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July 17 2022

BCE to The Suffragettes

1729, France – Admiral comte Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez, bailli de Suffren (July 17, 1729 – December 8, 1788) is born. He was most famous for his campaign in the Indian Ocean in which he fought a series of intense and evenly matched battles for supremacy against the established British power there, led by Vice-Admiral Sir Edward HughesAlfred T. Mahan praised Suffren as “a very great man” and evaluated him in terms he usually reserved for praising decisively victorious admirals

1730, Netherlands – In Rotterdam, Leendert de Haas, age 60, candlemaker, Casper Schroder, distiller, and Huibert v. Borselen, gentleman’s servant, were strangled, burnt, and their ashes carried in an ash cart out of the city and then by ship to the sea and thrown overboard during the anti-gay purge. The major anti-gay purge of the eighteenth century occurred in the Netherlands. In April 1730 some men were arrested in Utrecht. They incriminated others, and on June 21st,  the States of Holland issued a Placat, posted in every town, that set off wide-scale persecution. The document began with the customary warnings about the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, then lamented that no laws had heretofore been provided to punish “this execrable crime of sodomy”, and concluded with its measures for obliterating this evil: that sodomy be punished by death, that those who offer their homes for its commission also die, that their corpses be burned to ashes and thrown into the sea “or exposed as unworthy of burial”, that the names of the convicted — including the fugitives — be publicly posted, and that the magistrates be specially authorized to investigate thoroughly any suspicions, particularly against those who mysteriously flee the province. Some 250 men were summoned before the authorities; 91 faced decrees of exile for not appearing. At least 60 men were sentenced to death. The astonishing purges of 1730 were widely reported in the English newspapers (mainly in June and July), and probably sent men running for cover even in England. The English news reports also state that many Dutch sodomites fled to England — where they unfortunately were not accorded the same reception as refugees from religious persecution.

1859, UK – Ernest Rhys (July 17, 1859 – May 25, 1946) is born in London. Rhys was the editor of the Everyman Library, a collection that totaled 967 volumes containing the classics. After he retired, he wrote his autobiography filled with anecdotes about his gay clique including Oscar Wilde.

07-17-1883 – 11-18-1928 Mauritz Stiller – Born in Helsinki, 

Mauritz Stiller

Finland. He was a Finnish-Swedish film director, best known for discovering Greta Garbo and bringing her to America. His family was of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, having lived in Russia and Poland before settling in Finland. When he was four, his mother committed suicide and he was raised by family friends. Drafted into the army by Czar Nicholas II, Stiller fled the country and settled in Sweden. He became a Swedish citizen in 1921. Stiller never married and those around him knew he was gay.

Bernice Abbott

07-17-1898 – 12-09-1991 Berenice Abbott – Born in Springfield, Ohio. She was an American photographer best known for her black and white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. In the 1920s, she lived in Paris where she photographed many figures from the worlds of literature and the arts, including James Joyce, Fujita, Coco Chanel, and Max Ernst. She also made a significant contribution to LGBT history by photographing lesbians and bisexuals writers such as Margaret Anderson, Jane Heap, Sylvia Beach, Bryher, and Janet Flanner. She returned to New York in 1929. In 1935, Abbott moved into Greenwich Village with art critic Elizabeth McCausland. The couple lived together for 30 years until McCausland’s death in 1965. In 1941 she published a Guide to Better Photography. The film Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century, which showed 200 of her black and white photographs, suggests she was a feminist. Before the film was completed she questioned, “The world doesn’t like independent women, why, I don’t know, but I don’t care.”

07-17-1908 – 10-20-2004 Nerina Shute – Born in Prudhoe, Northumberland, United Kingdom. she was an English writer and journalist, 

described by the Sunday Times as “the amazingly colourful and bisexual film critic.” She had a mystery female lover, Josephine, and several flirtations with men during the 1930s. While visiting her mother in Rottingdean, Sussex, she met and had an affair with Helen Mayo, one of the first female dental surgeons. Shute married broadcaster, Howard Marshall. The marriage ended after she confessed to him, in 1953, that she was having an affair with their French maid. For twenty-two years she had an affair with celebrated ballroom dancer, Phyllis Taylor, until Taylor’s death in 1981. In 1989, Shute was introduced to artist Jocelyn Williams who became her lover and cared for Shute until her death in 2004. With the publication of Passionate Friendships in 1992, she was able to be open about her own bisexuality. “For many years I have managed to keep my secrets to myself,” she wrote, “protecting the men and women I have loved. Now all my loved ones are dead and no longer vulnerable.”

07-17-1909 – 03-05-2003 Sir Hardy Amies – Born in London, England. 

He was an English fashion designer, founder of the Hardy Amies label and best known for his official title as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, from her accession to the throne in 1952 until his retirement in 1989. In 1967, he designed the costumes for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. After his retirement, Amies became more candid about being gay. When speaking of Sir Norman Hartnell, another renowned dressmaker to the Queen, he commented: “It’s quite simple. He was a silly old queen and I’m a clever old queen.” Amies and his partner, Ken Fleetwood, Design Director of Hardy Amies Ltd., were together for forty-three years until Fleetwood’s death in 1996. Amies died at home in 2003 at the age of ninety-three.

