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Mike Michaud Mike Michaud
Michael H. “Mike” Michaud (b. 1955), who has served in both houses of the Maine legislature as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives, came out publicly in 2013 during his campaign for the governorship of Maine.
 
 
Spotlight Latina/Latino American Art and Literature
 
  Latina/Latino Americans Latina/o glbtq Communities in the U.S. pursue multiple visions, diverse politics, and a variety of struggles for identity and liberation. Their efforts have helped shape the meaning of what it means to be queer and Latina and Latino in the U.S. and transnationally, and have produced a variety of cultural expressions.  
 
 
  Gloria Anzaldua Editor and writer Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) co-edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which was published in 1981. It was the first collective, systematic, and widely publicized work to feature the voices of feminists of color in the United States.  
 
 
  Cuban-born American artist Félix González-Torres (1957-1996) shaped an art that was at once personal and political, reflecting his AIDS and gay rights activism.  
 
 
  Latina/Latino Lesbian and Gay Artists often confront, with a peculiarly personal urgency, the crucial issues of gender, sexuality, and acceptance that have obsessed American culture generally in the past several decades.  
 
 
  Latina Lesbian Literature is a fast-growing, vibrant, and diverse literary tradition that offers readers innovative models for creating alliances among diverse peoples.  
 
 
  Latino Gay Literature includes novels, poetry, drama, and essays that deal directly with gay themes, but the cultural forces of machismo and Roman Catholicism have slowed the development of a Latino gay identity.  
 
 
  Jaime Manrique (b. 1949) is a Colombian-born writer who came to international attention in 1992 with the publication of Latin Moon in Manhattan. The novel paints a vivid picture of a gay man's life and identities in New York City's Colombian community.  
 
 
  Cherrie Moraga Cherríe Moraga (b. 1952) is a Chicana lesbian writer and editor who sees women of color as revolutionary forces who bridge cultural divides. Moraga criticizes male-identified Chicano culture for silencing Chicanas; she has also participated in a successful movement to encourage the acceptance of writers of color as significant contributors to American lesbian literature.  
 
 
  Michael Nava Michael Nava (b. 1954) is best known for his seven-novel mystery series featuring gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios. He has enjoyed increasing recognition as an important novelist whose mature work transcends the limited expectations of the popular and highly specialized Mystery genre.  
 
 
  Sheila Ortiz-Taylor Sheila Ortiz-Taylor (b. 1939) is a prolific writer and respected teacher. Experts consider Faultline (1982), her debut novel, the first to feature a lesbian Chicana protagonist.  
 
 
  John Rechy John Rechy (b. 1934) draws on his own experience as a hustler in City of Night (1963), Numbers (1967), and several other novels. Though he derides the designation "gay writer" and has written several novels unrelated to gay life, he will most likely be remembered as a brutal and lyrical chronicler of the pre-Stonewall sexual underworld.  
 
 
  Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944) is a Mexican-American essayist and memoirist who may be the most widely read Latino American author. His description of himself as a "morose homosexual" rather than a gay one and his criticism of affirmative action and bilingual education reflect his frequently controversial indifference to political correctness.  
 
 
  Alex Sanchez Alex Sanchez (b. 1957) is a youth and family counselor and an immigrant from Mexico. His unique background has helped make him an important voice in today's Young Adult glbtq Literature canon. Though his work has achieved critical acclaim, several conservative groups have tried to prevent the young people for whom it is written from seeing it. Some have succeeded.  
 
 
  Jose Sarria Josè Sarria (1922-2013) was a San Francisco singer, drag performer, and activist who exemplified gay pride before the phrase was invented. Perhaps best known as the first openly gay candidate for political office, he also founded the International Court System and presided over the expansion of drag culture into a vast network of charity balls and extravaganzas.  
 
 
notable birthdays this week
October 19
 
Marsilio Ficino Marsilio Ficino
COINER OF THE PHRASE "PLATONIC LOVE" WHICH HE SAW AS BOTH EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL, 1433
George Nader
A POPULAR LEADING MAN IN AMERICAN FILMS OF THE 1950s AND 1960s, 1921
 
Divine
VERSATILE CHARACTER ACTOR AND PERFORMER WHO USUALLY PERFORMED IN DRAG, 1945
 
October 20
 
Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud
FRENCH POET WHO ABANDONED WRITING FOR A LIFE OF ACTION, 1854
Frances Alice Kellor
PROGRESSIVE ACTIVIST AND INTELLECTUAL, 1873
 
October 21
 
William Dale Jennings
EDITOR, AUTHOR, AND PIONEER OF THE AMERICAN GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1917
Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION WRITER WHOSE WORK PRIZES PERSONAL FREEDOM, 1929
 
