queer for april 30


April 30, 1957

Elvis Presley recorded “Jailhouse Rock” arguably the first gay/bisexual rock n roll number 1 song.

1966

Cher “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” was #7
1977

Natalie Cole’s biggest hit, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, at 9
1983

David Bowie with “Let’s Dance at 6 at at 8 Thomas Dolby had “She Blinded Me With Science”
1987
Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” became her 11th consecutive Top Five single.
1988

Canadian 20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”.
1992
Madonna’s bustier was stolen from Fredrick’s Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.
1993
Elton John’s single “Simple Life” entered Billboard‘s Top 40, breaking Elvis Presley’s longstanding record with 24 consecutive years of Top 40 hits.
1997
An estimated 42 million viewers were tuned in as ABC-TV aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen,” in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
1999
The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
2003
Madonna was #1 on the Album chart with American Life.

queer for april 29

queer for april 29

April 29, 1968

The original Broadway production of the musical “Hair,” starring Diane Keaton, Melba Moore, Lynn Kellogg, and Ronnie Dyson, opened at New York’s Biltmore Theatre for 1,750 performances.

1978
Barry Manilow remained in the #3 position with “Can’t Smile Without You” and at number 9: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta teamed for a Top 10 smash with “You’re The One That I Want”

1989

Madonna had the #1 song with “Like A Prayer”,

At the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee, Porter Wagoner joined Dolly Parton on stage for the first of four sold-out shows, marking the first time they had performed together since their split in 1976.

2008

The Madonna album “Hard Candy” was released in the U.S.

queer for april 28


April 28, 1956
Little Richard earned a third week at #1 on the R&B chart with “Long Tall Sally”.

April 28, 1965
Barbara Streisand‘s first TV special aired on CBS. It was titled “My Name is Barbara”.


1968

The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.


1973

the Soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues” by Diana Ross falling to #8,


April 28, 1974
Olivia Newton-John released the single that would jump-start her career–“I Honestly Love You”.


1978
Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” album was certified Platinum.


1979

Donna Summer titled her new song right as “Hot Stuff” was up from #79 to #29 on this date.


1980
Elton John released the single “Little Jeannie”.


1990

Sinead O’Connor remained at #1 with “Nothing Compares 2 (sic) U (sic)”.

1994
Lisa Marie Presley announced her separation from first husband Danny Keough after 5½ years of marriage and two children. The divorce became final eight days later. Lisa Marie would soon be married to Michael Jackson.


2004
George Michael was named as the most-played artist on British radio over the previous two decades.

queer fro april 27

queer for april 27
April 27, 1667
Poet John Milton, blind and impoverished, sold the copyright for his epic poem “Paradise Lost” for £10
April 27, 1957
Little Richard took over at #1 on the R&B chart with his classic “Lucille”.
1958On CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The Everly Brothers sang “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” which two weeks later went to #1 on the singles chart and stayed there for five weeks. Teresa Brewer, Sal Mineo, Georgia Gibbs, and Jack Carter also performed on the program.
April 27, 1970
Elton John released his first single–“Border Song”.
April 27, 1976
David Bowie was detained at the border between Poland and Russia while customs officials confiscated some Nazi memorabilia he had collected. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.
1980
Three years and a day after opening its doors, New York’s legendary Studio 54 was closed for liquor license violations. Several months earlier, owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were jailed for tax evasion. The club would reopened under new management in 1981.
1985 Madonna was at #2 with “Crazy For You”
1990
homophobe and probable closet case Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) married Erin Everly. The marriage lasted for 27 days.
1993
Aretha Franklin’s first TV special was taped at New York’s Nederlander Theater and featured duets with Bonnie Raitt on “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and “Natural Woman” with Raitt and Gloria Estefan. Also performing were Smokey Robinson (singing a duet with Aretha on “Just to See Her”) and Elton John.
1996
Celine Dion could not be budged from the #1 position with “Because You Loved Me”, which scored a sixth straight week at #1. Mariah Carey was #2 with “Always Be My Baby”, and Alanis Morissette remained at #4 with “Ironic”.
2000
Vicki Sue Robinson, who scored the US Top 10 Disco hit “Turn The Beat Around” in 1976, died of cancer at the age of 46.
2003
Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1 album.
2004
Elton John publicly responded to the home audience rejection of Jennifer Hudson on TV’s “American Idol,” declaring the call-in voters “incredibly racist.”
2008
Vanity Fair caused a stir when it published a photo of a supposedly topless 15-year-old Miley Cyrus holding a sheet against her chest. Cyrus was quoted in a statement as saying she was “embarrassed” by the photo. “I apologize to my fans,” she said. But, 10 years later, Cyrus tweeted about the scandal: “IM NOT SORRY.”
2017
on ebay – “Miss Elvis Presley” the most obscure and rarest Books – set of 21. hand illustrated 1950s vernacular gay chap books!!

