BCE to The Suffragettes
04-21-1891 – 08-21-1974 Georgia Harkness – Born in Harkness,
New York , a town named after her grandfather. She was a Christian theologian in the Methodist tradition. Harkness was the first woman to obtain full professorship in a U.S. theological seminary. She disliked the doctrine of original sin, saying that “the sooner it disappears, the better it is for theology.” In 1948, Harkness confronted Karl Barth on his theology of female subordination. She ended the debate quoting Galatians 3:28,” …nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In 1956, for her work on behalf of the ordination of women in the Methodist Church, she was honored with a standing ovation when an affirmative vote permitted women full ordination rights. Harkness was committed to alleviating racism, economic disparities, sexism, and believed that same sex relationships would be accepted in the future. In 2010 the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Pacific School of Religion named an annual lectureship after her, in recognition of her advocacy of full civil rights for gay and lesbian people and honoring her thirty-three year relationship with her companion, Verna Miller.
04-21-1906 – 02-28-1987 Stephen Tennant – Born in Wilsford cum Lake, Wiltshire, England. He was born into British nobility, the youngest son of a
Scottish peer. Known for his decadent lifestyle, he was called “the brightest” of the “Bright Young People” (this was a nickname given by the tabloid press to a group of bohemian aristocrats and socialites in 192os London). During the 1920’s and 1930s Tennant had a sexual affair with the poet Siegfried Sassoon. The affair lasted for four years and remained Tennant’s most important relationship. The character of Cedric Hampton in the novel Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford is based on Tennant. Lord Sebastian Flyte, a character in the novel Brideshead Revisited, is partly based on Tennant. He died in 1987 and had outlived most of his contemporaries. A large archive of his letter, scrapbooks, and artworks is held in The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History in London.
04-21-1914 – 06-07-2006 Muriel Inez Crawford – Born in Washington, D.C. She and her partner for almost 57 years, Anyda Marchant (pen name Sarah Aldridge) were pioneering lesbian-feminist publishers. In 1972, they co-founded Naiad Press:
the premier lesbian publishing house in the U.S. throughout the 1970, 1980s, and early 1990s. They remained closeted during the terror and paranoia of the McCarthy era in Washington, D.C. In addition to the early Sarah Aldridge novels, Naiad Press began to publish romances, mysteries, and novels by other lesbian writers—authors such as Katharine V. Forrest, Renee Vivien, Valerie Taylor, and many more. Anyda Marchant died two weeks before her ninety-fifth birthday on January 11, 2006. Muriel Crawford followed five months later on June 7, 2006.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
04-21-1945 – 04-14-2017 Dr. Mark Wainberg – Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was a Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher and HIV/AIDS activist. Wainberg was the Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre at the Montreal
Jewish General Hospital and Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology at McGill University. He was part of the medical team that discovered the first antiviral drug to treat patients with HIV. Wainberg was also an outspoken advocate for people with HIV and for destigmatizing those living with the disease. He had a close relationship with the gay community and understood how the disease disproportionately affected gay men. As a Modern Orthodox Jew, Wainberg’s research of HIV led him into supporting the LGBTQ community and he marched in pride parades to show his support. His son, Zev Wainberg said, “It was a way for my father to fight intolerance that was consistent with his Judaic values.” Dr. Mark Wainberg drowned in the waters off Bal Harbour, Florida at the age of 71.
1946 – John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes(5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946) died on this day. He was a British economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century and the founder of modern macroeconomics theory. His ideas are the basis for the school of thoughtknown as Keynesian economics, and its various offshoots.Keynes’s early romantic and sexual relationships were exclusively with men. Significant among his early partners was British classics scholar and code breaker Alfred Dillwyn “Dilly” Knox (23 July 1884 – 27 February 1943). Keynes was open about his affairs, and, from 1901 to 1915, kept separate diaries in which he tabulated his many sexual encounters.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
Philanthropist and Microsoft pioneer Ric Weiland (April 21, 1953 – June 24, 2006) is born. One of the first five employees of Microsoft, Weiland was a lead programmer and developer for the company’s BASIC and COBOL programming languages. After leaving Microsoft in 1988, he dedicated most of his time to philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to charities, including the Pride Foundation, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Weiland committed suicide by gunshot on June 24, 2006. Besides his long standing HIV diagnosis, he was reported to have suffered from clinical depression. His is survived by his partner Mike Schaefer.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Jorge Valencia is born. He was the Executive Director of the Trevor Project from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, he became the executive director of the Point Foundation where he is continuing his life’s work in support of LGBTQ youth. The Point Foundation (Point), founded in 2001, empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions. To date, Point has assisted more than 350 scholarship recipients
John Cameron Mitchell – Born in El Paso, Texas. He is an American writer, actor, and director, best known for his films Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, and Rabbit Hole. In 1985, Mitchell came out as gay to his family and
friends and in 1992, he came out publicly in a New York Times profile. He is a Radical Faerie, which was influential in his making of Shortbus. The long-running New York City monthly party, “Mattachine”, was founded by Mitchell, PJ DeBoy, Paul Dawson, and performance artists, Amber Martin and Angela De Carlo.
