BCE to The Suffragettes
Naturalist Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species,” which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
Mississippi became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as “Black Codes” aimed at limiting the rights of newly freed blacks; other states of the former Confederacy soon followed.
11-24-1872 – 07-07-1936 Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin – Born in Kirsanovsky District, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire. He was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and a Soviet politician. Born into an old, noble family, he is a distant relative of Aleksandr Pushkin. Chicherin used his wealth to support revolutionary activities before the Russian Revolution of 1905 and was forced to flee to Western Europe to avoid arrest. While in Germany, he underwent medical treatment in attempts to cure his homosexuality.
11-24-1886 – 10-19-1973 Margaret C. Anderson – Born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the American founder, editor, and publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review. The magazine published a collection of modern American, English, and Irish writers
between 1914 and 1929. Writers introduced by the magazine include Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Carl Sandburg, and T.S. Eliot. Also published were the first thirteen chapters of James Joyce’s then-unpublished novel, Ulysses. In 1916, Anderson met Jane Heap, a former lover of novelist Djuna Barnes. The two became lovers and Heap became co-editor of The Little Review. By 1942, her relationship with Heap was over. Anderson returned to the United States by ship where she met and fell in love with Dorothy Caruso, the widow of the famous tenor Enrico Caruso. The two began a romantic relationship and lived together until Dorothy Caruso’s death in 1955. Anderson went to France where she died of emphysema on October 19, 1973.
11-24-1915 – 03-09-2004 Denise Restout – Born in Paris, France. She was a French keyboard teacher and an expert on German and French Baroque pieces. Restout was
assistant, editor, biographer, and long-time companion of famous harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. As a performer, Restout appeared at Landowska’s public masterclasses in France, the Netherlands, and Strasbourg. Landowska (she was Hungarian Jewish) and Restout (she was of Polish-Jewish descent), escaped France during the Nazi advance in 1940 and arrived in the United States on December 7, 1941, at Ellis Island, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. When Landowska died in 1959, Restout inherited her estate, including her papers and collection of musical instruments. Restout continued to teach at the Landowska Center, their home in Lakeville, Connecticut until her death in 2004. She had become a naturalized United States citizen in 1961.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1933, Germany – A law was passed in Germany to allow surgical castrations as a crime prevention measure and a therapeutic treatment for homosexuality.
11-24-1944 – 03-21-1974 Candy Darling (James Lawrence Slattery)
Born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. She was an American transgender actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. She starred in Andy Warhol’s films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971). Darling said, “There is one thing I must tell you because I just found it to be a truth… You must always be yourself no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality.” Candy Darling died of lymphoma at the age of 29, at the Columbia University Medical Center. In a letter on her deathbed, intended for Andy Warhol and his followers, Darling said, “Unfortunately before my death, I had no desire left for life…I am just so bored by everything. You might say bored to death. Did you know I couldn’t last? I always knew it. I wish I could meet you all again.” At her funeral, Julie Newmar read the eulogy. A documentary titled, Beautiful Darling, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2010. It’s available on Netflix.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The musical “Guys and Dolls” opened.
1955: In the wake of the murder of a Sioux City, Iowa, boy earlier in the year, 29 men suspected of homosexuality have been committed to mental asylums as a preventive measure authorized by the state’s “sexual psychopath” laws.
1959, UK – The first broadcast of a gay drama called South starring gay actor Peter Wyngarde (August 23, 1933 – 15 January 2018) is aired. Wyngarde shared a flat in Earls Terrace, Kensington, with actor Alan Bates (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) for some years in the 1960s. Bates, (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was a gay English actor known for his performance with Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd and The Fixer in which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. South, adapted by Gerald Savory from an original play by Julien Green is considered “a milestone” in gay cultural history. Wyngarde’s flamboyant dress sense and stylish performances led to popular success, and he was considered a style icon in Britain and elsewhere in the early 1970s; Mike Myers credited Wyngarde with inspiring the character Austin Powers.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
1967: Craig Rodwell opens the first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors in the United States, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
On the USA song charts, Elton John moved from 15-9 with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Elton John had what to date was the biggest album of his career as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road remained at #1 for a third week.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force protests an episode of NBC’s Police Woman (aired on November 8) that featured lesbian murderers in a home for aged women. The network agrees not to rerun the episode, but MCA-TV producer David Gerber keeps it in syndication release.
