BCE to The Suffragettes
April 23, 1616
Poet/playwright William Shakespeare died at the age of 52. (Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, All’s Well That Ends Well)
1791 – James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) is born near Mercerburg, Pennsylvania. The 15th president of the United States was the only bachelor to serve in that office. His closest friend long-time live-in companion, Alabama Senator William Rufus De Vane King (April 7, 1786 – April 18, 1853) briefly served as vice president under Franklin Pierce. King referred to the relationship as a “communion”, and the two attended social functions together. Contemporaries also noted the closeness. Andrew Jackson called King “Miss Nancy” and prominent Democrat Aaron V. Brown referred to King as Buchanan’s “better half”, “wife” and “Aunt Fancy” (the last being a 19th-century euphemism for an effeminate man). Around Washington, the pair were known as the “Siamese twins,” slang at the time for gays and lesbians.
04-23-1858 – 05-08-1944 Ethel Smyth – Born in Sidcup, United Kingdom. She was an English composer and a leader of the women’s suffrage movement. Her compositions included songs, works for piano, chamber music, orchestral and concertante works, choral works, and operas.
From 1913 onwards, she began to gradually lose her hearing and managed to complete only four more major works before deafness brought her composing career to an end. However, she found a new interest in literature and, between 1919 and 1940, she published ten highly successful, mostly autobiographical, books. In recognition of her work as a composer and writer, Smyth was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1922. Smyth had several passionate affairs in her life, most of them with women. Her philosopher-friend and librettist of some of her operas, Henry Bennet Brewster, may have been her only male lover. Smyth was at one time in love with the married suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. At the age of 71 she fell in love with writer Virginia Woolf, who, both blamed and amused, said it was “like being caught by a giant crab,” but the two became friends. Smyth’s relationship with Violet Gordon-Woodhouse is depicted satirically in Roger Scruton’s 2005 opera, Violet.
04-23-1875 – 12-06-1954 Élisabeth de Gramont (Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre) – Born in Nancy, France. She was a French writer. Best known for her long term relationship with Natalie Barney. She was a descendant of Henry IV of France and grew up among the highest aristocracy when she was a child.
She looked back on the lost of wealth and privilege with little regret, and became known as the “red duchess” for her support of socialism. She was a close friend, and sometimes critic, of writer Marcel Proust, whom she had met on June 9, 1903. Her mother died giving birth to her, and her father remarried the wealthy Marguerite de Rothschild. Élisabeth met Natalie Barney in the spring of 1909. They became lovers on May 1, 1910, a date that became their anniversary. Although neither was faithful to the other sexually, they were devoted to one another for their entire lives.
04-23-1876 – 1968 Mary Ellicott Arnold – Born in New Brighton, New York City, New York. She was an American social activist, teacher, and writer, best known for In the Land of the Grasshopper Song co-written with Mabel Reed.
From the time they were both sixteen, Arnold and Reed had a friendship, that later matured into a life partnership. Arnold’s papers and correspondence are housed at Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College and the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003, playwright Lauren Wilson adapted In the Land of the Grasshopper Song for the stage as a musical comedy.
04-23-1895 – 08-31-1983 Alice DeLamar – Born in New York City, New York. She was a Colorado mine heiress and one of America’s youngest and richest heiresses.
DeLamar was Eva Le Gallienne’s lover and financial supporter of the Civic Repertory Theatre in New York, founded by Le Gallienne. DeLamar was her patron for sixty years and left her a million dollars in 1982. She was also a patron of art, ballet and theater. DeLamar died on August 31, 1983. On September 3, she was creamated but she had made no arrangement for what was to happen to her ashes. Finally, her black chauffeur, Charles Edwards, carried her urn to the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Palm Beach, because his girlfriend was working there in the funeral home, so DeLamar’s ashes are buried in an all-black cemetery. Edwards said of DeLamar, “She knew people, she knew their limits, but she did not look at their shortcomings but only to the good in each of them.” Many of her servants had been with her for years and she did not forget them at the end.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Earl “Fatha” Hines Band began a series of engagements featuring then-unknowns Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan.
04-23-1945 François Clemmons – Born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an American singer, actor, playwright, and university lecturer. Clemmons is best know as “Officer Clemmons” on the PBS television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968 to 1993. In 1968, Clemmons won the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1973, he won a Grammy Award for a recording of Porgy and Bess.
