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Roman Era bisexuality was a norm, one of the emperors was heterosexual and that was deemed shock or horror: Caeser is assassinated on this day in 44 BC. This is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” So beware! Writing prompt: What is your favorite work by Shakespeare and why?
559, Turkey – “Men-corruptors” are blamed for the earthquake and plague in Constantinople by the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1633, Sweden – Christina (8 December 1626 – 19 April 1689) becomes Queen at age six. She always wished to be a boy and is given the nickname “Girl King.” When she was fourteen her tutor remarked that “she is not at all like a female.” Christina is remembered as one of the most educated women of the 1600s, being educated as a royal male would have been. With her interest in religion, philosophy, mathematics and alchemy, she attracted many scientists to Stockholm, wanting the city to become the “Athens of the North.” She was intelligent, fickle and moody; she rejected what the sexual role of a woman was at the time. She caused a scandal when she decided not to marry and, in 1654, when she abdicated her throne and converted to Roman Catholicism. She changed her name from Kristina Augusta Wasa to Christina Alexandra. Christina revealed in her autobiography that she felt “an insurmountable distaste for marriage” and “for all the things that females talked about and did.” As she was chiefly occupied with her studies, she slept three to four hours a night, forgot to comb her hair, donned her clothes in a hurry and wore men’s shoes for the sake of convenience. Her unruly hair became her trademark. Her closest female friend was Ebba Sparre (1629 – 19 March 1662), a Swedish lady-in-waitingand noble, with whom she shared “a long time intimate companionship”.
1811, UK – The trial for two Scottish teachers Miss Marianne Woods and Miss Jane Pirie begins, accused of lesbian acts. One of the judges said that sex between women was “equally imaginary with witchcraft, sorcery or carnal copulation with the devil.”
1867, UK – Lionel Pigot Johnson (15 March 1867 – 4 October 1902) is born in Broadstairs, England. An influential poet and literary critic in his time, he was also the victim of one of the oldest ironies in the history of love. He made the mistake of introducing his young lover to a friend, who quickly snatched him away. The young lover was Lord Alfred Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945), and the friend, Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900).
1886 – Gerda Marie Fredrikke Gottlieb (15 March 1886 – 28 July 1940) was a Danish fine-artist, illustrator and painter best known for erotica. She met artist Einar Wegener (1882–1931) at art school. They married in 1904, when Gerda was 18 and Einar was 22. They traveled through Italy and France, eventually settling in Paris in 1912. The couple immersed themselves in the Bohemian lifestyle of the time, befriending many artists, dancers and other figures from the artistic world. The couple would often attend carnivals and other public festivals. Einar eventually identified as a male-to-female transgender woman. In 1930 she underwent the second publicly known sex reassignment surgery in history after years of living life solely as Lili Elbe. Dora Richter/Dörchen R. (born 1891) was the first person to undergo complete male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. She was one of a number of transgender people in the care of sex-research pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld at Berlin’s Institute for Sexual Research during the 1920s and early 1930s. She underwent surgical removal of the testicles in 1922, followed in 1931 by removal of the penis and construction of a vagina. Dora’s success and the resulting publicity encouraged Lili to also have the surgery. Sadly, she died from a post-operative infection.The film The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff‘s 2000 novel, is about Einar/Lili and Gerda.
1926 – Ruth Simpson (March 15, 1926 – May 8, 2008) was the founder of the United States’ first lesbian community center, an author, and former president of Daughters of Bilitis, New York. s president of the New York chapter of Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), Simpson organized gay rights demonstrations and educational programs for DOB members during the period 1969–71. Several times when NYC police, without warrants, illegally entered DOB’s lesbian center in lower Manhattan, Simpson stood between the police and the DOB women. On three occasions she was cited for court appearances by the police. She was also arrested at a Women Against Richard Nixon (WARN) rally, along withher partner of 37 years videographer Ellen Povill,author Ti-Grace Atkinson(born November 9, 1938)andlawyer Flo Kennedy(February 11, 1916 – December 21, 2000)and spent most of a day in jail until the women’s attorney gained their release.Ruth’s book From the Closet to the Courts was published in 1977 and republished in 2007. She also produced the weekly hour-long program “Minority Report” in Woodstock, New York from 1982 until her death in 2008.
03-15-1933 – 07-25-2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Born in Brooklyn, New York. She was an American lawyer and served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve
on the Court. Much of her legal career was spent as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Her impact on the lives of LGBT Americans is incalculable. She fought for the decriminalization of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and job protections. One of Ginsburg’s final cases was Bostock v. Clayton County, concerning a gay employee fired after he mentioned joining a gay softball league; he sued, seeking to have sexual orientation and gender identity recognized as protected classes in the same way race and disability. In the major decision, the court found that the Civil Rights Act does protect LGBT people. Ginsburg became an “American cultural icon” known as “The Notorious R.B.G.”, She appeared in both a comic opera and a workout book. She admitted to having a large supply of Notorious R.G.B. t-shirts, which she gave away as gifts. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the
first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage. She officiated a marriage between Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts. The wedding took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend seeing the 2018 documentary RGB. For those that follow in her footsteps, they have a towering role model who set the standard for what it means to fight for liberty and justice for all. RGB died from complications of pancreatic cancer. On September 29, she was buried beside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
“Billboard” magazine began listing a top albums chart.
