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BCE to The Suffragettes

04-20-1492 – 10-21-1556 Pietro Aretino – Born in Arezzo, Italy. He was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer, who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics.; and developed modern literary pornography.

Pietro Aretino

He also is the inventor of modern literate pornography. He was a lover of both women and men; having declared himself a “sodomite” since birth. In a letter to Giovanni de’ Medici written in 1524 Aretino enclosed a satirical poem saying that due to a sudden aberration he had “fallen in love with a female cook and temporarily switched from boys to girls…” Aretino was a close friend of Titian, who painted his portrait at least three times. He is said to have died of suffocation from “laughing too much.”

4-20-1857 – 01-29-1912 Herman Joachim Bang – Born in Als, Denmark. He was a Danish author, one of the men of the Modern Breakthrough. He was friends with Henrik Ibsen. Bang was gay, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural 

Herman Joachim Bang

life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. He lived most of his life with his sister but found happiness for a few years with German actor Max Eisfeld, with whom he lived in Prague in 1885-1886. Bang’s works earned him renown as a leading European impressionist writer. He traveled widely in Europe, and during a lecture tour of the United States he was taken ill on the train and died in Ogden, Utah.

1893, Italy – Bisexual Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (26 February 1861 – 10 September 1948) marries Princess Marie Louise of Bourbob-Parma. He born Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the second monarch of the Third Bulgarian State, first as knyaz (ruling prince) from 1887 to 1908, and later as tsar (king) from 1908 until his abdication in 1918. He was also an author, botanistentomologist and philatelist. Ferdinand entered a marriage of convenience with Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma, daughter of Robert I, Duke of Parma and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, on 20 April 1893 at the Villa Pianore in Lucca. In his private relations, Ferdinand was a somewhat hedonistic individual. Bisexual throughout his life, up until early middle age his inclination was more towards women. His regular holidays were on Capri, then a popular holiday destination with wealthy gay men. His sexuality was common knowledge in royal courts throughout Europe.

04-20-1937 George Takei – Born in Boyle Heights, California. He is an American actor best known for his role in the TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. He is a proponent of LGBT rights and active in state and local politics. In October 2005, Takei revealed in an issue of Frontiers magazine that he is gay and has been in a committed relationship with his partner, Brad Altman, for 18 years; 

George Takei

the move was prompted by then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of same-sex marriage legislation. In 2006 he was Grand Marshal at the Chicago Pride Parade. He also appeared on the Google float at San Francisco Pride 2007. On May 16, 2008, Takei announced that he and Brad Altman would be getting married. They were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood and were married on September 14, 2008. In 2009. Takei and Altman appeared in a celebrity edition of The Newlywed Game TV show, which the GSN cable network aired October 13, 2009. They were the first same-sex couple to be featured on the show. They won the game, winning $10,000 for their charity, the Japanese American National Museum. In May 2014, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored Takei with the GLAAD Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The musical Allegiance, was inspired by the personal experiences of Takei. It is the first Broadway musical created by Asian Americans, directed by an Asian American, with a predominantly Asian cast and from an Asian American viewpoint.

April 20, 1939

The first civil rights song, “Strange Fruit,” an Abel Meeropol poem originally titled “Bitter Fruit” and later set to music, was recorded by Billie Holiday. It became Holliday’s biggest record success

04-20-1939 Katherine V. Forrest – Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is an American writer best known for her nine novels about police detective Kate Delafield. Her character was the very 

Katherine V. Forrest

first lesbian police detective in the American lesbian mystery genre. Forrest said, “We are the only subculture that incorporates both genders, all races, all colors all creeds…Being visible can make us free…and give us a power we have never known.” She was a recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1998. She lives with her wife, Jo Hercus, in Palm Springs, California.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

04-20-1941   Blanche Wiesen Cook – Born in New York City, New York. She is an American historian and professor of history. Cook is the author of a 

three-volume biography about Eleanor Roosevelt. The biography details an affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok. (The affair has been the subject of other books and it has also bee disputed.) She also wrote opinion pieces for the New York Times. In 2010, she received the Bill Whitehead Award (LGBT literary award) for Lifetime Achievement. Since 1969

 Cook has been in a relationship with playwright Clare Coss. The couple met while organizing a protest against the Vietnam War and participated in the gay liberation movement after the Stonewall uprising. (Top photo of Cook & her book. Bottom photo of Cook & Coss)


Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior In The Human Male

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex


The first single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton was released on Gold Band Records. It was called “Puppy Love.” and it would become a hit record in the 1970s for Donny Osmond.

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

April 20, 1961

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved FM stereo broadcasting.


 Illinois becomes first state in The US to discriminalize homosexual acts between to two consenting adults in the privacy of their homes.

