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LGBTQ2 history/herstory April 25

BCE to The Suffragettes

1284, UK – King Edward II  (25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327) is born in Caernavon, Wales. Also called Edward of Caernarfon, he was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327. In 1308, he married Isabella of France, the daughter of the powerful King Philip IV, as part of a long-running effort to resolve tensions between the English and French crowns. Edward had a close and controversial relationship with Piers Gaveston, who had joined his household in 1300. The precise nature of Edward and Gaveston’s relationship is uncertain; they may have been lovers or friends. The contemporary evidence supporting their homosexual relationship comes primarily from an anonymous chronicler in the 1320s who described how Edward “felt such love” for Galveston that “he entered into a covenant of constancy, and bound himself with him before all other mortals with a bond of indissoluble love, firmly drawn up and fastened with a knot.” The first specific suggestion that Edward engaged in sex with men was recorded in 1334, when Adam Orieton, the Bishop of Winchester, was accused of having stated in 1326 that Edward was a “sodomite”. The Meaux Chronicle from the 1390s simply notes that Edward gave himself “too much to the vice of sodomy”.

Edward II of England

He was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327.Ancient Christianity had tolerated homosexuality but by the mid 13th century life was harder on gays and Edward was made an example. His first lover, Piers Gaveston (c. 1284 – 19 June 1312),was murdered by courtiers. His second affair, with Hugh le Despenser (c. 1286 – 24 November 1326), ended with the Baron’s arrest and imprisonment. Le Despenser had his genitals cut off and burned in front of him and then was beheaded. Edward was murdered by having a red-hot poker inserted in his anus.  

04-25-1886 — 02-06-1959   Cora (Concordia) Antarova – Born in Warsaw, Poland (called Russian 

Poland at the time of her birth). She was a Russian contralto who starred in the Bolshoi Theater for more than twenty years. After she retired, she wrote theosophical novels. Because she went to Theosophical Society meetings, Antarova was under constant surveillance. Stalin admired her voice, so she was never arrested. She was in a relationship with Olga Tsuberbiller, the Russian mathematician, until her death in 1959. Tsuberbiller died in 1975 and is buried next to Antarova in the Novodevichy Cemetery.

04-25-1895 – 01-09-1980 Raymond Mortimer – Born in Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom. He is a British writer, critic, and literary editor. 

Raymond Mortimer

During WWII he worked at the BBC and was in liaison with the Free French Forces led by Charles de Gaulle. He had a long term relationship with diplomat Harold Nicolson, husband of Vita Sackville-West.

1918, South Africa – Graham Payn (25 April 1918 – 4 November 2005) is born. He was a South AfricanEnglish actor and singer, also known for being the life partner of the playwright Noël Coward(16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973). Beginning as a boy soprano, Payn later made a career as a singer and actor in the works of Coward and others. Coward continually promoted Payn’s career. Payn received good notices for his performances but lacked the drive and star quality. Coward also eventually came to realize it, writing: “He is, I fear, a born drifter. I know his theatrical career has been a failure but there are other ploys to go after. I love him dearly and for ever, but this lack of drive in any direction is a bad augury for the future. I am willing and happy to look after him for the rest of my life, but he must do something.” After Coward died in 1973, Payn’s career for the rest of his life became the administration of the Coward estate. Barry Day, an authority on Noel Coward, wrote of Payn, “ It was not a job he ever wanted or expected but he brought to it a dedication and focus that Noel would have been surprised and pleased to see. (Photo is of Graham Payn with Mary Martin) After Coward’s death, Payn ran the Coward estate for 22 years.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code


An article by Deac Aylesworth in Look Magazine predicted that radio was doomed and that within three years, TV would overshadow radio completely.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

April 24, 1955

John Walker, the British delegate on the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs announces that there is a “definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop.”

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


The integrated circuit, or microchip was patented. tv, radio and music would be changed in distribution in a few short decades.

1964 – Andrew Ivan Bell (born 25 April 1964) is the lead singer of the English synth-popduoErasure.  The duo is popular in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and in South America, especially Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. Because Bell is openly gay, the band is also popular within the LGBT community. Erasure has penned over 200 songs and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. On December 17, 2004, Bell publicly announced that he has been HIV-positive since 1998. Bell’s longtime partner, Paul M. Hickey died in April 2012 at the age of 62. In January 2013, Bell married Stephen Moss.  His solo career includes the albums Non-StopElectric Blue, and iPop. Bell is openly gay, and had a longtime partner in Paul M. Hickey. Bell told Melody Maker in 1986, “I don’t want to go out of my way to talk about it but I’m not going to pretend I’m not [gay]. I won’t portray a heterosexual in videos and we’re consciously doing lyrics that could apply to either sex”.


