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BCE to The Suffragettes

11-23-1875 – 09-23-1955 Edith Wynne Matthison – Born in Birmingham, England. She was an Anglo-American stage actress who also appeared in two silent films. She had an affair with Edna St. Vincent Millay, 

while Millay was at Vassar. The two women corresponded and in one letter Millay said, “You wrote me a beautiful letter. I wonder if you meant it to be as beautiful as it was. I think you did; for somehow I know that your feeling for me, however slight it is, is of the nature of love… When you tell me to come, I will come, by the next train, just as I am. This is not meekness, be assured; I do not come naturally by meekness; know that it is a proud surrender to You.” Matthison married playwright Charles Rann Kennedy in 1898 and acted in many of his plays, as well as advised him as he was writing them. Both taught at Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York. In 1904, she appeared in Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. Matthison died of a stroke in Los Angeles in 1955.

11-23-1892 – 04-21-1990 Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) – Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He was a Russian-born French artist and designer who was 

successful in fashion design, jewelry, graphic arts, costume, and set design for film, theatre, and opera. In 1923, Erté’s costumes, program designs, and sets were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies.  Between 1915-1937, Erté designed over 200 covers for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In 1923, his costumes, program designs, and sets were featured in the Folies Bergère. Louis B. Mayer brought him and his lover, Russian Prince Nicolas Ouroussoff, to Hollywood in 1925 where Erté designed sets and costumes for films, including Ben-HurThe MysticThe Comedian, and Dance Madness. Louis B. Mayer, 

who was known to be intolerant of homosexuals, even invited the couple to his house for dinner. Erté lived with Ouroussoff until the Prince’s death in 1933. In the 1960s, Erté’s career was rejuvenated with the revival of the Art Deco period.

The world’s first jukebox, then known as a “nickel in the slot machine,” was installed at San Francisco’s’ Palais Royal Hotel. It had been created by simply adding a coin slot to an Edison phonograph. The machine had no amplification and patrons had to listen to the music using one of four listening tubes. In its first six months of service, the machine earned over $1,000.

1933 – The New York tabloid Broadway Brevities, under the headline “FAGS TICKLE NUDES,” publishes an article warning that “pansy men of the nation” were invading steam baths and turning them into replicas of the orgy houses in Rome at the time of Nero.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

11-23-1948 Bruce Vilanch – Born in New York City, New York. He is an American comedy writer, songwriter, and actor. Winner of 6 Emmy Awards, he is best known for his appearance 


on Hollywood Squares. Vilanch was also head writer for the show. Currently he is the head writer for the Oscars and is a featured writer for the Tonys, Grammys, and Emmys. He has received a number of awards for his work in support of AIDS charities and LGBT rights charities. Vilanch was one of the first out gay comedians.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

11-23-1955 Deborah Stedman-Scott, (Baroness Stedman-Scott) – Born in Paddington, London, United Kingdom. She is an English activist. She is a Conservative member of the 


House of Lords and Chief Executive Officer of Tomorrow’s People Trust, a charity that works with people unemployed. On July 12, 2010 she was created a life peer as Baroness Stedman-Scott. In 2006 she and Gabrielle Joy entered into a civil partnership.

November 23, 1956Nick Adams, Elvis and Ken Moore arrive at the Cleveland Arena – Photo © Lew Allen

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

11-23-1960 Robin Roberts – Born in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Robert’s was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 for her contributions to and 

impact on the game of women’s basketball through her broadcasting. In 2012 she was diagnosed with MDS, a disease of the bone marrow. On December 29, 2013, Roberts posted a photo on Facebook with a caption that read: “At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors, and nurses for my restored good health… I’m grateful for my entire family, my long-time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious year together.” It was the first time Roberts publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation. Her girlfriend, Amber Laign, and she had been together since 2005. In 2015, Roberts was named as one of the 31 Icons of 2015’s LGBT History Month by Equality Forum.


on the USA song charts, #4  “She’s A Fool” from Lesley Gore and  the Singing Nun melodically moved from 19 to 9 with “Dominique”

On the USA LP charts,  Barbra Streisand was #2 with The Second Barbra Streisand Album and The Singing Nun moved from 54 to 8 with her self-titled debut

1965 – The word ‘transgenderism’ is first used in a medical text by Dr. John F. Oliven to mean transsexualism. It is given quite a different meaning and popularized by Virginia Prince  (November 23, 1912 – May 2, 2009) in the 1970s. Prince claims to have invented the word herself, and uses it to define people who live full time in their chosen gender without necessarily having had or even wanting to have, gender-confirming surgery.

