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BCE to The Suffragettes

1061, Spain – The first recorded same-sex wedding occurred when Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz were married by a priest at a small chapel in Rairiz de Veiga, Galicia, Spain. The historic documents about the church wedding were found at theMonastery of San Salvador de Celanova. It is not known whether the priest was aware of the gender of both.

1453, Italy – Leonardo da Vinci (16 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) is born. He was a prolific painter, scientist, mathematician, philosopher, architect and inventor. His most famous works are the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Along with three other young men, he was anonymously accused of sodomy (and acquitted), which in Florence was a criminal offense, even though in most cases the authorities looked the other way and the general culture attached little social stigma to homosexuality. The accusation specifically charged him with a homosexual interaction with Jacopo Saltarelli, a notorious prostitute. DaVinci never married nor showed any (recorded) interest in women; indeed, he wrote in his notebooks that male-female intercourse disgusted him. His anatomical drawings naturally include the sexual organs of both genders, but those of the male exhibit much more extensive attention. Finally, Leonardo surrounded himself with beautiful young male assistants.

04-16-1919 – 07-26-2009   Mercier “Merce” Cunningham – Born in Centralia, Washington. He was an American dancer and choreographer who was on 

the leading edge of American modern dance for more than 50 years. For more than six years he danced as a soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company. He formed his own company in 1953 and choreographed almost 200 works for his dancers. His works have been performed by the Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, White Oak Dance Project, and London’s Rambert Dance Company. His life partner was American composer and music theorist, John Cage (Sept. 5, 1912). Photo is of Merce Cunningham in 1948 by photographer Philippe Halsman.

1934, Australia – Robert Colin Stigwood (16 April 1934 – 4 January 2016) was an Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur, film producer and impresario. He was best known for managing Cream and the Bee Gees, theatrical productions like Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar and film productions including the extremely successful Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

04-16-1939 – 03-02-1999 Dusty Springfield – (born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) Born in West Hampstead, London, England.

Dusty Springfield

She was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at the peak of her career was one of the most successful British performers, with six top 20 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the U.K. Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. She is a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have name Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. In the biography, Dancing With Demons, “…the confidence Springfield exuded on vinyl was a facade masking severe insecurities, addictions to drink and drugs, bouts of self-harm, and fear of losing her career if exposed as a lesbian.” From mid-1966 to the early 1970s she lived in a domestic partnership with fellow singer Norma Tanega. In the 1970s and 1980s, she became involved in several romantic relationships with women in Canada and the US that were not kept secret from the gay and lesbian community. From late 1972 to 1978, Springfield had an “off and on” domestic relationship with Faye Harris, a US photojournalist. In 1981, she had a six-month love affair with singer-musician Carole Pope of the rock band Rough Trade.

Dusty with Teda

In 1982 she met an American actress and singer, Teda Bracci, at an AA meeting. In April 1983 the pair moved in together  and seven months later they exchanged vows at a wedding ceremony which was not legally recognized under California law. They had a “tempestuous” relationship and separated within two years. In January 1994 while recording her final album,  A Very Fine Love, in Nashville, Dusty Springfield felt ill. When she returned to the United Kingdom, her physicians diagnosed breast cancer. In spite of vigorous treatments, she died on March 2, 1999. Her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had been scheduled two weeks after her death. Her friend Elton John inducted her into the Hall of Fame, declaring, “I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been… Every song she sang, she claimed as her own.”

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

04-16-1940 Joan Synder – Born in Highland Park, New Jersey. She is

 an American painter that has been awarded fellowships by Guggenheim, MacArtur and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 Snyder married her partner of 28 years, Margaret Cammer. Cammer is a retired New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge.

April 16, 1943

Chemist Albert Hoffman in Basel, Switzerland, accidentally discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25. He had been researching the medicinal value of lysergic acid.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina includes the above as a medical change and the continuation of the Victorian Era’s invention of chemical addiction.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1957 – Essex Hemphill (April 16, 1957 – November 4, 1995) was an openly gay American poet and activist. He is known for his contributions to the Washington, D.C. art scene in the 1980s, and for openly discussing the topics pertinent to the African-American gay community. In the 1990s, Hemphill would rarely give information about his health, although he would occasionally talk about “being a person with AIDS.” It was not until 1994 that he wrote about his experiences with the disease in his poem “Vital Signs.” He died on November 4, 1995, of AIDS-related complications. After his death, December 10, 1995, was announced by three organizations (Gay Men of African Descent(GMAD), Other Countries, and Black Nations/Queer Nations?) to be a National Day of Remembrance for Essex Hemphill at New York City‘s Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. In 2014, Martin Duberman (born August 6, 1930) wrote Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS in which Duberman documents the life of Essex Hemphill, along with author and activist, Michael Callen (April 11, 1955 – December 27, 1993). The book would go on to win the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction.