03-15-1948 Kate Bornstein – Born in Neptune City, New Jersey. She is a Jewish-American author, playwright, performance artist,
and gender theorist. Having been assigned male at birth and then receiving sex reassignment surgery in 1986, Bornstein identifies as gender non-conforming, saying, “I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man.” Bornstein has chronic lymphocytic leukemia and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with lung cancer. Bornstein and her partner Barbara Carrellas live in New York City with three cats, two dogs and a turtle. Bornstein’s autobiography, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir, was released May 2012. In an interview with Ray Filar, dated March 14, 2016, she stated that she is now cancer-free.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: Doctors may only observe with ordinary human senses and measure. Further, the alteration of primary/secondary observables does not alter biology.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown Records, and his wife celebrated the birth of son Kennedy William Gordy, who would later be known as Rockwell (“Somebody’s Watching Me”), in Detroit, Michigan.
PopCulture Reference: Sandy Posey records “Born A Woman”, which will rise to number 12 in the US and become the first of her four Top 40 hits.
Joan Crawford’s letter to Elvis:
Janis Joplin was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine being called the Judy Garland of Rock.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
March 15, 1973
Elton John had the #1 album in the US with “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player”, which contained two hit singles, “Crocodile Rock” and “Daniel”. According to Philip Norman’s 1990s authorized biography, Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player”, so naming the album.
Ally Olivia Newton-John enjoyed her second US #1 album with “Have You Ever Been Mellow”, which title track peaked at #1 and dropped to 4 on the single charts. Her LP overtook Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks) for the top album. Led Zeppelin debuted at #3 with Physical Graffiti, while the songs above were The Doobie Brothers had their first #1 as “Black Water” moved to the top. Frankie Valli was second with “My Eyes Adored You” and LaBelle with “Lady Marmalade”.
1977: The ABC sitcom, Three’s Company, premieres. The “sit” in the sitcom is that an unemployed straight chef (John Ritter‘s Jack Tripper) moves in with two female roommates, but in order to satisfy the landlord’s suspicions that there might be sexual impropriety, pretends he is gay. The show stays in the Nielsen Top Ten for the next six years.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: in the Jiggle TnA TV Era the sitcom stood out
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Queen had one of their biggest career hits as “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” spent a fourth week at #1.
03-15-1982 Kwame Harris – Born in Jamaica, his family moved to The Bronx, New York City, New York when he was three years
old. Former NFL offensive tackle, this 6’7”, 332 lb. tackle played for the San Francisco 49er’s and the Oakland Raiders. On March 29, 2013, Harris officially outed himself as being gay during an interview with CNN. No NFL player had come out as gay while they were still playing, and only a few have after retiring.
1983: A West Virginia kindergarten teacher, Linda Conway, is forced to resign from her job after parents complain that she LOOKS like a lesbian. She files a $1 million lawsuit against the school board. However, three years later the state supreme court confirms the school board’s right to dismiss her because of her appearance.
1985: A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that AIDS is most likely NOT spread by casual contact.
After 51 weeks, Whitney Houston was at her peak with her self-titled debut album, which spent a second week at #1. meanwhile on the song charts where “How Will I Know” as the #1 song for 15 weeks, it took these four songs Starship had their 27th hit (counting their days as Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship) and second consecutive #1 with “Sara”. Heart was making a bid with “These Dreams” while previous #1 “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister relinquished its spot. Atlantic Starr was up with “Secret Lovers” to drop Houston’s song to five.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
13.7 million households signed up to see a pay-per-view special by New Kids on the Block, breaking the record for PPV events.
Madonna is signed to star as Eva Peron in the film version of the musical, Evita, based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinean actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinean president and dictator Juan Peron. Madonna will win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Motion Picture for her role.
Marketted as faux lesbian/The Beatles boy band era: The Spice Girls became the first act to ever hit #1 with their first four singles in the U.K., as “Mama” reached the top
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
In Australia, an interview with Lisa Marie Presley was broadcast in which she said that she had seen things she “couldn’t do anything about” during her marriage to Michael Jackson. She clarified her remarks two days later and included that she had never seen Jackson engage in inappropriate behavior with kids.
Whitney Houston entered a drug rehabilitation program.
2006, Czech Republic – The Czech House and Senate pass a bill allowing same-sex partner registration but President Vaclav Klaus vetoes it. The veto is overturned on this day and the law goes into effect on July 1, 2006.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Former ABBA vocalist Anni-Frid Reuss ruled out a reunion with her old band mates by saying that it’s “too late for that” at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Anni-Frid joined her ex-husband Benny Andersson at the gala where they were inducted by The Bee Gees’ Robin and Barry Gibb.
Sony Music announced a recording deal with the estate of the late Michael Jackson that would pay Jackson’s heirs $200 million over seven years, the largest contract in music history.
Lisa Marie Presley announced that she would release her first new album, in five years, “Storm and Grace”.
Elton John was forced to cancel a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, just hours before the show due to medical reasons.
Dolly Parton turns down Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination
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LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:
To Each Decade it’s Age of Understanding, do not under consider differing geographies, nor the heterosexual clash of cultures – in particular – do not read backwards the words of humans now to earlier ages, to each own expression in culture and under legal conditions; and to all biology applies, regardless of what humans think is understood, rather than told, the why and when.
Sex the act of; is central to religion, war – who gets to what to who- vs which has had a no.
Understood as noting to be debated, quibbled nor negotiated.
Both in personal lives, in public and the workplaces, which were gender divided owing to sexual roles, across cultures and times.
music and movie information from my previous blog
where I note, The Last Elvis Secret given what the Memphis Mafia wrote about Presley Parties, the only thing not officially and rarely luridly written about was the balance of probability Elvis Presley was bisexual, and was described by heterosexual men as being so attractive as to raise a question – including Jerry Reed, writer and performer. And given Larry Geller’s descriptions of being accused by other Memphis Mafia members of being gay with Elvis during the private hair cut sessions -rather makes it seem the Memphis Mafia were jealous, and Larry having to point out that were they admitting Elvis was bisexual? As if Geller, a Hollywood hairdress would have a problem.
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.