BCE to The Suffragettes
1680 – Legislators of New Hampshire pass the colony’s first capital laws, copied almost word for word from the Plymouth laws of 1671: If any man lie with mankind as he lies with a woman; both of them have committed abomination; They both shall surely be put to death: unless one party were forced, or were under fourteen years of age. And all other Sodomitical filthiness shall be severely punished according to the nature of it
03-16-1911 – 02-27-2006 Sybille Bedford (born Sybille von Schoenebeck) – Born in Charlottenburg,
Germany. She was a German-born English writer. Bedford was a lesbian that wrote non-fiction and semi-autographical fiction books. In the early 1920s, she travelled between England and Italy. With the rise of fascism in Italy, she settled in the south of France. While there, she became friends with Aldous Huxley. She also socialized with Thomas Mann and Bertoit Brecht, who also lived in the area. In 1933, Bedford published an article critical of the Nazi regime in Die Sammlung, the literary magazine of Klaus Mann, the son of Thomas Mann. When the Nazi’s found out about her Jewish ancestry, her bank accounts were frozen. Thanks to Aldous Huxley’s wife, Marie, Sybille married a gay English Army officer, Walter Bedford (He was an ex-boyfriend of a former manservant of W.H. Auden) and obtained a British passport. After WWII, she spent the remainder of the 1940s living in France and Italy. She had a love affair with an American woman, Evelyn W. Gendel, who left her husband. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, Bedford had a tweny-year relationship with the American novelist Eda Lord. In 1981 she received the Order of the British Empire. Her final work was Quicksands, a memoir published in 2005.
03-16-1822 – 05-25-1899 Rosa Bonheur – Born in Bordeaux, France. She was a French animalière, realist artist, and sculptor.
Bonheur is widely considered to have been the most famous female painter of the nineteenth century. She was known for wearing men’s clothing, her choice of companions, and her penchant for smoking cigarettes. She lived for over forty years with her childhood friend, Nathalie Micas. In the final year of her life she became involved with Anna Klumpke, the author of her “autobiography,” so named because Klumpke had used Bonheur’s first person voice.
03-16-1938 – 05-02-2005 Jack Nichols (born John Richard Nichols) – Born in Washington, D.C. He was an American gay
rights activist. He co-founded the Washington D.C. branch of the Mattachine Society in 1961 with Franklin E. Kameny. He also appeared in the CBS Reports: The Homosexuals (1967). Although he allowed himself to be interviewed on camera, he used the pseudonym “Warren Adkins” in the broadcast because of his father, an FBI agent. His father threatened to kill him if the U.S. government found out that Jack was his son and he lost his coveted security clearance. Nichols led the first gay rights march on the White House, in April 1965. He and other activists successfully lobbied the American Psychiatric Association to rescind its definition of homosexuality as a form of mental illness.
03-16-1939 – 02-03-2015 Koos Van Den Akker – Born in the Hague, Netherlands. He was a Dutch-born fashion designer based
in New York City. He was known for his unique collaged ‘Koos’ designed clothing. Until his death Koos had a store on Madison Ave., New York. He maintained a high profile in New York and LA where entertainers such as Julie and Harry Belafonte, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Diahann Carroll, and Barbara Walters were clients. His clients also included Stevie Wonder, Chita Rivera, Brooke Shields, Isabella Rossellini, Glenn Close, Lauren Hutton, and NBA stars Isaiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. In 1991 Koos’ life partner John Bell died of AIDS. Van Den Akker died at the age of 75.
