Queering Culture on Feb 25

1952

The first musical choreography score was copyrighted. It was Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate”.

1983

Playwright Tennessee Williams died of an accidental choking, but the police report suggested his use of drugs and alcohol contributed to the death. Williams was 71. (The Glass Menagerie, The Rose Tattoo, The Night of the Iguana, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire)

1995

Madonna started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take A Bow’, the track which was co-written with Babyface became a No.16 hit in the UK.

2000

“Britney Spears CD Bubble Gum”, was announced and released in March of 2000.

The five original Spice Girls were facing a bill of up to £1 million ($1.7 million) after losing a legal battle against the sponsors of their 1988 world tour. The Aprilia Scoter Company had claimed the girls knew of Geri’s impending departure (marketing as faux lesbians)

2006

George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said “I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout.” He also said that the event was “my own stupid fault, as usual.

2010

Marie Osmond’s teenage son Michael Blosil was found dead on the ground below an apartment balcony in Los Angeles after committing suicide. Resulting in a public feud with Donny over the Mormon Church vs Queer Sexuality.

when the white queers got rights

we coupled up to enjoy them and forgot the rest of the world and parts of our own nations had lesser rights or none at all.

when you do not have a bigotted belief system eh

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/09/28/religiously-unaffiliated-people-more-likely-than-those-with-a-religion-to-lean-left-accept-homosexuality/Religiously unaffiliated people more likely to lean left, accept homosexuality | Pew Research CenterIn most of the 18 countries analyzed, religiously unaffiliated adults were more likely to say homosexuality should be accepted by society.www.pewresearch.org

the content is hate speech, and is the bigger issue over the volume

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-to-update-noise-bylaw-in-response-to-anti-gay-preachers-in-west-end-1.5920550Vancouver to update noise bylaw in response to anti-gay preachers in West End | CBC NewsVancouver city councillors will discuss an upgraded version of its municipal noise bylaws in response to a man preaching anti-gay messages with a microphone and amplifier in the West End last summer. www.cbc.ca

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/southern-baptists-divided-politics-race-lgbtq-policy-76015987Southern Baptists divided over politics, race, LGBTQ policy – ABC NewsDivisions over race, politics, gender and LGBTQ issues are roiling the Southern Baptist Convention ahead of a meeting of its executive committee next weekabcnews.go.com

https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/fernie-pride-to-look-at-inclusivity-across-elk-valley/Fernie Pride to look at inclusivity across Elk Valley – BC Local NewsThe local LGBTQ2 society received a grant from the federal government to undertake a community studywww.bclocalnews.com

https://globalnews.ca/news/7409904/canada-can-conversion-therapy-lgbtq2-rights-globally/Canada’s bill to ban conversion therapy could help LGBTQ2 rights globally: UN expert – National | Globalnews.caThe bill aims to ban so-called conversion therapy, which involves forcing a person into therapy against their will.globalnews.ca

for good reasons. religion is oppression and religion is mental illness.

the universe is not fixated on human genitals.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/05/24/lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-americans-are-less-religious-than-straight-adults-by-traditional-measures/LGB Americans less religious than straight adults by some measures | Pew Research CenterGay, lesbian and bisexual adults are less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group or to attend religious services weekly.www.pewresearch.org

funny how not a one of them says that the younger generation valids not hates others

and religion is all about hating those outside of it to being genocidal and oppressive

religion does not determine your social class or education or who you can have sex with, especially yourself.

this is why heterosexual men have enough rights and should not be deciding what rights others have

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1063474/legalize-prostitution-instead-of-lgbt-olumanba.htmlLegalize prostitution instead of LGBT—OlumanbaYoung Political Activist Emmanuel Abankwah Kesse otherwise known as Olumanba has urged the government to legalize prostitution instead of gay and lesbianism.www.modernghana.comShare (3)Emoji

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3122839/lgbt-people-face-tsunami-hate-turkey-once-haven-toleranceTurkey’s LGBT community face ‘tsunami of hate’ as tolerance erodesFrom incendiary government minister tweets to censorship of gay characters on TV, a growing animosity is suffocating Turkey’s LGBT community.www.scmp.com

