BCE to The Suffragettes
1725, UK – Margaret Clap was indicted for keeping a disorderly house – a molly House – in which she procured and encouraged persons to commit sodomy. Her house in the City of London had been under surveillance since this day. Her house was one of the most popular molly houses in London, and was probably a private residence rather than a public inn or tavern. Margaret Clap was found guilty and sentenced to stand in the pillory in Smithfield market. She also had to pay a fine of 20 marks and to two years’ imprisonment. During her punishment, she fell off the pillory once and fainted several times. It is not known what became of her if, indeed, she survived prison.
1792 – The Commonwealth of Virginia criminalizes buggery, including female same-sex intercourse, with the death penalty.
12-10-1830 – 05-15-1886 Emily Dickinson – Born in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is considered one of the most important American poets. While there is no concrete evidence that Dickinson was a lesbian, she is believed to have
been in love with several men over time, some Dickinson scholars believe she may have been bisexual. It has been rumored that she was lovers with Kate Scott Turner. There are also the letters written in 1852 that were sent to her sister-in-law Susan Gilbert. It is clear from Emily’s letters that her love for Susan was deep and enduring. The letters are more than demonstrative expressions of affections; many are erotic in nature. Her feelings for Susan were not short-lived; the two women corresponded for many years without Emily’s passion fading. Susan’s letters were destroyed after Emily’s death, so we only have Emily’s side of the conversation.
1924 – The Society for Human Rights was founded by Henry Gerber (June 29, 1892 – December 31, 1972) in Chicago. It was among the earliest organizations for gays in the United States, and would end less than a year later after police harassment, resulting in Gerber being fired, financially crippling the organization. Henry Gerber, a German-born immigrant, receives a charter from the state of Illinois for a nonprofit corporation named the Society for Human Rights. Though the organization was intended to be an American equivalent of contemporary German LGBT emancipation groups, Gerber is arrested for creating an “immoral” organization and the society falls apart. Inspired by the work of Germany’s Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935) and his Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, Gerber founded SHR and Friendship and Freedom, the first known American homosexual publication. SHR was short-lived, as police arrested several of its members shortly after it incorporated. Although embittered by his experiences, Gerber maintained contacts within the fledgling homophile movement of the 1950s and continued to agitate for the rights of homosexuals. Gerber has been repeatedly recognized for his contributions to the LGBT movement and was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1992
The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1931, Sweden – Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935), leader in the women’s suffrage and world peace movements, is presented with the Nobel Peace Prize. She is known as the “mother” of social work. She was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace. In 1889 she co-founded Hull House, and in 1920 she was a co-founder of the ACLU. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States. Her partner of 30 years was Mary Rozet Smith (1868-1934), a Chicago-born US philanthropist who was one of the trustees and benefactors of Hull House.
1948 – The United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among its key architects was former first lady and human rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962). Roosevelt had lifelong emotional support for her human rights work from her husband, Franklin, as well as from her beloved companion, Lorena A. Hickok (March 7, 1893 – May 1, 1968). Besides Roosevelt of the United States, the other major players in drafting this amazing declaration were René Cassin (France), Charles Malik (Lebanon), Peng Chun Chang (China), Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), Alexandre Bogomolov/Alexei Pavlov, (Soviet Union), Lord Dukeston/Geoffrey Wilson (United Kingdom) William Hodgson (Australia), and John Humphrey (Canada).
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
12-10-1960 Mark Takano – Born in Riverside, California. He is a Japanese-American politician who has been the United States
Representative for California’s 41st congressional district since 2013. Takano became the first openly gay non-white person in the US Congress. A member of the Democratic party, Takano has served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990. While on the board, he got through a measure that provided Riverside Community College employees with domestic partner benefits. He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
December 10, 1961
A week after first meeting with Brian Epstein to discuss his taking over The Beatles’ managerial duties, John, Paul, George and Pete Best were back in Epstein’s office for a second interview. After a Sam Leach booking in Aldershot the night before, where they played to only 18 people because ads for the show failed to appear in a local paper, the band was now eager to listen to Epstein’s proposal. Having been assured that they were not expected to change their musical style, John spoke for the others by saying “Right then, Brian… manage us!”
