BCE to The Suffragettes
111, Italy – Antinous (November 27, 111 – 30 October 130) is born in Bithynia. The Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138 CE) was smitten with the 15 year old boy at first glance. From that time on Antinous never left the emperor’s side. On a trip to Egypt he drowned in the Nile. Some say it was because of a prophecy that had declared the Hadrian would die unless a sacrifice were made to the river.
It’s been suggested that he drown accidentally or that he was an intentional human sacrifice. After his death, he was deified and worshiped in the Greco-Roman world. Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis close to where Antinous died and started games in commemoration of Antinous that took place both in Athens and Antinopolis. He became associated with homosexuality in Western culture, appearing in the work of Oscar Wilde and the Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa.
1700 – A new law concerning sodomy passes in the Pennsylvania assembly. If committed by a white man, sodomy was punishable by life in prison and, at the discretion of the judge, a whipping every three months for the first year. If married, the man was castrated and his wife was granted a divorce. If committed by a black man, the punishment for sodomy was death.
1784, UK – The UK Morning Herald newspaper publishes the rumor that the famous novelist William Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844) was sleeping with William “Kitty” Courtney (c. 1768 – 26 May 1835), the 9th Earl of Devon, calling the two men “the lowest class of brutes in the most preposterous rites,” and leading to Beckford’s ostracism. Beckford was an English novelist, a consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England. Courtenay was in his time considered a notorious homosexual and attracted infamy for the affair with Beckford. As a youth, ‘Kitty’ Courtenay was sometimes named by contemporaries as the most beautiful boy in England.
1835, UK – John Smith (1795–1835) and James Pratt (1805–1835) are the last Englishmen to be executed for sodomy. Under the 1828 Offenses Against the Person Act which had replaced the 1533 Buggery Act. They are hanged at Newgate prison.
11-27-1877 – 11-20-1965 Katharine Anthony – Born in Roseville, Lagan County, Arkansas. She was an American biographer best
know for The Lambs (1945), a controversial study of the British writers Charles and Mary Lamb. Anthony lived in Manhattan with her life partner, Elisabeth Inwin (1880-1942), the founder of the Little Red School House, with whom she raised several adopted children.
1931, Germany – The film “Madchen in Uniform” (Girls in Uniform) is released. It portrays a sensitive girl in an all-girls boarding school where she develops a romantic attachment to a female teacher. It’s one of the earliest narrative films to explicitly portray homosexuality. The German feature-length film was based on the play Gestern und heute (Yesterday and Today) by Christa Winsloe (23 December 1888 – 10 June 1944) and directed by Leontine Sagan with artistic direction from Carl Froelichwho also funded the film. Winsloe also wrote the screenplay and was on the set during filming. The film remains an international cult classic. It was almost banned in the US, but Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) spoke highly of the film, resulting in the film getting a limited release in the US in 1932-33. Prints of the film survived the war, but it was heavily censored until the 1970s, and not shown again in Germany until 1977 when it was screened on television there. Winsloe was a member of the SPD (the German Social Democrats, then largely reform Marxist in orientation), and was open about her sexuality.
11-27-1922 – 08-23-2009 James Lord – Born in Englewood, New
Jersey. He was an American writer and wrote critically acclaimed biographies of Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso. Lord appeared in the documentary films Malthus Through the Looking Glass (1996) and Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death (2001). He served in the United States Army during WWII, keeping his homosexuality hidden.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
11-27-1942 Marilyn Hacker – Born in Bronx, New York, the only child of Jewish immigrant parents. She is an American poet, translator, and critic.
Her books of poetry include Presentation Piece (1974), which won the National Book Award. While attending the Bronx High School of Science, she met science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany. They married in Detroit, Michigan because of age-of-consent laws and because he was African-American and she was Caucasian. At the time there were only two states where they could legally wed. In 1974, the couple had a daughter. Hacker and Delany did separate, divorced in 1980, but remained friends. Hacker identifies as lesbian, and Delany has identified as a gay man since adolescence. Hacker served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2008 to 2014. In a review of Hacker’s 2019 collection Blazons, A.M. Juster states that “there is no poet writing in English with a better claim for the Nobel Prize in Literature than Marilyn Hacker.”
