BCE to The Suffragettes
04-26-1564 (baptized) – 04-23-1616 William Shakespeare – Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.
His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. The sexuality of Shakespeare has been the subject of recurring debate. It is known from public records that he married Anne Hathaway and they had three children. Scholars have also speculated that he was bisexual, based on an analysis of the sonnets, many of which, including Sonnet 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”, are love poems addressed to a man, the “Fair Lord,” and which contain play on words relating to sexual desire between men.
He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. The debate rages as to whether or not he was gay. It will likely never be resolved. The word drag is a stage direction coined by Shakespeare and his contemporaries meaning ‘Dressed Resembling A Girl’.
04-26-1886 – 12-22-1939 “Ma” Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett) – Born in Columbus, Georgia. She was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first blues singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.
Rainey was in trouble with the police several times for her lesbian behavior. In 1925, she was arrested for taking part in an orgy at her home involving women in the chorus. Bessie Smith bailed her out of jail. Her album Prove it on Me Blues, a monologue about women who love women, showed Rainey in a hat, tie, and jacket talking to some flappers with a policeman behind her. The copy reads “What’s all this? Scandal? “ Take a look at the words, the song goes: “Went out last night a crowd of my friends. They must’ve been women, cause I don’t like no men… They say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me, They sure got to prove it to me…”
The political activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis noted that “‘Prove It on Me’ is a cultural precursor to the lesbian cultural movement of the 1970s, which began to crystallize around the performance and recording of lesbian-affirming songs.”
04-26-1892 – 06-19-1955 Adrienne Monnier – Born in Paris, France. She was a French bookseller, writer, and publisher, and an influential figure in the modernist writing
scene in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1915 when she opened her bookshop called “La Maison des Amis des Livres”, Monnier was one of the first women in France to found her own bookstore. Monnier offered advice and encouragement to Sylvia Beach when Beach founded an English language bookstore called Shakespeare and Company in 1919. She was lovers with Sylvia Beach for 36 years.
1895, UK – Author Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) is prosecuted in Regina v. Wilde. Wilde pleads not guilty to charges of sodomy and gross indecency. On the stand, he says of homosexuality, “It is beautiful. It is fine. It is the noblest of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it.”
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1944 – Violette Morris (18 April 1893 – 26 April 1944) is killed. She was a French athlete who won two gold and one silver medals at the Women’s World Games in 1921–1922. In 1936, she became a spy for Nazi Germany, which continued during World War II. She was killed in 1944 in a Resistance-led ambush as a traitor to France. Morris had been banned from the 1928 Olympics for her lesbianism.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
April 26, 1966
Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the singers only UK No.1. When recording the track, Springfield was not satisfied with her vocal until she had recorded forty-seven takes.
16 year old Janis Ian sings “Society Child” on the CBS-TV show, Inside Pop – The Rock Revolution. A year before, the song was banned by many radio stations because of its interracial love affair theme. Following her television appearance, the record shot into the US Top Twenty.
The Original Cast of Hair started a 13-week run at number one on the album chart.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
The first known print use of the term Transgender appears in The V Guide describing author Gore Vidal’s (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) “Myra Breckenridge.
The original Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” starring Elaine Stritch, Barbara Barrie, Dean Jones, Donna McKechnie, Charles Kimbrough, and Beth Howland, opened at New York’s Alvin Theatre for 705 performances.
April 26, 1974
Queen appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
David Bowie performed at Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden.
In New York City, the disco boom really got rolling with the opening of Steve Rubell’s new ultra-exclusive club, Studio 54. Among the guests invited to opening night: Mick Jagger and wife Bianca, Cher, Donald and Ivana Trump, Debbie Harry, Halston, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli, Salvador Dali, Martha Graham, Brooke Shields, Margaux Hemingway, Jerry Hall, and Robin Leach.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
CBS broadcasts an hour-long documentary entitled “Gay Power, Gay Politics” that alleges to be about the emergence of gay political clout in San Francisco, but instead focuses obsessively on more lascivious aspects of gay sexuality, making them seem like the focus of the entire gay rights movement. In one segment, close-ups track the arrival of drag queens at the city’s Beaux Arts Ball while voice-over narration compares modern-day San Francisco to the decadence of 1930s Berlin. The program outrages the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which sends an angry letter of protest to CBS. Later, reacting to a complaint from the National Gay Task Force, the National News Council rules that CBS did indeed unfairly “exaggerate political concessions to gays and make those concessions appear as threats to public morals and decency…. Justification cannot be found for the degree of attention given to sadomasochism or the treatment of the Beaux Arts Ball and the Halloween sequences.” The network is also faulted for doctoring the show’s soundtrack in such a way as to bolster its conclusions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Power,_Gay_Politics
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1994: The United States Coast Guard makes public a memo issued by Commandant Thomas Fisher barring anti-gay discrimination against the service’s civilian employees. Uniformed personnel are still subject to discharge under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Geffen Records and Bong Load Custom Records filed suit against Beck in Los Angeles, CA.
Sinead O’Connor was ordained as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2000: Vermont becomes the first state in the U.S. to legalize civil unions and registered partnerships between same-sex couples.
2005: Civil unions begin in New Zealand.
2007: The legislature of New Hampshire passes legislation for civil unions, which give same-sex couples many state rights of marriage.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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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:
Books: Elvis My Best Man by George Klein and Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowel
Book: Baby Let’s Play House – Alanna Nash
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
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.