BCE to The Suffragettes
1868, Germany – The term “homosexual” is written for the first time by Karl-Maria Kertbeny (February 28, 1824 – Budapest, January 23, 1882) in a letter to Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (28 August 1825 – 14 July 1895). He derived it from the Greek homos (“the same”) and the Latin root sexualis. May 6. Kerbeny, a Hungarian-German doctor who is an early sympathizer of Ulrichs’, uses both “homosexual” and “heterosexual,” terms he has recently coined. He used these terms as part of his system for the classification of sexual types, as a replacement for the pejorative terms “sodomite” and “pederast” that were used in the German- and French-speaking world of his time. In addition, he called the attraction between men and women heterosexualism
1895, Italy – Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella(May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), professionally known as Rudolph Valentino, was an Italian naturalized American actor who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. He was an early pop icon and a sex symbol of the 1920s who was known as the “Latin lover” or simply as “Valentino”. His death at 31 caused mass hysteria among his female fans and further propelled him to iconic status. From the time he died in 1926 until the 1960s, Valentino’s sexuality was not generally questioned in print. At least four books, including the notoriously libelous Hollywood Babylon, suggested that he may have been gay despite his marriage to Rambova. For some, the marriages to Acker and Rambova, as well as the relationship with Pola Negri, add to the suspicion that Valentino was gay and that these were “lavender marriages.”
05-04-1907 – 01-05-1996 Lincoln Kirstein – Born in Rochester, New York to a wealthy Jewish family. He was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, philanthropist, and cultural figure in New York City. Kirstein is best remembered as the co-founder of the New York City Ballet. For four decades he developed and sustained the company with his organizing ability and fundraising, serving as the company’s general director from 1946 to 1989. During WWII, he served in the Army and was involved with rescuing and preserving European art. He was personally involved with retrieving artworks around Munich and from the salt mines at Altaussee in Austria. Beginning in 1919, Kirstein kept a diary until the late 1930s. He wrote about enjoying sex with various men, including Harvard undergraduates, sailors, street boys, and casual encounters in the showers at the 63rd Street YMCA. He had longer affairs with dancer Pete Martinez, artist Dan Maloney, and conservator Alexander Jensen. He also maintained relationships with women. In 1941, he married Fidelma Cadmus, an artist and sister of artist Paul Cadmus. The New York art world considered Kirstein’s bisexuality an “open secret,” although he did not publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation until 1982.
(Top photo by Walker Evans)
1933, Germany – In Berlin young Nazis attack and destroy the Institute of Sexual Research. A few days later, the institute’s priceless collection of more than 20,000 publications and 5,000 photographs is burned in a public ceremony. The Institute was founded by Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935), a German Jewishphysician and sexologist in Berlin-Charlottenburg. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out “the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights“. Under the more liberal atmosphere of the newly founded Weimar Republic, Hirschfeld purchased a villa not far from the Reichstag building in Berlin for his new Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexual Research), which opened on 6 July 1919. In Germany, the Reich government made laws, but the Länder governments enforced the laws, meaning it was up to the Länder governments to enforce Paragraph 175, which they simply didn’t do. After the Nazis gained control of Germany in the 1930s, the Institute and its libraries were destroyed as part of a Nazi government censorship program by youth brigades, who burned its books and documents in the street. On 28 June 1934 Hitler conducted a purge of gay men in the ranks of the SA wing of the Nazis, which involved murdering them in the Night of the Long Knives. This was then followed by stricter laws on homosexuality and the round-up of gay men. The address lists seized from the Institute are believed to have aided Hitler in these actions. Many tens of thousands of arrestees found themselves, ultimately, in slave-labor or death camps.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1947 – Jon Sims (May 6, 1947 – July 16, 1984), is born. He was the founder of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corp, world’s first openly gay musical group. Sims was an American choir conductor born in Smith Center, Kansas.Sims studied music composition at Wichita State University, and received his master’s degree in music from Indiana University. Moving to San Francisco, he became a music teacher by profession, serving for a time as a high school band teacher in Daly City but soon became involved in the developing gay community. He formed the San Francisco band in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s. Upon its founding in 1978, it became the first openly-gay musical group in the world. In successive years, Sims created the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Lambda Pro Musica orchestra (now defunct), and encouraged the formation of the Big Apple Corps GLBT band in New York by Nancy Corporon and The Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles by Wayne Love. He died from complications of AIDS at the age of 37. As one friend said in Sims’ newspaper obituary, he gave gays “an alternative to the baths and the bars.”
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
05-04-1952 Michael Barrymore (born Michael Claran Parker) – Born in Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom. He is an English comedian and television presenter of game shows and light entertainment. In mid-1995, at the height of his fame, he went to
The White Swan gay pub in London’s East End, where he gave an impromptu stage performance to the largely local crowd singing the words: “Start spreading the news – I’m gay today.” Within 48 hours, every tabloid newspaper had printed its own version of the evening’s events. Barrymore, as of 2010, has said he is no longer gay since he became involved with a women. However, he has acknowledged that he may be bisexual.
05-04-1952 Christopher Joseph Carter – Born in Auckland, New Zealand. He was an independent Member of Parliament in New Zealand from August 15, 2002 to November 5, 2007. Carter was
also a member of the New Zealand Parliament for Te Atatu until September 2011 when he resigned following his appointment to a United Nations position in Afghanistan. Carter was the first out gay man ever appointed as a New Zealand Cabinet minister. He has been a strong advocate for gay equality for some time and also started one of the first branches of New Zealand Rainbow Labour for center-left LGBT people and others during the 1996-1999 term.
