BCE to The Suffragettes
04-03-1791 – 09-22-1840 Anne Lister – Born in Halifax, United Kingdom. She was a rich Yorkshire landowner, diarist, mountaineer, and traveler. Throughout her life, she kept diaries that chronicled the details of her daily life,
including her lesbian relationships. The entries concerning the intimate details of her romantic and sexual relationships were written in code. The code was a combination of algebra and Ancient Greek and was deciphered in the 1930s. Lister is often called “the first modern lesbian” for her clear self-knowledge and acceptance of being a lesbian. Called “Fred” by her lovers and “Gentleman Jack” by Halifax residents, she did experience harassment for her sexuality. She recognized her similarity to the Ladies of Llangollen (Eleanor Butler & Sarah Ponsonby that lived together for over 50 years) and did visit them.
Gentleman Jack, created by Sally Wainwright, is a historical television series based on the collected diaries of Lister,
which contain over four million words and written in secret code, documenting a lifetime of lesbian relationships. The series premiered on April 22, 2019, in the United States. and in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2019. Anne Lister is played by Suranne Jones and Ann Walker, Lister’s love interest, is played by Sophie Rundle.
1895, UK – the opening of the Oscar Wilde v. the Marquis of Queensbury trial. The Marquess accused Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) of being “a sodomite,” a criminal activity. Wilde sued the Marquess for criminal libel. The Marquess had to prove that the allegation was true in order to escape conviction. The court decided the accusation was true and the Marquess was acquitted. Wilde had to pay the Marquess’ legal fees which left him bankrupt.
04-03-1915 – 10-29-2011 Axel Axgil (born Axel Lundahl-Madsen) – Born in Denmark – Places of birth unknown. He and partner Eigil Axgil were Danish gay activists. They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalization of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. Axgil is a last name adopted by the couple – a combination of their given names as an expression of their commitment.
04-03-1924 – 07-01-2004 Marlon Brando – Born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an American actor, film director, and activist. Brando’s performance in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, made him a star. It earned him his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category. He received an Academy Award for his performance in On The Waterfront. The only musical he made was Guys and Dolls. Brando’s performance in The Godfather won him another Academy Award, which he declined. He boycotted the award ceremony and sent American Indian rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather to state that Brando objected to the depiction of American Indians by Hollywood and television. Brando was known for his many wives and girlfriends. He was the father to eleven children, three of which were adopted. In 1976, he told a French journalist, “Homosexuality is so much in fashion, it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I never paid much attention to what people think about me.” Brando was close friends with Wally Cox and told a journalist: “If Wally had been a woman, I would have married him and we would have lived happily ever after.” In 2018, Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, told TMZ her husband, “had a lot of sex in the 70’s—and it was with both men and women—including Marlon Brando.”
1931 – William Bast (April 3, 1931 – May 4, 2015) was an American screenwriter and author. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he was the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955). He often worked with his lover author Paul Huson (born 19 September 1942).
04-03-1931 – 05-04-2015 William Bast – Born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was an
American screenwriter and author. He lived with James Dean for five years, both in Los Angeles and New York. After James Dean was killed in an automobile accident, Bast wrote about his relationship with the actor, James Dean: a Biography (1956) and in 2006, he published Surviving James Dean, in which he was more candid about his relationship with Dean and that they had a sexual relationship. He had left this out of his first book because of the social stigma of being gay and was afraid of how it would affect him personally. In 1976, Bast received the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for his television movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden, starring Elizabeth Montgomery in the title role. Bast often worked with his lover, writer, Paul Huson. In 2015, Bast died from Alzheimer’s disease. Photo is of James Dean and William Bast.
04-03-1939 – 05-21-1991 Lino (Catalino) Ortiz Brocka – Born in Pilar,
Sorsogon, Commonwealth of the Philippines. He is regarded as one of the most influential and significant Filipino filmmakers in Philippine cinema history. In 1983, he founded the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines, dedicated to helping artists address issues confronting the country. Brocka was a self descried gay man and he often incorporated LGBT themes into his films. In 1987, a documentary entitled Signed: Lino Brocka was directed by Christian Blackwood. It won the 1988 Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. On May 21 1991, Brocka was killed in a car accident. In 1997, he was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
April 3, 1948
U.S. President Harry Truman signed legislation authorizing the European Recovery Program to revive war-torn Europe. More commonly known as the Marshall Plan, named after Secretary of State George Marshall, it amounted to $13 billion in aid over four years for 16 countries. This was in addition to $13 billion in American aid already given to Europe between the end of the war and the start of the Plan.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format
1959 – The Florida legislative Investigation Committee conducts witch-hunts from 1958-1964. On this day in 1959, the University of Florida fires 14 employees and removes 50 students for being gay.
