Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
Charles Busch (August 23, 1954, actor and playwright, is born. He is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator, known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. He wrote and starred in his early plays Off-off-Broadway beginning in 1978, generally in drag roles, and also acted in the works of other playwrights. He also wrote for television and began to act in films and on television in the late 1990s. His best known play is The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife(2000), which was a success on Broadway.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
August 23, 1956
Little Richard played at the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Texas, with native son Buddy Holly in the audience.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
“Judy’s Turn To Cry” from Lesley Gore at six on the USA song charts. Musta been weird to lament Johnny when Judy would have been her real life choice.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
August 23, 1970
Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club ‘Max’s Kansas City’.
Canada – An article in the Toronto gay publication “The Body Politic,” entitled “Of men and little boys,” sparks a public outrage. Criminal charges are threatened but not laid.
Elton John remained third on the USA LP charts with Caribou
August 23, 1975
Queen began recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield Studio in Monmouth, Wales.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52’s, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made
dropping to two, “Shout” by Tears for Fears of the UK Second British Wave in the Genderfuck on the usa song charts
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Queer Nation, ACT Up and The Lesbian Avengers: the Dyke era of lesbiandom
Australia –The federal government acts to overturn Tasmania’s anti-sodomy law. Tasmania’s is the last Australian state to penalize same sex relations.
Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Queen, one of Britain’s most consistently successful groups of the seventies and eighties, became the first Rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music is strictly prohibited. Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums have been available for years.
Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour. Madonna’s first venture with Live Nation, was estimated to have grossed $280 million.
Jerry Leiber, a songwriting legend whose credits include “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Yakety Yak”, “Poison Ivy” and “Love Potion Number 9”, died at the age of 78. Leiber and his songwriting partner Mike Stoller were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.
Jailhouse Rock was written to see if Elvis would alter his singing for gay lyrics and he did not.
Hound Dog by Big Mama Thorton is about her cheating man, so Elvis’ is really him singing about himself – or just the part he called “Little Elvis”.
It is this blogger’s view that Elvis Presley was bisexual, owing to the orgy stories shared in books by his Memphis Mafia and each saying there was more they would take to their graves, bisexual is the only thing left.
Beyoncé captured four awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, California.