BCE to The Suffragettes
03-28-1921 – 05-08-1999 Sir Dirk Bogarde – Born in West Hampstead, London, England. He was an English actor and writer. His films include The Servant (1963), Darling (1965), The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971), The Night Porter (1974), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). His life partner was Anthony Forwood. Though they lived together, Bogarde always said that their relationship was platonic. Such denials were understandable at the time, mainly because male homosexual acts were criminal during most of his career, and could lead to prosecution and imprisonment. The actor John Fraser said, “ Dirk’s life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage…(and came out).” In 1992, Bogarde was knighted. Forwood died of liver cancer on May 18, 1988. Bogarde died of a heart attack at the age of 78 on May 8, 1999.
1929 – Lesbian Katharine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929), author of the song America the Beautiful, dies. Bates was a full professor of English literature at Wellesley College. She lived in Wellesley with Katharine Coman who was a history and political economy teacher and founder of the Wellesley College School Economics department. The pair lived together for twenty-five years until Coman’s death in 1915. In 2012, Bates was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month
1931 – Writer Jane Rule (28 March 1931 – 27 November 2007) is born in New Jersey. In 1956, Rule moved to Canada. Her 1975 work “Lesbian Images” set down what it meant for her to be a lesbian and compared her experiences with other famous women. It was hailed as a landmark and helped earn her an Order of British Columbia medal. In 1964, Rule published Desert of the Heart, after 22 rejections from publishers. The novel featured two women who fall in love with each other and caused Rule to receive a flood of letters from “very unhappy, even desperate” women who felt they were alone and would be miserable. Rule’s novel was later made into a movie by Donna Deitch, released as Desert Hearts (1985). The Globe and Mail said, “the film is one of the first and most highly regarded works in which a lesbian relationship is depicted favourably.” She taught at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she met Helen Sonthoff (September 11, 1916 – January 3, 2000) and fell in love with her. Rule and Sonthoff lived together until Sonthoff’s death in 2000. Rule surprised some in the gay community by declaring herself against gay marriage, writing, “To be forced back into the heterosexual cage of coupledom is not a step forward but a step back into state-imposed definitions of relationship. With all that we have learned, we should be helping our heterosexual brothers and sisters out of their state-defined prisons, not volunteering to join them there.” The ashes of Jane Vance Rule were interred in the Galiano Island Cemetery next to those of her beloved Helen Hubbard Wolfe Sonthoff.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: Desert Hearts it was the first I knew it was a lesbian movie I saw
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton charted with “Hound Dog,” – a song about a cheating lover, reaching #1 for seven weeks on the R&B hit parade.
03-28-1955 Reba McEntire – Born in McAlester, Oklahoma. She is a supporter of LGBT rights. American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. McEntire has released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold,
platinum, or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Queen of Country,” and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 85 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her television sitcom Reba (2001-2007) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy. In an interview to promote her new album,Love Somebody, McEntire spoke to PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi. She has pledged full support for same-sex marriage, noting that LGBT rights “are very important” to her for many reasons. The singer recalled attending her first same-sex wedding early in the year (2015). The singers newlywed pals Michael and Steven had been together of 20 years before tying the knot, and she said, “I thought that it was not fair, and I didn’t understand why they couldn’t get married. It wasn’t because they just wanted to get married. If one of them had gotten injured and one to the hospital, the other one couldn’t make decisions for them. It’s very upsetting. It’s not only for convenience or for romantic reason – it’s for practicality.” She also said, “You gotta love people for who they are, accept them, and then go on with life.” McEntire, who has been embraced by gay country fans for some time, has previously spoken out in defense of LGBT rights.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina encourages her to come out, eh
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
While the Beatles were changing music forever, Louis Armstrong held on to his style with “Hello, Dolly!” and paved the way on the Easy Listening chart.
1969 – Society for Individual Rights president Leo Laurence and his lover are featured in a photo-illustrated article in the Berkeley Barb. Calling for “the Homosexual Revolution of 1969,” Laurence exhorts gay men and lesbians to join the Black Panthers and other left-wing groups and to “come out” en masse
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Queen appeared at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
Barbra Streisand attended the midnight show and met backstage with Elvis afterward. She offered him the costarring role in her upcoming remake of “A Star Is Born”. It is unclear whether Col Parker quashed it, or Elvis did owing to the second billing or the character suicide – the role went to Kris Kristofferson.