04-03-1959 Davie Hyde Pierce – Born in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing the psychiatrist Dr.
Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Emmy Awards during the show’s run. He has appeared in films such as Little Man Tate, Oliver Stone’s Nixon, and Sleepless in Seattle. He also won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 2007. After years of media speculation about his sexuality, Pierce came out in 2007 and confirmed that he and television writer, director, and producer Brian Hargrove were a couple. When accepting his Tony Award for Curtains, he thanked “my partner, Brian, because it’s 24 years of listening to your damn notes — that’s why I’m up here tonight.” They married in California on October 24, 2008, just days before Proposition 8 passed, banning same-sex marriages in the state. Pierce has spent years working with the Alzheimer’s Association on behalf of Americans with the disease.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Pearl by Janis Joplin was #1 on the Album chart for a sixth week.
1972 – Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck became the first openly LGBT elected officials in America. They were graduate students at the University of Michigan, and both were elected to the Ann Arbor City Council. DeGrieck and Wechsler were elected to the Ann Arbor City Council as members of the Human Rights Party on April 3, 1972.
On the USA LP Charts #7 Queen’s A Night at the Opera
ABBA released the single “Take A Chance On Me”.
A Cher television special, with guests Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, and the Tubes, aired on ABC.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
04-03-1980 Pastor Megan Rohrer – Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Rohrer is the first openly transgender minister to be ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. While in college, Rohrer came out as a lesbian and became president of the Gay-Straight Alliance. After moving to San Francisco in 2002, Rohrer identified as transgender. In 2014, Rohrer became the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco. In 2017, Rohrer was hired by the San Francisco Police Department as their first chaplain from the LGBT community. The pastor has helped the homeless and the hungry in San Francisco, serving as Executive Director of the Welcome Ministry.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts grabbed a third week at #1 with “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”. ”, The Go-Go’s edged up with “We Got The Beat” to three while # 6 and 7 where Make A Move On Me” from Olivia Newton-John, “Chariots Of Fire” from Vangelis
Pepsi dismissed Madonna as a spokesperson after her “Like a Prayer” video was called “blasphemous” by the Vatican.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer. She had the 1954 US No.6 single ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ and released over 50 albums. March 27, is “Sarah Lois Vaughan Day” in both San Francisco and Berkeley, California in honour of the singer.
04-03-1991 Hayley Kiyoko -Born in Los Angeles, California, her mother is from Canada and is of Japanese ancestry and her father is from Ohio of mostly Irish and German ancestry. She is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-D00 films, as well as Stella Yamada in the Disney Channel film, Lemonade Mouth. Her music video for her single, Girls Like Girls, was released on June 24, 2015. As of January 2017, the video has had over 56 million views. Kiyoko has said that the Gravel to Tempo video draws on her experiences with having crushed on girls while growing up. She has stated in Paper Magazine that she has always liked girls, although lately she has said she may be interested in boys as well. Not sure if she is a lesbian or bisexual, but she is definitely LGBT being known as Lesbian Jesus.
Elton John remained at #1 on the AC chart with “Simple Life
The “Bodyguard” Soundtrack, which had already spent 13 weeks at #1, returned to the top of the Album chart
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
With her 18th chart-topping hit, “Touch My Body”, 38 year old Mariah Carey passed Elvis Presley for the most number one songs on the Billboard singles chart, placing her second only to The Beatles. Blogger Nina Notes – But only because Elvis’ 1956 & 1957 are not counted since the 1990s in order to favour current artists.
2009 – Iowa is the first state to allow legal same-sex marriages via an Iowa Supreme Court decision.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
04-03-2016 Waylon Smithers, a character on the animated television series The Simpsons, comes out to his boss Mr. Burns, who rejects his advances. Other characters attempt to find a boyfriend for Smithers, and he falls for Julio. Openly gay actor George Takei makes a cameo appearance as himself. Co-executive producer and writer of the series Rob LaZebnik says the story idea was prompted after he found out that one of his sons is gay. He stated, “And what better way to say I love you to my son than to write a cartoon about it?” The Simpsons first aired on December 17, 1989.
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.