BCE to The Suffragettes
Giacomo Puccini‘s Opera “La Boheme” premieres in Turin
02-01-1900 – 12-18-1993 Betty Carstairs (Marion Barbara “Joe” Carstairs) – Born in Mayfair, London, England (DOB unknown). She was a wealthy British power boat racer
known for her speed and her eccentric lifestyle. She usually dressed as a man, had tattooed arms, and loved machines, adventure, and speed. Openly lesbian, she had numerous affairs with women, including Oscar Wilde’s niece, Dolly Wilde, Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead, and Marlene Dietrich. Socialite Ruth Baldwin (b. Feb. 17, 1905), a lover of Carstairs, turned the kitchen in the house they shared into a bar. Carstairs friends later said, “She (Baldwin) was wild. She was such fun. Ruth, she was really wild.” She told Carstairs, “The world is one’s oyster if taken at will.” When Carstairs purchased her first motorboat, Baldwin gave her a Steiff doll that Carstairs named Lord Tod Wadley. Carstairs kept the doll until her death. During WWI she served in France with the American Red Cross, driving ambulances. In 1925 she inherited a fortune through her mother and grandmother from Standard Oil. In 1934, Carstairs purchased Whale Cay, an island in the Bahamas where she lavishly hosted guests such as Marlene Dietrich and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She died in 1993, the doll, Lord Tod Wadley, was cremated with her. Their ashes and those of Ruth Baldwin were buried in Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor, New York.
02-01-1902 – 05-22-1967 Langston Hughes – Born in Joplin, Missouri. He was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Hughes was one of the
earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that “the negro was in vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue”. During his time in England in the early 1920s, Hughes became part of the black expatriate community. Some academics and biographers believe that Hughes was homosexual and included homosexual codes in many of his poems, as did Walt Whitman whom Hughes said influenced his poetry. Hughes’s story “Blessed Assurance” deals with a father’s anger over his son’s effeminacy and “queerness”. Unlike the generation of black poets who came after him, Hughes approach to American racism was more wry than angry, but he helped set the mood for today’s black movement. With his friend Countee Cullen who was also gay, he was the center of Harlem’s literary renaissance in the 1920s. On May 22, 1967, Hughes died in New York City at the age of 65 from complications after abdominal surgery related to prostate cancer. His ashes are interred beneath a floor medallion in the middle of the foyer in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.
Langston remained private about his personal life, but it has been agreed by many academics and biographers that Hughes was gay and included gay codes into many of his poems, as did Walt Whitman, whose work Hughes cited as an influence, most directly in the short story Blessed Assurance. Arnold Rampersad, Hughes’ principal biographer, wrote, “Hughes found some young men, especially dark-skinned men, appealing and sexually fascinating.” While in his early sixties, he fell in love with operatic singer and actor Gilbert Price (1942-1991). Unpublished love poems by Hughes were addressed to a man he called “Beauty.” It is believed these poems referred to Price.
02-01-1930 – 01-10-2011 María Elena Walsh – Born in Ramon Mejia, Argentina to an English
railway worker, of Irish descent, and an Argentine woman of Andalusian descent. She was an Argentine poet, novelist, musician, playwright, and composer, mainly known for her songs and books for children. In 1985 she received the title Illustrious Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires. In 1994 she was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Walsh’s life-partner from 1978 until her death in 2011, was Sara Facio (b. April 18, 1932), an Argentine photographer, known for her photographs of cultural personalities. Walsh’s favorite audience was children, for whom she wrote more than forty books.
02-01-1938 – 07-24-2012 Sherman Hemsley – Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an African-American actor, best known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS
television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons. He never came out officially but rumors circulated that he was gay. As The Advocate points out: “While there was no official confirmation during his lifetime, there was frequent speculation that Hemsley was a gay man.” A 2007 VH1 story listed three favorite allegedly gay black actors from the past put Hemsley in the top spot.” On August 28, 2012, an El Paso news anchor interviewed Flora Enchinton, the sole beneficiary of Hemsley’s will, who said they were friends and had been his business partner and manager for more than two decades. During this time she lived with Hemsley and Hemsley’s friend Kenny Johnston in El Paso, Texas.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1942, Germany – A legal amendment formally extends the death penalty to men found guilty of having sex with another man.
