July 22, 1959
the first Canadian jazz festival opened in Toronto. The festival lasted four days and included performances by over 200 musicians,
July 22, 1969
Aretha Franklin, is arrested for disorderly conduct – struggling with the breakup of her marriage,- after creating a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.
Little Richard, known as Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He warned the congregation about the evils of rock & roll music.
The album Like a Virgin became the first album by a female artist to reach five million in sales. (Some websites say that the album hit five million on August 10. This is incorrect. According to the official website of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), ‘Like a Virgin’ was certified as a five-million seller on July 22.)
More than 54,000 fans packed Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Billy Joel and Elton John performed the first of five concerts together.
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https://www.npr.org/2021/07/21/1018404859/openly-gay-athletes-in-mens-pro-sports-fewWhy There Few Openly Gay Athletes In Men’s Professional Sports : NPRTwo athletes recently coming out has highlighted the dearth of openly gay players in the world of U.S. men’s professional sports, often dubbed “the last closet” for its lack of LGBTQ representation.www.npr.org
https://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-press/2021/07/21/the-advocate-political-pundits-can-now-be-gay-black-men-who-wear-nail-polish-1528260The Advocate: Political Pundits Can Now Be Gay Black Men Who Wear Nail PolishEugene Daniels spoke with The Advocate’s John Casey about how he got started in journalism, where his interest in politics began and what it’s like to represent a new era and look of political punditry.www.politico.com
https://www.buzzfeed.com/joyannjeffrey/savannah-smith-gossip-girl-monet-lesbianSavannah Smith Confirms Gossip Girl Character Is Lesbian“Monet is a very complex character.”www.buzzfeed.com
https://sunnysidepost.com/fundraiser-to-open-new-lesbian-bar-in-astoria-being-held-saturdayFundraiser to Open New Lesbian Bar in Astoria Being Held Saturday | Sunnyside PostJuly 21, 2021 By Michael Dorgan An Astoria resident who is looking to raise money to open a new lesbian bar is holding a fundraising event Saturday.sunnysidepost.com
For reasons unbeknown to myself and many other queer women, Verhoeven, an 83-year-old straight man, felt it his right to take a lesbian love story (a true one at that – the film is based on a book by Judith Brown called Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy) and create a lust-fuelled sexual fantasy that might appease the audience whose opinion matters to him most: other straight men. He’s not the first director to do so – Hollywood is filled to the brim with directors who feel compelled to tell queer female stories through a male lens. Disobedience, Kissing Jessica Stein, Carol, First Girl I Loved – even the recent Ammonite, starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet – all feature queer women as the main protagonists, and all are directed by men. That’s not to say these films aren’t good – many have won prestigious awards and are well regarded in their respective genres – but it’s very troubling when a male director enters a lesbian space and attempts to shape it without the correct guidance. It’s a pattern seen far too often in cinema, and one that many queer women are desperate to see shift.
https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/lesbian-movies-directed-by-menWhy Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta Is ProblematicFollowing controversy surrounding Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven’s new film Benedetta at Cannes Festival, why are lesbian movies still being directed by straight men?www.refinery29.com