The NY Mattachine Society, spearheaded by president Dick Leitsch (born May 11, 1935), staged a “Sip-In” at the Julius Bar in Greenwich Village. This led to court actions that overturned the New York State Liquor Authority’s provisions declaring it illegal for homosexuals to congregate and be served alcoholic beverages in bars. Although Leitsch’s complaint to the State Liquor Authority resulted in no action, the city’s human rights commission declared that such discrimination could not continue. The National Park Service Register of Historic Places for the Julius’ Bar states that “Scholars of gay history consider the sip-in at Julius’ as a key event leading to the growth of legitimate gay bars and the development of the bar as the central social space for urban gay men and lesbians.” The bar now holds a monthly party called “Mattachine” honoring the early gay rights pioneers.
Janis Joplin makes her first London concert appearance at Royal Albert Hall, a performance considered by many to be one of the best of her career.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Elton John’s newly-created trio, with Dee Murray on bass and drummer Niggel Olsson, made their live performance debut when they opened for Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Roundhouse in London. Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, and Heavy Jelly were also on the bill.
04-21-1970 Alice Wu – Born in San Jose, California. She is a Chinese American film director and screenwriter.
Wu pursued a career in computer science but began writing a novel while working at Microsoft. Deciding the story would work better as a film, she signed up for a screenwriting class, in which she penned the feature script Saving Face. Encouraged by her screenwriting teacher, she left Microsoft in the late 1990s to try to turn the script into a film, giving herself a five-year window.
Production had begun when she reached the fifth year. In 2001, the script for Saving Face won the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment screenwriting award. Saving Face was released in 2004 and is her most noted work. The film was inspired by her own experiences coming out as a lesbian in the Chinese American community.
USA LP Charts The previous #1, Lady Sings the Blues by Diana Ross from the Soundtrack to the movie of the same name, fell to #2. Elton John slipped to #8 after a long run in the upper part of the list with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones’new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I’m Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones – and I love it!’
Canada – In Saskatoon the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan overturns recommendation of the University Council that homosexuality should not be considered in the selection of dons of residence, but it accepts that sexual orientation not be a factor in treatment of faculty or students in faculty positions.
April 21, 1977
Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra’s ABC-TV special “Sinatra & Friends”.
“Annie” opened on Broadway.
Gloria Gaynor held at #2 with her former #1 “I Will Survive”. Suzi Quatro teamed with Chris Norman for the #7 song “Stumblin’ In”, the Bee Gees were at 8 with their former #1 “Tragedy”, Chic moved into the Top 10 with “I Want Your Love”
LP Charts: Love Tracks by Gloria Gaynor fell to #10.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Illinois Congressman John Anderson, who will shortly be running for President of the United States as an Independent, publicly announces his support for federal gay rights legislation. “If freedom under our constitution is to have a real meaning,” says Anderson, “this legislation is a natural extension of one’s individual rights.”
The first wave of the so-called “Mariel Boatlift” brings a group of ragtag boats and other craft bearing hundreds of refugees from Cuba to the United States. By the time it’s all over, over of 101,000 Cubans – among them several thousand homosexuals – have arrived in the U.S.
Two gay men are arrested when a policeman spots them giving each other a brief good-bye kiss at the Fort Lauderdale airport. They are later convicted of creating a public nuisance and given probation.
