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LGBTQ2 her/history May 20

BCE to The Suffragettes

1782 – Deborah Sampson (December 27, 1760- April 29, 1827) enlisted as a Continental soldier using the name of her late brother, Robert Shurtliff Sampson, who also served. She was in the Light Infantry Company of the 4thMassachusetts Regiment. She is one of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war, serving for months. She was wounded in 1782, and was honorably discharged at West Point, New York in 1783. In January 1792, Sampson petitioned the Massachusetts State Legislature for pay which the army had withheld from her because she was a woman. The legislature granted her petition and Governor John Hancock signed it. The legislature awarded her 34 pounds plus interest back to her discharge in 1783.In 1802, Sampson began giving lectures about her wartime service. She began by extolling the virtues of traditional gender roles for women, but toward the end of her presentation she left the stage, returned dressed in her army uniform. Sampson died of yellow fever at the aged 66 on April 29, 1827.

May 20, 1873

Levi Strauss began marketing denim work pants (popularly known as blue jeans) that featured copper rivets, an invention of his business partner Jacob Davis.

05-20-1906 – 11-09-1969 Valentine Ackland – Born in London, England. She was an English poet and an important figure in the emergence of modernism in twentieth-century British poetry. Aware of male privilege and 

Valentine Ackland

female submission, Ackland challenged the female gender identifications expected of her. She wore men’s clothing and cut her hair in what was called an Eton crop. Her poetry appeared in British and American literary journals during the 1920s to the 1940s. She received little attention from critics until a revival of interest in her work in the 1970s. In 1930, she met writer Sylvia Townsend Warner. The two women fell in love and lived together until the death of Ackland in 1969.


The Canadian Marconi Company’s station XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) in Montréal gave what it would later claim to be the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and quite possibly in the world. Its call letters were changed to CFCF on November 4, 1920, and while the meaning of that call sign has never been officially confirmed, it is generally believed to be “Canada’s First, Canada’s Finest.”

1936, Germany – The German actress Therese Giehse (March 6,1898 – March 3,1975) had been involved with Erika Mann  (November 9, 1905 – August 27, 1969)in 1933. Born in Munich to German-Jewish parents, she first appeared on the stage in 1920. She became a major star on stage, in films, and in political cabaret. In the late 1920s through 1933, she was a leading actress at the famous Munich Kammerspiele. On 20 May 1936 she married the homosexual English writer John Hampson, in order to obtain a British passport and thereby avoid capture by the Nazis. She returned to Germany after World War II, and performed in theaters on both sides of the Iron Curtain, but mostly in her native Bavaria, until her death in 1975.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

05-20-1946   Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) – Born in El Centro, California. She is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned six decades. Cher has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and a special CFDA Fashion Award, among other honors. Outside of music and acting, she is known for her philanthropic and social activism, including LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. Cher has sold 100 million records worldwide and is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. In September 2013, Cher declined an invitation to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia because of its anti-gay legislation. She has long been a gay icon and is the mother of Chaz Bono.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

May 20, 1955

Ruth Brown’s hit, “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” was banned in England. British Broadcasting felt that it might encourage wife beating.

The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30


In Montgomery, Alabama, a white mob attacked the Freedom Riders, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals.

05-20-1962 Mary L. Washington – American politician born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Democrat, she is a member of the Maryland 

Mary L. Washington

House of Delegates from the 43rd district. She took office on January 12, 2011. Washington is an out lesbian and is one of eight openly LGBT members of the Maryland General Assembly. A Presbyterian, she was an elder at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore from 2002 to 2005.

05-20-1965 Ted Allen (Edward R. “Ted” Allen) – Born in Columbus, Ohio. He is an American writer, cookbook author, and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on Bravo’s  

Ted Allen

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and host of the TV cooking competition series, Chopped. Allen is a longtime contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the author of two cookbooks, and regularly appears on the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Allen is openly gay and lives in New York City with his partner of 20+ years, Barry Rice. On July 30, 2013, the two were married in New York City.