1979, Canada – Toronto’s police chief and the police association president both issue statements apologizing after an anti-gay article called The Homosexual Fad appears in the police association newsletter
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb combined for a third week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their great duet “What Kind Of Fool”.
#8 pop chart: Dolly Parton with “9 To 5”,
6,000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played “We Are the World”, the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million US.
03-28-1986 Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) – Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. She is an American singer and songwriter. Gaga rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame
(2008), a critical and commercial success which produced global chart-topping singles such as Just Dance and Poker Face. Her second full-length album Born This Way (2011) topped the charts in more than 20 countries. With global album and single sales of 27 million and 125 million respectively, as of June 2014, she is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Gaga has won six Grammy Awards, 13 MTV Video Music Awards, and 13 Guinness World Records. She is an outspoken activist for LGBT rights worldwide. She attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist
to her gay fans and is considered a gay icon. She called the October 11, 2008, National Equality March rally on the National Mall “the single most important event of her career.” Gaga attended the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards accompanied by four gay and lesbian former members of the United States Armed Forces who had been unable to serve openly in the U.S. military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy. She has been open for quite some time about her bisexuality, initially coming out in a 2010 interview with Barbara Walters. After The Fame was release, she revealed her song Poker Face is about her bisexuality. In 2018, Gaga starred in the remake of A Star Is Born. Her performance won her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her contribution to the film’s soundtrack, and for its lead single, Shallow, won her an Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2019, she became the first person to win a Academy, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe Award in one year for her contribution to A Star Is Born soundtrack.
LGBTQ2 Blogger Noes, Too bad the Star is Born Males lead copied Kristofferson instead of doing Elvis who turned down the movie.
1989 – 2500 ACT-UP activists demonstrate at the New York City hall protesting Mayor Koch’s handling of the AIDS crisis. Over 100 protestors went to jail.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1990 – With the opening of the Robert Mapplethorpe (November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) exhibit less than two weeks away, law enforcement officials in Cincinnati, Ohio, warn the local Contemporary Arts Center to cancel the exhibit or risk prosecution under the city’s stringent anti-obscenity laws. “These photographs are just not welcome in this community,” says the local chief of police. “The people of this community do not cater to what others depict as art.” After the exhibit finally opens, a Cincinnati grand jury indicts the center’s director, Dennis Barrie, on charges of obscenity and pandering.
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the hottest songs, rising from #81 to #49, 16 years after it first was a smash hit.
Singer Jimmy McShane died of Aids. He had the 1985 UK No.3 single and European hit ‘Tarzan Boy with Italian dance outfit Baltimora.
The “Titanic” Soundtrack was #1 on the Album chart for the 10th week. Ray of Light from Madonna remained second with Celine Dion taking #3 with Let’s Talk About Love.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2002 – In Mississippi, the George County Times publishes a letter from George County Justice Court Judge Connie Wilkerson which read, in part, “In my opinion, gays and lesbians should be put in some type of mental institution.” Because of the bias expressed in such a statement, an ethics violation complaint was filed against Wilkerson.
Queen started their first tour without the late Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon at the Brixton Academy in London. Paul Rodgers took over lead vocals.
On the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Internet radio show, Michael Jackson claimed that recent child-molestation charges against him were part of a racist conspiracy.
Lisa Marie Presley appeared on television’s “Oprah.
Tina Brown the sister-in-law of Whitney Houston sold pictures taken in her bathroom to the National Enquirer claiming Whitney Houston had been taking crack cocaine. The pictures showed drug paraphernalia including a crack-smoking pipe, rolling papers, cocaine-caked spoons and cigarette ends strewn across the surface tops of the bathroom.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Justin Bieber ran into some trouble at Munich airport when customs officials detained and quarantined his monkey. Bieber had recently been given the capuchin monkey as a pet by record producer Mally Mall. Bieber apparently brought the monkey along to join him on the Austrian and German leg of his European tour, but he didn’t have the documentation required to bring his new friend into Germany. Bieber went on to perform in Munich while the monkey was kept in the custody of authorities.
It was not Micheal Jackson that set that have a monkey trend.. Elvis with Scatter.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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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.