BCE to The Suffragettes
1800 – The Commonwealth of Virginia reduces the penalty for free peoples for committing buggery to 1–10 years in prison, but did not reduce the death penalty for slaves.
1874, France – W. Somerset Maugham I25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) is born in Paris. He was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s. He was 21 when Oscar Wilde was put on trial. It was enough to make him “publicly straight.” He later said that his biggest mistake was “I tried to persuade myself that I was three-quarters normal and that only quarter of me was queer — whereas it was the other way around.” Maugham has been described as both bisexua and homosexual. In addition to his 13-year marriage to Sylvie Wellcome, he had affairs with other women in his youth. In later life Maugham was exclusively homosexual. Despite his wealth, his fame, and his secretary-companion Gerald Haxton (1892 – November 7, 1944), Maugham died a bitter man.
January 25, 1890
New York World reporter Nellie Bly completed an around-the-world journey in 72 days, six hours and 11 minutes, beating the fictional trip of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg which took 80 days.
1892 – Alice Mitchel (Nov. 26, 1872 – March 31, 1898), 19, kills Freda Ward (1873 – February 23, 1892), 17, by the docks in Memphis as a result of jealousy. The story made national headlines for months. The two girls had planned to marry but Alice was furious that Freda had admitted to romantic feelings for two men. Mitchell was subsequently found insane by means of a jury inquisition and placed in a psychiatric hospital until her death in 1898. The case, exploited by sensationalist press, and focused attention of the sexual attachments of women and drew out into the public discourse discussions of lesbianism. The case was headlined as “A Very Unnatural Crime” and influenced the popular literature of the era which began to depict lesbians as “murderous” and “masculine”. One identity that came to be was the “mannish lesbian,” creating dialogue of gender expression. The case history produced by Mitchell’s defense describes her as “a regular tomboy.” In the courtroom Alice Mitchell was presented as “insane” by her attorneys. This story was featured on Investigation Discovery‘s Deadly Women and is the subject of the book Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe.
1892, UK – Lesbian writer Virgian Woolfe (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) is born in London. She is considered one of the foremost modernists of the 20th-century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. The most celebrated of the Bloomsbury set, her writing is cerebral, and subtle. Woolfe’s greatest love was probably Vita Sackville-West (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. The fruit of the affair is the novel Orlando, considered to be the most beautiful love poem in the English language.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The single “Jailhouse Rock” b/w “Treat Me Nice” became the first single ever to enter the UK pop chart at number one lasting three weeks, and as a US #1 hit for seven weeks in the fall of 1957 on the pop charts and spent one week at the top of the US country charts, while also reaching No. 2 on the R&B chart.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
1962 – Aaron Fricke (born Jan. 25, 1962) is born in Providence Rhode Island. He is a gay rights activist best known for the pivotal case in which he successfully sued Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Rhode Island, for not allowing him to bring his boyfriend to the senior prom at. Aaron later wrote of his experience in a book, Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay. He later collaborated with his father, Walter Fricke, on a book about their relationship and of the elder Fricke’s coming to terms with his son’s homosexuality. That book, Sudden Strangers: The Story of a Gay Son and His Father, was published shortly after Walter Fricke’s death from cancer in 1989.
Janis Joplin performed in San Francisco, California at the North Beach coffeehouse.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
The single “Me And Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin was released posthumously. It would be the only big hit Joplin ever had.
Elton John’s Greatest Hits registered a ninth week at #1–one of the biggest albums of the 70’s.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Wham! slammed into the Top 10 jumping from 12 to 5 with “I’m Your Man”.
The Broadway Album from Barbra Streisand was #1, the superstar’s sixth #1 album.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” from George Michael and Elton John was third on the USA Song charts
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2005 – Alameda County, California’s Board of Supervisors votes 4–0 to prohibit discrimination in public-sector employment, services and facilities based on gender identity
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2011 – The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Summary Report is released. It’s the first LGBTQ-specific report of its kind. Sexual minority respondents report intimate partner violence at rates at least equal to those of heterosexuals.
2012 – Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace (born 1969) becomes the first openly lesbian or gay member of the U.S. military to have a same-sex partner participate in the pinning ceremony tradition that had been reserved for spouses and family members. Her partner of 10 years, Kathy Knopf, pinned her colonel wings. The two sat in the First Lady’s gallery seats when President Obama delivered his State of the Union address in 2012.
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LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:
Most of the above is copied from one of the sites cited as sources in the daily post and as linked at the end of every post.
the history of nonheterosexuals and different historical eras views are such that there is a there is a danger to apply current decadish of time, in 2021 to past decades and centuries; particularly without application of complete history.
There is a difference between adopting male attire in the era when clothing was spelled out in law, and lesbians who passed in public, differ from those who only change clothing for personal sexual gratification, in private “cross dressors” in the language of this same era.
Laws regarding clothing exist in many nations, including capitol punishment, this is why sexual orientation is a demographic, That heterosexual women continue to be denied reproductive rights, education and professions, even where won at court; that women are a demographic. That male and female persons who are ethnically different from the majority population and with differing experiences being merged into colour blind visible minorities are differing demographics.
the farther back in time the given individual is, and why on this blog, there is a under theme of Elvis Presley, as the most prominent modern era person of the 1900s Current Era; who was photographed almost every day of his adult life., and who’s number of days on this planet have resulted in his being one of the most recognizable individuals across all cultures on the planet, which in 1950s was 1 billion people, and by his death almost 4 billion, to the 8 billion currently existing on earth.