BCE to The Suffragettes
March 21, 1788
Almost the entire city of New Orleans was destroyed by fire. Because it was Good Friday, priests refused to allow church bells to be rung as an alarm.
1804, France – Napoleonic Code went into effect, one of the earliest codes to permit same-sex activity
March 21, 1925
After easily passing through the Tennessee House and Senate, the Butler Act was signed into law by Governor Austin Peay, making it a crime for a teacher in a state-supported public school to teach any theory that contradicts the Bible’s account of man’s creation. Six weeks later in Dayton, Tennessee, John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution at Rhea County High School.
03-21-1928 – 11-29-2019 Ruth Anderson – Born in Kalispell, Montana. She was a composer, orchestrator, and flutist whose work is based on her study of Zen. New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media (1977). Her music is also available on the CD Lesbian American Composers. She received two Fulbright awards (1950-1960) to study composition with Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Anderson was a freelance composer, orchestrator, and choral arranger for NBC-TV and the Lincoln Center Theatre. (Portrait by Manny Alban)
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
03-21-1944 Gaye Adegbalola – Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is an African-American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and
photographer. As a founding member of Safire – the Uppity Blues Women, she became a full-time performer until 2009 when the group disbanded. In 1991 she met her life partner, Suzanne Moe. She was selected as one of the Outstanding Virginians of 2011 by Equality Virginia.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Cleveland Arena is the site of what will become recognized as the world’s first major Rock ‘n’ Roll concert. With over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside, Alan Freed is set to broadcast the event ‘live’ over WJW radio. Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers were playing their first song when city officials decided to shut the proceedings down, citing fire code violations. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back.
03-21-1954 Roy Ashburn – Born in Long Beach, California. He is an American Republican politician from Kern County, California. He had voted
against every gay rights measure prior to his DUI arrest in 2010. On March 3, 2010, the Senator was pulled over in Sacramento by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 2 a.m., with sources saying he was leaving a Sacramento gay nightclub, Faces, in the Lavender Hill neighborhood, with an unidentified male passenger in a state-owned Chevy Tahoe. He then made a political shift by carrying an amendment section of the 1950 Welfare and Institutions Code which would eliminate a requirement of the Dept. of Mental Health to carry out research on “sexual deviants” (language used against homosexuals when the WCI was passed in 1950). The amendment of the bill by Ashburn, passed unanimously by the California Senate and was the first pro-gay act vetted by Ashburn in his career. In his 2013 radio interview at First Look with Scott Cox, Ashburn revealed that he had a gay brother, who died of AIDS-related illness 20 years ago.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Dinah Washington & Brook Benton had the top R&B song for the sixth week with “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)”.
South Africa – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21, 1960, police killed 69 people who were demonstrating peacefully against the apartheid ‘pass laws.’ In 1966, the day was officially designated by the United Nations as a marker of efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
1962, South Africa – Abdurrazack “Zackie” Achmat (born 21 March 1962) is a South African activist and film director. He is a co-founder the Treatment Action Campaign and known worldwide for his activism on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. He currently serves as Board member and Co-director of Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know), an organisation which aims to build and support social justice organisations and leaders, and is the Chairperson of Equal Education. Achmat co-founded the National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality in 1994, and as its director he ensured protections for gays and lesbians in the new South African Constitution, and facilitated the prosecution of cases that led to the decriminalisation of sodomy and granting of equal status to same-sex partners in the immigration process. Achmat was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1990. In 2005 he suffered a heart attack, which his doctor said was unlikely to be caused by his HIV-positive status or treatment. He recovered sufficiently to return to his activism work. On 5 January 2008, Achmat married his same-sex partner and fellow activist Dalli Weyers at a ceremony in the Cape Town suburb of Lakeside. The ceremony was attended by then Mayor Helen Zille and presided over by Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Edwin Cameron. The couple divorced amicably in June 2011.
1962 – Rosie O’Donnell (born March 21, 1962)) is born. She is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, a lesbian rights activist, a television producer, and a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family Vacations. From 1996 to 2002, she hosted The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which won multiple Emmy Awards. O’Donnell came out, stating “I’m a dyke” two months before finishing her talk show run, saying that her primary reason was to bring attention to gay adoption issues. She is a foster and adoptive mother. She was named “Person of the Year” in a 2002 cover story by The Advocate. O’Donnell is well known as a moderator on The View. She continues to do charity work and remains involved with LGBT and family-related issues.
