BCE to The Suffragettes
05-22-1879 – 02-22-1965 Bessie Davidson – Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
In 1904, after her mother’s death, she went to Europe to study art. She settled in Paris and a year after her arrival, she was exhibiting at the Salon de la Sociéte des Artistes Français and the next year at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She was a founding member of the Salon des Tuileries, at which she would exhibit almost every year between 1923 and 1951. During WWI, she joined the French Red Cross and served in various military hospitals. It was at this time that she met Marguerite Leroy who would be her companion for the next two decades (Marguerite died in 1938). In 1931 she was appointed to the French Legion of Honor, the only Australian woman to receive that honor up to that time. Davidson died at Montparnasse in France in 1965.
1879, Russia – Alla Nazimova (May 22,1879 – July 13, 1945) was a Russian actress who immigrated to the United States in 1905. Nazimova openly conducted relationships with women, and her mansion on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard was believed to be the scene of outlandish parties. She is credited with having originated the phrase “sewing circle” as a discreet code for lesbian or bisexual actresses. From 1917 to 1922, Nazimova wielded considerable influence and power in Hollywood. She helped start the careers of both of Rudolph Valentino‘s wives, actress Jean Acker(October 23, 1893 – August 16, 1978) andfilm costume and set designer Natacha Rambova(January 19, 1897 – June 5, 1966). Although she was involved in an affair with Acker, it is debated as to whether her connection with Rambova ever developed into a sexual affair. Nevertheless, there were rumors that Nazimova and Rambova were involved in a lesbian affair (they are discussed at length in Dark Lover, Emily Leider’s biography of Rudolph Valentino) but those rumors have never been definitely confirmed. She was very impressed by Rambova’s skills as an art director, and Rambova designed the innovative sets for Nazimova’s film productions of Camille and Salomé. Of those Nazimova is confirmed to have been involved with romantically, the list includes actress Eva Le Gallienne(January 11, 1899 – June 3, 1991),director Dorothy Arzner(January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979), writer Mercedes de Acosta(March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968), and Oscar Wilde‘s niece Dolly Wilde(July 11, 1895 – April 10, 1941). Magic Realist artist and Surrealist painter Bridget Bate Tichenor(November 22, 1917 – died on October 20, 1990) was also rumored to be one of Nazimova’s favored lovers in Hollywood during the World War II years of 1940 to 1942. The two had been introduced by the poet and art collector Edward James, and according to Tichenor, their intimate relationship angered Nazimova’s longtime companion, actress Glesca Marshall (September 19, 1906 – August 21, 1987). However, the fact that Tichenor was pregnant most of 1940, giving birth to her son on Dec. 21, 1940, along with the 40-year age gap between the two women, casts some doubt on this rumor. It is believed that Nazimova coined the phrase “sewing circle” as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. Nazimova lived with Glesca Marshall from 1929 until her death in 1945. Glesca was also the longtime companion of Emily Woodruff, theatrical benefactor and main patron of the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. Marshall and Woodruff are buried together at Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.
05-22-1870 – 06-30-1926 Eva Gore-Booth – Born in Lissadell House,
County Sligo, Ireland. She was an Irish poet, dramatist, and suffragist. In 1896, while recuperating from a respiratory illness in Italy, she met Esther Roper, an English woman that would become her lifelong partner. Both women were dedicated to the struggle for women’s right to vote. Gore-Booth’s poetry was admired by W.B, Yeats so much, that he sent a letter and book to her to inspire her. Her poetry takes on Irish folklore with an emphasis on the females in the story and wrote about women loving women. Gore-Booth and Roper lived together until Gore-Booth’s death in 1926. The two women are buried together in St. John’s churchyard, Hampstead, with a quote from Sappho carved on their gravestone.
05-22-1907 – 07-11-1989 Laurence Olivier – Born in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom. He was an English actor who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. His film career included more than fifty roles. He also had success in television later in his career. His films include
Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), Sleuth (1972), Marathon Man (1976), Brideshead Revisited (1981) and King Lear (1983). He received four Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. He was married three times. According to Michael Thornton’s conversation with Olivier’s close friend, playwright Emlyn Williams, Olivier was bisexual. Emlyn, who was also married, was bisexual as well. Emlyn stated, “We all know Larry. Do I think he is sexually attracted to men? Is the Pope Catholic?” Olivier’s third wife, Dame Joan Plowright, confirmed his bisexuality in an interview with Sue Lawley on the radio program Desert Island Discs.
