BCE to The Suffragettes
05-03-1877 — 04-25-1933 Baron Franz Nopcsa – Born in Szacsal, Transylvania (at the time part of Austria-Hungary). He was a Hungarian
aristocrat, adventurer, scholar, geologist, and paleontologist. Nopcsa was also a specialist on Albanian studies and completed the first geological map of northern Albania. He made no effort to hide the fact that he was gay and was ofter dismissed as “whacky” by other scientists, even though he made significant contributions to the fields of paleontology, geology, and evolutionary biology. On November 20, 1906, Nopcsa met eighteen-year-old Bajazid Elmaz Doda and hired him as his secretary. Nopcsa recounted in his memoir: “He has been the only person who has truly loved me and in whom I had full confidence, never doubting for a moment that he would misuse my trust.” Nopcsa’s lost his estate and other possessions in 1920 as a consequence of WWI, when Austria-Hungary was defeated.
To cover his debts, he sold his fossil collection to the Natural History Museum in London. In the late 1920s, he became ill and depressed. He fatally shot his lover, Doda, and then shot himself in 1933. He stated in his suicide note that he had a nervous breakdown and described the reason for killing his lover: “The reason that I shot my longtime friend and secretary, Mr. Bajazid Elmas Doda, in his sleep without his suspecting at all is that I did not wish to leave him behind sick, in misery and without a penny, because he would have suffered too much.” Nopcsa’s memoir based on diaries and notes from 1897-1917, was first published in German in 2001 and later translated to English in 2014 as Traveler, Scholar, Political Adventurer: A Transylvanian Baron at the Birth of Albanian Independence.
05-03-1912 – 07-16-1995 May Sarton (pen name of Eleanor Marie Sarton) – Born in Wondelgem, Belgium. She was an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. She is known to have had an affair with writer Elizabeth Bowen. In 1945, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she met Judy Matlack, who became her partner for the next thirteen years. They separated in 1956. Honey In The Hive (1988) is about their relationship. In her memoir At Seventy, Sarton reflected on Judy’s importance in her life and how her Unitarian Universalist upbringing shaped her. When publishing her novel Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaid Singing in 1965, she feared that writing openly about lesbianism would lead to a diminution of the previously established value of her work. “The fear of homosexuality is so great that it took courage to write Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing,” she said. She wrote in Journal of Solitude, “that to write a novel about a woman homosexual who is not a sex maniac, a drunkard, a drug-taker, or in any way repulsive, to portray a homosexual who is neither pitiable or disgusting, without sentimentality…” After the book’s release, many of Sarton’s works began to be studied in university-level Women’s Studies classes, being embraced by feminists and lesbians alike. Her works tackle many deeply human issues of love, loneliness, aging, nature, self-doubt, etc., common to both men and women.
After the book’s release, many of Sarton’s works began to be studied in Women’s Studies classes. She died of breast cancer on July 16, 1995.
05-03-1913 – 06-10-1973 William Inge – Born in Independence, Kansas. He was an American playwright and novelist whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions. Picnic earned him a Pulitzer Prize. His other major plays are Come Back, Little Sheba, and Bus Stop. In
1961, he won an Academy Award for Splendor In The Grass (Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen). The Last Pad is one of three Inge’s plays that either has openly gay characters or address homosexuality directly. The Boy In The Basement, written in the early 1950s, but not published until 1962, is his only play that addresses homosexuality overtly, while Archie in The Last Pad and Pinky in Where’s Daddy? (1966) are gay characters. Inge was a closeted gay man that coped with alcoholism and depression. Inge committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on June 10, 1973, at the age of 60.
05-03-1922 – 05-03-1993 Robert De Niro, Sr. – Born in Syracuse, New York. He was an American abstract expressionist painter and the father of actor Robert De Niro. He lived openly as a gay man. Robert De Niro talks about his father being gay in the documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. He shares intimate stories of his father’s despair about his sexual orientation and how he later accepted it.
05-03-1932 – 03-05-2017 Robert Osborne – Born in Colfax, Washington. He was an
American actor, film historian, author, and best known as the host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Osborne began his career working as a contract actor for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios. In 1977, he began his column for The Hollywood Reporter. In 2016, he left TCM due to an undisclosed health issue. David Staller, his life partner for 20 years, announced that he died at his New York City home on March 5, 2017. He was 84. Staller told the Times, “It’s difficult to imagine a planet without him. He made the choice to call it a day, and he wants everyone to know he’ll see them at the after-party.”
“Beer Barrel Polka” was recorded by The Andrews Sisters.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
May 3, 1948
The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling stating that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
05-03-1948 Miriam Ben-Shalom – Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is an American educator, activist, and former Staff Sergeant in the US Army. In 1967, she married right after graduating high school and had a daughter.