1967 – The first gay and lesbian bookstore opens in New York, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop.  It was founded by Craig Rodwell (October 31, 1940 – June 18, 1993) on November 24, 1967. Initially located at 291 Mercer Street, it moved in 1973 to Christopher Street and Gay Street in New York City‘s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The bookstore closed on March 29, 2009 citing the Great Recession and challenges from online bookstores. Also in 1967, Rodwell began the group Homophile Youth Movement in Neighborhoods (HYMN) and began to publish its periodical, HYMNAL. In November 1969, Rodwell proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations meeting in Philadelphia, along with his partner Fred Sargeant (HYMN vice chairman), Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes. The first march was organized from Rodwell’s apartment on Bleecker Street. In March 1993, Rodwell sold his bookshop to Bill Offenbaker. Rodwell died on June 18, 1993 of stomach cancer. Rodwell is considered by some to be quite possibly the leading rights activist in the early homophile movement of the 1960s.


11-23-1968 Joe Zee – Born in Hong Kong, he grew up in Toronto, Canada. He was Elle magazine creative director until April 2014. He is now editor-in-chief and executive officer of Yahoo Style. He was a recurring character as boss of the reality series The City. He also appeared on an episode of Ugly Betty and Mistresses as himself. He is openly gay. His clothing line “Styled by Joe Zee” can be purchased online on QVC.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights


Germany-  Germany’s sexuality laws, Paragraph 175, stays on the books but is significantly amended. The only remaining crime is sex with a minor.

USA, in New York City, 325 people attend the first conference of the Gay Academic Union. The pioneering Lesbian and Gay Studies group, which was founded the previous March, includes Martin Bauml Duberman, John D’Emilio, Jonathan Ned Katz, and Joan Nestle among its members.

November 23, 1974

Elton John began an 11-week run at #1 on the U.K. Album chart with his Greatest Hits package.

November 23, 1975

David Bowie was a guest on Cher’s television show on CBS.  The two sang a medley of ““Young Americans,” “Song Sung Blue,” “One,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Maybe,” “Day Tripper,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Youngblood.”  

November 23, 1976Queen‘s, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit number one in the UK, where it stayed until the end of January 1977, longer than any other song since Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie” in 1955. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first UK Pop video and cost 5,000 Pounds to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.Wings kicked off a 19-date tour of the U.K. at the Royal Court in Liverpool, England.

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

1981 – The New York City Council votes for the tenth time not to pass a gay anti-discrimination ordinance.

1983: A Federal judge concludes that the First National Bank of Louisville did not practice wrongful discrimination – or violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion – when it ordered one of its employees, Samuel Dorr, to either give up his position with gay Catholic group, Dignity, or resign from the bank.


On the USA LP Charts Whitney Houston’s debut was #6, Tears for Fears remained at 7 with Songs from the Big Chair,

11-23-1989 Josh Dixon – Born in Los Gatos, California. He was a gymnast/athlete. He attended StanfordUniversity. He was an Olympic hopeful for the 2012 Summer Games and came out 


that same year. In 2015, he competed in Indianapolis at the P & G Gymnastics Championships. He is a seven-time All-American.

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


MTV banned Madonna‘s “Justify My Love” video.


 In Australia, Prime Minister Paul Keating revokes the country’s restrictions on gay men and lesbians in the military.

11-23-1992   Miley Cyrus – Born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country music singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. At the age of 14, she came out to her

 mother as pansexual and has said: “I never want to label myself! I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am! I am open.” In June 2015, Time magazine called her gender fluid. She stated she “doesn’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.” Cyrus is a supporter of the LGBT community and talks about it openly. After her 2018 marriage to a man, Cyrus went on the record to state she still identified as queer. The Happy Hippie Foundation, which she founded, works to “fight the injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.” From August to September 2019, she dated Kaitlynn Carter. In October 2019, Miley and singer/songwriter Cody Simpson announced they were in a committed relationship, after being friends for years prior. (Photo 2019 Barcelona, Spain)

1996 – Sir Elton John (25 March 1947) is honored as the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. He is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.

1998 – The Georgia Supreme Court votes 6-1 to overturn the state’s sodomy law. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Robert Benham wrote, “We cannot think of any other activity that reasonable persons would rank as more private and more deserving of protection from governmental interference than consensual, private, adult sexual activity.” Since the decision was based on the Georgia constitution rather than the US constitution, the decision could not be appealed.

1998Despite objections from The Recording Industry Association of America, who is worried about the growing problem of internet file swapping, the first portable MP3 player goes on sale in the US. Ten years later, over 150 million had been sold.

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


  Madonna had the top album with Confessions on a Dance Floor.

2011, Belize – The Belize Council of Churches rallies to oppose the decriminalization of homosexual acts at the Belize Action/Family Forum. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Belize face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Same-sex sexual activity was illegal in Belize until 2016, when the Supreme Court declared Belize’s anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. Belize also has a law prohibiting foreign homosexuals from entering the country, although the law has never been enforced. Regardless, Belize held its first Pride Week in August 2017.

