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BCE to The Suffragettes

1533, Italy –Michelangelo write a love letter to Tommaso de Cavalieri, devoting “the present and the time to come that remain to me.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Royal Family at Versailles in France.

1801, UK – Ireland was added to Great Britain by an Act of Union thus creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It also put Ireland, and today, Northern Ireland under British laws on morality and particularly homosexuality.

01-01-1879 – 06-07-1970 E.M. Forster (Edward Morgan) – Born in Marylebone, United Kingdom. He was an English novelist, short story 


writer, essayist, and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His 1908 novel, A Room With a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 16 different years. Forester was homosexual (open to his friends but not to the public) and a lifelong bachelor. He developed a long-term loving relationship with Bob Buckingham, a married policeman.

1886, UK – English Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 takes effect. “Indecencies” between adult males in private become a crime punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

1892 – Ellis Island in New York harbor opened. Over 20 million new arrivals to America were processed until its closing in 1954. It is unknown how many of the new immigrants were gays and lesbians. Some estimates are as high as 1 million (This is lower than 10% since most of those admitted to the US were families).


01-01-1895 – 05-02-1972 J. Edgar Hoover – Born in Washington, D.C. He was the first Director of the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) of the U.S. Hoover built the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency and adding police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. Since the 1940s, rumors circulated that Hoover was homosexual. It has been speculated that Clyde Tolson, who became an associate director of the FBI and was Hoover’s primary heir, may have been his lover. Hoover reportedly hunted down and threatened anyone who made insinuation about his sexuality. Actress and singer Ethel Merman, who was a friend of Hoover’s since 1938, said in a 1978 interview, “Some of my best friends are homosexual. Everybody knew about J. Edgar Hoover, but he was the best chief the FBI ever had.”

 Hoover has been credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency than it was at its inception and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. 

Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organization, said Hoover and Tolson sat in boxes owned and used exclusively by gay men at the Del Mar racetrack in California. The relationship between Hoover and Tolson cannot be denied. The American flag that draped Hoover’s casket was given to Tolson. Tolson is buried a few yards away from Hoover in the Congressional Cemetery.

  From the 1940s, rumors circulated that Hoover, who was still living with his mother, was homosexual. His ever constant companion and fellow FBI man Clyde Tolson was speculated to have been his lover. Hoover described Tolson as his alter ego: the men worked closely together during the day and, both single, frequently took meals, went to night clubs, and vacationed together. There are numerous stories of Hoover appearing in drag in New York. Usually in a red dress, he liked to be called “Mary”. Hoover used the FBI to target LGBT people and ruined many lives.

01-01-1898 – 08-07-1978   Valentine Penrose – Born in Mont-de-Marsan, Landes, France. She was a French surrealist poet, author, and collagist. In 

1925 she married English artist, historian, and poet Roland Penrose. The marriage was never consummated. In 1937, they divorced but met again in London during WWII, after which she lived half her time with her ex-husband and his second wife. The arrangement continued for the rest of her life. In 1936 she made a visit to India with the poet and painter Alice Paalen. The women became close and their relationship is shown in their poetry from 1936 to about 1945. Because of the lesbian attributes in their work, it is believed that they had an affair. Penrose’s writing on lesbianism was always with the same lovers: Emily and Rubia. She saw herself as in the Sapphic tradition of Renée Vivien, Natalie Barney, and Charles Baudelaire.

1901, Australia – The Commonwealth of Australia was founded as six former British colonies became six states with Edmund Barton as the first prime minister, and Canberra as the capital. Today, Sydney, the biggest city in Australia, has one of the world’s largest gay communities. It’s annual Mardi Gras celebrations draw nearly a million a people from all over the globe.

1906 – Imre: A Memorandum is published. It is one of the first gay American novels with a happy ending, about two gay men in Budapest. Written by Edward Prime-Stevenson (1858-1942), it was republished in 2003.

1933, UK – John Kingsley (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967) was born in Leicester, England. Writing under the name Joe Orton he became of Britain’s most popular comic playwrights. He was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell  (23 June 1926 – 9 August 1967) who then committed suicide in the London flat they had occupied for 15 years. In 1967 Orton had written in his diary “I have high hopes of dying in my prime.” Halliwell was a British actor, writer and collagist.