France – The Paris Prefect of Police issues a decree forbidding men from dancing together in public.
RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
02-01-1957 Lucy Jane Bledsoe – Born in Portland, Oregon. She is an American novelist and science writer, who writes both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults.
She focuses on LGBT literature and has received several awards for her fictional and non-fictional work. She is the winner of the Stonewall Book Award and a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. Bledsoe has traveled to Antarctica three time and has written three books on the subject. Besides writing, she is a CDROM script writer for National Geographic and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. She is openly lesbian.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
1960 – In Greensboro, North Carolina, four African American students sat down and ordered coffee at a lunch counter in Woolworths Drug Store. They were refused service but did not leave. Instead, they waited all day. The scene was repeated over the next few days, with protests spreading to other southern states, resulting in the eventual arrest of over 1,600 persons for participating in sit-ins. The Black Freedom movement was the inspiration for most of the early gay rights activists in North America.
February 1, 1964
Matthew Walsh, the Governor of Indiana declares the song “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen (which was currently #6 on the Hot 100) to be pornographic. He asks the Indiana Broadcasters Association to ban the record, although stations claim it’s impossible to accurately figure out the lyrics from “the unintelligible rendition as performed by the Kingsmen.” Although much has been written about the controversy, Indiana was the only state to actually ban the record from radio play.
“Stop the World, I Want to…” closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
February 1, 1966
Hollywood gossip columnist/actress Hedda Hopper died of pneumonia at 80.(Sunset Blvd., Topper, The Women, Midnight, The Patsy, Thanks for the Memory, Reap the Wild Wind, Tarzan’s Revenge, Dracula’s Daughter, Life with Henry, Artists & Models, The Corpse Came C.O.D.)
Exactly nine months after marrying Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley gives birth to Elvis’ only child, Lisa Marie, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
02-01-1973 Spencer Wilton – Born in the UK (exact place unknown). He is a British
equestrian. Together with the British dressage team he won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Wilton is openly gay and was one of 49 out LGBT athletes to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
February 1, 1976
“Sonny and Cher” resumed on TV despite a real life divorce. LGBTQ blogger Nina Notes, the show became funnier.
1978 – Tom of Finland has his first U.S. exhibit at Robert Opel’s Fey Way Gallery in San Francisco
A gang of teenage boys stands outside Tennessee Williams’ (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) home in Key West, Florida, and begins throwing beer cans and firecrackers at the house while chanting “Come on out, faggot!” The incident is the latest in a string of bizarre homophobic attacks aimed at the openly gay playwright. Five days later, his dog is kidnapped from his backyard, never to be seen again.
2-01-1979 Rutina Wesley – Born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an American actress best known for her roles as Tara Thornton on the HBO series True Blood and Nova Bordelon on the OWN series Queen Sugar. In 2005 she married her former Juilliard classmate Jacob Fishel. They were divorced on August 16, 2013. In November, 2017, Wesley announced her engagement to Shonda, a female chef from New Orleans.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980 – Paul Schrader’s (born July 22, 1946) film “American Gigolo” opens nationwide. Though rather homophobic, the whole film is steeped in a gay aesthetic. Years later, Schrader noted, “At the time we were at the apex of the gay movement in all its manifestations, especially in the arts. The influence was everywhere–in our fashion, in disco, in the drug scene. It affected that film’s aesthetic, too. All my friends at the time were gay.” Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). Schrader has also directed 18 feature films,
02-01-1983 Ronnie Kroell – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He is an American model and actor. He is best known for appearing on the first season of the Bravo reality series Make Me a Supermodel. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013) He is openly gay. Kroell has been the guest of honor or grand marshal at gay pride events across the United States. He is also very much involved in charity and awareness campaigns. He contributed to the “It Gets Better Project” and to the “I talk about HIV/AIDS Because…” campaign. In addition, he has worked with Equality Maryland, GLADD, HRC, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
02-01-1988 Katie Duncan – Born in Cambridge, New Zealand. She is a professional
soccer player. As of 2015, she plays for a team in Zürich, Switzerland. Duncan was one of 49 out LGBT athletes that participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is married to fellow New Zealand footballer Priscilla Duncan.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, also a No.1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
A collection of Sir Elton John’s private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition, which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.
