BCE to The Suffragettes
1855, France – Robert Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac (7 March 1855, Paris – 11 December 1921, Menton) is born in Paris. He was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy. He is reputed to have been the inspiration both for Jean des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans‘ À rebours (1884) and, most famously, for the Baron de Charlus in Proust‘s À la recherche du temps perdu (1913–1927). His portrait Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac was painted by his close friend, and model for many of his eccentric mannerisms, James Abbott McNeill Whistler in 1891-1892. He had aristocratic women friends, but much preferred the company of bright and attractive young men. In 1885, he began a close long-term relationship with Gabriel Yturri (March 12, 1860 – July 6, 1905), a handsome South American immigrant, from Tucuman, Argentina who became his secretary, companion, and lover. After Yturri died of diabetes, Henri Pinard replaced him as secretary in 1908 and eventually inherited Montesquiou’s much reduced fortune. Montesquiou and Yturri are buried alongside each other at Cimetière des Gonards, Versailles, Île-de-France, France.
03-07-1877 – 1947 Bothwell Browne (born Walter Bothwell Bruhn) – Born in Copenhagen, he grew up in San Francisco, California. He was a Danish-
American stage and film performer, best known as a female impersonator. In December 1919, Browne appeared as the headliner at the Palace Theater in New York, the most sought after booking in American vaudeville. He was supported on stage by the Sennett Bathing Beauties. His only film appearance was in Mack Sennett’s production Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919). He is listed under LGBT male actors in Wikipedia.
03-07-1900 — 08-18-1969 Leslie Hutchinson (known as “Hutch”) – Born in Gouyave, Grenada when it was part of the British Windward Islands. In 1916, he moved to New York City. In the 1930s he was one of the biggest cabaret stars in the world. In 1924 he moved to Paris, France where he became a friend and lover of Cole Porter. In 1927 he moved to England. He became a major star and was the highest paid in the country. In spite of his popularity, Hutch couldn’t escape racial prejudice. When he entertained at lavish Mayfair parties, his fee was high, but he was often made to go in by the servants’ entrance. He did marry and fathered a daughter. He also fathered seven other children with six different mothers. Hutch was bisexual. He also had an affair with Ivor Novello. In November 2016, Hutch was featured in episode four of the BBC series Black and British: A Forgotten History.
03-07-1902 – 09-07-1980 Bessie Allison Buchanan – Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. She became the first African
American woman to hold a seat in the New York State Legislature when she was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1954. As a young woman she had an interest in singing and dancing. She appeared in the original Shuffle Along in 1921, the first successful musical comedy with an all African American cast. She performed with the Show Boat road company and recorded for Black Swan Records. Allison also danced in the chorus line of the Cotton Club. In his biography of Josephine Baker, The Hungry Heart, Jean Claude mentions six of Josephine’s women lovers by name, Bessie Allison is one of them. In 1929 Allison married Charlie Buchanan and she retire from the stage. She served in the state legislature from 1955 to 1962. On April 30, 1963, Governor Rockefeller appointed Allison-Buchanan to be New York State Commissioner of Human Rights. She remained in office for five years.
03-07-1926 – 12-01-2011 Alan Sues – Born in Ross, California. He was an American comic actor best known for his roles on the 1968-1973
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. During his years on Laugh-In, Sues became the spokesman for Peter Pan Peanut Butter and appeared in numerous TV commercials and print ads in which he portrayed an outrageously flamboyant Peter. His long time friend, Michaud, said Sues was gay but not publicly because he feared it would ruin his career. “He had a ton of gay fans,” said Michaud. “They all said he was one of the very few gay sort of characters that they saw on television at that time. They identified with him, and they were thankful. As he got older, it meant more to him and he was appreciative of that.”
March 7, 1927
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law banning negroes from voting was unconstitution
1934, Russia – Article 121 makes sodomy between men illegal in all the republics of the USSR. Maxim Gorky, a popular writer and the leading Soviet intellectual of the period, praises the “proletarian humanism” of the law which punishes sex between consenting male adults with up to five years’ “deprivation of freedom.
1934, Italy – Marcella Di Folco, born Marcello Di Folco (March 7, 1943 – September 7, 2010), was an activist, actress and Italian politician. In cinema, she worked for directors such as Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini. In August 1980, after a long period of self conflict with her gender identity, she had a sex change operation in Casablanca. She was an active participant in the Movimento Italiano Transessuali, and was influential in having sex changes made legal in Italy (in 1982).
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
the Soundtrack to “Hello, Dolly!” moving from 25-8 on the USA LP charts
03-07-1964 Wanda Sykes – Born in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999
Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the 25 funniest people in America. In addition to her film and television work, she wrote Yeah, I Said It, a book of humorous observations on various topics. In November 2008, she publicly came out as gay while at a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas regarding California’a Proposition 8. Sykes had just married her partner Alex a month earlier, whom she met in 2006. The couple also became parents around the same time. On October 25, 2008, Alex gave birth to a pair of fraternal twins. Sykes came out to her conservative mom and dad when she was 40. They both had difficulty accepting her homosexuality. They declined to attend her wedding with Alex, which led to a brief period of estrangement, but have since reconciled and are proud grandparents to the couple’s children.