Clemmons was one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on a kids’ TV series, and his relationship with Mr. Rogers was ground breaking in race relations. While in college, Clemmons realized he was gay, but remained closeted, fearing disapproval from his religious family and the community. In 1968, Rogers told Clemmons that his sexuality didn’t matter to him personally, but that Clemmons couldn’t be “out” and continue appearing on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, because of the scandal it would cause. In the 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Clemmons talks about working with Rogers and what it was like to have to stay in the closet. Currently, Clemmons lives and works in Middlebury, Vermont, where he is the Emeritus Artist in Residence of Middlebury College.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
|Elvis Presley played Las Vegas, NV New Frontier Hotel (2 shows daily) at 8.00 p.m. and midnight. Liberace. attended and did a publicity meet:|
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
04-23-1961 – 10-01-2012 Dirk Bach – Born in Cologne, Germany. He was a German television comedy actor, voice actor and moderator.
Bach is best known as Pepe in the German version of Sesame Street. He was openly gay and had a partner, Thomas. He died of a heart attack in Berlin. Bach was an activist for LGBT rights.
The Beatles were filmed running around Thornbury Playing Fields in Middlesex, England, for their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The footage was combined with an earlier sequence shot at London’s Gatwick Airport and became the famous “Can’t Buy Me Love” scene. John Lennon was attending a luncheon to honor manager Brian Epstein at the time and not present for the film shoot. A body double was used.
1967: The Student Homophile League of Columbia University pickets and disrupts a panel of psychiatrists discussing homosexuality.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.
Thelma Houston’s disco plea “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1975, hits #1 in America.
After 19 weeks on the charts, Thelma Houston culminated her ascension at #1 with “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. At the time, it was a record number of weeks to #1, but it has since fallen out of the top 10 in that category.
#6 Natalie Cole edged up one with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, Barbra Streisand’s former #1 “Evergreen” moved back up to #7,
The Soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’” would have to settle for #3 This One’s For You by Barry Manilow at #6 and Unpredictable from Natalie Cole at #8
ABBA released the album Voulez-Vous.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980, Canada – Montreal Police raid Sauna David, a gay bathhouse, and arrest sixty-one men on bawdyhouse charges.
1982 – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler announces at a press conference that an American scientist, Robert Gallo, has discovered the probable cause of AIDS: the retrovirus is subsequently named human immunodeficiency virus or HIV in 1986. She also declares that a vaccine will be available within two years
David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’
, David Bowie moved into the Top 10at #9 with “Let’s Dance” and Thomas Dolby was at #10 with “She Blinded Me With Science”.
1984 – The US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary holds a press conference announcing that the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered: it’s HTLV-3, known today as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). AIDS was originally named called GRID – gay related immune deficiency
Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announces in a press conference that the “probable” cause of AIDS has been discovered: a transmissible virus that has recently been isolated by U.S. and French researchers. The era of “safer sex” begins for all sexually active individuals.
The “We Are The World” album was released. In addition to the title track, the album included nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists.
Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera “Another World”. He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.
The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not a hit with consumers, and the company resumed selling the original version.
The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was at #1 on the U.S. Album chart with Bad from Michael Jackson #2, More Dirty Dancing from the movie at #3, George Michael’s Faith at #4 and Kick from INXS #5.
Whitney Houston topped the pop charts with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” while setting a record for most consecutive #1 singles. It was her seventh, beating out both the Bee Gees and the Beatles, who each had six in a row.
LGBTQ@ blogger Nina Notes: Houston’s record was partly because Elvis Presley’s run of #1 from 1956 through 1957 were no longer counted.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1990 – The Hate Crimes Statistic Act is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. It is the first U.S. bill to use the phrase ‘sexual orientation.’ The act requires the Department of justice to collect and publish statistics for five years on Hate Crime motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin. It is the first law to extend federal recognition to gay men and lesbians. Said the elder Bush: “We must work together to build an America of opportunity, where every American is free finally from discrimination. And I will use this noble office, this bully pulpit, if you will, to speak out against hate and discrimination everywhere it exists.” Eight years later his son’s presidential administration is one of the most anti-gay in United States recorded history.
Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.
Little Richard performed at the opening of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Falls, TN.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2012 – Marc Acito (born January 11, 1966) wins the Charles MacArther Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical for his play Birds of a Feather. He lives in New York City with his husband Floyd Sklaver.
France legalizes gay marriage. The first wedding took place in Montpellier on May 28, 2013. Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau became the first same-sex couple to marry. In his wedding speech, Autin referred to Martin Luther King, Jr. “The law may not be able to make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me.” Boileau added: “After the hatred, it’s time to talk of love.”
USA: A measure that would remove the ban on gay marriages in the state passed the Nevada State Senate. If passed by the Assembly and both houses again in 2015, the repeal would then be put to the voters in 2016. Recent polls show 54% of Nevadans favor repealing the marriage ban.
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.