February 1, 2007
The facts from this case and the court decisions have been the cause of much debate regarding transgender rights. Kimberly Nixon is a transgender woman who filed a human rights complaint against Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter Society (VRRS) for discrimination. VRRS argued that Nixon, a transgender individual, did not have the proper life experiences as a woman from birth would, and could not volunteer as a peer rape counselor.
Although Nixon won the Human Rights Tribunal on the grounds that the society discriminated against her, subsequent appeals decided that the VRRS was not guilty of discrimination based on the group’s right of freedom of association. This meant that the group had the right to organize as a women-only space, irrespective of gender identity. On February 1, 2007 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Nixon’s request to appeal the decision.
The City of Vancouver stops municipal funding to VRRC as the organization does not meet its trans equality and inclusion criteria.
LGBTQ2 Blogger notes: trans removed funding from Vancovuer Rape Relief, as if heterosexual/bisexual women are not in danger, as if lesbians are not in danger…. for anyone who self identifies to access crisis and shelter spaces…
this was the start of a coordinated effort against nonprofit women’s centres., and reduced protections for women
2009, Iceland – Johanna Siguroardottir (born 4 October 1942) becomes Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government
Fiji – Homosexual conduct is decriminalized.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Elton John urged his longtime friend and tour mate Billy Joel to get serious about overcoming his alcoholism that has plagued him for years. Joel reacted by saying “Elton is just being Elton.”
Lisa Marie Presley celebrated her 44th birthday by opening up a new exhibit at Graceland that featured artifacts from her childhood, including baby footprints, a tricycle, her crib and a record player.
https://www.firstpost.com/art-and-culture/ritu-weds-chandni-ameya-narvankar-talks-about-the-challenges-and-benefits-of-writing-a-childrens-book-on-lgbtq-people-10337611.htmlRitu Weds Chandni: Ameya Narvankar talks about the challenges and benefits of writing a children’s book on LGBTQ+ people-Art-and-culture News , Firstpost‘During my interactions with people from the queer community, I often heard this question: ‘Why does representation always have to be tragic?’ I took that into account, especially because Ritu Weds Chandni is a book for children,’ says Narvankar.www.firstpost.com
https://bookriot.com/lgbtq-books-for-teens/A Plethora of Pride: 25+ LGBTQ Books for Teens | Book RiotFrom young adult novels to accessible nonfiction guides, these LGBTQ books for teens are the perfect reads!bookriot.com
think of the children vs book burnings followed by people ones
https://abc11.com/lgbt-books-in-schools-orange-county-school-board-obscene/11527588/Orange County School Board votes to keep controversial LGBT books in school libraries – ABC11 Raleigh-DurhamAfter a weeks-long review, the Orange County Board of Education voted unanimously to retain three controversial LGBT high school library booksabc11.com
https://flagpole.com/featured/2022/01/31/lawyer-administrators-should-be-fired-for-removing-lgbtq-artwork/Lawyer: Administrators Should Be Fired for Removing LGBTQ Artwork – FlagpoleA lawyer for the parents and teacher of an Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School fifth-grader whose pro-LGBTQ artwork was removed from a classroom has called for the principal and vice principal to be fired. Jeffrey A. Jackson, an Athens lawyer, posted a letter on his Facebook page Monday outlining his client’s version of events and a list of demands. Among them: both a public and private apology from vice principal Sandra Scott, who allegedly compared the rainbow flag drawing labeled “Gay is OK” to a Nazi flag, and principal Bipul Singh; a mural designed by the student and painted by an artist chosen by Athens Pride inside the school building; sensitivity training; policy changes; a commendation for the teacher and for […]Show Moreflagpole.com
