BCE to The Suffragettes
342, Italy – The Theodosian Code, a compilation of Roman Law authorized by Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II, passes. It reads: When a man marries and is about to offer himself to men in womanly fashion, what does he wish, when sex has lost all of its significance; when the crime is one which it is not profitable to know; when Venus is changed to another form; when love is sought and not found?…Those infamous persons who are now or hereafter may be guilty may be subjected to exquisite punishment.
the first performance and the official world premiere of his “New World Symphony” at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1899 – Noel Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973), writer & composer is born. He was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”. Coward was homosexual but, following the convention of his times, this was never publicly mentioned. Coward’s most important relationship, which began in the mid-1940s and lasted until his death, was with the South African stage and film actor Graham Payn (25 April 1918 – 4 November 2005) .
1901 – Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978), anthropologist, is born. Mead was a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture. Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. She was a proponent of broadening sexual mores within a context of traditional Western religious life. Mead never openly identified herself as lesbian or bisexual. In her writings she proposed that it is to be expected that an individual’s sexual orientation may evolve throughout life. Mead also had an exceptionally close relationship with Ruth Benedict, one of her instructors. In her memoir about her parents, With a Daughter’s Eye, Mary Catherine Bateson implies that the relationship between Benedict and Mead was partly sexual. She spent her last years in a close personal and professional collaboration with anthropologist Rhoda Metraux, with whom she lived from 1955 until her death in 1978. Letters between the two published in 2006 with the permission of Mead’s daughter clearly express a romantic relationship. On January 19, 1979, President Jimmy Carter announced that he was awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Mead.
Eugene Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio when he sang “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Culture Club would take a different song with the same title to number one in 1982.
12-16-1908 — 04-29-1984 Frances Day (birth name – Frances Victoria Schenck) – Born in East Orange, New Jersey. She was an
American actress and singer that had her greatest success in England during the 1930s. Her career began at the age of 16 as a cabaret singer in New York City. In 1932 she made her London stage debut at the Hippodrome. Starting in 1928, she was in many films, including Big Business (1930), The Girl from Maxim’s (1933), and Oh, Daddy! (1935). Her last film was There’s Always a Thursday (1957). Day also made numerous recordings. She had many lovers both women and men. Her male lovers included the Prince of Wales (later King
Edward VIII), his brother Prince George, their cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince Bertil of Sweden, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary and future Prime Minister, Anthony Eden. The women she was involved with included Tallulah Bankhead and Marlene Dietrich. After Day visited the White
House, First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, 23 years older, wrote to her: “I find I am quite unable to resist your extraordinary and tempestuous magnetism.” Her last lesbian lover was Moie Charles (b.1911), author of the film The Gentle Sex (1943). In the 1960s she changed her name to Samta Young Johnson and refused to answer any questions of her past and denied that she was Frances Day. She died on April 29, 1984 from leukemia and left her estate to Howard McBrien, an employee in an office beneath her apartment. He knew nothing of her glamorous past, only that “she was the friendly lady that lived upstairs.”
12-16-1915 – 03-18-2008 Hazel Estella Barnes – Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She was an American philosopher, author, and translator. Best known for her popularization of existentialism in America. She translated the works of Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1962, she was the host of a television series, Self Encounter: A Study in Existentialism, which appeared on National Public Television. She never married and had a female companion for most of her adult life.
1921 – The New York Times printed a story about Ethel Kimball (born 1892) who passed as a man named John Hathaway for several years. She married a woman, and after being discovered was arrested for providing false information when applying for a marriage license. While in jail she was offered female clothing but refused to wear them.On December 15th, 1922, James and Louise Hathaway were approached by Boston police regarding a possible attempted car theft. What followed was the unmasking of James’s true identity: James was actually Ethel Kimball of Allston.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
12-16-1946 Barbara Smith – Born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an American lesbian feminist who played a significant role in building
and sustaining Black Feminism in the U.S. Since the 1970s she has been active as a critic, teacher, lecture, author, scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities. Her writings have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review,The Black Scholar,Ms., The Guardian, and The Village Voice. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian, feminist, activist, and writer.
12-16-1946 Beverly Smith – Born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an American lesbian feminist. She’s the twin sister of Barbara Smith.
She is an instructor of Women’s Health at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She, along with her sister, was one of three authors of the Combahee River Collective Statement, one of the most widely read discussions of Black feminism. Her essays and articles on racism, feminism, identity politics, and women’s health have been extensively published in the US.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
12-16-1951 Bonnie M. Dumanis – Born in Brockton, Massachusetts.
She is the District Attorney of San Diego County. A Republican, she is the first out LGBT person to be DA in the country. She is also the first Jewish woman to be DA of San Diego County. In 2013 the Log Cabin Republican Club of San Diego named her “Woman of the Year.”
