Honor Our LGBT Elders Day on May 16 recognizes the thousands of people in the LGBT community who have paved the way for access and social acceptance.
BCE to The Suffragettes
218, Italy – Elagabalus (203 – 11 March 222)is declared the 25themperor of the Roman Empire. He was married tro five women and a male athlete named Zoticus whom he wed in a public ceremony. However, his most stable relationship seems to have been with his chariot driver, a blond slave from Caria named Hierocles, to whom he referred as his husband. Herodian commented that Elagabalus enhanced his natural good looks by the regular application of cosmetics. He was described as having been “delighted to be called the mistress, the wife, the queen of Hierocles” and was reported to have offered vast sums of money to any physician who could equip him with female genitalia. He was assassinated at the age of 18. Elagabalus has been characterized by some modern writers as transgenderor transsexual.
05-16-1882 – 11-15-1971 Roland Vaughan Gwynne – Born in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. He is a British politician. He was the 46th Mayor of Eastbourne, Sussex, from 1928 to 1931. He was also a patient and close
friend of the suspected serial killer Dr. John Bodkin Adams. Gwynne was homosexual and he constantly had financial problems, caused on the one hand by his extravagant lifestyle (he was famous for the wild parties he held at Folkington Manor, attended by, among others, Freeman-Thomas, Viceroy of India and Rudyard Kipling) and on the other, by his sexuality, which made him a prime target for blackmail. It was well known by those close to him that his butler, Wilde, was one such person extorting money from him. After Gwynne’s death, love letters from various local jockeys were found among his papers. Gwynne never married but he developed a close friendship with John Bodkin Adams, an Eastbourne general practitioner, and suspected serial killer, with whom he went on frequent shooting holidays to Scotland and Ireland. He would visit Adams every morning at 9 a.m. During the police investigation into Adams, a note written by a journalist was uncovered linking Adams sexually to a member of the local police and a local magistrate. The police officer is strongly suspected to have been the Deputy Chief Constable of Eastbourne, Alexander Seekings, and the magistrate to have been Gwynne. Despite the illegality of homosexual sex in 1956/57, the matter was not investigated further by the police. On February 12, 1957, just before the Adams’ trial began, Gwynne was knighted. Adams was sensationally acquitted of one murder charge and another was withdrawn controversially by the Attorney General.
05-16-1919 – 02-04-1987 Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace) – Born in West Allis, Wisconsin. He was an American pianist and entertainer. At the height of his fame from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He lived in Las Vegas and had an international touring schedule.
Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage. He was known as “Mr. Showmanship”. Liberace was recognized during his career with two Emmy Awards, six gold albums and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He never admitted to being gay. In a 2011 interview, actress and close friend Betty White stated that Liberace was, indeed, gay and that she often served as a “beard” to counter the rumors of the musician’s homosexuality.
He performed 21 sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall which set box office records a few months before his death in Palm Springs, California on February 4, 1987.
Liberace’s death was controversial because there had been rumors prior to his death that he had contracted HIV, which his management, publicist, friends, and even Liberace himself had vehemently denied. Against the wishes of his estate, the Riverside County coroner ordered an official autopsy and determined that Liberace had died of an AIDS-related illness, making his the second major celebrity after Rock Hudson to officially succumb to the illness during the early days of the media frenzy surrounding the disease.
05-16-1929 – 03-27-2012 Adrienne Rich – Born in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an American poet, essayist, and feminist. She was called “one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century,” and was credited with bringing “the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse.”
She did marry in 1953 and had three children. She said of her marriage: “I married in part because I knew no better way to disconnect from my first family…I wanted what I saw as a full woman’s life, whatever was possible.” The couple separated in mid-1970. In 1976, Rich began her partnership with Jamaican-born novelist and editor Michelle Cliff, which lasted until her death.
She was called “one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century”, and was credited with bringing “the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse.” In 1976, Rich began her partnership with Jamaican-born novelist and editor Michelle Cliff(2 November 1946 – 12 June 2016), which lasted until her death. In her controversial work Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, published the same year, Rich acknowledged that, for her, lesbianism was a political as well as a personal issue, writing, “The suppressed lesbian I had been carrying in me since adolescence began to stretch her limbs.”
The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
The Irving Berlin musical, “Annie Get Your Gun,” opened at New York’s Imperial Theatre for the first of 1,147 performances.
05-16-1947 Cheryl Clarke – born in Washington, D.C. She is a lesbian poet, essayist, educator, and a Black feminist community activist. She lives in
Jersey City, New Jersey, and Hobart, New York with her life partner, Barbara Ballet. Clarke is the author of four collections of poetry, as well as Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989) and Experimental Love (1993).
