BCE to The Suffragettes
1600, Italy – Philosopher Tomasso Campanella (5 September 1568 – 21 May 1639)is jailed and spent twenty-seven years imprisoned in Naples, in various fortresses. He was a Dominican friar, Italian philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet. He is overheard saying to his cellmate: “O Father Pietro, why don’t you do something so that we may sleep together, and we may get pleasure?” Pietro replied “I wish I could, and I’d even bribe the gaolers with ten ducats. But to you, my heart, I would like to give twenty kisses every hour.” Campanella was finally released from prison in 1626, through Pope Urban VIII, who personally interceded on his behalf with Philip IV of Spain. Taken to Rome and held for a time by the Holy Office, Campanella was restored to full liberty in 1629. He lived for five years in Rome, where he was Urban’s advisor in astrological matters.
1865 – President Abe Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He dies the next day. C.A. Tripp’s (Oct. 4, 1919–2003)book The Intimate World of Abraham Lincolnmakes the case that Lincoln had several homosexual relationships throughout his life. Tripp states that Lincoln’s relationships with women were either invented by biographers (his love of Ann Rutledge) or were desolate botches (his courtship of Mary Owens and his marriage to Mary Todd). Tripp is not the first to argue that Lincoln was secretly gay. Earlier writers have parsed his friendship with Joshua Speed, the young store owner he lived with after moving to Springfield, Ill. Lincoln’s story becomes interesting when Tripp looks at 1831,when Lincoln was 22 and moved to New Salem, an Illinois frontier town, where he met Billy Greene. Greene coached Lincoln in grammar and shared a narrow bed with him. “When one turned over the other had to do likewise,” Greene told Herndon. Bed-sharing was common enough in raw settlements, but Greene also had vivid memories of Lincoln’s physique: “His thighs were as perfect as a human being could be.” Six years later, Lincoln moved to Springfield, where he met Joshua Speed, who became a close friend; John G. Nicolay and John Hay, two early biographers, called Speed “the only — as he was certainly the last — intimate friend that Lincoln ever had.”
1904, UK – British actor Sir John Gielgud (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000)is born in London. Perhaps the greatest actor to grace a stage in the English-speaking world, Gielgud never came out publicly. Interior designer Paul Anstee was his lover for much of the 1950s.
1912 – The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg just before midnight on April 14th. By 2:20 AM, she broke apart and foundered, taking over one thousand three hundred people still aboard to their deaths. Just under two hours after the Titanic foundered, the Cunard liner RMS Carpathiaarrived on the scene of the sinking, where she brought aboard an estimated 705 survivors. Among the known gay people who died on the Titanic were crew members second carpenter Michael Brice and Third Officer Sam Maxwell as well as Archibald Willingham Butt(September 26, 1865 – April 15, 1912), who served as an influential military aide to U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
The novel “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck was first published.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
04-14-1948 June Millington – Born in Manila, Philippines. She is a Filipino-American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and instructor. The Millington family left the Philippines for the United States in 1961. The family settled in Sacramento, California, where her
father became a systems analyst. In 2011, Millington recalled: “We felt blatant prejudice when we first came here. It was horrible. We always felt like “other”, never quite fitting in, both in Manila and Sacramento. Being both bi-racial and bi-cultural was a really tough slot in the 50s into the 60s, our formative teenage years.” Millington is best known for being the co-founder and lead guitarist of the all-female rock band Fanny, which was active form 1970 to 1974. She was once described by Guitar Player magazine as the hottest female guitarist in the music industry. Millington knew when she was 20 years old that she was a lesbian. Since the 1970s she has been highly regarded for her work on behalf of women musicians and the LGBT community. In 1986 she and her longtime partner, education activist, Ann F. Hackler, founded the Institute for the Musical Arts in Bodega, California, now located in Goshen, Massachusetts.
04-14-1949 Mary Wings – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an America writer, artist, and musician. In 1973, she made history by releasing Come Out Comix, the first lesbian underground comic book. Wings is best known for her series of detective novels featuring lesbian heroine Emma Victor. Her only Gothic novel, Divine Victim, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery in 1993. Wings is an out lesbian and resides in San Francisco.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1955: In the wake of a moral panic brought on by the sexual assault and murder of a boy in 1954, Iowa enacts a “sexual psycopath” law, allowing for the involuntary commitment of anyone charged with a public offense who possessed “criminal propensities toward the commission of sex offenses”. Twenty gay men from the Sioux City area, none of them suspected of having any connection with the crime that inspired the law, were committed in 1955.
The Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, California demonstrated the first videotape recorder.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
The original Broadway production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” starring Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Gautier, Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, and Michael J. Pollard, opened at New York’s Martin Beck Theater for 607 performances.
04-14-1966 André Boisclair – Born in Montreal, Canada. He is a politician in Quebec, Canada. Boisclair was the first out gay politician in Canada to win the leadership of a
party with legislative representation. In November 2012, he was named as the new provincial delegate-general in New York City.
David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word “gnome”. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made No. 6 in the UK charts.
04-14-1968 Premier of the play The Boys In The Band at Theatre Four in New York City, where it ran for more than 1,000 performances. The off-Broadway production was written by Mart Crowley; produced and directed by Robert Moore.
