Our weekly sampler from Rob Frydlewicz at ZeitGAYst. com. Enjoy.
Dec 21, 1932 – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appear in their first film together, Flying Down to Rio.
Jan 30, 1933 – Playwright Noel Coward appears on the cover of this week’s issue of TIME Magazine.
Nov 13, 1933 – Top-level members of Germany’s Third Reich advise police to deliver homosexuals and transvestites to the Fuhlsbuttel concentration camp.
It was a wild time in Peoria on January 1, 1962 as Illinois became the first state to repeal its anti-sodomy law. Ask most anyone on the street what sodomy is and it’s likely they won’t be able to give you specifics – but they know it has something to do with turning into a pillar of salt. The fact that the definition refers to any sex act that isn’t “natural” is of little help. (The song Sodomy from Hair, below,offered some help.) Also, many don’t realize that such laws pertained to heterosexuals as well as homosexuals (but prosecution was usually reserved for gay men).