The Sexual Presley Revolution

Elvis the Pelvis shook up America and the world in many ways – rarely credited for making more people want to learn English to know what he was saying, he continues to be a rebel that resonates – not only because of performing traditionally black music – but black women’s songs – country done rnb, rnb done country and delivered with a gospel fervour of purity in conflict with sexual gratification – saturday night just got paid and wanna get laid tunes.

Many of his early fans assumed he was gay owing to the clothing he wore and the stage make up. Mexico even had a riot over King Creole having a homosexual on screen.

a few years back the Elvis Information Network ran this:

“Miss Elvis Presley” the most obscure and rarest Books – set of 21.

“Miss Elvis Presley” – the world’s rarest Elvis book was (and still is) unique and controversial: The Elvis book world features several thousand titles. As to the rarest Elvis books published, normally titles such as Elvis Presley Ein Lebensbild (A Life Story) by Peter DeVeechi, The Name Code: The God of Elvis (Christopher Byrnes Matthews), Elvis Presley Dead or Alive? (Will Jima), Elvis The T.V. Years (I.R. Bailye) and Elvis UFO Connection (Richard Daniel) are usually mentioned.However, there is one title that few fans will have ever heard of, a one of a kind publication which lays claim to being the rarest Elvis book of all and was released as part of a set of 21 hand illustrated 1950s vernacular gay chap books!! It is: Miss Elvis Presley.Due to its (especially in the 1950s) scandalous subject matter the 21 book set received very little, if any, media coverage and more likely was only known about in underground gay circles.The little known set of 21 books was listed on ebay last year with an asking price of US$45,000.! Not surprisingly it did not sell. The set is still available to buy directly from: Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc ABAA

This is the text accompanying the set’s sales listing:

1958. Softcover. Oblong 24mos. Measuring 5″ x 8″. Illustrated throughout with original ink and watercolor drawings. Each 8pp. Stiff paper wrappers with index cards used for pages and bound with staples or brads. Overall near fine with some wear at the corners and light reading creases to the front wrap along the spine. An elaborate and vibrant collection of 21 gay cartoon books that appear to have been illustrated by one person. Each features very graphic and explicit tales of boy meets boy – and sometimes another boy (and in a few cases a werewolf, or Elvis Presley, or Dick Tracy and well, you get the idea). Each is lovingly composed of seven or eight index cards that have been illustrated on the unlined side and bound into hand decorated stiff wraps, some with applied elements. Though undated, the fashions, furniture, and cultural references suggest the late 1950s with titles such as *Miss Elvis Presley*, *I Was a Teen-Age Werewolf*, and *Space Girl* starring Flash Gordon. A unique collection of handcrafted drawings revealing the unvarnished exploits (or at least the fantasies) of a sexually active gay man of the 1950s with more than a dose of figurative and literal tongue-in-cheek humor and pun filled titles, such as *Ima Hoor Presents: Lover, a Sexascope Production*. The optimistic portrayal of certain physical attributes of the characters certainly parallel or reflect the similarly endowed characters of Tom of Finland, or might possibly even predate them slightly. Due to the singular and clandestine nature of the books, this collection would be almost impossible to recreate today. Originally held for many years by an art dealer who never encountered anything like it, the collection has been in the possession of only one other private owner since. Housed in a specially made slipcase.

The obscure release was consistent with an undercurrent in the Elvis story that he was gay or bi-sexual. Stories about his wearing of mascara and friendship Hollywood with known gay actor, Nick Adams, appeared in several 1950s magazines. (Book News, Source: EIN)

Lesbian Visibility Day 2021

for 2021 I would like bi, pan, omni and trans women to stop name calling lesbians and be allies and realize we have the human rights of choice of dates, as do you.

so do not behave like a hetero man and insult, neg, name call, word debate, speak for science, or compare genitals to census demographics while ignoring another person’s no. that is red flag for relationships, btw ,eh.

queer for April 26

queer for april 26

April 26, 1974

Queen appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.