A year after opening together in the Broadway show, “I Can Get It for You Wholesale,” Elliott Gould and Barbara Streisand were married. They had a son before divorcing in 1971.
March 21, 1965
In Alabama, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began a successful march from Selma to Montgomery, the third of three such attempts that month.
03-21-1968 Jaye Davidson – Born in Riverside, California. He is an American-British actor and model. Best known for his roles as transgender
woman “Dil” in the film The Crying Game (1992), which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He was the first British actor of mixed race to be nominated for an Oscar. He is openly gay. At the time of his acting career, he said that his androgynous look alienated him within the gay community, saying “Homosexual men love masculine men. And I’m not a very masculine person.”
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina notes: Davis played the Alien/God Ra in Stargate, a movie that flopped but became a successful tv series, including tv movies.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Anne Murray and Burl Ives guested on CBS-TV’s “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
1975, Canada – Former jockey John Damien (1933 – 1986) sues Ontario Racing Commission and individuals involved in his firing as a racing steward. Damien’s suit, filed in Ontario Supreme Court, alleged he was fired because he was gay. In 1986, the first legal action, a suit of wrongful dismissal against the Commission, was settled in Damien’s favour; he was awarded one year’s wages plus interest, a total of about $50,000. By this time Damien was in poor health, and he died of pancreatic cancer.
After a David Bowie concert at the Community War Memorial arena in Rochester, New York, Iggy Pop and David Bowie were involved in a drug bust at their hotel room where the police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of marijuana. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each; charges later were dropped.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980, Canada – Three judges of the Divisional Court order fired gay Ontario Provincial Police officer Paul Head reinstated as member in good standing of force. Head was fired with the force discovered he was gay. OPP appealed the decision.
Dolly Parton’s former #1 “9 to 5” dropped to fourth, at 8 ABBA’s great song “The Winner Takes It All”, and #10 Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb combined for the week’s #10 song–“What Kind Of Fool”.
LPS #6 Pat Benatar’s Crimes of Passion, and Barbra Streisand hit #10 with Guilty.
Boy George said in “Women’s World” magazine that he would never marry, settle down, or become a father.
1987, Finland – Pekka Haavisto (born 23 March 1958), the first openly gay member of parliament, takes office. He is a Finnish politician and minister representing the Green League. He returned to the Finnish Parliament in the Finnish parliamentary election of March 2007 after an absence of 12 years and was re-elected again in 2011. In October 2013 he was appointed as the Minister for International Development after Heidi Hautala resigned from the job. He has also been a member of the Helsinki City Council.
Madonna released her fourth studio album, “Like A Prayer.”
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Anne Murray was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
1994 – Tom Hanks wins best actor Oscar for Philadelphia. The film was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: I was disappointed with the movie and did not find the Tom Hanks/Antonio Banderas couple at all credible. Seeing it with a straight audience catching up and realizing other humans exist, because it was by and for heterosexuals to connect the dots being racism and homophobia.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2000 – The remains of Steen Keith Fenrich (1981 – September 9, 1999) are discovered. The gay African-American teen was tortured and murdered by his white, homophobic, racist stepfather who committed suicide.
2001 – Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) founded by David Jay. AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.
George Michael scored his fifth UK #1 album with “Patience”. After a slow start in the US, the LP would eventually climb to #12.
2007 – First national Native AIDS Awareness Day. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on the first day of Spring. This day is an opportunity for people across the United States to learn about HIV/AIDS, the need for HIV testing among Native Americans, and ways that everyone can help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in their own communities.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
A lost David Bowie album called “Toy”, which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie’s early years had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.
03-21-2013 Colorado – Governor John Hickenlooper signs bill making same-sex civil unions legal in the state of Colorado. It is now the 15th state to recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
03-21-2014 Michigan – A federal judge ruled that Michigan’s prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, ordering the state to stop enforcing the ban.
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.
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.