07-17-1938 Troy Walker – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a singer and nightclub performer. In 1958, Walker moved to Los Angeles. 

He was, as he said, “a very pretty boy”. He learned to use that to his advantage on stage. His first line was, “My name’s Troy Walker and whatever you’re thinking, you’re right”. In an interview, Walker said, “Mommy wanted a girl, Daddy wanted a boy, now they’re both happy.” He never hid the fact that he was gay and was flamboyant on stage. In the 1970s he had a regular gig at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood, which was a redneck country bar. He also performed in Las Vegas with Timi Yuro as a duet, both had been signed to Liberty Records. Walker made two live albums, one in 1962 and the other two years later.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1942 – Fred Halsted (July 17, 1941 – May 9, 1989) is born. He was an American gay pornographic film director, actor, escort, publisher, and sex club owner. His films Sex Garage and L.A. Plays Itself are the only gay pornographic movies in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where they were screened before a capacity audience on April 23, 1974. A screening of L.A. Plays Itself was sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on February 28, 2013 and another took place on December 16, 2011 at the Los Angeles art gallery Human Resources. His films have also been shown the Netherlands Film Museum and in competition at The Deauville Film Festival. His lover, Joseph Yanoska, died of AIDS in 1986.

1945 – Drag performer Ethyl Eichelberger (July 17, 1945 – August 12, 1990) is born in Pekin, Illinois, under the name John R0y Eichelberger. He was an American drag performer, playwright, and actor. He became an influential figure in experimental theater and writing, and performed nearly forty plays. He became more widely known as a commercial actor in the 1980s. With the lack of AIDS medications, Ethyl committed suicide on August 12, 1990.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

July 17, 1959

Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank. Holiday had a longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol, but evidence suggests she died from a kidney infection. Among Holiday’s best-known songs were “Lover Man,” “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child.” It was not until 1986 — 27 years after her death — that she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

1968: The Wall Street Journal publishes an article entitled, “U.S. Homosexuals Gain in Trying to Persuade Society to Accept Them”. The article, an overview of what was happening during the late 1960’s, was written by Charles Alverson.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights


Changesonebowie by David Bowie was #10 on the USA LP Charts

1977 – Spencer Kimball, president of the Mormon Church, blames the problems of the U.S. on homosexuals.

07-17-1979 Vicky Beeching – Born in the United Kingdom, place unknown. She is a British musician and religious commentator. She is 

Vicky Beeching

best known for work in America. Beeching is considered the most influential Christian of her generation. In 2014, she came out as a lesbian. As of 2015, she is a regular television and radio commentator. Her Twitter following is over 60,000 as of 2016.

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


Queen Elizabeth’s personal bodyguard, fifty-year-old Commander Michael Trestrail, is forced to resign after British newspapers reveal he is gay and has been involved in a long-term relationship with a male prostitute. Later, reports surface that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to make “gays in the Palace” a public issue, until the Queen allegedly summoned her to Buckingham Palace and told her to mind her own business.

 Soft Cell moved up to #8 with “Tainted Love”,

1988 – Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis signs into law an amendment that bars homosexuals from becoming foster parents unless no heterosexual couples are available. The law was in effective for only one year.

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


Barbra Streisand’s album Back to Broadway debuted at #1.  Janet by Janet Jackson fell to #2.

1998 –

A group of ex-ex-gays hold a press conference to counter ads stating that gays and lesbians could become straight by converting to Christianity. They said the ads were an attempt to falsely present gays and lesbians as anti-Christian and deny that many are spiritual people.

 The Red Lobster restaurant announces that it is dropping a legal challenge to a Cook County (Chicago) Human Rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Israel – A group of Orthodox Jews gather to discuss the plight of gay men and lesbians who are also Orthodox Jews.

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

Unnamed Common Oppressor VSHeterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/

07-17-2013 Queen of England gives gay marriage the royal stamp of approval. Marriages to begin in England and Wales in the summer of 2014.

07-17-2014 Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia, a judge in the Florida Keys overturns the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It only applied to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The judge said licenses could be issued starting on July 22, 2014.

07-17-2016 The documentary Jewel’s Catch One was screened as part of Outfest in LA. The film chronicles the rise of one of L.A.’s most influential gay nightclubs which opened in 1973 and about it’s founder Jewel Thais-Williams.

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

Today in LGBT History – July 17 | Ronni Sanlo › today-in-lgbt-history-july-17

Jul 17, 2017 — Today in LGBT History – July 17 ; 1729, France – Admiral ; 1942 – Fred Halsted (July 17, 1941 – May 9, 1989) is born. He was an American gay …

The Lavender Effect

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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

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

The last elvis fan screamed at by the Memphis mafia

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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