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The International Day Against Homophobia (or IDAHO, as it is sometimes known) is celebrated around the world on Sunday, May 17. This annual day to mark the …
BCE to The Suffragettes
1606, Russia – Tsar Pseudo-Demetrius I is the Czar of Russiafrom June 10, 1605 until his death on May 17, 1606 when he is killed by a mob that stormed the Kremlin. His mutilated body was displayed next to his lover Petr Basmanov.
1866, France – Composer Erik Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925)is born in Honfleur, Calvados. Throughout his life he lived in a small Paris room. Dissatisfied with his compositions, he returned to school when he was forty to study music formally. Still his untutored works are among his most popular. An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a “gymnopedist” in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Satie’s behaviour seemed to indicate that he was asexual; he tended to be dismissive when the topic of sexuality arose.
05-17-1895 – 12-26-1984 Gayelord Hauser – Born in Tübingen, Germany. At the age of sixteen, he immigrated to the United States in 1911. He was an American nutritionist and self-help author, who promoted the ‘natural way
of eating.’ He discouraged the consumption of sugar and white flour. In 1927, Hauser moved to Hollywood, California. He became popular among movie stars, including Adele Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Swanson, and Greta Garbo. He and Garbo remained friends until his death. His prolific writing career began in 1930 with Harmonized Food Selection, with the Famous Hauser Body-Building System. His books with translated into twelve languages and he had a column in Hearst newspapers. In the early 1940s, actor Frey Brown became Hauser’s domestic partner. The couple lived in a villa in Taormina, Sicily, until Brown’s death in 1979. Hauser sold the villa and returned to Hollywood. He died in 1984 from complications of pneumonia. Hauser is regarded as the founder of the natural food movement and a pioneer decades ahead of his time. (Photo of Greta Garbo & Gayelord Hauser)
05-17-1919 – 06-10-1986 Merle Miller – Born in Montour, Iowa. He was an American writer and novelist best remembered for
his best-selling biography of Harry S. Truman, and as a pioneer in the gay rights movement. On January 17, 1971, Miller came out of the closet in an article titled “What It Means to Be Homosexual” in the New York Times Magazine. The response to the article led to a book publication later that year. In 2012, the book was reprinted by Penguin Classic with a new foreword by Dan Savage and a new afterword by Charles Kaiser. Miller died in 1986 from peritonitis following surgery to remove a ruptured appendix.
05-17-1929 – 09-18-2010 Jill Johnston – Born in London, England to an American mother and a British father. Her parents were never married and separated when Jill was an infant. Her mother took her to Little Neck, Long Island, New York, where she was raised. She was an American feminist author and cultural critic who wrote Lesbian Nation in 1973 and was a longtime writer for The Village Voice. She also wrote under the pen name of F. J. Crowe. In Lesbian Nation Johnston wrote: “Many feminists are now stranded between their personal needs and their political
persuasions. The lesbian is the woman who unites the personal and political in the struggle to free ourselves from the oppressive institution [of marriage]…By this definition, lesbian are in the vanguard of the resistance.” It was revolutionary in those days when marriage to a man was the goal for women and not married was somehow to be less of a woman. Johnston’s words were so influential — and unsettling — that her approach to lesbian feminism caused a schism within the lesbian and feminist communities. Johnston redefined how lesbians looked at their lives – not in relationship to men, but in relationship to themselves and each other. Johnston married her partner, Ingrid Nyeboe, in 1993 in Denmark after having lived with her since 1980. The couple re-married in Connecticut in 2009. Johnston died from complications from a stroke. Her death was announced September 19, by her wife, Ingrid Nyeboe. She was 81.