An estimated 150 people participate in a sit-in when the manager of Dewey’s restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania refused service to several people he thought looked gay. Four people are arrested, including homophile rights leader Clark Polak of Philadelphia’s Janus Society. All four are convicted of disorderly conduct. Members of the society also leaflet outside the restaurant the following week and negotiate with the owners to bring an end to the denial of service.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights


After former “Ronald McDonald” actor Bob Brandon publicly announces he is gay, the McDonald’s Corporation seeks an injunction forbidding him from ever dressing as the corporate clown again, or from stating or implying that “Ronald McDonald” is also a homosexual.


St. Paul, Minnesota, voters repeal a provision in the city’s human rights ordinance that protects gays and lesbians from discrimination. The ordinance is repealed by a 2-to-1 margin; 54,096 in favor of repeal, 31,694 against. Another Anita Bryant fallout.

Queen‘s single “We Are the Champions” was certified Platinum after reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100.


Jury selection begins in the murder trial of Harvey Milk and George Moscone killer Dan White in San Francisco. Meanwhile, published reports indicate that the city’s policemen and firefighters have contributed more than $100,000 to White’s defense fund. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang “Twinkie defense,” White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder in the deaths of Milk and Moscone. White served five years of a seven-year prison sentence. Less than two years after his release, he returned to San Francisco and committed suicide.  

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

04-25-1980 Sam Barnett – Born in Whitby, United Kingdom He is an English actor. He has performed on stage, film, television, and radio, and 

Sam Barnett

achieved recognition for his work on the stage and film versions of The History Boys by Alan Bennett. He also appeared on the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve. In 2014, Barnett received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his work in Twelfth Night. He is out gay.


Queen played the first of four nights at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia.


Ireland – David Norris (born 31 July 1944)is the first openly gay person elected to public office. He is an Irish scholar, independent Senator and civil rights activist. Internationally, Norris is credited with having “managed, almost single-handedly, to overthrow the anti-homosexuality law which brought about the downfall of Oscar Wilde“, a feat he achieved in 1988 after a fourteen-year campaign.

Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘La Isla Bonita.’ The fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album.

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


Wyonna’s self-titled album at #5 on the pop LP charts


An estimated 800,000 to one million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Several events such as art and history exhibits, public service outings and workshops were held throughout Washington, DC leading up the event. Jesse Jackson, RuPaul, Martina Navratilova, and Eartha Kitt were among the speakers and performers at a rally after the march. The march was a response to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, Amendment 2 in Colorado, and rising hate crimes and ongoing discrimination against the LGBT community.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina recalls seeing news coverage from the usa


Not only did Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys attack a TV cameraman, but he had the poor taste of doing it at memorial services for actor River Phoenix in the previous November.  Horovitz was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for the incident on this date in history.

1995 – Lawrence, Kansas passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The law, the culmination of a 7-year struggle, is the only one of its type in the state of Kansas. 

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


Sinead O’Connor announced on her Web site that she was going to retire.

Singer/songwriter/pianist/civil rights activist Nina Simonewas laid to rest in Carry-Le-Rouet, France. She had lived in France since 1992, and died there on April 21.


Four same-sex couples in the Canadian province of New Brunswick ask their Court of Appeal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: Canada legalized marriage equality nationally in 2003, and could have in the 1980s if the Charter of Rights Original version had been ratified.

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

2014, Pakistan – Pakistani Supreme Court rules in favor of a third gender.

2018 – Soni Wolf (1949-April 25th, 2018)of the Dykes on Bikes dies at the age of 69 from complications due to pneumonia and pulmonary disease. Soniwas a native of Rhode Island. She served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, treating veterans in a Texas hospital. After she was discharged, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s. She lived in the Castro district and worked managing copy centers for brokerages and law firms. Wolf came to the fore when she first rode with a group of lesbians during the 1976 San Francisco’s Pride Parade. To avoid overheating their bikes, they rode in front of the parade. During the parade, someone coined the term ‘dykes on bikes’ and it stuck when The San Francisco Chronicle used it. Wolf said of the name, “It rhymes. Just kind of rolls off the tongue.” One of San Francisco’s greatest queer legends, Soni Wolf not only founded Dykes on Bikes, but also took on the U.S. Supreme Court twice in a battle over the right to trademark the group’s name. Wolf is survived by Dykes on Bikes around the world.


Civil Rights in the United States, A Brief History › c.php

Feb 28, 2022 — On April 25, an estimated 800,000 to one million people participated in the March on Washington for LesbianGay, and Bi Equal Rights and …

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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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