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
12-16-1961 Ron Athey – Born in Groton, Connecticut. He is an
American performance artist associated with body art and with extreme performance art. Many of his works include aspects of S&M in order to confront preconceived ideas about the body in relation to masculinity and religious iconography. He lives in England. Athey is openly gay and a former heroin user who is HIV positive.
12-16-1964 Todd Glass – Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an American LGBT comedian. He is best known for his appearances
as a contestant of the second and third seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has appeared regularly on programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!,Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and Politically Incorrect. He had his own special in 2001 on Comedy Central Presents. The string of suicides among LGBT youth motivated him to come out in January 16, 2012.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
12-16-1973 Reichen Lehmkuhl – Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an
American former reality show winner, model, and occasional actor. Lehmkuhl graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and advocated for LGBT rights in the military as a spokesperson for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. He is best known for winning season four of the reality game show The Amazing Race. In July 2006, former ’N Sync band member Lance Bass told People magazine that he was gay and involved with Lehmkuhl. The couple broke up in 2007 but remained good friends.
2-16-1974 Kanako Otsuji – Born in Nara Prefecture, Japan. She is a Japanese LGBT rights activist and former member of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly. In August 2005, the day before Tokyo Pride, she published an
autobiography Coming Out: A Journey to Find My True Self, and by doing so came out as Japan’s first lesbian politician. She was instrumental in bringing a legislative change that allows same-sex couples to rent housing from the Osaka Prefectural Housing Corporation, a privilege that was reserved for married couples. In June 2007, Otsuji held a public wedding ceremony in Nagoya with her partner Maki Kimora, although same-sex marriages are not legally recognized in Japan.
1977, Canada –
Quebec includes sexual orientation in its Human Rights Code, making it the first province in Canada to pass a gay civil rights law. The law makes it illegal to discriminate against gays in housing, public accommodation and employment. The amendment was in response to an especially brutal police raid on the Montreal gay bathhouse called Truxx. The raid was widely publicized and threatened the newly elected Parti Québécois’s image as a progressive party.
By 2001, all provinces and territories took this step except Alberta, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories
A protest march is held in Toronto over the raid of a steambath. It is the first major demonstration over a bathhouse rain in Toronto and attracts about 400 people.
Originally a member of the Soul Satisfiers (1971), Gloria Gaynor attacked the singles survey with “I Will Survive,” a #1 anthem for women and the sixth of her seven hits between 1974 and 1979.
Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond moved to #1 with “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”.
Chic and “Le Freak” commanded attention at the top of the R&B chart for the third straight week.
On the LP Charts, Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2 was 3, Donna Summer remained fourth with Live and More, the Soundtrack from “Grease” was 6 C’est Chic by Chic entered the Top 10 at 8, while Queen moved from 30 to 9 with Jazz
The Genderfuck 80s: Apathetics vs Yuppies & Aids the new STD on the list
1983 – Mel Brook’s “To Be or Not To Be,” a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic, becomes the first mainstream Hollywood film to not just acknowledge Nazi persecution of homosexuals but makes it a key plot element.
American soul and disco singer Sylvester James died of complications from AIDS in San Francisco aged 41. Scored the 1978 US No.36 & UK No.8 single ‘You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real’. He sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin on her 1985 Who’s Zoomin’ Who’ Album.
Cher had her 25th career solo hit with “Just Like Jesse James”.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1993 With stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson’s alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes one of the first to announce that it will no longer play the singer’s records.
Whitney Houston had the #1 R&B song for a fourth week with “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”.
1997, New Zealand – The New Zealand court of appeals rules unanimously against giving same-sex couples the right to marry under the Marriage Act of 1955.
Celine Dion officially went over 100 million in career sales in the United States.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.
Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney’s office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.
Freddie Perren, Grammy Award-winning co-producer of Saturday Night Fever who wrote “I Will Survive” for Gloria Gaynor and hits for Tavares and Peaches & Herb and co-wrote and produced “ABC” and “I Want You Back” for the Jackson 5, died at age 61 in Los Angeles. He had suffered a massive stroke 11 years earlier.
It was reported that Lisa Marie Presley would keep Graceland but sell the bulk of the Elvis estate. The deal, worth approximately $100 million, included the rights to the Elvis Presley name and image. The agreement stated that Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. would sell 85 percent of its assets to businessman Robert F.X. Sillerman. The new publicly traded name would be called CKX Inc.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2013It was reported that Miley Cyrus had insured her infamous tongue for $1 million. A source told Heat magazine: “Miley’s totally aware of how her tongue is getting more headlines than she is, and getting it insured is just part of her trademarked image. It’s not the first time she’s done something like this – when she first cut her hair short, she tried to get her new crop patented. She wanted it to become known as The Miley”.