John Lennon rehearsed with Elton John for EJ’s upcoming concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A pair of Pop music divas, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand combined their voices to produce the top tune in the US, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”. It’s Summer’s third number one single and Streisand’s fourth. The record made #3 in the UK.
on the USA LP Charts, Wet, was in eighth position for Barbra Streisand, One Voice by Barry Manilow at nine
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
UK – England’s first national conference on AIDS began, organized by the Terrence Higgins Trust. Terrence “Terry” Higgins (10 June 1945 – 4 July 1982) was among the first people known to die of an AIDS-related illness in the United Kingdom. In his memory, Martyn Butler and Higgins’ partner Rupert Whitaker (born 1963), initiated the formation of the Terry Higgins Trust, later renamed the Terrence Higgins Trust, in 1982 with a group of concerned community-members and Terry’s friends, including Tony Calvert. It was dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV, promoting awareness of AIDS, and providing supportive services to people with the disease.
No one could topple Purple Rain from the #1 spot on the Album chart as Prince remained there for the 17th consecutive week. at 10 Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual.
1985 – At an AIDS candlelight vigil in San Francisco, activist Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954) conceives The Names Project. Cleve is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art as of 2016. In 1983, at the onset of the AIDS pandemic Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDS advocacy organizations in the United States.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Bette Midler chalked up a fourth week at #1 on the AC chart with “From A Distance”.
Cyndi Lauper marries actor David Thornton, with Little Richard providing the wedding music.
Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991), lead singer for Queen, dies of complications from AIDS. It was only the day before that he acknowledged that he had the disease. He left most of his estate to a former girlfriend, Mary Austen, who cared for him during his final months. The official cause of death is bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. He was 45. In 1992, Mercury was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and a tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Fame in 2004. In 2002, he was placed number 58 in the BBC’s 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He is consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. While some commentators claimed Mercury hid his sexual orientation from the public, others claimed he was “openly gay“.
Blogger Nina Notes: Mercury’s career stages could be gay male stereotype/trope/icon action figures – Mercury’s Castro Clone look and mustache along with thein Drag I want to break free video was noticeable by heterosexuals.
Prince performed “Peach” on the European MTV Awards. He claimed the song was a “cover tune by a good friend.”
1997 – The Associated Press reports that Edgehill United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee announced that no weddings would be performed until same-sex couples were given the right to be married there.
1998 – Nearly 100 people demonstrate to protest the firing of lesbian Alicia Pedreira from Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children in Louisville. According to her termination notice, she was fired because her “admitted homosexual lifestyle is contrary to Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children core values.” Five other employees resigned in protest. The case name is PEDREIRA v. KENTUCKY BAPTIST HOMES FOR CHILDREN
Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2008: A lower court in the U.S. state of Florida declares that the state’s ban on adoption by gay couples is unconstitutional.
2014, Ecuador – The Ecuador LGBT Film Festival Jury names Letter to Anita as Best Documentary. The film, directed by Andrea Meyerson, tells the story of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign and its effect not only on the life of lesbian Ronni Sanlo and her family but also on the budding LGBT civil rights movement.
2015, Viet Nam – The Vietnamese National Assembly passes a law that allows those who have undergone sex reassignment surgery to register under their preferred sex.. However, sex reassignment surgery is illegal in Vietnam. The law went into effect in 2017.
The best-selling author recounted the experiences of other underprivileged women, who have been the subject of vicious social media campaigns, intimidatory tactics and threats of assault including rape.
“Over the last few years, I’ve watched, appalled, as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who have no public profile but who’ve contacted me to relate their experiences, have been subject to campaigns of intimidation which range from being hounded on social media, the targeting of their employers, all the way up to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape,” JK Rowling pointed out.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
Today in LGBT History – NOVEMBER 24 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › today-in-lgbt-history-novembe…Nov 24, 2018 — 1985 – At an AIDS candlelight vigil in San Francisco, activist Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954) conceives The Names Project. Cleve is an …
THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY – NOVEMBER 24 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › this-day-in-lgbt-history-novembe…Nov 24, 2019 — Musings of an Aging Lesbian One of my favorite movies is on. Yep…Sex and the City. Strange for an old lesbian but, well, I love those women!