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LGBTQ2 Herstory/History April 29

BCE to The Suffragettes

04-29-1863 – 04-29-1933 Constantine P. Cavafy – Born in Alexandria, Egypt. He was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria, Egypt and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after

Constantine P. Cavafy

 his fortieth birthday. Cavafy is widely considered one of the best modern Greek poets of the twentieth century. During his lifetime Cavafy was an obscure poet, living in relative seclusion and publishing little of his work. This lack of concern for publication was due, perhaps, to the highly personal nature of many poems. Cavafy, who was gay, wrote many sexually explicit poems. W. H. Auden noted as much in his introduction to the 1961 volume The Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy when he wrote, “Cavafy was a homosexual, and his erotic poems make no attempt to conceal the fact.” Auden added: “As a witness, Cavafy is exceptionally honest. He neither bowdlerizes nor glamorizes nor giggles. The erotic world he depicts is one of casual pickups and short-lived affairs. At the same time, he refused to pretend that his memories of moments of sensual pleasure are unhappy or spoiled by feelings of guilt.”

1870, UK – Thomas Ernest Boulton (Feb. 2, 1848-Dec. 1904) and Frederick William Park (1849-?) were Stella and Fanny to their friends. They were drag queens who were arrested the night after a performance and charged “with conspiring and inciting persons to commit an unnatural offence”. They appear in court in women’s clothing. After the prosecution failed to establish that they had anal sex, which was then a crime, or that wearing women’s clothing was in any sense a crime, both men were acquitted.

04-29-1897 – 02-16-1944   Mainie (Mary Harriet) Jellett – Born in Dublin, Ireland. She had her first painting lessons when she was 11 and attended classes given by Elizabeth Yeats, daughter of the artist J.B. Yeats and sister of the poet W.B. Yeats. She studied for three years under William Orpen at the Dublin Metropolitan Art School and in January 1917 went to London to study with Walter Sickert at the Westminster Art School. It was there that Jellett met Evie Hone. They became spiritual and emotional partners. In 1921, she and Jellett moved to Paris. At the end of the year, they returned to Dublin and for the next 10 years, they spent part of the year in Paris. The artists had a joint exhibition in 1924. The women worked closely together for the next two decades. Both their works were shown at the 1928 Olympic Games. In 1923, Jellett exhibited two cubist paintings at the Dublin Painters’ Exhibition, including her painting titled Decoration. Her paintings were derided by the press at the time. Decoration now holds a place of honor in the National Gallery of Ireland. Carolyn Gage (b. 01-01-1952) wrote a play about the meeting and their relationship, entitled Female Nude Seated

Post contributed by Sandra de Helen – She currently lives and writes in San Diego County, but her heart remains in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson mystery series, set in Portland; Till Darkness Comes, a thriller set in Kansas City, Missouri; and three collections of lesbian poetry published by Launch Point Press. See more of her work at de Helen is a member of the Golden Crown Literary Society, Dramatists Guild, Honor Roll! and International Centre for Women Playwrights. Follow her on Twitter @dehelen, like her on Facebook at, follow her on Instagram @dehelen. 

04-29-1930 – 01-01-2022 Jim Toy – Born in New York City, New York. He was a Chinese-American LGBT activist and educator. Considered a pioneer among LGBT activist in Michigan. Jim

Jim Toy

 Toy identified as being gay during his speech at an anti-Vietnam-War rally in Kennedy Square, Detroit, in April 1970. At the rally Toy was representing the Detroit Gay Liberation Movement, of which he was a founding member. In 1971 Bishop Richard Emrich of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan appointed Jim a founding member of the Diocesan Commission on Homosexuality. The group published a Report & Recommendations of the Commission on Homosexuality (1973), one of the earliest church documents in this country to support the concerns of gay and lesbian people. His archives are housed in the James Toy Collection at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. He was a founding member of the Ann Arbor Gay Liberation Front. In 1971 he helped establish the Human Sexuality Office (HSO) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (later renamed The Spectrum Center). The HSO was the first staff office in a United States institution of higher learning, and presumably the first of its kind in the world, to respond to sexual-orientation concerns. Jim served as its Co-Coordinator, and Gay Male advocate, from 1971 until 1994 when Dr. Ronni Sanlo became the director of that center. In 2010, a LGBT research group in Ann Arbor has its center named after him.

04-29-1933 – 01-29-2015   Rod McKuen – Born in Oakland, California. He was an American poet, singer/songwriter, and actor. In the late 1960s, he was one of the best selling poets in the U.S., earning two Academy Award nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his music 

compositions. McKuen was instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter, Jacques Brel, to prominence. He translated Brel’s work into English, which led to the song, If You Go Away. McKuen’s songs sold over 100 million recording worldwide, and 60 million books of his poetry sold as well. McKuen refused to identify as gay, straight, or bisexual. He was active in the LGBT rights movement, and as early as the 1950s, was a key member of the San Francisco chapter of the Mattachine Society. He often gave benefit performances to help LGBT rights organizations and to fund AIDS research. McKuen lived in Beverly Hills, California with his partner Edward and four cats. He died of respiratory arrest in 2015.

His “new age” songs made him a celebrity in the late 60s. He told an interviewer “I have had sex with men. Does that make me gay?”

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

04-29-1947 – 11-09-2008 Hank Wilson – Born in Sacramento, California. He was a longtime San Francisco LGBT rights activist and long term AIDS activist and survivor. The Bay Area Reporter noted that “over more than 30 years, he played a 

Hank Wilson

pivotal role in San Francisco’s LGBT history,” He co-founded many organizations, including the Gay Teachers Coalition; the Butterfly Brigade, which became the Castro Street Safety Patrol; and San Francisco Gay Democratic Club, which became the Harvey Milk LGBT Club. In 1977 he was a leader in defeating the Briggs Initiative that would have banned any gay person from teaching in California. Wilson died of lung cancer in 2008.

