BCE to The Suffragettes
1749 – A group of single women called “The Petticoat Club” felt they were paying a severe economic penalty for not marrying while they saw large numbers of “eligible” men who, for whatever reason also chose to not marry and doing well in the world.In a petition to the New York Gazette, the club proposed that those “old bachelors” were not carrying out their proper duties and should be severely taxed for their selfishness and that tax would go to support unmarried women. It didn’t happen.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” subtitled “Life Among the Lowly,” was first published.
1890, Denmark – Opera star Lauritz Melchior (20 March 1890 – 19 March 1973)was born in Copenhagen. He was a Danish-American opera singer. He was the pre-eminentWagneriantenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television. He also made numerous recordings.He was virtually a household name for his singing at New York’s Met. Between 1944 and 1952, Melchior performed in five Hollywood musical films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Picturesand made numerous US radio and television appearances. In 1947, he put his hand and footprints in cement in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.Novelist Hugh Walpole (13 March 1884 – 1 June 1941)had been his lover and patron.
1901 – Gavin Arthur (March 20, 1901 – April 28, 1972)was born Chester A. Arthur II in Colorado. He was a San Francisco astrologer and sexologist. The grandson of President Chester Arthur, he dropped his famous name and headed out on his own at an early age, working his way around the world in the merchant marine. Along the way he discovered he was bisexual and became friends with many of the gay gurus of the period — Edward Carpenter (29 August 1844 – 28 June 1929), Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 – 8 July 1939), and Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935).
1915 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as “the original soul sister” and “the Godmother of rock and roll.” She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tharpe’s biographer, Gayle Wald, found some of the singer’s contemporaries who were willing to talk off the record about her bisexuality. One musician claimed to have walked in on Tharpe and two other women in bed together during her “honeymoon tour” right after her third wedding in 1951. Tharpe’s 1944 hit Down by the Riverside was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004. Her recording Strange Things Happening Every Day, recorded late in 1944, has been called the precursor of rock and roll. In 1946 Tharpe saw Marie Knight(June 1, 1920 – August 30, 2009)perform at a Mahalia Jackson concert in New York. Tharpe recognized a special talent in Knight. Two weeks later, Tharpe showed up at Knight’s doorstep, people speculated that Knight and Tharpe maintained a romantic and sexual relationship.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: Tharpe’s Hound Dog was about her cheating man, Elvis’ cover was about himself.
1928 – Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001). The show featured Rogers’s kind, neighborly persona, which nurtured his connection to the audience. Rogers would end each program by telling his viewers, “You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are.”Rogers met Sara Joanne Byrd (called “Joanne”) from Jacksonville, Florida, while he attended Rollins College. They were married in 1952 and remained married until his death in 2003. They had two sons, James and John. According to biographer Maxwell King, close associates said that Rogers was “absolutely faithful to his marriage vows.” Also according to King, in an interview with Rogers’ friend William Hirsch, Rogers said that if sexuality was measured on a scale, then: “Well, you know, I must be right smack in the middle. Because I have found women attractive, and I have found men attractive,” leading some readers to describe Rogers as bisexual.In January 2018, it was announced that Tom Hanks would portray Rogers in an upcoming biographical film titled A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood directed by Marielle Heller. That same year, the documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor? based on the life and legacy of Rogers, was released to critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing biographical documentary film of all time.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
03-20-1950 Paula Aboud – Born in Tucson, Arizona. She is an American
politician who is a member of the Arizona Senate, representing the 28th District. A Democrat, she serves as the Senate’s, minority whip. A lesbian, Aboud’s partner is Terri Berg. She is one of four openly LGBT members of the Arizona State Legislature. Her campaigns have won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
1961: The United States Supreme Court denies certiorari to Frank Kameny’s petition to review the legality of his firing by the United States Army’s Map Service in 1957, bringing his four-year legal battle to a close.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Twenty-three year old David Bowie marries nineteen year old American Mary Angela Barnett. A few years later, Bowie explains how they met, “Angela and I knew each other because we were both going out with the same man.” Angie Bowie went on to a career in Hollywood, though the two divorced in 1980.
March 20, 1971
Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her – especially, he has said, in the line “Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away.” Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.
Gays of Ottawa (GO) picket police station and office of Ottawa Journal to protest arrests and homophobic media coverage of arrests in a so-called Sex Scandal.
March 20, 1975
Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.
Queen entered the Top 10 with A Night at the Opera A3 9 on the USA Lp Charts
1977 – The Arkansas State House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution in praise of Anita Bryant and her anti-gay and lesbian rights campaign.