05-22-1924 – 10-01-2018 Charles Aznavour – Born in Paris, France. He was a French-Armenian singer, lyricist, actor, diplomat, and straight LGBT ally. Aznavour married three times and had five children. His career spanned over 70 years, recording more than 1,200 songs. He also wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs for himself and others. During his lifetime he sold 180 million records. In 2009, he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland and was Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva. During WWII, his family hid “a number of people who were persecuted by the Nazis, while Charles and his sister Aida were involved in rescue activities.” The family offered shelter to Armenians, Jews, and others at their Paris flat, risking their own lives. Aznavour was an early supporter of LGBT rights. His 1972 album, Idiote je t’aime, contained one of his classics, Comme ils disent (English version titled What Makes A Man). The song, the story of a transvestite, was revolutionary at a time when talking about homosexuality was taboo. In a later interview, Aznavour said, “It’s a kind of sickness I have, talking about things you’re not supposed to talk about. I started with homosexuality and I wanted to break every taboo.
Katharine Lee Bates, author of America the Beautiful, who was in a so-called “Boston Marriage” with Katharine Coman, dies.
05-22-1929 – 02-22-2021 Philippe Venet – Born in Lyon, France. He was a French fashion designer. In 1951, Venet moved to Paris and was employed as a cutter at Schiaparelli. It was there that he met Givenchy and soon became his life partner. Venet dressed many society ladies and “all the Kennedy ladies.” A writer for the Newspaper Enterprise Association described Venet, then 32, as “handsome, a champion skier and Alpine climber with nothing of the prima donna about him.” He died at the age of 91.
05-22-1930 – 11-27-1978 Harvey Milk – Born in Woodmere, New York. He was the first openly gay candidate to be elected in any big city in the United States. In 1977 he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interest; he was not open about his
homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until he was around 40, after his experience in the counterculture of the 1960s. Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and he won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977. Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White. Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. Anne Cronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.” Harvey Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
05-22-1932 – 12-25-2015 Robert Spitzer – Born in White Plains, New York. He was a psychiatrist and retired professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. He was a major force in the development of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. LGBT-rights activists
credit Dr. Spitzer with removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the D.S.M. in 1973. Spitzer decided to push for the change after he met with gay activists and determined that homosexuality could not be a disorder if gay people were comfortable with their sexuality. Dr. Jack Drescher, a gay psychoanalyst in New York, told the Times that Spitzer’s successful push to remove homosexuality from the list of disorders was a major advance for gay rights. “The fact that gay marriage is allowed today is in part owed to Bob Spitzer,” he said.
05-22-1933 — 12-04-1987 Arnold Lobel – Born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Schenectady, New York. He was an
American author of children’s books, including TheFrog and Toad series and Mouse Soup. Lobel also illustrated his stories. In 1955, he married Anita Kempler, also a children’s writer and illustrator. They collaborated on several books and had two children. Lobel is among a small group of people who have been honored as both an author and illustrator for the Newbery and Caldecott medals. In 1974, he told his family that he was gay. In 1987, he died of cardiac arrest, after suffering from AIDS for some time.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1940 – Mary Dispenza (born May 22, 1940) is born in Chicago. Sister (nun), teacher, principal and archdiocesan administrator, Mary beame one of the highest ranking Roman Catholics ever to lose her job with the Church over her sexual orientation. A survivor of abuse at the hands of a priest, Mary Dispenza is on a mission to protect children from harm and end abuse within the Catholic Church.Mary volunteers at Lambert House and for countless other Washington State LGBT community organizations. She is the author of SPLIT, her courageous memoir, which reveals the shocking story of her rape by the parish priest at seven years of age.
