BCE to The Suffragettes
03-17-1866 – 06-09-1952 Alice Austen (Elizabeth Alice Austen) – Born on Staten Island, New York. She was an American photographer. From the 1880s to the 1930s, she shot around
8,000 photographs that documented the upper middle-class society on Staten Island and poor people living in New York’s Lower East Side. The house she grew up in was built in the 17th century, but was expanded during the 19th century by Alice’s grandparents. The home, called Clear Comfort, was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark on April 8, 1976. It is also known as the “Alice Austen House.” In 1899 Alice met Gertrude Amelia Tate (1871-1962), a kindergarten teacher and dancing instructor from Brooklyn New York. She became Alice’s lifelong companion. She moved in with Alice at Clear Comfort in 1917, overriding her family’s objection over her “wrong devotion” to Alice.
03-17-1912 – 08-24-1987 Bayard Rustin – Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was an American leader in social movements for
civil rights, socialism, non-violence, and gay rights. In 1936, he moved to Harlem, New York City and earned a living as a nightclub and stage singer. In the pacifist groups Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the War Resisters League (WRL). A member of the Communist Party before 1941, he collaborated with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington Movement in 1941 to press for an end to discrimination in employment. He was a leading activist of the early Civil Rights Movement, helping to initiate a 1947 Freedom Ride to challenge, with civil disobedience, the racial segregation issue related to interstate busing. He recognized Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s leadership, and helped to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen King’s leadership. Rustin promoted the philosophy of nonviolence and the practices of nonviolent resistance, which he had observed while working with Mahatma Gandhi‘s movement in India, and helped teach Martin Luther King, Jr. about nonviolence. Rustin was a gay man who had been arrested throughout his early career for engaging in public sex with white male prostitutes. Rustin’s sexuality, or at least his public criminal charge, was criticized by some fellow pacifists and civil-rights leaders because it detracted from his effectiveness. Rustin was attacked as a “pervert” or “immoral influence” by political opponents from segregationists to conservative black leaders from the 1950s through the 1970s. In addition, his pre-1941 Communist Party affiliation when he was a young man was controversial, having caused scrutiny by the FBI. To avoid such attacks, Rustin served rarely as a public spokesperson. He usually acted as an influential adviser behind the scenes to civil-rights leaders. In the 1980s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes. On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
03-17-1938 – 01-06-1993 Rudolf Nureyev – Born in Irkutsk, Russia. He was one of the most celebrated ballet and modern
dancers of the 20th century. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Within a week of his defection, he was signed up by the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. On a tour of Denmark, he met Erik Bruhn, soloist at the Royal Danish Ballet, who became his lover, his closest friend, and his protector until Bruhn’s death in 1986. He joined The Royal Ballet as Principal Dancer. His first appearance with the company was dancing with Margot Fonteyn in Giselle on February 21, 1962. Nureyev stayed with the Royal Ballet until 1970, when he was promoted to Principal Guest Artist, enabling him to concentrate on his increasing schedule of international guest appearances and tours. In 1983 he was appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Nureyev’s influence on the world of ballet changed the perception of male dancers; in his own productions of the classics the male roles received much more choreography. Another important influence was his crossing the borders of classical ballet and modern dance by performing both. Today it is normal for dancers to receive training in both styles. In 1984 he tested positive for HIV. He died from cardiac complications at the age of 54.
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
03-17-1961 Alexander Bard – Born in Motala Municipality, Sweden. He is a Swedish artist, music producer, and writer. Self-proclaimed bisexual, Bard studied in the United States and in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While living in Amsterdam, he earned part of his living as a sex worker. Bard returned to Sweden to study at the Stockholm School of Economics from 1984 to 1989. He also took a strong interest in philosophy and social theory. He has written 3 books on the internet revolution. He formed a band, Army of Lovers, and had over 20 European hits. He disbanded the group in 1996. Army of Lovers have earned a widespread iconic status in the gay culture, often referred to as a perfect example of the postmodern take on the ideals of camp. Since 2011, he has been a judge on Swedish Idol, a spin-off of American Idol.
