BCE to The Suffragettes
1812 – Edward Lear (12 May 1812–29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularized. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making colored drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson‘s poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes, and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson’s poetry. Lear’s most fervent and painful friendship was with Franklin Lushington. He met the young barrister in Malta in 1849 and then toured southern Greece with him. Lear developed an infatuation for him that Lushington did not wholly reciprocate. Although they remained friends for almost forty years, until Lear’s death, the disparity of their feelings constantly tormented Lear. Indeed, Lear’s attempts at male companionship were not always successful; the very intensity of Lear’s affections may have doomed these relationships.
05-12-1820 – 08-13-1910 Florence Nightingale – She was born into a rich, upper-class, well-connected British family at the Villa Colombia in Florence,
Italy. An English social reformer and the founder of modern nursing, she came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War. The British Military Hospital in Turkey was a sickening, unsanitary, overcrowded, vermin-infested rat-hole death trap with a mortality rate of 50%. Fighting the doctors who disdained women’s interference, she gradually took over and cleaned the place up. Working tirelessly around the clock and endearing herself to the sick and wounded, she became known as “The Lady of the Lamp.” After Florence took over, the mortality rate dropped to 2.2%. Faced by family opposition to her independence, Florence fell ill, and was nursed by her aunt. The two became devoted to each other, and Florence described their relationship as “like two lovers.” Florence also loved a cousin, Marianne Nicholson. “I have never loved but one person with passion in my life, and that was her,” Florence wrote. But Marianne’s brother had fallen in love with Florence, and when Florence finally declined his proposal of marriage, the two women had a falling out. She clearly was emotionally devoted to women, never to men, and adamantly refused all offers of marriage. In 1883, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria. In 1904, she was appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John. In 1907, she became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit. In the 1870s, Florence mentored Linda Richards, “America’s first trained nurse,” and enabled her to return to the USA with adequate training and knowledge to establish high-quality nursing schools. Linda Richards went on to become a great nursing pioneer in the USA and Japan.
05-12-1907 – 06-29-2003 Katharine Hepburn – Born in Hartford, Connecticut. She was an American actress and a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.
She was married once and is mostly remembered paired with Spencer Tracy. In Scotty Bower’s 2012 book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, he talks about his years as a procurer for the personalities in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. He spells out in stark terms the specifics to which gay rumors had only just alluded. Names are named, including Katharine Hepburn. He claims to have arranged over 150 hook-ups for the Oscar winning actress and claims her famed relationship with Spencer Tracy was a sham. Cynic, truth-seeker Gore Vidal insisted that Bower’s stories hold up. In a 2017 documentary, columnist Liz Smith, who was a close friend, confirmed that Hepburn was a lesbian.
1937, Luxembourg – Heinz Neddermeyer (April 20,1914-1984), the first great lover of Christopher Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986), is expelled from Luxembourg. The couple lived together in Berlin until they were forced to flee due to the rise of the Nazis. The day after he was expelled from Luxembourg, Heinz was arrested by the Gestapo. He was sentenced to three and a half years of forced labor and military service. He survived the forced labor and was conditionally free if he married. He married a woman named Gerda in 1938 and had a son named Christian, his only child, in 1940. He died in 1984.
05-12-1937 – 10-14-2006 Gerry Studds – Born in Mineola, New York, he is an American Democratic Congressman form Massachusetts who served from
1973 until 1997. He was the first out gay member of Congress. Studds and partner Dean T. Hara (they had been together since 1991) were married in Boston on May 24, 2004, one week after Massachusetts became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. Studds died on October 16, 2006, at age 69, several days after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Due to the federal ban on same-sex marriage, Hara was not eligible to receive the pension provided to surviving spouses of former members of Congress. Hara later joined a federal lawsuit, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, that successfully challenged the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
05-12-1940 Joan Nestle – Born in the Bronx, New York City, New York. She is a Lambda Award winning writer and editor, and the co-founder of Lesbian History Archives.
which holds, among other things, everything she has ever written. She is openly lesbian and sees her work of archiving history as critical to her identity as “a woman, as a lesbian, and as a Jew”. After the Stonewall riots in 1969, gay liberationbecame a focus of her activism. She joined the Lesbian Liberation Committee in 1971 and helped found the Gay Academic Union (GAU) in 1972. The following year, she and other members of the GAU began to gather and preserve documents and artifacts related to lesbian history. This project became the Lesbian Herstory Archives, which opened in 1974 in the pantry of the apartment she shared with her then-partner Deborah Edel, and later with her family friend Mabel Hampton(May 2, 1902 – October 26, 1989), then moved it to a brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 1992. Today its holdings include more than 20,000 books, 12,000 photographs, and 1,600 periodical titles.
She is out gay and sees her work of archiving history as critical to her identity as “a woman, as a lesbian, and as a Jew.” After the Stonewall riots in 1969, gay liberation became a focus of her activism.
She joined the Lesbian Liberation Committee in 1971 and helped found the Gay Academic Union (GAU) in 1972. The following year the GAU began to gather documents and artifacts related to lesbian history. Today its holdings include more than 20,000 books, 12,000 photographs, and 1,600 periodical titles. The Lesbian Herstory Archives in located at 484 14th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Nestle’s life was the subject of a 2002 documentary by Joyce Warshow entitled Hand on the Pulse.