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
12-10-1972 Brian Molko – Born in Brussels, Belgium to an American father of French and Italian heritage and a
Scottish mother. He is a musician best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist of the band Placebo. Molko is openly bisexual, a theme reflected in some of his lyrics. In March 2021, Molko was featured in fashion designer Marc Jacobs “Heaven” collection.
1973 – The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to gay Australian novelist Patrick White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990). He is the first openly gay writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century
December 10, 1973The CBGB Club opened in the lower east side of New York City. The club would later host Blondie, the Talking Heads, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the B-52’s, Television, Patti Smith, the Ramones, and many others.
December 10, 1976
Queen’s single “Somebody To Love” was released in the U.S.
Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Le Freak.’ Nile Rodgers later stated that the song was devised during New Years Eve of 1977, as a result of him and bassist Bernard Edwards being refused entrance to Studio 54, in New York City, where they had been invited by Grace Jones, due to Jones’s failure to notify the nightclub’s staff. He said the lyrics of the refrain were originally “Fuck off!” rather than “Freak out!”
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1981 – Nurse Bobbi Campbell (January 28, 1952 – August 15, 1984) becomes the first person with AIDS to go public in a San Francisco newspaper. He was the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi Sarcoma and would become known as the K.S. Poster Boy
1982: Panic over the nation’s blood supply sets in after a baby in California becomes sick following blood transfusions. (A donor is later discovered to have AIDS.)
Barbra Streisand achieved her 8th #1 and 48th hit among adults with “The Way He Makes Me Feel”.
12-10-1985 Raven-Symoné – Born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an American actress, comedian, model, singer, songwriter, dancer,
television producer, and talk show host. Her career was launched in 1989 after appearing in The Cosby Show as Olivia. Symoné came out on twitter August 2, 2013 tweeting she can “finally get married” and thanked the government for it. In an October 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she acknowledged being in an “amazing, happy relationship” with her female partner. She rejects all labels and does not identify with being African-American or gay, but calls herself an American and a human who loves humans. She is the co-host of ABC show The View. In 2015, Symoné joined the cast in a recurring role on the primetime drama series Empire.
1989: More than 5,000 activists show up in front of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral to protest the Catholic Church’s policies on homosexuality and AIDS.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1990, Ireland – The Irish Prime Minister announces plans to legalize same-sex acts between consenting adults
1990: Colorado Governor Roy Romer issues an executive order prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.
The Constitution Review Committee in Florida votes 6–2 to reject adding sexual orientation as a criterion for protection in the state constitution.
Elton John delivers a check for $32 million to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. It was the first installment of royalties from the single “Candle in the Wind, ’97.”
South Africa – The Treatment Action Campaign, or TAC, is founded by Zackie Achmat (born 21 March 1962) for the purpose of getting anti-retroviral access to HIV+ South Africans. Zackie is a South African activist and film director. He is a co-founder the Treatment Action Campaign and known worldwide for his activism on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. He currently serves as Board member and Co-director of Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know), an organization which aims to build and support social justice organizations and leaders, and is the Chairperson of Equal Education.
The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna said ‘motherfucker’ during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.
Bobby Brown was charged with battery in Atlanta, Georgia three days after hitting wife Whitney Houston.
In Houston, Texas, businesswoman Sue Lovell wins an at-large vacancy on the city council, joining city controller Annise Parker as the first two openly gay persons to be elected to office in the city of Houston.
Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.
Mariah Carey threatened legal action against porn star Mary Carey in an attempt to stop her trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The singer believed fans could get the two performers confused if the adult film actress Mary Carey’s trademark application was successful.
2008 –Christina Kahrl (born 1963), an open trans-woman, is the first LGBT person to be admitted into the Baseball Writers Association of America. The Association determines who is indicted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kahrl is an activist on civil rights issues for the transgender community in her hometown of Chicago and a member of the Equality Illinois board of directors. The story of her coming out as a transgender sportswriter in 2003 was part of a GLAAD award-nominated segment entitled “Transitions” on HBO‘s Real Sports that aired in 2010.
A war of words broke out between Cliff Richard and George Michael after George branded Cliff Richards hit ‘Millennium Prayer’ as ‘vile’. Cliff hit back by saying that his single was a Christian celebration.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2015Janis Joplin’s psychedelic 1965 Porsche sold for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby’s car auction in New York. The car was originally expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.