The following year she converted to Judaism and left with her daughter for Israel. While in Israel, she married again and served in the Israeli Army. She returned to the US in 1971, divorced her Israeli husband and entered college. Ben-Shalom enlisted in the US Army reserve in 1974. In 1976, she was discharged from the military for homosexuality. In 1987, she returned to military service after successfully challenging her discharge in court and was the first gay person to be reinstated. She served until 1990 when the Army succeeded in terminating her service. Ben-Shalom was one of six LGBT veterans who founded American Veterans for Equal Rights. She is a member of the New England Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans and of the California Alexander Hamilton American Legion Post 448. A resident of Milwaukee with her life partner, Karen Weiss, she also serves as a full-time tenured instructor of English with the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She is against transgender activism, which erases women and causes “unspeakable oppression against females.” In 2015, she was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
05-03-1958 Sandi Toksvig – Born in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a British-Danish writer, broadcaster, actor, and producer on British radio, stage, and television. Toksvig is also a political activist and co-founded the
Women’s Equality Party in 2015. She has written more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. In 1994, Toksvig came out as a lesbian. She is the first woman in British public life to come out and she and her family had to go into hiding because of death threats. It was having three children that made her decide to come out because she didn’t want her children to grow up ashamed of having two mothers. (The children were carried by her then partner, Peta Stewart. The couple separated in 1997.) As of 2019, Toksvig lives on a houseboat in Wandsworth, England, with her wife, psychotherapist, Debbie Toksvig. In 2013, Toksvig became a British citizen.
May 3, 1959
Mexicans riot at a movie theatre playing “King Creole”
A false racist quote that continues to be attributed to Elvis inspired the protest.
Elvis was called a homosexual in the Mexican mainstream press and called out for his colorful clothes.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
05-03-1965 Mary L. Trump – Born in New York City, New York. She is an American psychologist, businessperson, and author. She is the niece of Donald J. Trump. Her 2020 book about him and the family, Too Much and Never Enough, sold nearly one million copies on the day of its release. In her book, Trump relates a time when her grandmother Mary Anne MacLeod Trump referred to Elton John as a faggot and decided not to come out as a lesbian and that she was going to marry a woman, with whom she would later raise a daughter. She has since divorced and lives on Long Island, New York, with her daughter. Trump has taught graduate courses in developmental psychology, trauma, and psychopathology. In 2002, she was a contributor to the book Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, published by Columbia University Press.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
May 3, 1971
Four days of demonstrations by anti-war protesters began in Washington, DC.
05-03-1971 Emanuel Xavier – Born in Bushwick, New York City, New York. He is an American poet of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian ancestry. He emerged from the neo-Nuyorian spoken word movement and became a successful writer and advocate for gay youth programs and Latino gay literature. In 2010, The Equality Forum named him a LGBT History Month Icon. At the age of 16, he came out to his mother and was thrown out of the house. He became a street hustler and drug dealer. He now has conducted
spoken word poetry workshops and produced benefits and events for youth around the United States. The American Library Association selected Xavier’s poetry collections If Jesus Were Gay & Other Poems and Nefarious for their Over The Rainbow Books lists for 2011 and 2015 respectively.
May 3, 1973
The New York Times revealed that the mother’s face pictured on packages of Ivory Soap was that of porn actress Marilyn Chambers.
David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.
A Chorus Line wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the musical is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 – July 2, 1987). An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1978, Canada – In Toronto, the Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario distributes Discrimination and the Gay Minority to the members of the Ontario Legislature. Liberal leader Stuart Smith supports inclusion of sexual orientation in human rights code.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1989 – Mary Danielle Lambert (born May 3, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and spoken word artist. She worked with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on a track on their album The Heist. Lambert is the featured artist of their LGBTQ rights single “Same Love.” Lambert’s contributions to “Same Love” draw upon her experiences as “a lesbian growing up in a tumultuous, Christian upbringing.” Lambert took the content she created for “Same Love” and used it to develop the song “She Keeps Me Warm” which she released on July 30, 2013. Lambert performed at the 2016 Gay Christian Network Conference in Houston, Texas, an annual conference that draws over 1,300 LGBT people from all over the world. Her girlfriend, Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel (born 1986), is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She has released several albums and EPs as a solo artist and in partnership with others. She was the lead singer of the band Ella Riot and the runner-up on season four of The Voice. Chamuel released an EP titled “I Am” in November 2015 under The Reverb Junkie moniker. She co-wrote and produced “Hang out with You” with Mary Lambert. Lambert was raised as a Pentecostal, but her family was expelled from the church when she was six after her mother came out as lesbian.
Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s theme park) opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1989 – Christine Jorgenson (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989), pioneering transsexual, dies of cancer at age sixty-two. Jorgensen was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery—in this case, male to female. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx area of New York. Upon returning to New York after military service and increasingly concerned over (as one obituary called it at the time) her “lack of male physical development” Jorgensen heard about sex reassignment surgery and began taking the female hormone ethinyl estradiol on her own. She researched the subject with the help of Dr. Joseph Angelo, a husband of one of Jorgensen’s friends. Jorgensen had intended to go to Sweden, where at the time the only doctors in the world performing this surgery were located. During a stopover in Copenhagen to visit relatives, however, she met Dr. Christian Hamburger, a Danish endocrinologist and specialist in rehabilitative hormonal therapy. Jorgensen stayed in Denmark, and under Dr. Hamburger’s direction, was allowed to begin hormone replacement therapy. She then got special permission from the Danish Minister of Justice to undergo the series of operations for sex re-assignment. Jorgensen chose the name Christine in honor of Dr. Hamburger. She became the most famous and outspoken figure for transsexual and transgender community.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1990 – Hope Williams (1898-May 3, 1992) dies. She was a debutante with a carefree manner, boyishly clipped blond hair and a humorous walk who was a leading Broadway actress in the late 1920’s and 30’s. She was part of the lesbian “sewing circle” of actresses in New York.
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
2013 – After same-sex marriage legislation passes in both houses of Rhode Island’s legislature, Governor Lincoln Chafee signs it into law. The new law, legalizing same-sex marriage, goes into effect on August 1, 2013
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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:
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.