05-22-1942 – 02-28-2011 Rev. Peter John Gomes – Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was an American preacher and theologian, and a professor at Harvard University’s Divinity School. Gomes was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. His father was from Cape Verde Islands and his mother was African-American. He was baptized as a Roman Catholic but later became an American Baptist. Listed in TimeMagazine in 1979 as one of “seven stars of the pulpit”, Gomes fulfilled preaching and
lecturing engagements throughout the United States and Great Britain. In 2009, he represented Harvard University as a lecturer to The University of Cambridge, England for its 800th anniversary. He published a total of ten volumes of sermons and two bestselling books, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons, and The Book of Wisdom for Daily Living. In 1991, Gomes identified himself publicly as gay, though adding that he remained celibate, and became an advocate of acceptance of homosexuality in American society and particularly in religion. He devoted the rest of his life to addressing the ‘religious case’ against gays. Gomes maintained the “one can read into the Bible almost any interpretation of morality…for its passages had been used to defend slavery and the liberation of slaves, to support racism, anti-Semitism, and patriotism, to enshrine dominance of men over women, and to condemn homosexuality as immoral.” He also said, “Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant.” He died of complications of a stroke on February 28, 2011.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
05-22-1954 – 02-12-2002 Barbara May Cameron – Born in Fort Yates,
North Dakota, a Native American (Lakota Sioux), she was raised by her grandparents on the Standing Rock Reservation. She was a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota part of the Fort Yates band of the Standing Rock Nation in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Cameron was in a 21-year relationship with Linda Boyd, with whom she raised a son, Rhys Boyd-Farrell. Cameron co-founded the Gay American Indians (GAI) in 1975 with Randy Burns(born 1955), a Native Alaskan. GAI was the first gay Indian organization. The reason for founding GAI, according to Cameron, was that Native American gay people had different needs and struggles than the gay white community. Moreover, there was in general a lack of support for people of color within the Gay and Lesbian community. In 1978, she contributed to the anthology Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book. She moved to San Francisco in the 1970s. In 1975, she co-founded Gay American Indians with Randy Burns. Cameron was a lesbian activist, poet, and writer. Being both gay and Native American put Cameron in conflict almost everywhere she was. In Gee, You Don’t Seem Like An Indian From the Reservation, Cameron wrote, “We not only must struggle with racism and homophobia of straight white America but must often struggle with homophobia that exists within out third-world communities.” She died of natural causes on February 12, 2002, and was survived by Linda Boyd, her partner of twenty years and their son.
May 22, 1955
Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel a dance at the Ritz ballroom. Authorities say the cancellation is because they discovered that “Rock and Roll dances might be featured” and justify their action by citing “a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena” where Rock ‘n’ Roll dances were held.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
05-22-1962 Hannan Kattan – Born in Jordan. She is a British-based film producer of Palestinian origin. Kattan has
produced three feature films through Enlightenment Productions including The World Unseen and the romantic comedy I Can’t Think Straight. After nearly 20 years together, she married writer and director Shamim Sarif. The two women created Enlightenment Productions and EBS Digital.
Barbra Streisand released the album “My Name Is Barbra,” a few weeks after her Emmy Award-winning television special of the same title aired on CBS.
May 22, 1966
In Hollywood, shooting began on the last original episode of the TV series “Perry Mason,” starring Raymond Burr. Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of the fictional lawyer, appeared in it as the judge. It was also the only episode in the series that was filmed and televised in color.
1967 –The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clive Michael Boutilier v. the Immigration and Naturalization Service (1967) is a long-forgotten ruling that upheld the deportation of a legal resident from Canada who was classified by the U.S. government as having a “mental or physical defect” because he was gay. According to the INS’s Annual Report for 1967, the United States excluded or deported more than 100,000 people on this basis from 1892 to 1967, but this represented a small fraction of the total number of foreign “defectives” rejected by the United States for immigration, residency, and citizenship. U.S. immigration law barred the entry of “lunatics, idiots, epileptics, imbeciles, feeble-minded people, constitutional psychopathic inferiors, and anyone likely to become a public charge.” Physical “defects” that were grounds for exclusion and deportation included “arthritis, asthma, blindness, bunions, deafness, deformities, flat feet, heart disease, hernia, spinal curvature, and varicose veins.” Influenced by eugenics, nativism, and racism, policymakers were determined to promote their (limited) vision of national strength. “Sexual perversion” was the “critical consideration” for Boutilier.Guy Carleton Boutilier(March 11, 1997 – April 23, 2012) wasa Canadian politician.Born in 1933, he had moved from Nova Scotia to New York in 1955. By the time he applied for U.S. citizenship in 1963, his mother and most of his siblings also lived in the United States and he was working as a building maintenance man; ironically, he had earlier worked as an attendant for a man who was mentally ill. Boutilier’s immigration troubles began when he noted on his citizenship application that in 1959 he had been arrested, but not convicted, on a sodomy charge in New York. This prompted an interrogation by the INS in which Boutilier revealed that he had engaged in sex with men and women before entering the United States and that he had continued to engage in same-sex sex with his partner Eugene O’Rourke and with other men, after moving to New York. Based on this information, the INS rejected his citizenship application and ordered him deported as a “psychopathic personality.” Boutilier’s lawyers, affiliated with the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Homosexual Law Reform Society, challenged his deportation with multiple arguments. They submitted medical affidavits indicating that Boutilier was not a psychopathic personality. They raised procedural objections because the Public Health Service had not examined Boutilier. They offered expert testimony that challenged the government’s claim that homosexuality was psychopathic. They questioned whether the intent of Congress was to exclude and deport all homosexual aliens. They argued that even if it was, the law was unconstitutionally vague because the average person would not know that the government regarded homosexuality as evidence of psychopathic personality. The American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973, but Congress did not eliminate the “psychopathic personality” provision in U.S. immigration law until 1990. Boutilier died in a home for people with disabilities in 2003, two months before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.