05-17-1938 – 09-21-2021 Marcia Freedman – Born in Newark, New Jersey. She was an American-Israeli activist of peace,
women’s rights, and gay rights. In the early 1970s, she helped create and lead the feminist movement in Israel. Freedman was the founding president of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (also known as the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) and a past president of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She was openly lesbian and written a memoir Exile in the Promised Land. She was a member of the Knesset (Israel’s legislative body) from 1974 to 1977. As of 2021, she remains the only openly lesbian to have served in the Knesset.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
05-17-1950 – 03-14-1991 Howard Ashman – Born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an American playwright and lyricist. Known for: Little Shop of Horrors; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, and Aladdin. He collaborated with Alan Menken, Ashman writing the lyrics and Menken composing the music. On the night of the 62nd Academy Awards, Ashman told Menken that they needed to have an important talk
when they got back to New York, where he revealed to Menken that he was HIV positive. He had been diagnosed in 1988, midway through the making of The Little Mermaid. On March 10, 1991, the Disney animators had their first screening for Beauty and the Beast and it was an enormous success. Afterward, they visited Ashman in the hospital. They told him that the film was incredibly well received by the press. Four days later Ashman died from complications from AIDS. Beauty and the Beast is dedicated to him: “To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman 1950-1991.”
In the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for school integration, declaring that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
05-17-1956 Annise Parker – Born in Houston, Texas. She is an American politician, who has been elected Houston Mayor three times. Parker is Houston’s second female mayor and one of the first openly gay mayors of
a major U.S. city. Houston is the most populous U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. She was mayor from January 2, 2010 – January 2, 2016. Parker and her wife, Kathy Hubbard, have been together since 1990. On January 16, 2014, Parker and Hubbard were married in Palm Springs, California. They have three foster children.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. The festival featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter Paul and Mary. The 1967 Monterey Rock festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who as well as the first major public performances of Janis Joplin. It was also the first major performance by Otis Redding in front of a predominantly white audience.
Pop Culture: The FBI ends its two-year investigation into the Kingsmen song “Louie Louie,” determining that the largely indecipherable lyrics are not obscene.
The Soundtrack to “Hair” had a hold on #1 on the Album chart for the fourth straight week.
05-17-1969 Thom Filicia – Born in Syracuse, New York. He is an American openly gay interior designer, most famous for his role on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. He is also co-author of a book based on the show. Filicia is the founder and chief creative officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the enterprise in 1998, Filicia’s New-American Style has earned him clients in the worlds of entertainment, finance, sports, media, fashion, and hospitality. In 2011 he was named as one of Elle Decor’s top 25 A-List Designers, in 2006 he was chosen as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 American Designer and House & Garden’s Top 50 “Tastemakers.” Felicia said it was easier to tell his parents he was gay than to tell them he would be on a show called, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
The Christian musical Godspell opens at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. It becomes the third-longest-running off-Broadway production of its day. at the Cherry Lane Theatre, before hitting Broadway five years later.
1972 – John Water’s “Pink Flamingos” opens starring Divine
May 17, 1974
ABC aired the Elton John television special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things.”
May 17, 1975
The Soundtrack to “Tommy” was #3, #6 Have You Never Been Mellow from Olivia Newton-John, the Soundtrack to “Funny Lady” at #7,
Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.
Elton John plays “Bennie And The Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom” on Soul Train, becoming just the third white performer to appear on the show, after Dennis Coffey and Gino Vannelli.
NBC paid $5 million for the rights to show “Gone with the Wind“ on television one time. It was shown on November 7, 1976 and received a then-record household rating of 47.7 and a 65 share of viewers.
The Toronto Board of Education committee rehires John Argue as swimming instructor, overruling principal of school. Argue had been fired because he was gay.
Donna Summer’s film Thank God It’s Friday premiered in Los Angeles.
ABC-TV aired two music specials, “The Carpenters: Space Encounters,” with guests John Davidson and Charlie Callas, and then “Olivia,” hosted by Olivia Newton-John, with ABBA and Andy Gibb.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
“The Rose”, the title song from the movie in which she starred in, was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for Bette Midler.
05-17-1984 Lena Waithe – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American
actress, producer, and screenwriter best known for co-writing and acting in the Netflix series Master of None. She was the first African-American woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The Thanksgiving episode for which she won the Emmy was partially based on her personal experience coming out as a lesbian to her mother. In her Emmy acceptance speech, she said, “The things that make us different—those are our superpowers.” Her words were a special message to the LGBT community. Waithe has been in a relationship with Alana May, a content executive, for three years. The couple became engaged on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Out Magazine named Waithe the Out100: Artist of the Year on November 8, 2017. (Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0 March 24, 2018)
Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, the singers third US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
Incredibly, Whitney Houston climbed back to #1 on the Album chart in its 60th week of release.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:
1 Biphobia is a more recent word
2 Homophobia and Transphobia are Heterosexual Male at Court Defense words; and do not apply to nonpublic square private lives or social groupings, especially against lesbians.
