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LGBTQ2 for December 17

BCE to The Suffragettes

1760 – Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 – April 29, 1827), who fought in the American Revolution disguised as the soldier Robert Shurtlieff, is born. She was a Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. She is one of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war. She served 17 months in the army under the name “Robert Shirtliff” (also spelled Shirtliffe or Shurtleff), was wounded in 1782, and was honorably discharged at West Point, New York in 1783. During World War II the Liberty Ship S.S. Deborah Gannett (2620) was named in her honor. As of 2001, the town flag of Plympton incorporates Sampson as the Official Heroine of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016, Meryl Streep named Sampson in a list of women who had made history.

12-17-1904 – 12-12-1999 Paul Cadmus – Born in Manhattan, New York. He was an American artist 


best known for his painting and drawings of nude male figures. Cadmus was one of the first artists to be employed by The New Deal art programs, painting murals at post offices, and he did commercial illustrations as well. In 1980, he became a member of the National Academy of Design. In 1934, he painted The Fleet’s In!. The painting features carousing sailors, women, and a gay couple, and was the subject of a public outcry let by Admiral Hugh Rodman. The painting was removed from exhibition by Henry L. Roosevelt, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and kept in his home until 

Roosevelt’s death in 1936. The painting was then moved to the Alibi Club in Washington D.C. and was kept from public view until 1981. It is now at the Naval Historical Center. Cadmus was gay and in 1965, he met and began a relationship with Jon Anderson, a former cabaret star, that lasted until Cadmus’ death in 1999. From the beginning of their 35 year relationship, Anderson was Cadmus’ model and muse in many of his works.

12-17-1936 – 05-22-2005 Bertha Harris – Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She was an American lesbian novelist. She moved to 


New York in the 1960s. Her work is highly regarded by critics and admirers, but her novels are less familiar to the general public. Her most notable work, Lover, is written with the Women’s Movement of the 1970s as its primary inspiration and its audience. Harris co-authored The Joy of Lesbian Sex in 1977 with Emily L. Sisley. Harris’ life-long companion of twenty-four years was the late Camilla Clay Smith. At the time of her death, she was completing her fourth novel, Mi Contra Fa. She died in New York City.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

12-17-1945   Dame Jacqueline Wilson – Born in Bath, Somerset, England. She is an English novelist known for her popular children’s literature. Her novels feature controversial themes such as adoption, mental illness, and divorce. Since her debut novel in 1969, Wilson has written over 100 books. In 2010, her books were the most checked out from libraries across the UK. In 2008, Wilson was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). Wilson married in 1965 when she was 19 and had a daughter. The couple separated and then divorced in 2004. In April 2020, Wilson publicly came out as gay. She revealed that she had been living with her female partner, Trish, for 18 years. Her book Love Frankie was published on September 17, 2020, and is the second to feature a gay love story.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

12-17-1959 Gregg Araki – Born in Los Angeles, California to Japanese American parents. He is an American independent 


filmmaker involved in New Queer Cinema. In 2006, he was honored with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Kaboom was Araki’s tenth film and was premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It was awarded the first ever Queer Palm for its contribution to LGBT issues. Araki identifies himself as bisexual.

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

1963 – The New York Times runs a front page story titled “Growth of Overt Homosexuality in City Provokes Wide Concern.” It told of a series of police raids on gay bars and arrests.

December 17, 1965

Judy Garland and The Supremes became first artists to perform at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.


Falsetto singer Tiny Tim, perceived by many to be gay because of his voice and mannerisms, marries his girlfriend, Miss Vicki, on  The Tonight Show -an estimated 40 million viewers tuned in.  For appearing on the program, they received a free reception, wedding apparel, hair styling, flowers and a honeymoon in the Bahamas. The couple would have one daughter, Tulip, but divorced in 1972.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1970: Nine leaders of the women’s liberation movement, including Gloria Steinem and Susan Brownmiller, hold a press conference in NYC to express their “solidarity with the struggle of homosexuals to attain their liberation in a sexist society.”