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/17/human-rights-body-calls-repeal-jamaicas-anti-lgbt-lawsHuman Rights Body Calls for Repeal of Jamaica’s Anti-LGBT Laws | Human Rights WatchThe Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today made public a decision calling on Jamaica to repeal laws prohibiting consensual same-sex conduct.www.hrw.org

meanwhile. globally

The DeepMind paper published earlier this month strikes a similar tone. “Given the historical oppression and contemporary challenges faced by queer communities, there is a substantial risk that artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be designed and deployed unfairly for queer individuals,” the paper reads.

The paper considers a number of ways AI can be used to target queer people or impact them negatively in areas like free speech, privacy, and online abuse. Another recent study found shortcomings for people who identify as nonbinary when it comes to AI for fitness tech like the Withings smart scale.

On social media platforms, automated content moderation systems can be used to censor content classified as queer, while automated online abuse detection systems are often not trained to protect transgender people from intentional instances of misgendering or “deadnaming.”

https://venturebeat.com/2021/02/18/deepmind-researchers-say-ai-poses-a-threat-to-people-who-identify-as-queer/
\Show MoreDeepMind researchers say AI poses a threat to people who identify as queer | VentureBeatResearchers say the impact of AI on people who identify as queer is underexplored, which poses a threat to their health and privacy.venturebeat.com

queers n music for feb 21

queer music for feb 21

1981
Dolly Parton topped the Billboard Pop Chart with her own composition, “9 to 5”. The record reached #47 in the UK.

Prince appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and performed “Party Up.” It was his first appearance on the show.

1998
Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On’. The song was the theme from the movie Titanic. The world’s best selling single of 1998.

2002
Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured group’s. He said ‘There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It’s just fodder.’

2011
Boy George revealed a Culture Club 30th anniversary album and tour plans for 2012.

2012
Five members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior where their actions were stopped by church security officials. By that evening, they had turned the performance into a music video entitled “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leader’s support for Putin during his election campaign. The following month, three of the group members were arrested and charged with hooliganism and were were held in custody until their trial began in late July when the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

2020
ELVIS PRESLEY’S Heartbreak Hotel has been covered in a surprise live performance by Queen and Adam Lambert during their Rhapsody tour.

Musical Queers for Feb 18

1978

Queen’s News of the World was third on the LP charts

with “We Are The Champions” remained fourth on the song chart.

1984

Culture Club remained at #1 with “Karma Chameleon”.

1990

At the 11th Brit Awards, Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance with Queen. They received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

2012

Whitney Houston had an invitation-only memorial at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly. Kevin Costner read a moving and personal Eulogy.

queer music for feb 16

1957
Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” begins a six-week run at #1 in America.

February 16, 1974
Barbra Streisand had her second #1 song as “The Way We Were” reached the top spot.

Olivia Newton-John’s first big hit “Let Me Be There” was number 6

on the LP chart
Former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John at #5

February 16, 1975
Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show premiered on CBS with guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler. The series lasted for two seasons.. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.

1978

The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square’s Warner Theatre.

1980
Barry Manilow was on top of the Adult Contemporary chart with “When I Wanted You”. It was his 17th AC hit, and an incredible 16 of those had gone Top 10 with 10 #1’s in just six years of his career.

Queen was up to #2 although many stations already had “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” #1.

1985
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.

Wham! hit #1 with “Careless Whisper”.

1990

Singer k.d. lang was pictured on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

1991
Whitney Houston had her 8th #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”

Queen, which was always bigger in their native England, scored their seventh #1 album in the U.K. with Innuendo.

2001

Sex researcher/author William Masters, of the research and writing team of Masters and (Virginia) Johnson, died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. (Human Sexual Response, Human Sexual Inadequacy)

2006

Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

2015
Leslie Gore, who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1963 and 1967, including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, She’s A Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me”, died of cancer at the age of 68.

