Thea Spyer (DOB unknown) – Wife of Edie Windsor. They had a 44-year relationship. Their relationship began at a party in 1962, a time when gay people were largely
regarded as criminals and diagnosed as mentally ill. After dating a short time, Spyer proposed to Windsor in 1967, they finally married 40 years later, in Canada in 2007. Spyer’s health deteriorated over the years, and she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 45, a disease that didn’t stop the couple from dancing, even when Spyer was stricken to a wheelchair. Spyer died in 2009. On June 26, 2013, in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional – a victory that made Edie Windsor’s marriage to Thea Spyer, legally recognized by the federal government. This case benefited every gay person in America. A film was made on their relationship – Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. (Photo: Thea is on the left, Edie is on the right)
BCE to The Suffragettes
1826 – Composer Stephen Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), born in Pittsburgh and known as “the father of American music,” was famous for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna“, “Hard Times Come Again No More“, “Camptown Races“, “Old Folks at Home,” “Swanee River”, “My Old Kentucky Home“, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair“, “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer“. He likely abandoned his wife for fellow composer George Cooper. There are many biographers who have published works on the life of Stephen Foster, but details differ widely. Foster wrote very little biographical information himself. His brother destroyed much of the information about Stephen that he judged to reflect negatively upon the family.
“Hail to the Chief” is performed by the United States Marine Band for President John Quincy Adams during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
07-04-1844 – 09-17-1907 Edmonia Lewis – Born in Greenbush, New York. She was an American sculptor who worked most of her career in Rome, Italy. She is the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame and recognition
as a sculptor. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into the Neoclassical style. She never married and while in Rome, was included in the lesbian circle of actress Charlotte Cushman and sculptor Harriet Hosmer. She also dressed in an androgynous style. Lewis is believed to have been involved romantically with other women. She returned to the United States in 1874 with great success. In 1876, she was one of a few women sculptors invited to exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In 1877, she was commissioned by former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant to sculpt a bust of his likeness. In 1901, she moved to London, England. She died in England in 1907.
1855 – First edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grassis published. It’s considered the clearest expression of the author’s homosexual desires.
1895 – “America the Beautiful” is published. Its author, Katharine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929), was a professor at Wellesley College “who lived as ‘one soul together’ with Katharine Coman (November 23, 1857 – January 11, 1915)who was a history and political economy teacher and founder of the Wellesley College School Economics department. The pair lived together for twenty-five years until Coman’s death in 1915.
07-04-1898 – 09-06-1952 Gertrude Lawrence – Born in London, England. She
was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in the West End of London and on Broadway. In 1948, Lawrence returned to Britain (she had been in the United States) to star in September Tide, a play written specifically for her by Daphne du Maurier. According to an article written by Kate Kellaway in The Guardian dated April 14, 2007, du Maurier had her most passionate lesbian affair with Gertrude Lawrence. Their affair is also mentioned in biographies of Daphne du Maurier.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
The Irving Berlin musical, “This is the Army”, opened at New York’s Broadway Theatre.
1945 – 08-14-1995 (DOB unknown) – Dr. Robert H. Eichberg – He was a psychologist who co-founded National Coming Out Day along with Jean O’Leary in 1988. He also wrote the
book Coming Out: An Act of Love. Eichberg dedicated his life on bridging the gap between gay and nongay communities, allowing people to discover who they are, and encouraging them to go out and do something with that knowledge. National Coming Out Day is observed on Oct. 11th. He was openly gay. In an interview in 1993, Dr. Eichberg said, ” It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes.” He died of complications from AIDS.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Barbra Streisand spent a second straight week at the top of the Easy Listening chart with “People” and was #5 pop chart
Louis Armstrong’s Hello, Dolly! was the #1 album with the Soundtrack to the movie #2. Funny Girl from Barbra Streisand was #3 followed by the Beatles’ Second Album and The Third Album from Streisand.
1965 – Organized by ECHO, The East Coast Homophile Organizations, demonstrators picket at Independence Hallin Philadelphia. Picketers returned each year through 1969 for what came to be known as the Annual Reminder. It was the beginning a new era in Philadelphia LGBT culture as a presence in the community. A small group of conservatively dressed lesbians and gay men picket Independence Hall in in one of the first public demonstrations for gay rights. Among those marching is Barbara Gittings (July 31, 1932 – February 18, 2007).The picket isto call public attention to the lack of civil rights for LGBT people. The gatherings continues annually for five years. The Daughters of Bilitis and Mattachine Society members participate in the fifth and final picket in 1969.
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Daughters of Bilitis and Mattachine society members picket Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the fifth and last time.
Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
1970 – The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association becomes the first mainstream religious group in the US to recognize publicly the existence of gay, lesbian, and bisexual clergy and laity among its members and to demand “an end to all discrimination against homosexuals.”
1973 – The Seattle Lesbian Separatist Group (later the Gorgons) issues The Amazon Analysis, a manifesto and handbook of lesbian separatism. The paper’s nearly 100 mimeographed pages are passed among lesbians across the country.
1975, Canada – In Winnipeg, the New Democratic Party Gay Caucus is formed at the NDP national convention.
Dykes on Bikes is founded as a group of lesbians on motorcycles who come together to lead the San Francisco Pride Parade. In 1976 a small group of 20 – 25 women motorcyclists gathered at the head of the San Francisco Pride Parade and, unbeknownst to them, a tradition began. One of these women coined the phrase “Dykes on Bikes®” and the San Francisco Chronicle picked it up and ran with it Chapters of the club have been leading Pride Parades around the world ever since.
Elton John and Kiki Dee release their No. 1 duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
07-04-1988 Michelle Heyman – Born in Shellharbour, NSW, Australia. She is a
professional soccer player. On July 9, 2015, Heyman signed with the US Western New York Flash. She was one of 49 open LGBT athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
Sir Elton John, 52, collapses. Tests show that he has an irregular heartbeat. John soon has a pacemaker fitted at a London hospital.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
All 80,000 tickets to Madonna’s concerts at London’s Earl’s Court arena sell out in just four hours.
George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single ‘Shoot The Dog’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.
All four members of ABBA were at the premiere of the movie Mamma Mia! in Stockholm, Sweden.
George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.
Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury’s black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen’s legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.
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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.