Considered to be a groundbreaking work in American theater, the first truly “honest” portrayal of the lives of contemporary homosexuals. It ran for 1002 performances before being adapted to a successful motion picture. Few gay characters were seldom seen in commercial media except as crude stereotypes, although later in history some in the LGBT community would say that is indeed what Crowley’s play presented. Some LGBT advocates later denounced it as Uncle Tomism because they were worried about attempts to assimilate the community into straight society, ignoring what a groundbreaking piece of LGBT history the play was for the 1960s.
Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) tied Katherine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
David Bowie released ‘Starman’ as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The song was a late addition to the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth’s youth through the radio, salvation by an alien ‘Starman’.
Diana Ross had the #1 album with the Soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues”. a biopic of Billie Holiday
lesbian fave Anne Murray was at 7 with “Danny’s Song”
The Johnny Cash special “Spring Fever” aired on CBS-TV with guests Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cashand Ray Charles.
Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman had a top Ten record with “Stumblin’ In” at #9
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
ABC aired Olivia Newton John’s TV special “Olivia’s Hollywood Nights,” with guest performers Elton John, the Carpenters, and Andy Gibb.
Gary Numan released The Touring Principle, the first rock videocassette available for purchase.
Cuba – In Havana, thousands of citizens invade the Peruvian embassy to try to obtain permission to leave the country. Over the next few months, Fidel Castro lets more than 100,000 people leave from the port of Mariel on leaky boats and makeshift rafts. Among the refugees, many of whom have been released from prisons and mental institutions, are an estimated 25,000 gay men seeking asylum from persecution.
04-14-1982 Larissa França – Born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Espirito Santo, Brazil.
She is a beach volleyball player and is the all-time leader of beach volleyball titles, with 57 FIVB career gold medals, including the 2011 Beach Volleyball World Championship and the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In August 2013, Larissa married fellow player Lilane Maestrini. Larissa was one of 49 out LGBT athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1983, UK – In the same year that Great Britain reports its first 17 cases of AIDS, the only UK gay magazine, Gay News, stops publication.
USA LP Charts #2 The “Footloose” Soundtrack #6 Culture Club with Colour By Numbers, the Eurythmics’ album Touch #7, , the Pretenders’ amazing album Learning to Crawl at #9 and Cyndi Lauper remained 10th with She’s So Unusual.
1985 – The first Gay Erotic Film Awards is held in Los Angeles.
France – Simone de Beauvoir (January 1908 – 14 April 1986) dies. Born in Paris, France, she was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. De Beauvoir had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. She is known for her 1949 treatise, The Second Sex,a detailed analysis on women’s oppression. It served as a foundation for contemporary feminism. Her novels include She Came to Stayand The Mandarins. She is also known for her open relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. De Beauvoir is known to have had a number of female lovers, including some of her students. In 1943, de Beauvoir was suspended from her teaching job after she was accused of seducing her 17-year old student Natalie Sorokin. Sorokin’s parents filed formal charges against de Beauvoir for debauching a minor. It resulted in her teaching license to be permanently revoked. In the early 1960s, Beauvoir began a relationship with Sylvie le Bon which lasted to the end of Beauvoir’s life.
Members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song “A Horse is a Horse,” the theme song from the U.S. TV show “Mr. Ed,” contained satanic messages when played backwards
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Madonna had the #1 song in the U.K. with “Vogue”.
In Bosnia, Joan Baez performed for 700 people in war-torn Sarajevo.
Tammy Wynette’s body was exhumed and an autopsy performed in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. No autopsy was conducted when Wynette was found dead on April 6, 1998. Her cause of death had been listed by the family doctor as resulting from a blood clot. The 1999 autopsy indicated heart failure. An official ruling in 2001 stated that Tammy Wynette died of natural causes.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
04-14-2003 Out Q Radio – First air date on satellite radio. News, talk and entertainment channel for LGBT audiences. Last aired February 13, 2016
Dolly Parton received the Living Legend Medal from the U.S. Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.
Sophie B. Hawkins (“As I Lay Me Down”) won a lawsuit against a man selling pirated copies of her new album Wilderness.
Brian May, guitarist for Queen, was named chancellor of John Moore University in Liverpool, England.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.
2014, Malta – Malta becomes the first European state to include gender identity as a protected class in its constitution.
Harry Styles’s debut single ‘Sign of the Times’ brok Ed Sheeran’s 13-week run at the top of the UK charts. The One Direction star achieved his first No.1 as a solo artist with this release – the first from his self-titled debut album.
The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival opened near Palm Springs, California. Scheduled headliners during the 4-day event spread over two weekends were Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, with more than 160 other music acts slated to perform.
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 and his challenge back to those accusers was were they admitting Elvis was bisexual with the accusation?
With Elvis’ self harm in both diet and injuries as a pretense to get drugs from doctors and dentists and anyone who would administer anything, including an induced coma for weight loss: the Darkest Elvis Secret was said by his StepMom on National USA tv. That one can be famous and rich and be depressed, connects to why western nations have the highest suicide rates: direct/obvious and passive. In 2017 it was revealed Elvis Presley left a suicide note, and that was why the life insurance policy was never cashed.
It is important to note that the majority of sexual predators and murderers are males who victimize: pick the most inclusive or the most diverse statement of victim categories:
A) women and other men
B) men and women
C) heterosexual men, heterosexual women and LGBTQ2
D) heterosexual men, heterosexual women, gay/bisexual men, bisexual women, lesbians and NB/Transpersons
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.