1933, Germany – Lovers Erika Mann (November 9, 1905 – August 27, 1969) and Therese Giehse (6 March 1898 – 3 March 1975) write and direct the anti-fascist Cabaret in Germany. The Nazis shut it down on Jan. 30th. It re-opens in Zurich and becomes a rallying point for exiles. Mann was a German actress and writer. She was the eldest daughter of the novelist Thomas Mann. Giehse was a German actress. 

1933 – James Hormel (born January 1, 1933) is born. In 1999 he became the first openly gay U.S. ambassador, appointed by President Bill Clinton This was around the time then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) compared homosexuality to alcoholism, kleptomania and sex addiction. Hormel is a noted LGBT activist.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code


Billboard magazine issued its first record sales chart, with “Stop! Look! Listen!” by Jazz artist Joe Venuti listed as the number one record.

January 1, 1940

NBC begins regular FM transmission from New York’s Empire State Building on W2XDG. In October of the same year, the FCC granted 15 stations the first construction permits for commercial FM operation. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation) first demonstrated the technology to executives and engineers of RCA in 1933.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

January 1, 1958

Little Richard officially announced that he had retired at the peak of his career to become an Evangelist. His conversion would last all of four years and be the conflict in his life between religion and sexuality.

1959 – Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba after leading a revolution that drove out dictator Fulgencio Batista. Castro then established a Communist dictatorship. Although homosexuality was illegal under the Batista government, the laws were largely ignored in fun loving Cuba. Since Castro, tens of thousands of gays have been rounded up and imprisoned. 

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

January 1, 1962
Illinois repeals its sodomy laws, becoming the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.

1965 – Gays and lesbians are arrested at the New Year’s Day Mardi Gras Ball in San Francisco. The ball was a fundraiser for Council on Religion and the Homosexual at California Hall. The event galvanizes the local gay and lesbian community.

1966 – Dr. Harry Benjamin (January 12, 1885 – August 24, 1986) publishes the first book devoted to a treatment of transsexuals — a term he also coined. The Transsexual Phenomenon becomes an influential voice in defense of that community.

1967 – The Los Angeles Police Department raid the New Year’s Eve parties at two gay bars, the Black Cat Tavern and New Faces. Several patrons were injured and a bartender was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Several hundred people spontaneously demonstrate on Sunset Boulevard and picket outside the Black Cat. The raids prompted a series of protests that began on 5 January 1967, organized by P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Rights in Defense and Education). It’s the first use of the term “Pride” that came to be associated with LGBT rights and fuels the formation of gay rights groups in California.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

01-01-1970 Magalen Hsu-Li – Born in Martinsville, Virginia. She is a Chinese-American music artist, painter, poet, and speaker. Her parents 


emigrated from China in the 1960’s. She attended Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating she discovered a passion for music over design. She studied jazz and classical music at Cornish School of the Arts. She founded ChickPop Records in 1997 as well as Femme Vitale, and The Seattle Women’s Music and Arts Coalition. Her second CD, Evolution with the song Monkey Girl won her the Gay and Lesbian American Music Award for “Best Song” in 1998. In 2006 she met and had a child with music artist Greane (Adam Dias). She identifies herself as bisexual.

1971 – First issue of The Empty Closet published.It was a free newspaper originally published by the University of Rochester Gay Liberation Front which is now published by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, based in Rochester, New York. The motto of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley is “Champions for LGBTQ life & culture in Rochester, NY.”The Empty Closet reports on issues of interest to the local and national LGBT/LGBTQ and allied communities. In February, 2011, the New York State Senate passed Resolution K130-2011, “Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Empty Closet,” noting the contributions of the newspaper to creating an atmosphere of social tolerance in the Rochester region.

1971 – Colorado and Oregon decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

1972 – Science magazine publishes a report that suggests male homosexuality may be determined in the womb due to chemical and/or hormonal stress of the pregnant woman.

1972 – Hawaii decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

1973 – Maryland becomes the first state to statutorily ban same-sex marriage.