March 7, 1965
In Selma, Alabama, about 600 non-violent civil rights marchers were brutally attacked by state and local police using billy clubs, cattle prods and tear gas. The day came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”
1967 – CBS airs “The Homosexuals“, an episode of CBS Reports. This first-ever national television broadcast on the subject of homosexuality has been described as “the single most destructive hour of antigay propaganda in our nation’s history.” Host Mike Wallace concluded: “The dilemma of the homosexual: told by the medical profession he is sick; by the law that he’s a criminal; shunned by employers; rejected by heterosexual society. Incapable of a fulfilling a relationship with a woman, or for that matter with a man. At the center of his life he remains anonymous. A displaced person. An outsider.”
03-07-1967 Jean-Pierre Barda – Swedish singer, actor, make up artist, and hair dresser of Algerian descent. He was born in Paris, France, and
moved with his family to Sweden. He is notable for being one of the founding members of the pop group Army of Lovers. Barda has done work in various fields of digital photography and entertainment. He starred as an actor in movies, television, multiple photo shoots, and worked in the presence of her majesty, the Queen of Sweden, while assisting mentor and teacher, Mr. Björn Asén. He is known to be bisexual.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
1972 – In East Lansing, Michigan, the city council approves by a vote of 4-to-1 an act declaring the city must seek to “employ the best applicant for each vacancy on the basis of his [sic] qualifications for the job and without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex or homosexuality.”
03-07-1973 Andrew Haigh – Born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. He is an English film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. Haigh co-
created and co-produced the HBO drama series Looking (2014-2016), about a group of gay men in San Francisico. His most notable works include Weekend, Looking, and 45 Years. He is married to author Andy Morwood.
3-07-1974 Darryl Stephens – Born in Pasadena, California. He is an American actor best know for playing Noah Nicholson on the television series Noah’s Arc. Stephens is also a singer/songwriter. In 2019, he stars in the film From Zero to I Love You. He is openly gay and his roles address issues of classism and sexuality.
March 7, 1975
David Bowie’s ninth studio album,Young Americans, saw it’s UK release. The album featured the hit song “Fame,” that would become Bowie’s first number one single in America.
March 7, 1976
In London, Elton John became the first rock star since the Beatles to be immortalized with a lookalike figure at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
03-07-1986 Desert Hearts – U.S. release date for the film based on a novel by Jane Rule (b. March 28, 1931). Desert Hearts is an American romantic drama film directed by Donna Deitch. It is considered a lesbian
classic. The Globe and Mail said, “the film is one of the first and most highly regarded works in which a lesbian relationship is depicted favorably.” It took the director, Donna Deitch, four years and eventually selling her home in order to raise the $1.5 million to make the film. Deitch was surprised to learn 20 years after the film’s release that both actors were told by their friends and agents that the film would ruin their careers. The careers of both actresses continued on. The screenplay written by Natalie Cooper is an adaptation of the 1964 lesbian-themed novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule (28 March 1931 – 27 November 2007). Set in Reno, Nevada in 1959, it tells the story of a university professor awaiting a divorce who finds her true self when she meets a free-spirited younger woman confident in her romantic and sexual attraction. The film stars Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau with a supporting performance by Audra Lindley. Desert Hearts was released theatrically in the United States on March 7, 1986. It was released in the United Kingdom on June 6, 1986. It is regarded as the first film to present a positive portrayal of lesbian sexuality.
The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a number one album when their debut effort, Licensed to Ill, topped the charts.
1988 – Shortly after the release of his first big mainstream hit “Hairspray,” its star, Divine, dies on this day of heart disease in Los Angeles at the age of 42. Harris Glenn Milstead, better known by his stage name Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Closely associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters (born April 22, 1946), Divine was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical appearances, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career. Divine considered himself to be male, and was not transgender. He was gay, and during the 1980s had an extended relationship with a married man named Lee, who accompanied him almost everywhere that he went. They later separated, and Divine went on to have a brief affair with gay porn star Leo Ford(July 5, 1957 – July 17, 1991), which was widely reported upon by the gay press. Divine initially avoided informing the media about his sexuality, even when questioned by interviewers, and would sometimes hint that he was bisexual, but in the latter part of the 1980s changed this attitude and began being open about his homosexuality. Nonetheless, he avoided discussing gay rights, partially at the advice of his manager, realizing that it would have had a negative effect on his career.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies poking fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” and do not require permission from the copyright holder. 2 Live Crew’s “Pretty Woman,” a parody of Roy Orbison’s 1964 hit, was the example brought before the Court for its decision.
1996 – The Birdcage opened in theaters nationwide. The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Elaine May, and starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane (February 3, 1956), and Dianne Wiest. Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski appear in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
Madonna had her eighth #1 song in the U.K. with “Frozen”.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
The Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow” had been selected as their “song of the century.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2014, Jamaica – Police once again attempted to evict homeless LGBT youth from the sewers of New Kingston. A judge ruled that since sewers were pubic place, and the youth had nowhere else to go, they could stay there. Youth who were arrested were charged with swearing and had to oay a fine. Dwayne’s House paid the fine.
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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.