New Orleans Citizens’ Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states

1969 – Frank Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) orders 100 “Gay is Good” buttons, indicating a move from his position of “fitting in” to promoting and celebrating gay existence. He was an American gay rights activist. He has been referred to as “one of the most significant figures” in the American gay rights movement. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army‘s Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality, leading him to begin “a Herculean struggle with the American establishment” that would “spearhead a new period of militancy in the homosexual rights movement of the early 1960s”. Kameny formally appealed his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission due to homosexuality.  Although unsuccessful, the proceeding was notable as the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation pursued in a U.S. court.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights


The Boys in the Band movie trailer is released. The Boys in the Band is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Mart Crowley  (born August 21, 1935) is based on his Off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band. It is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters and is often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema,


The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” as a religious symbol.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of school busing as a method of achieving racial desegregation.


Barbra Streisand recorded “We’ve Only Just Begun.”


 “Bennie And The Jets” fell to #2 for Elton John on the USA song charts


The Nevada State Senate – meeting a mere twenty miles from the nearest legalized brothel and just across the street from the nearest casino – votes to retain criminal penalties (1-6 years in prison) for homosexual acts between consenting adults, and, under a new amendment, prohibits the parole of anyone convicted of such acts unless it can be shown they will not be “a menace to the health, safety, and morals of others.”

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

04-20-1980 Vibeke Skofterud – Born in Askim, Norway. She is a Norwegian cross country skier who has been competing since 1999,

Vibeke Skofterud

 She won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

She confirmed in June 2008 that she is in a committed relationship with a woman.

04-20-1983   Tan France (Tanweer Wasim Safdar) – Born in Doncaster, England to Muslim Pakistani parents. He was raised in a very strict 

Muslim household and has stated that his sexuality was viewed negatively in his upbringing. France is an English fashion designer, television personality, and author. He is currently the fashion expert for the Netflix series Queer Eye. France currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his husband, Rob France.


The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast

“We Are The World” reached #1 on the U.K. Singles chart.

“We Are The World” was also #1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Madonna second with “Crazy For You” , Simple Minds had their first Top 10 with “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” at #8, Murray Head reached the list with “One Night In Bangkok

USA LP Charts: Madonna with Like a Virgin at 6, Wham’s #7 album Make It Big


Vladimir Horowitz returned to Russia to perform after being away for almost 60 years.

The Horowitz Magnum Opus – The Washington Post › lifestyle › 1983/03/23

Mar 23, 1983 — As portrayed in the book, Horowitz apparently had homosexual leanings as well. Plaskin freely discusses his own sexual orientation without …

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

04-20-1991 Javier Raya – Born in Madrid, Spain. He is a Spanish figure skater. Raya was the 2011 Spanish national senior champion and has competed at eight ISU Championships. In May 2016, he came out as gay in an Instagram post.


Madonna signed a deal with Time Warner to set up a multimedia company. The reported $60 million deal made her the highest-paid woman in pop music.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at London’s Wembley Stadium. Def Leppard, Lisa Stansfield, Elton John, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Annie Lennox, Guns N’ Roses, Roger Daltrey, George Michael, Metallica, Liza Minnelli, Spinal Tap, and the three remaining members of Queen performed Freddie’s major hits. Elizabeth Taylor also appeared. The concert was televised to more than 1 billion viewers worldwide and is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as “The largest rock star benefit concert.”

April 20, 1994

At Wembley Stadium, Barbra Streisand gave her first London concert in 28 years.

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


The Chinese Society of Psychiatry declares homosexuality no longer an illness. The new Chinese Classification and Diagnostic Criteria of Mental Disorders removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.


Oregon Circuit Court Judge Frank Bearden rules that the state must “accept and register” marriages of same-sex couples. He then orders a temporary stop to issuing new licenses, but gives the Oregon Legislative Assembly 90 days from the start of its next session to write a law that ensures identical rights for same-sex couples, which could happen through civil marriage or civil union.


The Connecticut state legislature approves a law to allow same-sex civil unions effective October 1, 2005.

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

cited sources

Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

canada pride


people link events link

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 with 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? the last Elvis secret, along with the suicide note left in 1977, all swore to not reveal.

And each Memphis Mafia Member book was all about the orgies and parties Elvis made them attend, as if that was not why they were his friends acquired over time, to Red West, who saved Elvis from high school bathroom beatings and haircuts.

from my original blog:

Books: Death of Elvis

Books: Best and Worst

Books: Elvis My Best Man by George Klein and Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowel

Book: Baby Let’s Play House – Alanna Nash

see also:

Elvis and Lenny Bruce


With the new theatric Biopic that will reveal Elvis’ self harm in both diet and injuries as a pretense to get cancer level drugs from doctors and dentists and anyone who would administer anything, including an induced week long coma for weight loss in Vegas, known to any Elvis fan who read:

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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