04-16-1957 – 11-04-1995 Essex Hemphill – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He was an American poet and LGBT activist.

Essex Hemphill

 He was a 1993Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipient. His poetry has been published widely in journals, and his essays have appeared in High PerformanceGay Community News,The AdvocatePyramid Periodical,Essence and others. In 1993, he was a visiting scholar at the Getty Center. The poems and essays in Ceremonies address the sexual objectification of black men in white culture, relationships among gay black men and non-gay black men, HIV/AIDS in the black community and the meaning of family. He died of AIDS-related complications on November 4, 1995.

The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30

Brian Epstein managed: The Beatles made their television debut on BBC-TV’s The 625 Show.


In the Notting Hill Gate area of London, the Beatles filmed chase scenes for “A Hard Days Night” with actors dressed as policemen. In the evening they recorded the title song for the film at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, completing it in nine takes.


USA top 10 songs“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Cher at #3,

USA top 10 LPs:  Soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” was still in the Top 10 32 after 57 weeks of release.  Boots from Nancy Sinatra at #5,


Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood sang “Summer Wine” on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Tony Bennett, the Count Basie Orchestra, Los Indios Tabajaras, and Totie Fields also performed.

04-16-1969 Charles Pierre Chauvel – Born in Gisborne, New Zealand. He is a New Zealand lawyer and former politician who served in Parliament from 2006 until March 2013. He was the first 

Charles Pierre Chauvel

New Zealand MP of Tahitian ancestry. He now serves with the United Nations Development Programme. Chauvel was a board member of the New Zealand Aids Foundation from 1990 to 1994, serving as chair in 1996. He is openly gay.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights


At Regis College in Denver, Queen gave their first U.S. concert.

04-16-1975 Sean Maher – Born in Pleasantville, New York. American actor. He is best known for his role as Simon Tam in the 

Sean Maher

science fiction television series Firefly and the follow-up movie Serenity. Maher and his partner Paul have two adopted children. Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out in 2011.


USA song charts  Thelma Houston was edging towards the top with “Don’t Leave Me This Way” #2,  ABBA fell from #1 to #6 with “Dancing Queen”, Natalie Cole was at 7 with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, Barbra Streisand was at #8 with “Evergreen”, 

A New York judge rules that transsexual tennis player Renee Richards is eligible to play in the women’s division of the U.S. Open tennis championships and does not have to undergo a chromosome test.

The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list


USA Song charts #1 “Billie Jean” spent a seventh final week at #1 for Michael Jackson, while Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” by Culture Club at #10.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: a rock song about not having procreative sex with a woman and ending with don’t hurt men who do not want to have such sex.

04-16-1984 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – Born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is an American author of fantasy and young adult 

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

literature. She has been featured in SeventeenJUMP* Magazine, Entertainment WeeklyUSA TodayThe New YorkerThe Rosie O’Donnell Show and CBS This Morning. Several of her novels have been ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults; Hawksong was The School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Voice of Youth Advocates Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Selection. On July 4, 2010 she married her partner, Mandi McCresky.

04-16-1987 Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel – Born in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She was a Dutch field hockey player. 

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed for the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team in the women’s event. The team won the Gold medal at the 2012 London games. In 2014 the team won gold at the World Cup.  She was one of ten openly LGBT Olympians to medal in London and one of 49 open LGBT athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” prevailed for the third week atop the Adult Contemporary chart and was #3 on the pop

The “Dirty Dancing” Soundtrack topped the Album chart for a seventh week, holding off Michael Jackson’s Bad while Faith by George Michael was third.

LGBTQ@ Blogger Nina notes: Thee Blow Monkeys warrant the Dirty Dancing soundtrack inclusion here, while Jackson does not and is included as pop culture to give context to chart accomplishments of those who do.

90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism


More than 72,000 people gathered at London’s Wembley Stadium for an anti-apartheid concert. Neil Young, Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Simple Minds, and others took part in “Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa,” an “international reception” for the civil-rights leader, who had just been released from a 27-year prison sentence.