05-04-1958 – 02-16-1990 Keith Haring – Born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. His work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century. Haring received public
attention with his art in subways and by 1982, he established friendships with fellow emerging artists Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf, Madonna, and Jean-Michel Basquiat He also got to know Andy Warhol. His friendship with Warhol would prove to be the decisive element in his eventual success. Haring was out gay and a strong advocate of safe sex. In 1988, he was diagnosed with AIDS. In 1989 he established the
Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications, and the licensing of his images. Haring died on February 16, 1990 of AIDS-related complications. As a celebration of his life, Madonna declared the first New York date of her Blond Ambition World Tour a benefit concert for Haring’s memory and donated all proceeds from her ticket sales to AIDS charities, including AIDS Project Los Angeles and amfAR. In 2006, Keith Haring was named LGBT History Month Icon.
1959 – The Cooper’s Donuts riot is the first documented LGBT uprising in the U.S. A group of drag queens and hustlers fought the police in the donut shop in downtown Los Angeles, furious that LAPD officers were arresting their friends for legally congregating in Cooper’s, a popular gay meeting place. Cooper’s was located on Main Street, the Los Angeles “gay ghetto” of the 1950s and ‘60s. The event is chronicled in detail in Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, by Lillian Faderman (born July 18, 1940) and Stuart Timmons (January 14, 1957 – January 28, 2017) , a meticulously researched book that positions Los Angeles—and not New York—as the most influential gay city of modern times. By Harry Hay’s (April 7, 1912 – October 24, 2002) recollection, there were even earlier riots and uprisings in which gay and transgender Angelenos were instrumental in resisting police, but Cooper’s was the first such uprising specifically against police treatment of LGBT people.
May 4, 1959
The Grand Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles was the site of the very first Grammy Awards, where statuettes were given out for Record of the Year and Song of the Year to Domenico Modugno for his rendition of “Volare” (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). He beat out Peggy Lee’s “Fever”, “Catch a Falling Star” by Perry Como, “Witchcraft” from Frank Sinatra and “The Chipmunk Song” by David Seville.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
In Washington, DC, 13 civil rights activists – seven black, six white – called “Freedom Riders” in the press, began a bus trip that would take them through the segregated American South. The plan was to have at least one interracial pair sitting in adjoining seats and at least one black rider sitting up front where seats under segregation in the South had been reserved for white customers. During the Freedom Ride, many local and state police considered the activists’ actions as criminal and arrested them. In some localities, the police cooperated with Ku Klux Klan chapters and other whites opposing the actions and allowed mobs to attack the riders.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
May 4, 1970
Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio’ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
May 4, 1974
ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Waterloo’, the group’s first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden.
1976, Canada – Two Members of Ontario Provincial Parliament, Margaret Campbell (Liberal – St George – downtown Toronto) and Ted Bounsell (NDP – Windsor), introduce private members’ bills to amend Ontario Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation. The bills are defeated.
05-04-1979 Lance Bass – Born in Laurel, Mississippi. He is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and TV producer. He was the bass singer for the group ‘N Sync. In 2006, Bass revealed that
he is gay in a cover story for People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, and released an autobiography, Out of Sync, in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. In his coming out interview, Bass stated, “The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say. I don’t think it’s wrong. I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy.” Bass has been involved with a number of charities during his career. On December 20, 2014, Bass married Michael Turchin at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The ceremonial event was filmed and televised in a special E! presentation that aired on February 15, 2015. Bass and Turchin were the first same-sex couple to exchange vows on cable television.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
In an interview, David Bowie’s ex-wife Angie claimed she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger having sex.
Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ from the film ‘Mermaids’. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett on 1964, and gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since 1965’s ‘I Got You Babe’.
1994 – Noah Egidi Galvin (born May 6, 1994) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Kenny O’Neal in the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals and the titular role in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. He came out as gay at the age of 14.
At a concert to remember the Kent State University shootings in 1970, Peter, Paul & Mary performed “Blowin’ In The Wind”.
George Michael scored his seventh UK No.1 single as a solo artist when ‘Fastlove’ started a three-week run at the top of the chart. The second of six singles to be taken from George’s comeback album Older.
05-04-1996 Tillie Walden – Grew up in New Jersey & Austin, Texas. She is an American cartoonist. Five of her graphic novels have been published.
In 2018, she won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work for her graphic novel Spinning, it also made her one of the youngest to win an Eisner Award. Her second graphic novel, I Love This Part, published by Avery Hill in November 2015 and tells the story of two teenage girls that fall in love. Walden has known she was a lesbian since she was 5. In 2019, Are You Listening? was published by First Second Books. She is a graduate of the Center of Cartoon Studies.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Madonna’s latest album Hard Candy went straight to No.1 in the UK, giving the singer a chart double, with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, on top of the singles chart for a third week. Hard Candy was Madonna’s 10th number one album.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2012 – The Family Equality Council hosted its first International Family Equality Day. All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” have very different lived equality experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence. By celebrating IFED, Family Equality Council and their partners across the globe raise awareness among politicians and the general public about the need for equal treatment and recognition for all families, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity of their family’s members.
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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.