David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory, which was the first to feature all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. Two singles were released from the album: ‘Changes’ / ‘Andy Warhol’ in January 1972 and ‘Life on Mars’ which was released late June 1973. Bowie himself considered the album to be one of the most important in his career.

12-17-1974 Sarah Paulson – Born in Tampa, Florida. She is an American film, stage, and television actress. Paulson was in the 


comedy films What Women Want (2000) and Down With Love (2003). She has also starred in a number of made-for-television movies and independent films. In 2013, Paulson starred as Mary Epps in the Oscar winning film, 12 Years a Slave. In 2011, she began starring in the FX series American Horror Story. Paulson has also appeared on Broadway. She dated actress Cherry Jones. In 2007, she and Jones declared their love for each other in an interview with Velvetpark at Women’s Event 10 for the LGBT Center of NYC. They broke up in 2009.

Sarah Paulson’s Tribute to Girlfriend Holland Taylor on 78th … › MoviesSarah Paulson shared a loving birthday message to her girlfriend Holland Taylor for her 78th birthday! The American Horror Story star, 46, couldn’t help but …

December 17, 1976

The third movie version of “A Star is Born,” starring Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark, and Sally Kirkland, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

it;s too bad the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper fourth remake was a third copy rather than a take on what could have been

1979: United States District Court for the Central District of California Judge Irving Hill rules that the marriage of Australian Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams, under a license issued by Boulder County, Colorado in 1975, is not valid for purposes of Sullivan’s immigration.

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


Tootsie, in which Dustin Hoffman cross-dresses as a woman to get acting work, premieres. It goes on to become a comedy film classic.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: The Tootsie Problem – Men Telling Women To be Like Men, without really understanding what it is to be a woman.

1983Culture Club, Duran Duran and The Police all appeared on the children’s UK TV show Saturday Superstore.

Cyndi Lauper’s  “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. was released.


Wham released the single “Careless Whisper”.

1987 – Morton Downey Jr. is arraigned on charges of attacking a gay guest on his television show.

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

1990, UK – The OutRage Christmas Celebration for London’s extended Queer family is held in Covent Garden

1990 – Connecticut State Rep. Joseph Grabarz (D) (born 1957) comes out.
He becomes Connecticut’s first and only openly gay state legislator. At the time he was the lover of actor, playwright, and voice actor Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1954).

1990 – Three same-sex couple request marriage licenses in Honolulu. The clerk initially agrees but a supervisor does not allow the request.

1990Olivia Newton-John appeared in the TV movie “A Mom For Christmas.”

1991 – Karen Thompson is named Sharon Kowalski’s (born 1956)  legal guardian after an eight-year fight. In re Guardianship of Kowalski, 478 N.W.2d 790 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991), is a Minnesota Court of Appeals case that established a lesbian‘s partner as her legal guardian after she became incapacitated following an automobile accident. Because the case was contested by Kowalski’s parents and family and initially resulted in the partner being excluded for several years from visiting Kowalski, the gay community celebrated the final resolution in favor of the partner as a victory for gay rights. The Minnesota Court of Appeals rule in Thompson’s favor on December 17, 1991. Thompson attorney commented: “This seems to be the first guardianship case in the nation in which an appeals court recognized a homosexual partner’s rights as tantamount to those of a spouse.” The two women continue to live together, along with another woman, Patty Bresser, in what Thompson calls her “family of affinity,” and they all continue to speak out about LGBT and disability rights. Their story has been documented in the film Lifetime Commitment: A Portrait of Karen Thompson.

1992 – Patricia Ireland (born October 19, 1945), president of the National Organization for Women, comes out as bisexual. She is a U.S. administrator and feminist. She served as president of the National Organization for Women from 1991 to 2001 and published an autobiography, What Women Want, in 1996. Immediately following Ireland’s appointment to president of NOW, questions arose about her sexual orientation. On December 17, 1991 she gave an interview with The Advocate, in which she stated that she was bisexual and had a female companion while remaining married to her second husband.