https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news/council/2022/01/31/welland-city-council-to-consider-formation-of-lgbtq-advisory-committee.htmlWelland city council to consider formation of LGBTQ advisory committee | wellandtribune.caCommittee would advise city on eliminating barriers in communitywww.wellandtribune.ca
https://gaycitynews.com/lgbtq-groups-unite-to-advance-lgbtq-initiatives-in-new-york-state/LGBTQ Groups Unite to Advance LGBTQ Initiatives in New York StateEquality New York, New Pride Agenda, and the LGBT Community Center are collaborating on an effort to advance four LGBTQ initiatives in the state. Leaders of the groups gathered at Industry Bar in Manhattan on January 27 to roll out the policy plan. “New York is often viewed as one of the most progressive states […]gaycitynews.com
https://collider.com/lgbtq-valentines-day-movies-you-might-have-missed/Best LGBTQ Valentine’s Day Movies You Might Have Missed“Everyone’s first love has the grandeur of an epic movie.” These are the best and most underrated LGBTQ Valentine’s moviescollider.com
https://www.thepostathens.com/article/2022/02/lgbt-center-diversity-and-inclusion-covid-19LGBT Center continues virtually until March – The PostMicah McCarey, director of the LGBT Center, said the center accommodated the transition to adhere to the COVID-19 safety concerns. www.thepostathens.com
religion: why war and why refusing war refugees
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nationality-and-borders-bill-olivia-blake-priti-patel_uk_61f94a1be4b04f9a12c2b069MP Claims New Borders Bill Is ‘Dangerous’ Attack On LGBT Refugees | HuffPost UK PoliticsLabour’s Olivia Blake says the controversial legislation represents one of the ‘biggest attacks on the rights of refugees in recent memory’.www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
https://www.suffolklive.com/news/history/lgbt-history-month-suffolks-forgotten-6584607LGBT History Month: Suffolk’s forgotten queer history and why it needs to be remembered – Suffolk Live‘It’s easy to assume that queer people lived lives in the shadows but we do have are those rare few who was defiant enough to live their truths’
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-60192560Met Police interview LGBT friends abused in Wembley chicken shop – BBC NewsValentino Kyriakou and Naya Martinez say they were ordered out of the shop because they are LGBT.www.bbc.com
https://outinjersey.net/taliban-is-targeting-lgbt-afghans/Taliban is targeting LGBT Afghans – Out In JerseyLGBTQ Afgahans, and other Afghans who do not conform to rigid gender norms, have faced grave threats to their lives under the Talibanoutinjersey.net
Ishihara’s tenure as governor of the Japanese capital was marked by controversy due to his outspoken right-wing views and his penchant for controversial comments about, for instance, China, the LGBTQ community, foreigners and elderly women.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/former-tokyo-governor-shintaro-ishihara-dies-age-89-nhk-2022-02-01/Former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara dies at age of 89 – NHK | ReutersShintaro Ishihara, a fiery nationalist who was governor of Tokyo for more than a decade and set off a territorial row with China over a plan to buy islands claimed by both nations, died on Tuesday, NHK public television said. He was 89.www.reuters.com
religion learning the lesson that hate only sells for so long before your big tent becomes a small fringe…
interesting how the Vatican forgave The Beatles sooner than Galileo
https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/german-bishops-back-lgbt-campaign-71258German Bishops Back the LGBT Campaign – FSSPX.Actualités / FSSPX.NewsMany bishops have praised the LGBT #Out In Church campaign. The German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) issued its own official statement on January 24, 2022.fsspx.news
https://tfn.scot/news/lgbt-history-month-promotes-global-solidarityLGBT History Month promotes global solidarity – TFNA series of blogs will be published on the LGBT History Month Scotland website which explore hard-hitting themestfn.scot
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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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.