Elton John was awarded an honorary membership to Britain’s Royal Academy of M

Sherry Barone sues Har Jehuda Cemetery (Barone v. Har Jehuda Cemetery). Barone and Cynthia Friedman had been together for 13 years when Friedman passed away from cancer at the age of 35. In several discussions before her death, Friedman had asked that Barone include the inscription on her headstone: “Beloved life partner, daughter, granddaughter, sister and aunt.” Days after Friedman’s death, Barone signed a contract with Har Jehuda Cemetery for two adjoining plots and a headstone. Friedman’s religious principles meant the headstone should have been unveiled one year after she died, but the cemetery had refused to act on Barone’s instructions to follow her loved one’s wishes that “life partner” be included. After filing suit on Barone’s behalf, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund’s David S. Buckel (1958-April 14, 2018) settled with the cemetery outside of the courtroom. The cemetery agreed to erect the headstone in accordance with Friedman’s wishes and also to compensate Barone $15,000.

Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”


 Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg steps down from an advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America, citing the organization’s discriminatory practices in regards to religious belief and sexual orientation.

Pop Culture Reference and Over the Pond Scandal post Jerry Lee Lewis


Sony Music Entertainment filed a complaint against the Dixie Chicks for breach of contract. Sony argued that they would lose $100 million if the Dixie Chicks did not provide the five remaining albums on their contract.

First The USA South Burned The Beatles, Then the Dixie Chicks – Now The Chicks – owing to awarenss of The Problem:


USA 1950s rocker/country later crooner: Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from Kerrie McCarver, his sixth wife and the former president of his fan club. Their divorce became final in June 2005. They have two children.

Great Balls of Scandal: How Jerry Lee Lewis’ marriage to a 13 … › article-1021569 › Great-…

May 23, 2008 — Fifty years ago this week, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in Britain and revealed his young companion was his 13-year-old wife, Myra.

When Jerry Lee Lewis Married His 13-Year-Old Cousin › jerry-lee-lewis-married…

Mar 8, 2019 — Jerry Lee Lewis ended his promising rock ‘n’ roll career when he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra in 1958.


CIRR-FM is a radio station in Toronto, Ontario. Owned by Evanov Communications, it broadcasts a Hot AC/CHR format with a focus on the area’s LGBT community. Wikipedia

Broadcast areaGreater Toronto Area

First air date: April 16, 2007


Call sign meaning: CI Rainbow Radio (pre-launch name)


Barbra Streisand donated $5 million for the establishment of a women’s heart education and research program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


USA – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signs the “everything but marriage” domestic partnership bill effective June 1, 2009.

Jaheem Herrera (1997-2009), age 11, takes his own life after unrelenting anti-gay bullying at school. No matter how many times his mother went to the school and complained, nothing was ever done. On April 16 after showing his mother and sister his report card of A’s and B’s, he went to his room and hung himself. His best friend said Jaheem was tired of complaining, tired of the bullying, tired of the talking. He felt that his teachers, counselors were doing nothing and he just couldn’t take it anymore.

Human Rights in global conflictTrans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women


USA- Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act No. 1, banning adoption by same-sex couples (but not LGBT individuals) is overturned in state court for violating the Constitution of Arkansas’ right to privacy.

2012 –

Katie Ricks becomes the first open lesbian ordained by the Presbyterian Church. She is the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill.

2018 – Donna Red Wing (1951 – April 16, 2018), a civil rights activist who campaigned for LGBTQ equality, died on this day at her home in Des Moines after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 67.  Red Wing, who was once called as “the most dangerous woman in America” by the Christian Coalition, spent more than three decades advocating for civil rights. She was described in an obituary as a well-known national leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality. She served as executive director of One Iowa from 2012 to 2016, expanding the organization’s work into new arenas after the battle for marriage equality ended, the group said in a statement. “Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals across the country,” said Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the organization’s executive director. “Donna inspired so many, including myself.” Red Wing, the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith and Freedom, worked on numerous projects, initiatives and councils that included co-chairing the Obama for America 2008 LGBT Leadership Council. Donna died of lung cancer at the age of 67, is survived by her wife and partner for more than 30 years, Sumitra, son Julian, grandson Jasper and twin brother David. 

cited sources

Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

Today in LGBT History – April 16 | Ronni Sanlo › today-in-lgbt-history-april-16

Apr 16, 2018 — Learning our history is resistance! Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story! … 1061, Spain – The first recorded same-sex …

The Lavender Effect

canada pride


people link events link

Timeline: Notable Events in LGBT Canadian History – CBC › interactives › gayrevolution › time…

– April 16: 103.9 Proud FM, Canada’s first LGBT radio station and the first in the world operated by a commercial broadcaster rather than a community non-profit …

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

Our Daily Elvis

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.

Was There A Dark Side to Elvis and Gladys?

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

Extra Credit:

now factor in how to phrase that sentence and include 1 ethnicity 2 disability – physical of body and/or of the brain and persons without religion/spirituality

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.


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