2015The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” had sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multi-Platinum status. so much for the industry and public and awareness. eh. Billie Jean was never his lover.2016
Lisa Marie Presley’s estranged husband #4 Michael Lockwood is All Shook Up over financial documents which he claims could unlock how much she rakes in from a trust paid by the estate of Elvis Presley.
Michael Jackson ‘cradled baby dolls and bawled his eyes out because ex wife Lisa Marie Presley refused to have kids’ – The SunMICHAEL Jackson once revealed he used to hold baby dolls and cry after Lisa Marie Presley said didn’t want kids with him. The revelation has come from recordings between Jacko and pal, Rabbi …
how about stop pandering to the heterosexual male gaze or trying to be in heterosexual culture – when we should be doing our own
which is not catering to the heterosexual sexual selection baggage where poor self esteem is based
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/lgbtq-miss-americaHow LGBTQ Miss America Candidates Fit In During the Organization’s 100th Year | Teen VogueFind out how LGBTQ candidates fit into Miss America 2022, and how the organization has changed for queer people — and how it hasn’t — in it’s 100 year history.www.teenvogue.com
the part where “the public” is not allowed to ignore the existence of
https://www.crossroadstoday.com/victoria-county-democratic-party-what-specific-content-beyond-the-letters-lgbtq-is-so-threatening-to-the-public/Victoria County Democratic Party: “What specific content beyond the letters LGBTQ is so threatening to the public?” – Crossroads TodayVICTORIA, Texas – The Chairman of the Victoria County Democratic Party released an open letter regarding a small group of people who requested 21 LGBTQ related books be removed from the Victoria Public Library. Wednesday night the advisory board agreed with its leadership to keep all 21 books in circulation. By Woodrow Wilson Wagner: The Victoria County Democratic Party. We…www.crossroadstoday.com
what about the way gay and lesbian and heterosexual women won right have been impacted with removal of protections owing to self identifying into demographics where the characteristics are not shared, and those in the demographic are being slurred and denied a no?
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/12/11-ways-lgbtq-rights-improved-around-world-2021/11 ways LGBTQ rights improved around the world in 2021 / LGBTQ NationThough 2021 presented many challenges for the LGBTQ community, it was also a year of hope and progress…www.lgbtqnation.com
the need for LGBTQ2 to have LGBTQ2 stories played by LGBTQ2
https://thegavoice.com/culture/film/the-year-in-lgbtq-film/The Year in LGBTQ FilmAudiences hoping for a mainstream LGBTQ feature film in theaters this season will have to hold their breaths until 2022, when Billy Eichner’s romantic comedy, “BROS” hits, starring a who’s who of out performers. As is often the case, LGBTQ films were plentiful this year, but mostly as independent productions. “The Power of the Dog” might be the highest-profile LGBTQ-themed film of the year. It opened in theaters before streaming on Netflix in early December. Directed by Jane Campion (“The Piano”) […]Show More
protection from police needed too often… across demographics
https://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/red-dresses-and-lgbtq-flag-stolen-in-nanaimo/Red dresses and LGBTQ flag stolen from Nanaimo non-profit – Nanaimo News BulletinThefts happened outside Nanaimo Family Life Association’s Townsite Road buildingwww.nanaimobulletin.com
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rainbow-railroad-says-nearly-1000-lgbtq-afghans-are-desperate-to-get/Rainbow Railroad says nearly 1,000 LGBTQ Afghans are desperate to get out of Afghanistan, neighbouring countries – The Globe and MailRainbow Railroad executive director says Canadian government has refused to accept its assistance as a direct referral partner for Afghan refugeeswww.theglobeandmail.com
so.. only to catholic LGBTQ.. when will they apologize to Catholic heterosexual women?
for LGBTQ2 who are non-catholics?
to nations exploited for Vatican financial gain?
and For genocides, across history and into current day?
along with Pedophile Priests?
and in Canada, Residential Schools ? and orphanages, and schools for disabled?
and being why women were property not persons
resisting the vote, resisting reproductive rights, divorce
all of life’s important decisions…..
https://www.thejakartapost.com/culture/2021/12/14/vatican-office-apologizes-for-hurting-catholic-lgbtq-community.htmlVatican office apologizes for hurting Catholic LGBTQ community – Community – The Jakarta PostThe Catholic Church teaches that homosexuals should be treated with respect and that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual actions are.www.thejakartapost.com
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
Queer History Timelinehttps://www.queerevents.ca › queer-history › canadian-his…Signed in law on December 16, 1977 – Quebec includes sexual orientation in its Human Rights Code, making it the first province in Canada to pass a gay civil …
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