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
05-16-1954 Jonina Leosdottir – Born in Iceland. She is an Icelandic novelist, playwright, and former journalist. Leosdottir is the author of a dozen plays, seven novels, two biographies and a collection of articles she wrote for a women’s magazine. She is married to the former Icelandic Prime
Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, who was the first openly lesbian head of government in modern history. They were one of the first same-sex couples in Iceland to get married. The law took effect in 2010 and while Johanna was in office. The couple has been together since 1985 when they both left their husbands to be together. In an interview by The Telegraph (UK), Jonina said, “ It hasn’t been an easy ride. We lived in a very different time. There were no gay laws or no rights to a civil partnership or anything. It was the stone ages compared to now.” For almost half of their relationships, they kept it a secret because they were worried about Johanna’s career as an MP. It was only in 2000 that they moved in together and found that there was no real reaction. Jonina thinks that the “non-reaction” was because they are both white women and she was a grandmother. She stated,” I think people see white women grandmas as rather harmless so maybe it’s not so threatening.”
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
05-16-1966 Janet Jackson – Born in Gary, Indiana. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. She is the
youngest child of the Jackson family. Having sold over 180 million records, Jackson is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. She has been a long-term ally of the LGBT community. On her 1997 album, The Velvet Rope, she spoke out against homophobia and embraced same-sex relations and was given the GLAAD Media Award of Outstanding Music Album. In 2005, Jackson received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles in recognition of her involvement in raising funds for AIDS Charities. At the 19th GLAAD Media Awards in 2008, she received the Vanguard Award. Jackson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
More than twenty people marching in a gay rights demonstration in Helsinki, Finland, are arrested by the police and charged with “encouraging lewd behavior.”
The Fifth BiNational Lesbian Conference in Vancouver draws women from across Canada and organizes the first known lesbian pride march in the world.
A royalty check for $6.5 million from sales of “We Are The World” was handed over to the USA for Africa Foundation by Columbia Records. The total raised would eventually exceed $50 million. Blogger Nina recalls -None of the charity was effective and corrupt governments and military groups took the money and the food aid.
Top Gun opens nationwide in the U.S. and is applauded for years as a homoerotic fantasy.
05-16-1986 Megan Fox – Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is an American actress and model. In 2004, she made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. She was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. In 2007, Fox won the lead female role in the live-action film Transformers. Fox was also in the Transformers sequels.
She was married to actor Brian Austin Green. The couple have three sons. Their divorce was finalized in 2021. In June 2020, she was in a relationship with Machine gun Kelly and on January 12, 2022, Fox announced that the two were engaged. She has been openly bisexual since September 2008. In May 2009, she confirmed her bisexuality, stating: “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual., because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.” Fox told InStyle in July 2021: “A girl would come up to me and be like: ‘You had a lot to do with me, like identifying and understanding that I was gay or understanding that I was bisexual…’ And that, of course, is by far, like, the most moving, rewarding thing that I have experienced in my life! To be a part of something that helped people figure that out, or helped people deal with that, or feel better about that. One of my favorite things that I get called, is being like, a bi icon and that is one of the things I am the most proud of!”
1987 – HIV-Positive people are banned from entering the United States by the U.S. Public Health Service. President Obama lifts the ban in 2009.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
1991, Bahamas – Same-sex sexual activity is legalized in the Bahamas.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince reverts back to the name Prince. Because his publishing contract expired December 31, 1999, Prince says his birth name was emancipated from “long-term restrictive documents,” and he could stop using the unpronounceable symbol he used to identify himself when he was committed to what he called “undesirable relationships.”
Britney Spears released her sophomore album, Oops!… I Did It Again. It included tracks like “Stronger” and “Lucky” as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and a recording of “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” co-written by Canada’s Shania Twain.
2005, Hong Kong – The First Gay Pride Parade takes place.
2007, Baltic Region – Pride events in the Baltic region faced threats of violence and attempts to be banned by local authorities. In 2006, an LGBT Pride march in Riga was banned because of security threats against the participants. On this day in 2007, the Pride march was allowed to go ahead, but inside an enclosed park. Outside of the park, crowds of counter-demonstrators shouted abuses at the Pride marchers and threw two devices which exploded in the park. Amnesty International has been supporting Pride events in the Baltic region through campaigning, participation and monitoring since 2008.
Unnamed Common Oppressor VS: Heterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/
Puerto Rico – Senate approves a non-discrimination bill 15-11.
George Michael suffered minor injuries in a strange incident in London. The pop star reportedly fell out of the passenger seat of a Range Rover.
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor was found safe two days after being reported as missing in Chicago. Her brief disappearance came six just months after a similar incident in November 2015 when she posted a dire note on Facebook where she threatened to commit suicide. Recently, O’Connor accused Arsenio Hall of being Prince’s longtime drug dealer, an accusation that resulted in a $5 million lawsuit from the late-night host.
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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.