Known as Lady Day, Billie Holliday charted R&B (#5) with “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” It was her first and only R&B Hit but her last of thirty-nine pop hits that started in 1935.
05-12-1949 Ross Bleckner – Born in New York City, New York. He is an
American artist. Bleckner is openly gay and some of his work in the 1980s and 1990s are reflective of the AIDS crisis. In 1995, the Guggenheim Museum had a major retrospective of his works from the last two decades. His work has also been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. He was one of the youngest artists to be featured the Guggenheim.
05-12-1949 Michael Bronski – Gay American writer. Wrote A Queer History of the United States. He has been
involved with LGBT politics since 1969 as an activist and organizer. Bronski was the partner of American poet Walta Borawski, who died in 1994. Currently, Bronski is a Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
May 12, 1950
After 34 years, the American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction.
05-12-1950 Linda Ketner – Born in Faith, North Carolina. She is a business consultant, philanthropist, and community activist in Charleston, South
Carolina. In what looked like as one of the most unlikely outcomes of the 2008 election cycle, Democrat Linda Ketner came within two percentage points of beating entrenched establishment wing nut Henry Brown in a gerrymandered South Carolina district specifically drawn to be an easy win for Republicans. She is an out lesbian.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
1960, UK – The first public meeting of the Homosexual Law Reform Society is attended by more than 1,000 people.
The Grammies Album of the Year is “The Barbra Streisand Album
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
“Daniel” hit #1 for Elton John on the Adult Contemporary chart and #9 on the Pop Chart
05-12-1975 Jared Polis Schutz – Born in Boulder, Colorado. He is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. Member of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Polis is the first openly gay parent in Congress. He and his partner, Marlon Reis, have two children.
1975: Elite guitarist Brian May of Queen collapsed onstage after a performance at the Uris Theatre in New York City. The group had to cancel the rest of their tour, and May flew back to London on May 16. He was later diagnosed with hepatitis.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1982, Canada – Police once again raid The Body Politic, the country’s leading gay and lesbian newspaper, on charges of publishing allegedly obscene material.
05-12-1987 Robbie Rogers – Born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He was an American professional soccer player who played for the LA Galaxy. He also represented the U. S. men’s national soccer team. In February 2013, Rogers came out as gay, becoming the second male footballer in Britain to do so, after Justin Fashanu in 1990. In May 2013, he became the first out gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league when he played his first match for the Galaxy. On November 7, 2017, Rogers retired due to a series of injuries that forced him to miss the entire season.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
Robert Reed (October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992), best known as Mike Brady on the sitcom The Brady Bunch, dies of AIDS-related causes. Reed was gay but kept this fact private, choosing to marry a woman instead. He feared news of his sexual orientation would damage his career. In July 1954, Reed married fellow Northwestern student Marilyn Rosenberger. The couple had one daughter, Karen, before divorcing in 1959.Shortly before his death, Reed appeared in the touring production of Love Letters, opposite Betsy Palmer and taught classes onShakespeareatUCLA. He died on May 12, 1992 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, at age 59.
Elton John released the single “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.
British media reported that Elton John had split with his manager of 30 years, John Reid. Reports said the two had argued over John’s career and financial matters.
1999 – William Daro “Billy” Bean (born March 29, 1962), former outfielder and left-handed hitter for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres, becomes the second baseball player to publicly come out, three years after his retirement. As a closeted pro athlete, he struggled to juggle his secret and his career. He divorced his wife in 1993 and secretly moved in with his first lover. When his lover died of AIDS, Bean didn’t attend the funeral because he was too frightened that his secret would be revealed. Since 2014, he has served as Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion. He is currently a real estate agent in Miami. Glenn Burke (November 16, 1952 – May 30, 1995)was the first baseball player to come out to his teammates and employers during his playing days, though Burke did not come out to the public at large until his career was over. Burke died from AIDS-related causes in 1995.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
In London, Lisa Marie Presley performed at a nightclub. She performed songs from her debut album “To Whom It May Concern.”
Unnamed Common Oppressor VS: Heterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/
2013, Israel – Israel’s Supreme Court allows same-sex parental rights with a court order only, without the lengthy adoption process.
2017 – Jon Penton-Robicheaux (1978 -May 12, 2017), the lead plaintiff in a case that challenged Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, dies at a New Orleans hospice of liver failure after a battle with bacterial meningitis. He was 39. “Though Jon was a very beloved figure in the gay community, he was low-key. He wasn’t a big publicity person at all. But he is definitely part of history now,” said Frank Perez, a tour guide and chronicler of the city’s gay history. His husband, Derek Penton-Robicheaux, was by his side. Together they founded the nonprofit called Louisiana Equality Foundation to further their gay-advocacy work.
2018 – Raquel Pennington (born September 5, 1988)faced Amanda Nunes (born May 30, 1988) on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224 in a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championshipbout. Pennington lost the fight via TKO in the fifth round. This was the first event in UFC history to be headlined by two openly gay fighters. Nunesis a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where she is the reigning champion in both the women’sBantamweightand Featherweight divisions.Pennington (born September 5, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight division
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.