\ American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, died of lung cancer aged 68. She is best known for the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’ which was produced by Quincy Jones. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own’, written with her brother Michael.

queer music by and inclusive of for Feb 14, 2021

February 14, 1956
Actor Tab Hunter receives over 62,000 Valentines from a large following of female fans. A year later, he would have his first hit record with “Young Love”. His Heartthrob Status faded, and in the 1970s, he would make Jon Waters movies and later come out as gay, exposing the sexual oppression in Hollywood.

February 14, 1973
A male fan tries to kiss David Bowie, who was wearing a white dress during his Valentine’s Day show at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Which David Bowie collapsed at the end of, reportedly from exhaustion.

1974
Rolling Stone reported that David Bowie had turned down a Gay Liberation group who asked him to compose the “world’s first Gay National Anthem.”

February 14, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any.

1981
ABBA continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song with the fantastic “The Winner Takes It All”.

1984

Rod Stewart and Olivia Newton-John are among the guests at Elton John‘s marriage to studio engineer, Renate Blauel, in Sydney, Australia. The couple stayed together for four years, although John later admitted he knew he was homosexual before the marriage.

1985

Whitney Houston’s self titled debut album is released by Arista Records on Valentine’s Day. The LP will produce four giant Billboard hits, “You Give Good Love” (#3), “Saving All My Love For You” (#1), “How Will I Know” (#1), and “Greatest Love Of All” (#1).

1998

Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ set a new recorded for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.

Madonna performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.

1999
Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV Elton John did a version of “Your Song” on an episode titled “I’m With Cupid.”

The “Titanic” Soundtrack was the #1 album for the fourth straight week. Celine Dion was a solid #2 with Let’s Talk About Love. Listeners couldn’t get enough of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, which was on both albums.

2001

“Timeless–Live in Concert,” winner of four Emmy Awards and billed as Barbra Streisand‘s farewell concert, aired on Fox-TV.

2012

Whitney Houston, whose majestic voice helped her place 32 songs on the Billboard Pop chart between 1985 and 2001, passed away at the age of 48. Daughter of Cissy Houston of The Sweet Inspirations.

2015
Lady Gaga got engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!,” she captioned a photo of a heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram two days later. They split up in 2016.

Wizard of Oz remake: Queer No!

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/02/13/the-wizard-of-oz-remake-reboot-new-film-lgbt/The Wizard of Oz is being ‘reimagined’ and the gays have thoughtsA Wizard of Oz remake is in the works and fans are clutching their ruby slippers in fear and anticipation.www.pinknews.co.ukShareEmoji

Alex C49 minutes ago

Blaspheme!

nina tryggvason

indeed some things are too iconic to remake

and what was impressive was how they did special effects. now cgi will remove the magic.

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Alex C40 minutes ago

That movie was essentially the Star Wars of its day. It was incredible, an unimaginable achievement. And it STILL WORKS. Yes the sets are primitive today, but the movie isn’t. The writing is great. The acting is great. The music is great. It has a raw emotional power that persevered through the ages. This kind of thing should never be messed with in my opinion.

nina tryggvason

it holds up better than star wars

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Alex C

I couldn’t agree more! And yet I incriminate myself here because I’m admitting to the gay stereotype of loving a Judy Garland movie. (And I love others as well.) But I can’t help it! I defy stereotypes in many ways, but I have to proudly concede to this one.

nina tryggvason

there is nothing wrong with loving Judy, she loved her queer fans so much, she often married gay men.

being a friend of Dorothy was a huge part of gay male culture and identity for decades, like Being Ernest and wearing a green tie

Musical Queers Feb 13

February 13, 1971

Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection Lp rose to number 5.

while the self-titled Elton John LP had fallen to number ten

February 13, 1973
David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

February 13, 1974
David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’

February 13, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any

1984

Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit “There Goes My Baby” peaked at #21 pop and #20 R&B.

1988
In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 15th Winter Olympics opened.

kd lang performed

1989

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album “Whitney” becomes Houston’s first single to be certified platinum with shipment of over one million units

1999

Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

2005
Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years

7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’

Musical Queers for Feb 11

queer music for feb 11

February 11, 1966
Cher recorded “Bang Bang,” written and produced by Sonny Bono. It was her biggest solo hit of the 1960s.