05-22-1969 Mike Albo – Born at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is an American writer,
actor, and comedian. He is best known for his writing and performances that criticize and stirs contemporary celebrity and consumer culture. He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013). He is openly gay.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
05-22-1970 – 09-11-2001 Mark Kendall Bingham – Born in Phoenix, Arizona. On September 11, 2001, he was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93. Bingham along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick, formed the plan to overtake the plane from the hijackers and led the effort that resulted in the crash of the plane into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane was 20 minutes away from its suspected target, the White House. Both for his heroic actions on United 93, as well as his athletic physique, he has been widely honored posthumously for having “smashed the gay stereotype mold and really opened the door to many others that came after him.” He was born to a single mother and grew up in Miami, Florida and Southern California before moving to the San Jose area in 1983.
May 22, 1976
Donna Summer reached #52 pop with “Could It Be Magic,” originally recorded by Barry Manilow and given to Donna by Manilow’s publisher Jay Warner.
#10 on the pop chart: closeted Barry Manilow was “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again”.
05-22-1979 Bobby Trendy (born Raymond John Muro) – Born in Valencia, California, he grew up
in Northern California. He is an interior decorator, designer and television personality who first achieved notoriety on The Anna Nicole Show. Anna Nicole Smith hired Trendy to decorate her new house and made him an instant star by featuring him in her highly rated show. When the pink “Anna Nicole bed” appeared on the show, Trendy sold 225 units in one day at $15,000 each, causing his site to crash. He is openly gay.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
05-22-1980 Sharice Davids – Born in Frankfurt, Germany. Sharice was
raised by a single mother who served in the U.S. Army. Davids is an American attorney, former mixed martial artist, and politician. She is the first openly LGBT Native American to be elected to the U.S. Congress and represents Kansas’s 3rd congressional district.
05-22-1983 Natasha “Tasha” Kai – Born in Kahuku, Hawaii. She is an
American professional soccer forward and Olympic gold medalist. Kai has openly discussed the fact that she is a lesbian, and was one of only three openly gay individuals on the 2008 USA Summer Olympic Team.
05-22-1985 Chris Salvatore – Born in Richboro, Pennsylvania. He is an American actor, singer/songwriter, and gay rights activist. Salvatore is best
known for his performances as Zack in the Eating Out gay film series. He appeared as himself in the 2017 Logo TV reality series Fire Island. As a gay rights activist, he supports the Gay American Heroes Foundation, an anti-bullying charity. He has also made videos, including one for the It Gets Better Project. While living in Los Angeles, he became friends with 89-year-old Norma Cook, who lived across the hall from him. In 2017, he raised more than $50,000 to help pay for home care for her when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She later died due to complications with her illness. Salvatore ranked at #41 on AfterElton’s annual list of the top gay and bisexual male celebrities in 2011. As of August 2017, he had over 36.5K subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Cher called David Letterman an asshole on his NBC-TV “Late Night” show.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
Salt-n-Pepa performed at a benefit to raise money for AIDS patients called LIFEbeat’s Counteraid. They had intended to become nurses but wound up as telephone sales operators before striking gold as a rap act.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, England on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey’s return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs
Vermont bans gender identity discrimination in the private sector.
Democrat Maryland governor Martin O’Malley signs two bills into law legalizing same-sex domestic partnerships. Full same-sex marriage becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2013.
Madonna‘s documentary, “I Am Because We Are,” was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Unnamed Common Oppressor VS: Heterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/
05-22-2014 First date of issue of the USPS Harvey Milk stamps. He is the first openly gay elected official to be feature on a U.S. stamp. In 2016, on this day, he would have been 86 years old.
In Manchester, England, 22 people were killed and at least 50 were injured in an explosion by a suicide bomber as fans exited an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Grande suspended the remainder of her world tour.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack although no evidence of their involvement was immediately discovered.
Manchester Arena attack: Events under way to mark fifth anniversary
Freya Lewis, who survived the arena bombing, is among those taking part in the Great Manchester Run.www.bbc.com
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.