3 internalized homophobia and transphobia is self loathing, and again, should not be projected against lesbians, gay men or bisexuals who are not murdering trans, who are ignoring non-procreative sexual orientation.
Switzerland – Homosexuality is removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organization, declaring this day the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO). WHO established the IDAHO Committee to coordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day and to lobby for official recognition on May 17. The date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexualityfrom the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization(WHO) in 1990. For a long time in Germany, May 17 had been unofficially labelled as a sort of “Gay Day.” Written in the date format 17.5, it had a natural affinity with the anti-gay Penal Code 175. The main purpose of the May 17 mobilizations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
Switzerland – Voters approve a wide-ranging reform of the country’s laws, including the deletion of all discriminatory language related to homosexuality, with 73 percent voting in favor.
Queer Nation’s name is officially adopted, reclaiming the word queer. Queer Nation isan LGBTQ activist organization founded in March 1990 in New York City by HIV/AIDS activists from ACT UP. The four founders were outraged at the escalation of anti-gay and lesbian violence on the streets and prejudice in the arts and media. The group is known for its confrontational tactics, its slogans, and the practice of outing. The direct-action group’s inaugural action took place at Flutie’s Bar, a straight hangout at the South Street Sea Port on April 13, 1990. Queer Nation Chicago was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1995.
Barry Manilow appears on CBS-TV’s Murphy Brown, where he sang “I Am Your Child”.
The first Lavender Graduation took place at the University of Michigan, with three graduates. Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by Dr. Royster Harper, the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. The first Lavender Graduate was Ryan Bradley. Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBT students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university. Through such recognition LGBT students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution thereby encouraging them to become involved as mentors for current students as well as financially contributing alumni.
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard performed together on the same stage for the first time at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England, They were scheduled to appear in London the following night and in Birmingham on May 20, however Domino did not perform at either of those shows due to illness.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
The Barry Manilow special, Ultimate Manilow aired on CBS-TV.
Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage, becoming the first U.S. state to do so after the state Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Marcia Hams and Sue Shepardare the first same-sex couple to marry. Robyn Ochs (born 1958) and her long-time partner Peg Preble were also among the first same-sex couples to get legally married that day.
05-17-2005 International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT) This day was first conceived in 2004 and is aimed to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations. By 2016, this day is recognized by 132 countries. May 17th was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Mauritius – The Rainbow Collective is founded, working against homophobia.
Lisa Marie Presley performed “Idiot” on “Good Morning America.”
Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Russia – A rainbow flash mob happens in St. Petersburg. It is the largest LGBT demonstration in Russia with about 250 people. Nobody was arrested.
Annise Parker (born May 17, 1956) was elected mayor of Houston, making her the first LGBT mayor of a U.S. city with a population over 1 million. She is an American politician who served as the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas, from 2010 until 2016. She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from 1998 to 2003 and city controller from 2004 to 2010. Parker was Houston‘s second female mayor (after Kathy Whitmire), and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city, with Houston being the most populous U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Parker and her partner, Kathy Hubbard, have been together since 1990. On January 16, 2014, Parker and Hubbard were married in Palm Springs, California. They have three foster children together as well as a then-teenage boy that they offered a home and whom they consider their son.
Unnamed Common Oppressor VS: Heterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/
Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Love to Love You, and ‘Baby’ and ‘I Feel Love’.
Lisa Marie Presley performed her song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on American Idol’s results show.
2016 – The Senate confirms Eric Fanning (born July 2, 1968)to be secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay secretary of a U.S. military branch. Fanning previously served as Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s chief of staff and also served as undersecretary of the Air Force and deputy undersecretary of the Navy. He was nominated by President Obama and removed by President Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
May 17th | Calgary Gay History
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.