04-29-1948   Ann Northrop – She is a journalist and gay activist. She is the current co-host of TV news program Gay USA. She came out when she was about 28 and working for Ms. magazine. In 1988 she became involved with ACT UP/New York. She was involved in demonstrations and was arrested about 24 times for civil disobedience.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

04-29-1955 Leslie Allen Jordan – Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is an American actor and playwright. Autobiographical one man show, My Trip Down The Pink Carpet was produced by Jordan’s friend Lily Tomlin. Jordan is an accomplished stage actor and playwright.

Leslie Allen Jordan

 In one of his best-known performances onstage, he played “Brother Boy” in Sordid Lives, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name. He reprised the role in Sordid Lives: The Series, a televised spin-off of the movie airing on Logo. Jordan has recently starred in the pilot episode of Laugh Out, the world’s first interactive, gay-themed comedy show. In January 2015, he guest starred in the hit British sitcom Benidorm for two episodes as the character “Buck-A-Roo”. Early on in the AIDS crisis, Jordan became involved in AIDS Project Los Angeles as a buddy and as a food delivery person for Project Angel Food. He has been an out gay actor since 1982.

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


Lesley Gore released the single “It’s My Party”.

04-29-1966 Michael Alig – Born in South Bend, Indiana. He is an American former club promoter, musician, and writer who served almost seventeen years in prison for manslaughter. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter after killing fellow Club Kid Andre “Angel” Melendez in a confrontation over a drug debt in March 1996. Alig was a prominent member of the Club Kids,

Michael Alig

 a group of young New York City club goers that became a cultural phenomenon during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was released on parole in May 2014. In school, Alig was a straight A student and graduated in the top 8% of his class. During his teenage years, Alig was often the subject of bullying because he was gay. In October 2015 it was announced that Alig was cast in the horror film Family Possessions, which started shooting in March 2016.


Aretha Franklin remained atop the R&B chart for a sixth week with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”.

Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”, a song that will become her signature tune and go on to win two Grammy Awards in 1968 for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording and Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.

04-29-1967 Rachel Williams – Born in New York City, New York. She is an 

American model, TV presenter, and landscape designer. She has appeared in the British and Italian issues of Vogue and advertisements for Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret. In March 1994, Williams’ manager publicly announced her relationship with British pop singer Alice Temple. Rachel has no problem with the fact she’s with Alice. “I never thought to hide it. I’ve had flings with women before, though my long-term relationships have always been with men. I was pleasantly surprised when I fell for Alice.”

April 29, 1968

The original Broadway production of the musical “Hair,” starring Diane Keaton, Melba Moore, Lynn Kellogg, and Ronnie Dyson, opened at New York’s Biltmore Theatre for 1,750 performances.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1978, Canada – Homophobic singer Anita Bryant’s visit to Edmonton prompts demonstrations. 

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


Querelle-Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s last film, based on a novel by Jean Genet-opens in New York City.  Starring Brad Davis and Jeanne Moreau, the film is almost universally panned by critics.

The Hunger – USA film release date of the British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. It’s the story of a love triangle between a doctor who specializes in sleep and aging research and a vampire couple. Susan Sarandon said that the screenplay for The Hunger originally called for her to be drunk in the lead-up to her sex scene with Catherine Deneuve, but she asked for it to be changed so that her character had only a sip of wine and then spilled the rest of the glass.

Hunger (The) Film

She said that she wanted to make it clear that her character was choosing to have sex with Miriam instead of doing it because of being drunk, and also because “you wouldn’t have to get drunk to bed Catherine Deneuve, I don’t care what your sexual history to that point had been.”

04-29-1983 Hedvig Lendahl – Born in Katrineholm, Sweden. She is a professional football/soccer goalkeeper for Chelsea Ladies. She previously played club football in Sweden 

Hedvig Lendahl

for Damallsvenskan clubs. She has kept goal for Sweden at the UEFA Women’s Championship, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the Olympic Games. She was the Swedish women’s goalkeeper of the year in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014. She is an out lesbian and married Sabine Willms in 2011.


Madonna had the #1 song with “Like A Prayer”, # 5   Deon Estus (with George Michael) with “Heaven Help Me”, and  Cher & Sun Valley, Idaho’s Peter Cetera jumped from 15-9 with “After All” 

At the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee, Porter Wagonerjoined Dolly Parton on stage for the first of four sold-out shows, marking the first time they had performed together since their split in 1976.

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

1993, Russia – Homosexual acts between consenting adult males are legalized. Yeltsin signs the law so that Russia might obtain a place in the Council of Europe, a human rights organization.

1997 – The State of Hawaii creates a “domestic partners registry.”

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


The Madonna album “Hard Candy” was released in the U.S.

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

2011: The United States Department of Labor updates its internal equal employment opportunity policy to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes: and failed to consider protected rights of women and sexual orientation – rather than creating more protection from Heterosexual Males.

04-29-2013 History is made. NBA center, Jason Collins becomes the first male professional athlete to come out.

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

Today in LGBT History – April 29 | Ronni Sanlo › today-in-lgbt-history-april-29

Apr 29, 2018 — 1930 – Jim Toy (born April 29, 1930) is born. He is a long-time LGBT activist, considered a pioneer among LGBT activists in Michigan. Jim …

The Lavender Effect

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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

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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