1974 – Ohio repeals its sodomy laws and decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

01-01-1974 Thakoon Panichgul – Born in Thailand, his family moved to the United States when he was 11 years old. He grew up in Omaha, 


Nebraska. As a fashion writer, he developed an interest in designing. He attended Parsons School of Design from 2001 to 2003. In September 2004, Panichgul produced his first ready to wear collection and became recognized by fashion press, editors, stylists, and celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore, Michelle Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

1975 – New Mexico decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

1976 – Iowa decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

01-01-1976   Dan Kloeffler – Born in Michigan, city unknown. He is an 

American television journalist. Since 2010, he has been an anchor of ABC News Now. He came out of the closet while on the air reporting the coming out of actor Zachary Quinto in October 2011. Kloeffler later wrote, “…for the same reason Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer want to hide this part of my life. There have been too many tragic endings and to many cases of bullying because of intolerance…as a journalist, I don’t want to be the story, but as a gay man I don’t want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids who might be struggling with who they are.” Kloeffler added that he had tremendously supportive family and said he knew early on that he was gay.

1977 – Vermont decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts.

1977  – Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) takes office.He  was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Although he was the most pro-LGBTpolitician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Milk served almost eleven months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for San Francisco. On November 27, 1978, Milk was assassinated. Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Obama.

1977 – The first lesbian mystery novel in America, Angel Dance by Mary F. Beal (1937), is published.

1978 – Good Housekeeping readers name Anita Bryant “The Most Admired Woman in America.” 

1978 – USA- North Dakota decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts. 

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

1980 – USA- Arizona decriminalizes private consensual adult homosexual acts

1987Elton John was admitted to a Sydney hospital for throat surgery and would not be able to perform again until the following April. He had just recorded the album, “Live in Australia” the month before, that would produce the Top 10 hit “Candle in the Wind”.

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

1990, Iran – The government of Iran beheads three gay men and stones two lesbians to death as part of an intensified campaign against “vice.”

1991, Kosovo –The age of consent for sexual activity becomes 14 regardless of the gender of the parties involved. All sexual criminal laws become gender neutral.

1993 – The World Health Organization officially deletes “homosexuality” from its list of “diseases.

1993Elton John breaks Elvis Presley‘s record for the most consecutive years having a US Top 40 hit when “The Last Song” peaks at number 24, giving him a string of 23 straight hit making years.

1998, Turkmenistan – Article 135 of the new criminal code takes effect making male-male sex punishable by imprisonment.

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


 In Tampa, FL, Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence.

2003 – Phat Family Records, an organization of LGBT hip-hop artists and fans, releases the groundbreaking CD Phat Family Volume 2: Down 4 the Swerve, featuring 14 tracks by gay, lesbian and bisexual hip-hop artists from across the U.S. and Europe, including Rainbow Flava, Tori Fixx, Miss Money, Tim’m T. West and others.

January 1, 2003

Capitol Records announced that Lisa Marie Presley’s first album, “To Whom It May Concern” was set for release on April 8th of this year. The LP would go on to reach #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 and be certified Platinum in 2007.


Queen beat The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone.

2008 – The Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project is founded by Jamie Ann Lee. The purpose of the project is to teach LGBTQ communities media production skills.

2009, Norway – Same-sex marriage becomes legal making Norway the first Scandinavian country and sixth country world-wide to legalize same-sex marriage.


01-01-2009 Norway legalizes same-sex marriage.


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

01-01-2010 USA –New Hampshire same-sex marriages begin.



01-01-2013 USA –Maryland same-sex marriages begin.


01-01-2014 California’s Rose Parade featured the first-ever gay marriage ceremony. It was the 125th Rose Parade and its theme was “Dreams Come True.” Aubrey Loots and Danny Lelair exchanged vows atop a giant wedding cake float. The float built by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. It was the first gay wedding to take place during the parade’s 125-year history. This parade was also the first one where gay marriage is recognized in California.

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Love float on the parade route during the 125th Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

2021 new queer’s resolutions to make your 2022 delightfully gayDitch the January diet and have fun with your new year’s resolutions. Make 2022 your gayest year yet, with our queer new year’s

how about not doing ponzi schemes? the first LGBT + cryptocurrency bets on “Change the world” – The Bharat Express NewsIt might sound like a marketing gimmick, but the founders of the first LGBT + cryptocurrency said they wanted to harness the economic power of

“Faith” in nothing real is false hope and really, it is mental illness

atheism is not about annoying or rebelling against religion

which genocides those who do not accept it

just like homosexuality is not a rebellion against heterosexuality the science? The inconvenient truth atheists and secularists defiantly deny – Washington TimesAs the world wearily embarks on yet another new year, angst, chaos, and uncertainty have become forlorn

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