1997, UK – British Secretary of State Chris Smith writes a letter of apology to the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association for having wreaths removed immediately following a ceremony of remembrance.

1997 – Under an agreement with New Jersey state child welfare officials, same-sex couples in the state are granted the right to jointly adopt children. 

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

2005U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to Billboard. More than three million people watched the band’s sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m). The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more than $71m (£40m). Kenny Chesney was fourth with $63m (£35.5m), Paul McCartney $60m (£33.8m), Rod Stewart with $49m (£27m), Elton John with $45.5m (£25.6m), Dave Matthews Band with $45m (£25.3m), Jimmy Buffett with $41m (£23m) and Green Day with $36.5m (£20.5m).

2007, Hungary – The Parliament gives the same rights to registered partners as to spouses with some exceptions: adoption, IVF access, surrogacy, and taking a surname.

Human Rights in global conflictTrans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women

transwomen should be in this group as well. biology is core to medical treatments and prevention Medicine Launches Nation’s First Urology Clinic Targeted Toward Needs Of Gay And Bisexual Men – CBS ChicagoIn a groundbreaking new approach, Northwestern University has opened the country’s first ever urology clinic tailored to gay and bisexual blood ban: Mixed reactions from Sask. LGBTQ2S+ community on end of policy gay blood ban | CTV NewsThe news of Canadian Blood Services recommending ending the ban on gay men donating blood to Health Canada is receiving mixed reactions from the LGBTQ2S+ community in the

everyone is not attracted to everyone, that is the point of labels.

so everyone can identify and find the dates they are seeking

lesbians are in fact being bashed by trans – and that is not okay

gay men are under some pressure by transmen

and Gays and Lesbians are not the Parents of all the other emerging identities…

lesbians are not the mean mommies who are not catering to trans and everyone’s the Real Difference between Bi- and Pansexual? – Rolling StoneMusic, Film, TV and Political News

“If local board members were not covered by the code of conduct… they would in essence be ungovernable,” dismisses LGBTQ committee chair’s complaint against integrity commissioner | CBC NewsAn Ontario court has dismissed an application for a judicial review of a Hamilton integrity commissioner investigation into the conduct of the chair of Hamilton’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

And just like that, Miranda Hobbes is gay.“And Just Like That…” Che Diaz Turns Miranda Hobbes Gay | AutostraddleBlowbacks? Classic coming out stuff! Plus, Rose says they’re not a girl and Charlotte handles it like a attitudes in Northern Ireland are changingParties that support the union with Great Britain are modernising—some faster than

like the public goes to libraries…. maybe if they read more there would be more tolerance, more understanding and better people

not small and fearful and angry that others exist speaks against censorship of LGBTQ materials at Post Falls library meeting | krem.comFor several months, Community Library Network trustees have heard from concerned residents about what they believe should be allowed in public

serving the public means not cherry picking

“To prove that she wasn’t just targeting LGBTQ people, her lawsuit argued that she wouldn’t work at vampire-themed weddings either. “ court tells Christian photographer she has to serve LGBTQ people equally / LGBTQ NationEmilee Carpenter sued saying that being forced to work for same-sex couples – and vampires – violated her religious beliefs. The judge wasn’t impressed…

chosen family for reasons of exile, exclusion and excommunication people find stand-in ‘families’ in Facebook group | TheHill“It’s kind of a way of giving them what I had,” Daniel Blevins, the group’s co-creator, kiss ’emotional’ for couple and ‘important’ for LGBTQ community | CBC NewsRobyn and Jan Hickey have loved each other for 9 years and hockey even

cancelling culture one thing, biology another

the government when responsible for safety: fails women repeatedly

trans rights are special rights that are voiding the human rights of heterosexual women for gender equality and the human rights of gays, lesbians and bisexuals on sexual orientation rights

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