05-20-1966 Sheryl Bailey – Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of a musical family. She is an American jazz guitarist and educator based in New 

Sheryl Bailey

York City. She has released six albums. In the August 10 edition of Downbeat, reviewer Phillip Booth named Sheryl as “one of the new greats of her chosen instrument”. She was featured in the August 2014 edition of Guitar Player Magazine for her album, A Meeting Of Mind’s. She’s a Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and also teaches at Stanford University’s summer workshops. She is an out lesbian.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights



Elton John performed in Leningrad in the Soviet Union.

David Kloss of San Francisco wins the first annual Mr. International Leather title in Chicago. International Mister Leather (IML) is an international, though largely American, conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list

1988: The first-ever Conference on Homophobia Education convenes in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Campaign to End Homophobia and cosponsored by a number of church groups and national gay rights organizations, the symposium is held to work out strategies for reducing the widening national epidemic of homophobia and gay-bashing.

90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation

1996: In the case of Romer v. Evans, the United States Supreme Court decides that Colorado’s 2nd amendment, denying gays and lesbians protections against discrimination, is unconstitutional.


the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in M v. H, 1999—a landmark case for gay rights and family law—that section 1 and 29 of the Ontario Family Law Act violated section 15 of the Charter in limiting spousal benefits to heterosexual couples.

Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”


Sam Adams (born September 3, 1963)is the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, Portland, OR. He wins with 58% of the vote. Richard Heyman (c. 1935 – September 16, 1994) was the first openly gay person to be elected mayor in any city, in Key West in 1983, stepped down after serving a two-year term, then ran again and won in 1987.

Unnamed Common Oppressor VSHeterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/

2011: The Tennessee Legislature gives final passage to the “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act.” The bill repeals an ordinance passed earlier that year in Nashville that requires companies doing business with the city to adopt anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would also prevent any unit of local government from requiring companies to bar discrimination on any basis that is not illegal under state law.  The Tennessee Senate also passes Senate Bill 49, colloquially known as the “Don’t Say Gay bill”, which would bar schools from presenting any prepared material or lessons about homosexuality to students before high school.

2012, Ukraine – In Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, rights activists planned that country’s first Pride march. Over 500 Neo-Nazi nationalists attacked and injured some of the marchers while police stood by. The march was cancelled.

05-20-2014 Mary Yu was sworn in as the newest member of the Washington State Supreme Court, marking the first time the high court has had as openly gay justice.

Mary Yu

She is also the first Asian American Justice, the first Latina Justice and the 6th woman currently serving on Washington’s Supreme Court. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Chinese father and Mexican mother. In 2014, she was the recipient of the “Judge of the Year” Award from the Washington Association for Justice.

Arkansas issues marriage license to same-sex couple.

US District Judge John Jones ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge John Jones

2016 –


BPI, the British recorded music industry’s trade association, announced figures that showed that UK music accounted for 17.1% of the global music market, its highest ever share. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction and Coldplay were the the top selling British artists around the world.

In May 2011, Rabbi Rebecca Isaacs was the first openly lesbian rabbi ordained by the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary. Isaacs was chosen to deliver the final White House Hanukkah benediction of the Obama Administration in 2016. She is the inaugural holder of the Dorothy “Bibby” Levine Alfond chair in Jewish Studies, teaching courses on Hebrew, Jewish theology and Jewish humor. She was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Jewish Daily Forward. 

2017, Bucharest – Some 1,000 people joined a gay pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest demanding greater rights amid government moves that will curtail their rights. Some 30 ambassadors, including U.S. Ambassador Hans G. Klemm, expressed support for the march and for protecting the rights of the LGBT community. Romania decriminalized homosexuality in 2001.

cited sources

Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

canada pride

This day in LGBT History- May 20th – the Montrose Center


people link

events link

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

Our Daily Elvis

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: Death of Elvis

Books: Best and Worst

Books: Elvis My Best Man by George Klein and Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowel

Book: Baby Let’s Play House – Alanna Nash

see also:

Elvis and Lenny Bruce


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

Extra Credit:

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.


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