11-27-1943 Nicole Brossard – Born in Montreal, Canada. She is a leading French Canadian poet and novelist. Her writing shows her commitment to feminist consciousness, as well as lyrical descriptions of lesbian desire. She has published more than 30 books. Brossard founded a feminist newspaper and a publishing house. She also wrote a play, Le Nef Des Sorceress, first performed in 1976. She is an out lesbian.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
Sarah Vaughn made the hit list with “Make Yourself Comfortable” (#6) her biggest single of 33 hits.
A South African self-described doctor named Laurenz Johannes Griessel Landau made a pass at Elvis Presley during a facial treatment – resulting in a Military Investigation. Presley had contacted Landau after seeing magazine ads and Landau tried to blackmail Presley.
FBI files on Elvis Presley – Wikipedia
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
11-27-1963 John Aravosis – Born in the United States, place unknown. He is a former American Democratic political consultant,
writer, gay activist, and blogger. Aravosis is also a first-generation Greek-American and has written about the influence his Greek heritage has had on his political work. In 2011, Aravosis received a tip that British oil giant BP was posting falsified photos to its website during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He analyzed the photos, then published an article on AMERICAblog proving that the images were doctored electronically. The story received widespread coverage in the media. He is out gay.
Aretha Franklin released the single “Chain Of Fools”.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
1970 – Marty Robinson (1942-1992) and Arthur Evans (October 12, 1942 – September 11, 2011) of the Gay Activist Alliance appeared on the Dick Cavett Show. Evans was an early gay rightsadvocate and author, most well-known for his book Witchcraft. He was a co-founder of Gay Activists Alliance. Robinson was an organizer for gay-rights causes for 27 years who was known for his provocative protests.
1970, UK – The London Gay Liberation Front mounts its first public demonstration, a torch-lit protest march on Highbury Fields.
November 27, 1971
Sonny & Cher owned the top Easy Listening song with “All I Never Need Is You”.
11-27-1974 Menaka Guruswamy – Born in India. She is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. She is known for having played a significant role in many landmark cases before the Supreme Court, including
challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (1860). The petition was the first time that LGBT Indians actually filed writ petitions alleging violation of their fundamental rights. On September 6, 2018, the Court ruled unanimously that Section 377 was unconstitutional “in so far as it criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex.” The Court also called for equality and condemned discrimination, stating that the protection of sexual orientation lies at the core of the fundamental rights and that the rights of the LGBT population are real and founded on constitutional doctrine. In 2019, in an interview with CNN Fareed Zakaria, Guruswamy revealed that she was in a relationship with lawyer Arundhati Katju. She stated that the decriminalization of Section 377 was not just a professional win but a personal win as well.
on the USA LO charts, Blue Moves by Elton John was third
1978, Canada – Parents of Gays form in Canada.
1978 – Harvey Milk is assasinated. Conservative Dan White, after discovering that he would not be re-appointed to his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, took a gun and extra ammunition and goes to City Hall. He enters through a lower level window to avoid the metal detectors and goes to the office of Mayor George Moscone, who was supportive of the gay community, and fires four shots, two to the head. Those who heard the gunshots did not realize what they were hearing, giving him time to reload his gun and go to the office of Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected in a major American city, and fires five shots. Both men are pronounced dead. Tens of thousands gather for a spontaneous vigil. White is convicted on the reduced charge of “voluntary manslaughter” and sentenced to six years in prison. He is released after serving 5 1⁄2 years and commits suicide soon after returning to his family.
11-27-1979 Blue Hamilton – Born in California, city unknown. He is an American former music publishing executive turned singer/songwriter. On January 6, 2013 it was announced that he is engaged to actor Matt Dallas. The couple married on July 5, 2015.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980 – “Bosom Buddies,” a sitcom about two young broke New York men who dress in drag to live in a low rent, all-girl hotel, premieres on ABC. It stars Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari.
The British Phonographic Industry, with the endorsement of Rock stars like Elton John, Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, 10cc and the Boomtown Rats, places advertisements in the British press claiming that “Home taping is wiping out music.”
ABBA owned the top album in the U.K. with The Singles: The First 10 Years.
on the USA song charts, Toni Basil moved to #3 with “Mickey”
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Freddie Mercury’s funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest, for 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, England.
At the 17th Genie Awards, Lilies becomes the first LGBT-themed film ever to win the Genie Award for Best Motion Picture.