February 11, 1977
David Bowie released ‘Sound and Vision’ as a single, which was taken from his latest album Low. ‘Sound and Vision’ was used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to No.3 on the UK charts.

1985
fourth annual Brit Awards
British Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’
Best British Group went to Wham!

1986

Boy George, lead singer of Culture Club, guest-stars on an episode of The A-Team. George played a singer mistakenly booked into a Country dance hall.

1987

The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite.’ The title alludes to the communist slogan “Workers of the world, unite!”, and the 1966 David and Jonathan hit ‘Lovers of the World Unite’. The photograph on the sleeve is of a young Elvis Presley. (who’s mother’s maiden name was Smith)

2002

Elton John performs at the National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Philadelphia.

2011

Barbra Streisand was named MusiCares Person of the Year by the Grammy organization.

2014

Queen made UK chart history, becoming the first act to sell six-million copies of an album with their Greatest Hits compilation.

2016
72-year-old Barry Manilow was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering what was described as “complications from emergency oral surgery” that he had undergone earlier in the week. His One Last Time tour had to be put on hold and concerts in Kentucky and Tennessee were canceled. To the surprise of many, just three days later Barry was well enough to attend Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party in L.A. where he performed “Mandy” as well as “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from his latest album, “My Dream Duets”.

Ally ONJ: Grease is the Word

Now, Newton-John has addressed those views during an appearance on the podcast A Life Of Greatness. “I think it’s kind of silly,” she said on the episode. “I mean, this movie was made in the 1970s about the 1950s.”

https://www.nme.com/news/film/olivia-newton-john-speaks-out-against-those-who-label-grease-sexist-2870620Olivia Newton-John speaks out against those who label ‘Grease’ “sexist”Olivia Newton-John has defended ‘Grease’, saying that viewers who call it “sexist” need not take the 1978 musical film so “seriously”.www.nme.com

Blogger Nina saw the movie Grease twice in the movie theatre in 1978.

the first time with a full audience of adults and teen and child admissions

the second in a saturday matinee where my group of four at or under 12

and two teenagers

alone to watch the movie

The Rizzo sex story line was too mature for children in that year.

for most of us, it went over our head

Sandy does leather up for Danny

and unlike other movies of that era and most early ones

and many movies after

in defense of Danny Zuko to Sandy – he Lettermaned Up for her

He hide from his friends that he earned a letterman sweater in track

to earn the good girl by becoming a good boy

and as to the other internet thought that Sandy drowned and it was a death dream zombie movie

Sandy and Danny fly off in the car into the future, instead of a pussy wagon, a monogamy mobile into marriage and adulthood.

While the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds milled about in the carnival end of high school

and the start of their carnal adult life

prepared or not by their parents and their efforts during high school education

okay that is a bit icky

https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/1234070/john-travolta-and-daughter-ella-recreate-iconic-grease-dance-for-2021-super-bowl-adJohn Travolta and Ella Recreate Grease for 2021 Super Bowl Ad – E! Online – CAIn the words of Martha Stewart, John Travolta’s “still got it.” See the actor and his daughter Ella bust out their moves and recreate a famous Grease dance number.www.eonline.com

the problem of not experts who have a public platform
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9205607/Olivia-Newton-John-WONT-coronavirus-vaccine-Chloe-Lattanzi-shares-anti-vaxxer-rant.htmlOlivia Newton John WON’T take the coronavirus vaccine as Chloe Lattanzi shares anti-vaxxer rant | Daily Mail OnlineMartha Stewart, Joan Collins and Sir David Attenborough are among the growing list of A-list celebrities to have received the COVID-19 vaccination.www.dailymail.co.uk

the sullivan shows were released on DVD and there were no Elvis getting a shot broadcast – that was done for the print media

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/elvis-presley-vaccinated-polio-1956-ed-sullivan/Elvis Presley Aids Fight Against Polio By Getting Vaccinated At ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ In 1956 [Watch]In late 1956, Elvis Presley used his skyrocketing fame—and a spot on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’—to persuade teenagers to get the polio vaccine.liveforlivemusic.com