1885, Australia – Novelist Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (16 March 1885 – 4 November 1959) is born in Melbourne. She is known by her pen name I. A. R. Wylie. She was an Australian-British-American novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and poet who was honored by the journalistic and literary establishments of her time, and was known around the world. Between 1915 and 1953, more than thirty of her novels and stories were adapted into films, including Keeper of the Flame (1942), which was directed by George Cukor and starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. In 1940 she published “My Life With George,” at the time a groundbreaking work about her life with another woman. In the 1930s, Wylie and two pioneering physicians, Dr. Sara Josephine Baker and Dr. Louise Pearce, settled on a property near Skillman, New Jersey called Trevenna Farm. They lived there together until Baker died in 1945, followed by Pearce, and then later Wylie who died on 4 November 1959 at the age of 74. Wylie and Pearce are buried alongside each other at Henry Skillman Burying Ground, Trevenna Farm’s family cemetery. Dr. Sara Josephine Baker (November 15, 1873 – February 22, 1945 a pioneering public health specialist best known for capturing “Typhoid Mary.” Dr. Louise Pearce (March 5, 1885 – August 10, 1959), was an American pathologist at the Rockefeller Institute who helped develop a treatment for African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis)
1938 – John Richard “Jack” Nichols Jr. (March 16, 1938 – May 2, 2005) is born. He was an American gay rights activist who co-founded the Washington, D.C. branch of the Mattachine Society in 1961 with Franklin E. Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011). He appeared in a 1967 documentary under the pseudonym Warren Adkins.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1954 – The Army–McCarthy hearings convene to investigate conflicting charges made by the United States Army and Senator Joseph McCarthy about allegations of preferential treatment that McCarthy and his aide Roy Cohn (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) had secured for Cohn’s friend David Schine (September 11, 1927 – June 19, 1996). The hearings include inquiries into the supposed security risks posed by homosexuals employed by the federal government and include instances of gay-baiting by Special Counsel for the Army Joseph Welch. Notably, Welch defines a pixie as being “a close relative of a fairy”. “Fairy” is a slang term for “homosexual” and Welch’s remark is interpreted as a jibe at Cohn, a closeted homosexual who later died of AIDS.
03-16-1954 Anna Grodzka – Born in Otwock, Poland. Transgender pioneer. Poland’s first transgender to serve
in its parliament when elected in 2011. Living as a male, shehad married and fathered a son; transitioned in 2009 after divorcing in 2007. In June 2014, changed party affiliation and joined the Green party. As of May 2013, is also the only remaining openly transgender MP in the world.
03-16-1958 – 06-06-2004 Kate Worley (born Kathleen L.
Worley) – Born in Illinois (city unknown). She was an American comic book writer best known for her work on Omaha the Cat Dancer. She was a writer and performer for the science fiction comedy radio program Shockwave Radio Theater. Kate came out as bisexual in the Omaha letters column in 1988, making her and her then-lover, Reed Waller (he was out as bisexual too), the first openly bisexual couple creators in comics. She was married to Jim Vance, a comic book writer, at the time of her death. She died of cancer in 2004.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
03-16-1964 – 05-17-2009 Octavia St. Laurent – Born in Brooklyn, New York. She was an American model and AIDS educator who was active in New York City’s Black and Latino drag society and Harlem’s drag balls. Octavia
was featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. Octavia was an intersex person that produced more estrogen than most people assigned male at birth. She said that growing up, her parents were accepting. “I had wonderful parents that supported me. My sexuality was not an issue with my parents.” She also said, “This is me, you understand? No, I am not a woman. No, I am not a man. I am Octavia.” Diagnosed as HIV+, she served as an educator about the disease. During her appearance in the LGBT documentary How Do I Look, Octavia discussed her drug use, sex work, and fight with AIDS. After a long battle with cancer, she died in 2009.
The Ed Sullivan Show.” Ed Ames, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph and Scoey Mitchell performed while Janis Joplin sang “Maybe” and “Raise Your Hand”
03-16-1969 – 02-11-2010 Alexander McQueen – Born in Lewisham, London, England. He was a British fashion designer
and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003). McQueen was openly gay and said he realized his sexual orientation when he was six years old. He described coming out at a young age by saying, “I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I’ve got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother’s womb onto the gay parade.” In February 2010, his housekeeper found him hanging at his home on Green Street, London. He died nine days after his mother had died from cancer at the age of 75. A friend of the designer said that McQueen “was doing a lot of drugs and was very unhappy” at the time of his death.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Cher’s “Dark Lady” was #3
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Make It Big by Wham was #1 on the Album chart for a third week,
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Mississippi became the last U.S. state to formally ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, 130 years after the Amendment was officially ratified.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
ABBA were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Sam Smith stopped Madonna from topping the UK album chart, denying her the 12th No.1 of her career. Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, had been in pole position throughout the week, but Smith’s In The Lonely Hour sneaked ahead at the last minute, beating Madonna by 12,000 sales. In The Lonely Hour had now spent six separate spells at No.1 – a record for a male solo artist.
Mar 16, 2021 — Gay History – March 16, 1680: New Hampshire Makes Gay Sex Punishable By Death … New Hampshire’s motto may be “Live Free or Die” but that wasn’t …
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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.