03-17-1963 Dave Koz – Born in Encino, California. He is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and radio host. He was a member of Bobby Caldwell’s tour and served as a session musician in several bands. His album, Saxophonic, was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an NAACP Image Award. Koz co-hosted The Dave Koz Morning Show on 94.7, The Wave, a smooth jazz station in Los Angeles for six years. He is the host of a weekly half-hour television series named Frequency put on by Fast Focus. Koz was also a bandleader on The Emeril Lagasse Show. On September 22, 2009, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In December 2014, he opened Spaghettini & Dave Koz Lounge, a restaurant and live music venue in Beverly Hills, California. In an April 2004 interview with The Advocate, Koz came out publicly as gay.
03-17-1966 Jeremy Sheffield – Born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom. He is an English actor and former professional ballet dancer. He is most noted for his roles in Holby City and Murder in Suburbia on television, as well as in the films, Creep and The Wedding Date. He has a regular role on the British television show Hollyoaks. He is openly gay.
1968 – Two drag queens known as “The Princess” and “The Duchess” held a St. Patrick’s Day party at Griffith Park, a popular cruising spot and a frequent target of police activity in Los Angeles. More than 200 gay men socialized through the day to protest entrapment and harassment by the LAPD.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
1970: The film version of Matt Crowley’s play The Boys in the Band opens in New York, directed by William Friedkin. The director remarks, “I hope there are happy homosexuals. There just don’t happen to be any in my film.” The screenplay is based on Crowley’s Off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band. It is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters and is often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema. Crowley is openly gay.
03- 17-1972 Pink Flamingos is released. A John Waters film staring Divine. His third feature film, and first in color. The film was so popular that it had a 95-week run in New York City and ran for ten consecutive years in Los Angeles. For its 25th anniversary, the film was re-released in 1997, featuring commentary by Waters and unused scenes.
march 17, 1973
“Danny’s Song” by Anne Murray was the new #1 on the Adult chart and !0 on the pop.
March 17, 1975
Cher was pictured on the cover of TIME magazine.
1977: Two years after having repealed its state sodomy laws, Arkansas’s state legislature votes to repeal the repeal and reinstates criminal penalties for homosexual acts between consenting adults. The new law, approved two years after Arkansas had repealed its anti-sodomy laws, is the first of a series of setbacks for gay and lesbian civil rights that evidence the rise of a conservative backlash in the US.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Rockwell owned the new #1 on the R&B chart with “Somebody’s Watching Me”.
the Soundtrack from “Footloose” moved from 21-9
The White House reveals that President Reagan has undergone AIDS testing out of fear that he may have contracted the disease during blood transfusions after his 1981 assassination attempt.
Anne Murray’s “Country” album was certified Gold.
1989: Actor Merritt Butrick, best known for his portrayal of James Kirk’s son in the films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, dies of AIDS in Los Angeles at the age of twenty-nine. Savvier viewers also remember him as Johnny Slash from the short-lived ’80s sitcom Square Pegs, starring a young Sarah Jessica Parker and Jami Gertz.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
George Michael played at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Whitney Houston headlined an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City along with Daryl Hall & John Oates, Dionne Warwick and Barry Manilow took part in Arista Records’ 15th anniversary concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where they raised more than $2 million for various AIDS organizations.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Lisa Marie Presley clarified remarks she had made in an Australian TV interview. She said that she had never seen her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, engage in inappropriate behavior with kids.
The Smiths turned down a $5m (£2.8m) offer to reform for a music festival. The band who split acrimoniously in 1987, rejected the bid to get back together for this year’s Coachella US festival.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Elton John remembers ‘sad’ meeting with Elvis
Barry Manilow‘s management launched a lawsuit that claimed Princess Cruises repeatedly used a film of the entertainer’s Vegas show without permission. Stiletto Entertainment, which manages Manilow’s affairs, requested statutory damages of up to $150,000 for each instance of direct and contributory copyright infringement, punitive damages, restitution, attorneys fees and additional damages.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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.
Our Daily Elvis
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.