2014, Brazil – The world’s first largest same-sex wedding with 160 couples takes place in Rio de Janeiro. It was the fifth time mass same-sex weddings were held in Brazil. (The following year 185 couples married.) Claudio Nascimento of Rio Sem Homophobia (Rio without Homophobia) says, “It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community.” Brazil broke the Guinness World Record for the largest pride parade in 2009 with 4 million attendees. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil since 16 May 2013,  though it had already been legally recognized since 2004. 

2021 Matterhorn Lashes Out At Spice Over Her LGBTQ Performance – Urban IslandzDancehall veteran Tony Matterhorn is the latest artiste in dancehall to criticize Spice over her upcoming performance at Toronto Pride. Dancehall

the only reason to be upset is because it is accurate: Queerbaiting Sims is ‘upset’ over queer baiting accusations… as she refuses to label sexuality | Daily Mail OnlineThe 25-year-old has admitted she’s been confused about her sexuality since the age of 16, when she realised she wanted to date both boys and

religion is not therapy, it is why therapy is needed begin as anti-LGBT Christian group invites MPs to pro-conversion therapy conferenceA group, who recruit therapists offering ‘support to people with unwanted same-sex attraction’, has invited MPs to the all-day

“The latest draft has not been publicly released, but two controversial aspects have reportedly been removed – the so-called “Folau clause”, which sought to limit employers’ control over employees’ statements of belief, and the right for health practitioners to refuse procedures on religious grounds. “

that is religion being above the law for the religious person and that person is deciding to be a barrier to legal protections for other people

who are supposed to be able to rely upon the law

and not individuals and devout: The Australians caught in the middle of the religious discrimination bill – ABC NewsThe religious discrimination bill is expected to be introduced into Parliament this week. These queer pastors question the bill’s necessity, and worry about its of groups such as women, minorities, LGBTQ are important, cannot be dismissed as ‘illegitimate or exaggerated’: Lawrence WongSINGAPORE — Different segments of Singapore’s population, whose identities may be linked to things such as their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation, have concerns that are important and cannot be dismissed as illegitimate or exaggerated, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Tuesday (Nov 23)

“whether it be that the information becomes so ubiquitous that it doesn’t make sense for there to be an app, “

concepts are ubiquitous when widely relevant

specific population groups need specific information

so they have created an app when individuals could do a spreadsheet or basic budgeting – that is the common knowledge that needs to be out there – not a specific for transitioning which only is for one demographic fellow Euphoria.LGBT is bringing fintech to the gender transition process –, a Halycon Incubator fellow, launched the Bliss app to help transgender people manage their finances, specifically around gender transitioning. It’s one of five products launched by the LGBT Asylum Task Force’s refuge is an inspirationRenovated house to be a refuge for LGBTQ asylum Trek Discovery LGBTQ Stars on What’s Next for Adira, GrayAnthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, and Blu del Barrio discuss what’s next for Discovery’s latest found Culture Fix: Sweet Sapphic Santa, There’s TWO New Lesbian Christmas Movies This Year! – AutostraddleAlso! Cardi B invited JoJo Siwa over for Christmas, let’s talk about Mary’s transition to Poison Ivy on Batwoman, HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas features a handful of LGBTQs this year, and more! couple ‘facing discrimination’ on starting a family – Channel 4 NewsThey are meant to be equal under the law, but they still face discrimination when it comes to starting a Fans’ Most Inspiring Dolly Parton Songs. ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ Turns 50, Still Warm, Fits Well In Catalog Loved By Many LGBTQ People. LISTEN – Towleroad Gay NewsListen to the song again.Suggestions in comments for additions? 9-5? I will always love you? More deep cuts? Norwegian Postal Service’s gay-themed Christmas ad is going viral / LGBTQ NationThe four-minute short, “When Harry Met Santa,” is a love story…

“Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove that your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing, and threatening us,” Rowling concluded.

maybe trans should do something to address heterosexual male violence instead of adding to the bashing and silencing generaly done to women but especially by trans who claim to be women and to join women

the name calling of women and especially lesbians – and the bashing on lesbians for saying we are being sexually harassed by transwomen is actually evidence Rowling unleashes her millions of followers on 3 trans activists who protested outside her home / LGBTQ NationJK Rowling compared the quiet protest to rape threats. The activists have disappeared from social media after being hounded by the author’s fans…

making a law to add nonbinary as a category, where there are no laws specifying male or female – but there are law preventing atheists from running for office

so the world is favouring individuals with ideas contrary to reality – and bans those who have no illusions/delusions State Law Would Allow Non-Binary Party CandidatesState lawmakers have proposed new legislation that would allow non-binary candidates to run for party positions in New York State and eliminate gender-based barriers requiring folks to run only as a female or male. The legislation, named the Gender Inclusive Ballot Act, would encompass positions for State Committee, Assembly District Leader, and County Committee. The […]

or maybe dating sites can address murder and stalking online instead of making a game of it a Bisexual Murder Mystery on Tinder’s ‘Swipe Night’ FeatureStar Calvin Seabrooks talks representation in our exclusive

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