Canada – In Toronto six people, including activists George Hislop (June 3, 1927 – October 8, 2005) and lawyer Peter Maloney and head of Club Bath chain in the U.S., Jack Campbell (born 1932) are charged with conspiracy to live off avails of crime. All three were listed as owners of the Club Toronto. These were the final charges following the February 5th bathhouse raids. Almost all charges are later dropped in court. The event marked a major turning point in the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Canada; the raids and their aftermath are today widely considered to be the Canadian equivalent of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. Mass protests and rallies were held denouncing the incident. These evolved into Toronto’s current Pride Week, which is now one of the world’s largest gay pride festivals. Almost all the charges against the 300+ men including Hislop, Maloney and Campbell are later dropped in court and the Toronto Metro Police become a laughingstock.
04-21-1981 Kim Lammers – Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2012 Olympic Athlete: Plays Field Hockey representing the Netherlands. She was part of the Dutch team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic’s in London.
She is an out lesbian.
Canada – Metro Toronto Police Morality Squad officers seize two magazines, charge assistant manager Kevin Orr of Glad Day Bookshop with “possession of obscene material for purpose of resale.”
USA song charts: #4 “Hold Me Now” from the Thompson Twins, “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club at #5, the Pointer Sisters down to 6 with “Automatic”, Rockwell was at 7 with “Somebody’s Watching Me” and , the Eurythmics had #9 with “Here Comes The Rain Again”
Fashion celebrity Rudi Gernreich, desiger of the first topless swimsuit, the “monokini”, and early founder of the Mattachine Society, dies of cancer at the age of sixty-two. Despite a New York Times obituary claiming that he lived alone and that “there are no survivors,” Gernreich in fact had a lover of thirty-one years, Dr. Oreste Pucciani.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
“Nothing Compares To You” reached #1 for Sinead O’Connor; it was also #1 in 18 other countries. Sinead O’Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. The video was shot in Paris, and consists almost solely of a close-up on O’Connor’s face as she sings the lyrics. Towards the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards – the first video by a female artist to win in this category.
LP Charts: Bonnie Raitt remained at #1 on the Album chart for the third week in a row with Nick Of Time. Sinead O’Connor was at #2 with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 edged up to #3. The rest of the Top 10: The former #1 Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul, Alannah Myles’ debut was at #6,
in pop culture:
Amy Grant brought a law suit against Marvel Comics for including a likeness of her in a Dr. Strange comic.
Nearly two hundred students hold an anti-homosexual “Straight Pride” rally at the University of Massachusetts. A short time later, ten of the demonstrators raid and disrupt an anthropology class watching The Times of Harvey Milk.
Czech republic – The first openly gay person, Václav Fischer (born 22 June 1954), is elected to Czech Senate. Fischer is a Czech–German businessman and politician. He was the founder of the companies CK Fischer and Fischer Air.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Singer (I Loves You Porgy)/songwriter/pianist/arranger/civil rights activist Nina Simone died of breast cancer at age 70.
In its home state of Washington, the Microsoft corporation withdraws support for H.B. 1515, after pressure from local clergyman Ken Hutcherson. The bill would have made it illegal to fire an employee based on sexual orientation. Hutcherson threatened the company with a nationwide boycott.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Elton John made an appearance on American Idol‘s Idol Gives Back, where he seemed to struggle vocally to get through his 1970 composition “Your Song”. Also appearing were Jeff Beck, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood.
Montana District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rules against same-sex couples seeking to force the state to extend the benefits of marriage to them, finding that the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the separation of powers between the courts and the legislature prevents it.
Robin Thicke’s controversial hit single Blurred Lines was named the UK’s most-downloaded song of all time. The song had sold 1.54 million copies since it was released in May 2013, despite criticisms of its explicit lyrics. About 20 university student unions banned the track, saying it promoted “date rape culture”, an accusation Thicke consistently denied.
04-21-2014 US Postal Service unveil its new stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official to be featured on a US stamp.
Prince, the singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist died at the age of 57 after suffering flu-like symptoms for several weeks. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, he had 32 Billboard Top 40 entries between 1979 and 1999 including “Little Red Corvette”, “When Doves Cry”, “Purple Rain” and “Sign ‘O’ The Times”. Over the course of his career he sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility.
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Today in LGBT History – APRIL 21 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › today-in-lgbt-history-april-21-2Apr 21, 2019 — Today in LGBT History – APRIL 21. 1946 – John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes(5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946) died on this day.
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 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:
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.
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
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.