Maureen Duffy
LESBIAN LEFTIST WRITER WHO ENJOYS MAINSTREAM RESPECT, 1933
Robert Ferro
NOVELIST WHO EXPLORED HOMOSEXUAL INTEGRATION INTO THE FAMILY, 1941
 
October 22
 
Sarah Bernhardt Sarah Bernhardt
THE MOST FAMOUS ACTRESS OF HER TIME, 1844
Alfred Bruce Douglas Alfred Bruce Douglas
MINOR POET REMEMBERED FOR HIS ASSOCIATION WITH OSCAR WILDE, 1870
 
Robert Rauschenberg
ARTIST AT THE CORE OF A GROUP DUBBED NEO-DADA AND PROTO-POP, 1925
Delmas Howe Delmas Howe
ARTIST WHO COMBINES CLASSICAL STYLE AND MODERN THEMES IN HIS HOMOEROTIC PAINTINGS, 1935
 
William "Bill" Condon William "Bill" Condon
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AMERICAN SCREENWRITER AND FILM DIRECTOR, 1955
Marc Shaiman Marc Shaiman
COMPOSER WITH A LONG LIST OF CREDITS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, 1959
 
Brian Boitano
CHAMPION FIGURE SKATER, 1963
 
October 23
 
Paul Rudolph
MODERNIST ARCHITECT WHO WAS CHAIR OF YALE UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE 1960s, 1918
Ned Rorem Ned Rorem
MULTI-TALENTED COMPOSER AND PROLIFIC WRITER, 1923
 
October 24
 
August von Platen August von Platen
ERUDITE POET WHOSE WORKS ADDRESS PLATONIC LOVE, 1796
Moss Hart
PROMINENT PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR, 1904
 
B.D. Wong B.D. Wong
ASIAN-AMERICAN ACTOR WHO REACHED PROMINENCE FOR HIS PERFORMANCE IN M. BUTTERFLY, 1960
Emma Donoghue
PROLIFIC WRITER WHO HAS EMERGED AS A MAJOR CONTEMPORARY LITERARY FIGURE, 1969
 
October 25
 
Claude Cahun
ARTIST KNOWN FOR IMAGES THAT PLAY WITH CONCEPTS OF GENDER, 1894
 
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Madelynn Taylor.

On October 22, 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced that their client Madelynn Taylor had won her battle to be laid to rest alongside her late wife Jean Mixner in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Division of Veterans Services had refused to allow the interment of the two women together on the grounds that it would violate the state's ban on same-sex marriage. However, as a result of the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that declared Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the cemetery has granted Taylor's request.

Robin Roberts.

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In a ruling issued on October 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down Wyoming's ban on same-sex marriage. In a grudging decision, Skavdahl ruled that the Tenth Circuit's decision striking down marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma meant that the ban in Wyoming was also unconstitutional. He said that the Tenth Circuit decisions control the present case, while hinting that he would otherwise have upheld the ban. After Governor Matt Mead opted not to appeal the decision, marriage equality dawned in the Equality State on October 21, 2014.

On October 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick declared Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Ruling in two cases challenging the marriage laws, Connolly v. Roche and Majors v. Horne, he found that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the law. In a terse four-page decision, Judge Sedwick ordered state officials to cease enforcement of the ban and also declined to stay his opinion.

On the 75th anniversary of the publication of Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, artist Don Bachardy, the late author's partner, has been welcomed to the city that Isherwood depicted so indelibly in his Berlin Stories, which consist of two novels, The Last of Mr. Norris (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939). In Berlin, Bachardy will participate in a series of readings, books signings, and public and private receptions. Among the latter is a reception hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John Emerson and his wife Kimberly, and one hosted by Berlin's Schwules Museum.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality announced on October 15, 2014 that they have filed suit on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley, a same-sex couple who applied and paid for a marriage license after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review to decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several cases, including the Bostic case from Virginia. Even though the Virginia decision in effect declares South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the machinations of South Carolina's Attorney General Alan Wilson and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have prevented same-sex couples from marrying. Abetting the desperate maneuvers of these politicians has been the equally culpable delaying tactics of federal judge Michelle Childs, who should be cited for contempt of court by the Fourth Circuit.

In a rare ruling issued on a Sunday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on October 12, 2014 declared Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In the case known as Hamby v. Parnell, Burgess, who was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush in 2005, found that Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages lawfully entered in other states is "a deprivation of basic due process and equal protection principles under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." He issued an injunction that allows same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 13.

Chad Biggs and Chris Creech.

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Kelvin Atkinson and Sherwood Howard.

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Rea Carey.

On October 8, 2014, executive director Rea Carey announced that the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) had changed its name to the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Task Force is the oldest continuously operating national gay and lesbian interest group in the United States. Formed in 1973 as the National Gay Task Force by members of the Gay Activists Alliance in New York City, including Bruce Voeller, the group has played a central role in the development of the glbtq movement for equal rights.

 
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