder, the Utrecht sodomy trials

On June 24, 1730, four ‘sodomites’ underwent gruesome public executions in Amsterdam. Just a handful of the numerous men and boys killed during the year-long purge known as the Utrecht sodomy trials. In Homosexuality & Civilization, Louis Crompton described the liquidation as ‘the deadliest persecution of homosexuals known’ prior to the 20th-century Nazi slaughter of …

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On this day: Elizabeth was King: now James is Queen

Speculation about the sexuality of the man who paid for the King James Bible began during his youth. Later, James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth I to the English throne as James I, and wannabe poets quipped ‘Rex fuit Elizabeth: nunc est regina Jacobus’ —’Elizabeth was King: now James is Queen’. James was born June …

Raymond Radiguet Bébé

On this day: Raymond Radiguet, dont call me Bébé

Born June 18, 1903, the bisexual French novelist Raymond Radiguet, known in literary circles as Monsieur Bébé, achieved wealth and critical acclaim for his scandalous first novel before dying at twenty. The Devil in the Flesh Raymond Radiguet dropped out of school and finished his first novel by the age of seventeen. Le Diable au …

Liberace

On this day: Liberace triumphant after newspaper ‘outing’

On June 17, 1959, an English jury awarded celebrity pianist Liberace £8000 damages over a newspaper article that suggested he was homosexual. As Liberace exited the court, he recited a much-rehearsed catchphrase to reporters, “I cried all the way to the bank!” Liberace was not alone among 20th-century entertainers in cashing in on an overblown …

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On this day: Pulse, the Orlando nightclub shooting

On June 12, 2016, a 29-year-old lone gunman ended the lives of 49 mainly Latino people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen also wounded 59 other people during the Orlando nightclub shooting. Police shot the killer dead following a three-hour stand-off. The Orlando nightclub shooting extracted a terrible toll — the …

Renée Vivien June 11

On this day: Renée Vivien – haunted by the desire for death

Despite her French name and exclusively French poetry, Renée Vivien was English. Wealthy heiress Pauline Tarn moved to Paris at the age of 21 and adopted her pen name soon after. She was born June 11, 1877. The strikingly melancholic poet wrote sonnets of Sapphic love. She also translated the poems of Sappho, the ancient …

Geneva Bartholomé Tecia gay children

On this day: state-sanctioned drowning of gay children

On this day in 1566, the Swiss Republic of Geneva drowned 15-year-old Bartholomé Tecia for the ‘crime’ of sodomy. The republic also drowned other gay children a couple of years before. The Republic of Geneva Geneva acted as a Protestant hub in the second half of the 16th century, exporting dogma to fledgling congregations across …

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