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LGBTQ2 for October 17

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

976, Cordoba, Spain – Hisham II becomes Caliph at age 11. He is the openly homosexual son of the openly homosexual Al-Hakam II, Both kept male harems.

1535: According to Quist, the Pope wrote a letter to his son, Duke Pier Luigi Farnese, on this day that scolded him for “having male lovers with him on an official mission to the court of the Emperor.” This LGBT history app cites the book Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History as the source. Though the culture of the Catholic Church may slowly be changing, historically the religious faith hasn’t been the most tolerant of LGBT individuals.

1920 – Actor Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) is born in Omaha, Nebraska. His sexuality was carefully guarded from fans but few in Hollywood did not know. Clift burned himself out and was dead at the age of 46.  

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30

1960: Emmy Winning choreographer Rob Marshall is born in Madison, Wisconsin.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

October 17, 1975

Olivia Newton-John had a fast riser (52-19) with “Something Better to Do”.

at 3  “Fame” by David Bowie was third, 

1977, Canada – An appeal of an obscenity conviction against Vancouver’s Gay Tide is heard before the Supreme Court of Canada. It is the first time a gay civil rights case is heard by the Supreme Court.


Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond recorded one of the top duets of all-time–“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” at the Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California.

The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list

1980: The first Black Lesbian Conference took place in San Francisco, California. A development stemming from the first National Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference held in Washington, D.C., the previous year, over 200 women were in attendance. One of the conference goals was reportedly to address the wide spectrum of needs for black lesbians and “to provide the courage and strength necessary to make those needs felt in places where it becomes necessary.” Angela Davis gave the conference’s keynote address.


Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin took Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “It’s My Party” to the top of the UK charts. Their updated rendition also made the Top Ten in Austria (#3), Germany (#3), New Zealand (#1), South Africa (#3) and Switzerland (#6), but it stalled at #72 in America.


Whitney from Whitney Houston trailing at 3 on eh USA LP Charts and “Dirty Dancing” Soundtrack,  at 6

90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism

1992 –

400,000 people view the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which (then) has over 20,000 panels covering 13 acres.

Prince owned the #1 album in the U.K. with Symbol, or Untitled.

“Erotica” by Madonna debuted at #13.

Celine Dion hit #1 on the AC chart with “Nothing Broken But My Heart”.


The Advocate published a ground-breaking interview with Barney Frank, Steve Gunderson and Gerry Studds — the three openly gay members of congress at that time. Barney Frank has consistently remained one of the most outspoken and influential gay politicians to this date.

For the first time in its history, the United Nations considers lesbian and gay rights abuses at its International Tribunal on Human Rights Violations Against Sexual Minorities. Following testimony from a number of women and men who have suffered abuse ranging from torture to forced institutionalization, the tribunal recommends that the UN document sexual orientation and gender identity issues around the world and integrate them into the organization’s human rights agenda.

1998: The National Gay and Lesbian Law Association appointed Melinda Whiteway as co-chair of the organization, making her the first openly transgender person to hold the position. This is reportedly the only queer law association to be affiliated with the American Bar Association.

1998 – Santa Cruz, CA, attorney Melinda Whiteway is appointed co-chair of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, making her the first transgendered person to co-chair a national gay and lesbian organization. The National Gay and Lesbian Law Association is the only queer law association to be affiliated with the American Bar Association.

Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”


George Michael became the new owner of the piano that John Lennon used to compose his classic song “Imagine”. George paid 1.5m Pounds at a London auction.


Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.


Barbra Streisand had the #1 album in both the U.S. and U.K. with Love Is the Answer.


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