1998, Zimbabwe – Former Zimbabwean President Canaan Banana (5 March 1936 – 10 November 2003) is convicted of eleven counts of sodomy and indecent assault. He served as the first President of Zimbabwe from 18 April 1980 until 31 December 1987. A Methodist minister, he held the largely ceremonial office of the presidency while his eventual successor, Robert Mugabe, served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. During his lifetime, Banana brought together two of the country’s political parties, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), became a diplomat for the Organization of African Unity, and headed the religious department of the University of Zimbabwe. His later life was complicated by charges of sodomy—a crime in Zimbabwe—which he denied and for which he was later imprisoned. Banana was found guilty of eleven charges of sodomy, attempted sodomy and indecent assault in 1998. He denied all charges, saying that homosexuality is “deviant, abominable and wrong”, and the allegations made against him were “pathological lies” intended to destroy his political career.His wife Janet Banana later discussed her husband’s alleged homosexuality and confirmed it, even though she considered the charges against him to be politically motivated.
1999, New Zealand – Georgina Beyer (born November 1957) is the first transgender member of the New Zealand Parliament and also the first openly transgender mayor in the world. She is also among a very small number of former sex workers to hold political office.
Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
The government will also continue to reform the criminal justice system and policing. This is the moment to rebuild for everyone. The government will continue to invest in the empowerment of Black and racialized Canadians, and Indigenous peoples. It will also continue to fight harmful content online, and stand up for LGBTQ2 communities while completing the ban on conversion therapy.
https://www.macleans.ca/news/throne-speech-2021-governor-general-mary-simon-transcript/Governor General Mary Simon’s 2021 Throne Speech: Full transcript – Macleans.caThe Governor General of Canada opens a new session of Parliamentwww.macleans.ca
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/RHP-choir-director-nominated-for-LGBT-award-575815791.htmlRHP choir director nominated for LGBT* award – Winnipeg Free PressBrittany Mielnichuk is the artistic director of Rainbow Harmony Project (RHP), Winnipeg’s LGBTQ2*community choir. Recently, she was nominated for a Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce award as “an individual who is making a significant contribution to MB’s LGBTQ2* communities.www.winnipegfreepress.com
A customer of the Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, where the incident took place on its outdoor grounds, made a video of the incident with his cell phone and sent a copy of the video to the Blade.
The video, which includes an audio recording, shows a man using a hand-held flame-throwing device to ignite the rainbow poster, which was hanging from a cable and appeared to be mounted on cardboard or a thin sheet of wood. Bystanders can be heard laughing and cheering as the poster is set on fire.
The poster consisted of a variation of the LGBTQ Pride rainbow flag that included the word “love” configured from an upper white stripe on the rainbow symbol.
The customer who took the video, who has asked not to be identified, thought the decision to set the poster on fire was a sign of disrespect if not hatred toward a longstanding symbol of LGBTQ equality and pride.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/11/26/virginia-tech-exec-burns-lgbtq-poster-at-company-party-then-apologizes/Virginia Tech Co. burns LGBTQ poster at company party- then apologizes“I’m mortified that our event was interpreted in this way,” said Nate Reynolds, the founder and partner of Hypershift Technologies LLCwww.losangelesblade.com
Netflix is not the first entity that Baranets has flagged for investigation. Just this week, she also called for a Moscow school to receive administrative charges under the same law because a teacher allegedly instructed fifth grade students to draw rainbows as symbols of Pride.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/11/anti-lgbtq-official-calls-authorities-investigate-netflix-promoting-gay-propaganda/Anti-LGBTQ official calls for authorities to investigate Netflix for promoting “gay propaganda” / LGBTQ NationThe streaming giant has not commented publicly, but reportedly reviewed their content and doesn’t believe any of it violates the law…www.lgbtqnation.com
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
This Day in LGBT History – November 27 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › this-day-in-lgbt-history-novem…Nov 27, 2018 — Those who heard the gunshots did not realize what they were hearing, giving him time to reload his gun and go to the office of Supervisor Harvey …
THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY – NOVEMBER 27 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › this-day-in-lgbt-history-novem…Nov 27, 2019 — Both men are pronounced dead. Tens of thousands gather for a spontaneous vigil. White is convicted on the reduced charge of “voluntary …
Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement – PBS
Timeline of LGBT history in Canada – Wikipedia