1978: The San Francisco Board of Supervisor passes what is described as “the most stringent gay rights law in the country.” Only one of the eleven supervisors — Dan White — votes against the ordinance.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
March 20, 1982
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song had been a B-side from 60’s bands The Arrows.
and the Go-Go’s were on the song chart move to #6 with “We Got The Beat”.
The Go-Go’s were to this point the top self-contained all-girl group of the Rock Era (The Bangles would later pass them.) The Go-Go’s album Beauty and the Beat was #1 for a third week.
Vangelis moved from 13-6 with the Soundtrack to the classic movie “Chariots of Fire”, while Olivia Newton-John was Physical at #8
After fourteen years the New York City Council finally passes a gay rights ordinance with a vote of 21 to 14. Mayor Ed Koch tells reporters, “The sky is not going to fall. There isn’t going to be any dramatic change in the life of this city.”
03-20-1986 Ruby Rose – Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is an
Australian model, actress, and television presenter. She was the face of Maybelline in Australia and co-hosted various television shows. Rose was cast as Batwoman in 2019, the role is the first openly lesbian lead superhero in television. She is a supporter of many charities, including animal welfare, campaigns for anti-bullying, and youth mental health. Rose came out as a lesbian at the age of 12.
1988 – M. Butterfly opens on Broadway. The play by David Henry Hwang is about a civil servant attached to the French embassy in China who falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera diva who is a “man masquerading as a woman.” They are together for twenty years until the truth is revealed. The civil servant is convicted of treason and imprisoned, then kills himself.
03-20-1989 Xavier Dolan – Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a
French-Canadian filmmaker and actor. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013) Xavier received international attention with his first feature film, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed, and starred in. The film premiered at the Director’s Fortnight program of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it received an eight minute standing ovation and won the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes and the SACD Prize. I Killed My Mother sold to more than 20 countries. Dolan’s 2014 film Mommy won the Jury Prize in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Dolan identifies as gay and described I Killed My Mother as semi-autobiographical.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1990 – Queer Nation forms in New York to eliminate homophobia and increase visibility of LGBT people. It was founded by HIV/AIDSactivists from ACT UP. The four founders were outraged at the escalation of anti-gay violence on the streets and prejudice in the arts and media. The group is known for its confrontational tactics, its slogans, and the practice of outing.On March 20, 1990, sixty LGBTQ people gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Services Center in New York’s Greenwich Village to create a direct action organization. The goal of the unnamed organization was the elimination of homophobia, and the increase ofgay,lesbianandbisexual visibility through a variety of tactics. The organization of Queer Nation, being non-hierarchical and decentralized, allowed anyone to become a member and have a voice.The group’s use of the word “queer” in its name and slogan was at first considered shocking, though the reclamation has been called a success, used in relatively mainstream television programs such as Queer Eye and Queer as Folk. The use of the word “queer” disarmed homophobes by reversing its derogatory nature
A jury in Los Angeles awarded Peggy Lee $3.8-million (later reduced to $2.3 million) in videocassette profits for her singing and songwriting in Disney’s animated classic “Lady and the Tramp.” Lee had been paid only $3,500 for co-writing six songs and providing the voice for four characters in the 1955 film.
“Simple Life” by Elton John was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.
Whitney Houston scored her 16th Top 10 song in 20 releases–“I Have Nothing”.
03-20-1996 Karina Manta – Born in Olympia, Washington. She is an American ice dancer. Since 2013, her partner is Joseph Johnson, who is openly gay. In 2018, she came out as bisexual in a video accompanied by her girlfriend. This made her the first female figure skater competing on Team USA to come out. On April 18, 2019, Manta announced that she was stepping away from competitive figure skating. She and Johnson plan to move to Montreal in June and join Cirque du Soleil.
(Photo of Karina Manta & Joe Johnson)
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2004: A lesbian minister in Bothell, Washington, is acquitted by a Methodist church jury of violating church rules.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
The series finale of Glee, titled “Dreams Come True,” airs on FOX. During its six-year run, the influential musical drama made old music new again with a stream of hit covers…
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes and broke records from Elvis Presley and The Beatles along the way – by covering previous hit songs on a tv show – and 1956 and 1957 are not counted so Elvis is cheated in favour of current artists. As well as demonstrating The Monkees/Partridge Family premise that Showing the public cannot tell from music artists and actors playing music artists.
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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.