1999
Sinead O’Connor was ordained as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church.

2011
Phoebe Snow, the velvet voiced singer / songwriter who reached #5 in the US in 1975 with “Poetry Man”, died of complications from a stroke at the age of 60.

there is a queer Phoebe Snow society and her husband in the 1970s, came out as gay.

2013

US country singer George Jones who had a string of No.1 songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed Possum, his signature song was He Stopped Loving Her Today, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s.

Off the official story, Jones lifelong drinking and on/off with Tammy was possibly because Jones was closet gay with among others: Merle Haggard,

When Drag Really Is

Gender Equality includes gender not being a costume in the same way ethnicity is not a costume – especially when the ones for women tend to the slatternly; and in the case of drag, toxic femininity rather than empowered

Gay Men, rejected from the heterosexual men’s club – the club that so excludes women that it has only been in recent centuries have women played women in theatre, and later radio, television and movies.

Heterosexual women eventually being legally citizens enough to vote across the western nations, with eventual access to post secondary education for professions, which eventually was the purpose of university rather than husband hunting.

from the early Suffragettes, many of whom where “spinsters” and frequently roommates. eh. to the 1970s, when equal pay for equal work and abortion resulted in more equality for some in some western nations

when The Personal is Political

in 2021, I read a group chat on a social media site

between a young queerling fan of the RuPaul Drag show

an older gay man expressed his discomfort with the having been slured by heteromen as being a woman

the younger queerling had dismissed my comment that drag was problematic and assured me that my opinion was respected,

I pointed out that I had not stated it. which I did the next day and repost here:

given women did not used to be allowed to perform, most of theatre has been drag – which is the core of the problem.

drag queens are toxic femininity , while drag king is a male celebration.. and then there is the drag/trans debate like bi being a phase and bi vs pan.

i think it is time to say gender is not a costume and not performative.

The older gay man:

Interesting. I was about to ask what you thought of drag king performances, but you already answered it. Wow most of theatre… You’re right. I had never made that connection.

and then me:

women have been excluded from the public square, education and professions.

the last thing we need is Dustin Hoffman in a dress telling us to be more like hetero men, who are the historic problem in every culture for hetero women and lgbtq2

The Tootsie Problem

i understand from a google search that drag now also includes furries and plants to non humanoid.

queer for april 25

queer for april 25

April 25, 1977
Natalie Cole guests on the musical variety special “Paul Anka – Music My Way.”

1978

Queen‘s single “We Are the Champions” was certified Platinum after reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100

1985
Queen played the first of four nights at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia.

1987

Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘La Isla Bonita.’ The fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles.

1994
Not only did Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys attack a TV cameraman, but he had the poor taste of doing it at memorial services for actor River Phoenix in the previous November. Horovitz was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for the incident on this date in history.

2003
Sinead O’Connor announced on her Web site that she was going to retire.

Singer/songwriter/pianist/civil rights activist Nina Simone was laid to rest in Carry-Le-Rouet, France. She had lived in France since 1992, and died there on April 21.

In this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Elton John 7th with £170m.

queer for april 23

1956
Liberace meets Elvis Presley

1966
Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” coming in at #3

April 23, 1977
Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

Thelma Houston’s disco plea “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1975, hits #1 in America.

song chart at #6 , Natalie Cole edged up one with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind; Barbra Streisand’s former #1 “Evergreen” moved back up to #7,

LP chart: The Soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’” would have to settle for #3 , This One’s For You by Barry Manilow at #6 and Unpredictable from Natalie Cole at #8

1979
ABBA released the album Voulez-Vous.

1983
David Bowie moved into the Top 10 with “Let’s Dance” and Thomas Dolby was at #10 with “She Blinded Me With Science”.

David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’

1985
Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera “Another World”. He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.

1988
Whitney Houston topped the pop charts with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” while setting a record for most consecutive #1 singles. It was her seventh, beating out both the Bee Gees and the Beatles, who each had six in a row. (Houston’s record was partly because Elvis Presley’s run of #1 from 1956 through 1957 stopping being counted. )

The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was at #1 on the U.S. Album chart – with More Dirty Dancing from the movie at #3, George Michael’s Faith at #4

The movie soundtrack had a gay band The Blow Monkeys covering Lesbian Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me

1991

Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.

1995

Little Richard performed at the opening of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Falls, TN.