Universal Music Group announced that Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” had become the most streamed song released in the 20th century. Since being issued in 1975, the song had been played more than 1.6 billion times on streaming services around the world.
not being allowed to practice ritual cannibalism..
I am okay with not doing that.
https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/catholic-diocese-says-gay-trans-people-cant-baptized-receive-communion-rcna8217Catholic diocese says gay and trans people can’t be baptized or receive CommunionA Catholic diocese in Michigan has been thrust into the national spotlight after a prominent priest and author shared its guidance on transgender members andwww.nbcnews.com
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/12/gay-and-bisexual-young-adolescents-more-lifestyle-problems/Gay and bisexual young adolescents have ‘more lifestyle problems’ – DutchNews.nlGay and bisexual young adolescents have ‘more lifestyle problems’www.dutchnews.nl
https://gayety.co/is-the-bisexual-aesthetic-really-a-thingIs The Bisexual Aesthetic Really A Thing?The Bisexual Aesthetic: Does It Exist? As many of us know by now, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression are not necessarily interdependent. What that means is that you can identify as a woman who likes other women, but you don’t have to present as butch to feel that way. With that being said though, […]gayety.co
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/engaged-couple-become-bisexual-throuple-25665652Engaged couple become bisexual throuple after Tinder ‘one night stand’ blossoms – Mirror OnlineBefore long, Rebecca was spending most nights of the week staying with Marty and Natasha. The trio realised that their relationship had become more than a casual fling and began thinking about the futurewww.mirror.co.uk
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/new-jersey-playbook/2021/12/10/gay-marriage-may-soon-be-actual-law-in-nj-495410Gay marriage may soon be actual law in N.J.POLITICOwww.politico.com
https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/12/09/jussie-smollett-guilty-verdict/Actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of staging racist, anti-gay attack in Chicagotoronto.citynews.ca
https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/gaywaves-historic-lgbt-radio-inducted-into-sounds-of-australia/207888Gaywaves, Historic LGBT Radio, Inducted Into Sounds of Australia – Star ObserverGaywaves first aired in November 1979, a time where homosexuality was still illegal in Australia and aired their final show in 2005.www.starobserver.com.au
artists are outside observers….
https://www.thejakartapost.com/culture/2021/12/10/recording-indonesias-lgbt-contribution-to-the-countrys-creative-industry.htmlPreserving Indonesia’s LGBT contribution to the country’s creative industry – Lifestyle – The Jakarta PostHistorically, the LBGT community has actively contributed to Indonesias creative industry. But its involvement has been practically diminished, and those still on the scene have to be satisfied with a meager spotlight.
a pattern that repeats over centuries….
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tunisia-lgbt-activists-assault-pattern-police-81669661Tunisia: LGBT activist’s assault by police seen as a pattern – ABC NewsPolice violence is among the myriad challenges that LGBTQ people experience in Tunisia, and observers say officers who can dispense beatings with impunity are becoming increasingly brazenabcnews.go.com
https://www.outsports.com/2021/12/9/22826618/dre-barone-ahl-gay-referee-hockeyThis gay referee just worked an American Hockey League game, a first for the leagueDre Barone came out in 2015 and continues to be promoted in the sport of ice hockey.www.outsp
https://qvoicenews.com/2021/12/10/bobbleheads-of-senior-lesbian-couple-from-netflixs-a-secret-love/Bobbleheads of senior lesbian couple from Netflix’s ‘A Secret Love’Bobbleheads unveiled of senior lesbian couple from Netflix’s ‘A Secret Love.’ The figures are of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel.qvoicenews.com
Humans were not created and women continue to be devalued
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/12/fox-host-attacks-joe-biden-saying-women-men-created-equal/Lesbian Fox host attacks Joe Biden for saying that women & men were created equal / LGBTQ NationRightwing “feminist” Tammy Bruce scolded Joe Biden for saying that “women and men are created equal…www.lgbtqnation.com
especially since many identify to avoid being deemed heterosexual
without ever actually being anything other than heterosexual
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/09/more-lgbt-adults-in-united-states/6451887001/LGBT community in United States larger than we thoughtAt least 20 million adults in the U.S. could be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new report released by the Human Rights Campaign.www.usatoday.com
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