BCE to The Suffragettes
March 2, 1807
An act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country” was passed by the U.S. Congress.
03-02-1872 – 09-09-1967 Geraldine Morgan Thompson – Born in New York City, New York. She was an American social reform pioneer who became known as the “First Lady of New Jersey” because of her philanthropic and social service activities. Her activism was aimed at female prison reform, public health, and juvenile justice. She was the first female New Jersey delegate to a Republican National Convention in 1923. Thompson was also a lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. She had a forty year relationship with Miriam Van Waters, a social worker who served as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham. Both women had to remain closeted in order to maintain their positions. In 1949, in fear of being outed, Van Waters destroyed all the romantic letters she had received from Thompson.
03-02-1894 — 03-08-1964 Renata Borgatti – Born in Italy, place unknown. She was an Italian classical musician, performing in Europe and the
United States. In the early 1900s, she settled on the island of Capri, where as a lesbian, she was more accepted. Borgatti had an affair with Faith Mackenzie, whose husband Compton Mackenzie wrote of the island’s lesbian residents in the 1928, titled Extraordinary Women. Borgatti also had an affair with Romain Brooks. When that relationship failed, she began an affair with Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune. In her later years, she taught music. In 1964, she died in Rome of leukemia. (drawing by John Singer Sargent in 1921)
1905 – Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964) is born in Philadelphia. He wrote the definitive Depression Era opera “The Cradle Will Rock” in 1936. Blitzstein is regarded as the closest thing America produced to the genius of Brecht or Weill. Not surprising then that his English version of “Three Penny Opera” ran for years on Broadway. Blitzstein was openly gay.
03-02-1930 Pat Arrowsmith – Place of birth unknown. She is a British author and peace campaigner. She was the first to come out in Who’s Who in 1977. She is a co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. She has served eleven prison sentences for her political activ
ities. In 1979, Arrowsmith married, in order to fulfill her father’s condition for inheriting his money after his death. The marriage was annulled on the same day. “My father probably thought that if I had to get married, I would dismiss all notions of leading a gay lifestyle,” she says. “I discovered after he died, from his diaries, that he knew I was gay, as he wrote, ‘She’s not even ashamed of it.’” Arrowsmith donated her inheritance to various political causes.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
03-02-1945 Gordon Thomson – Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a
Canadian actor best known as Adam Carrington on the American prime-time soap opera Dynasty. After Dynasty ended, Thomson had roles in daytime soaps, including The Young and the Restless, Passions, Sunset Beach, and in 2009, he appeared on Days of Our Lives. Arron Spelling used him in eight different series, including Fantasy Island, Glitter, The Love Boat, and Beverly Hills, 90210. From 2011 to 2014, Thomson appeared on the soap opera web series DeVanity, and in 2015 he began starring in the soap opera web series Winterthorne. On September 25, 2017, he came out as gay.
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Canada – In Saskatoon, the Zodiac Friendship Society is registered as a non-profit organization, and becomes the umbrella group for social and political activities in the city.
1974 – Five activists discuss gay and lesbian issues on a nationally televised forum, The David Susskind Show
On the USA song charts, #2 Barbra Streisand had one of The Top Songs of 1974* with “The Way We Were” #7 , Aretha Franklin’s excellent “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna’ Do)” and , Cher moved from 16 to 9 with her tale of “Dark Lady”
Elton John was at #8 with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on the USA LP Charts
1975, Canada – In Toronto an Ontario Human Rights Code review committee was established to consider gay protections for gays and lesbians.
1976 – Mayor George Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska, vetoes a municipal civil rights ordinance that would have extended protections in housing and employment to LGBT people, proclaiming that the “people of Anchorage should not be forced to associate with sexual deviates.”
March 2, 1977
“The Barry Manilow Special,” with special guest Penny Marshall, aired on ABC-TV.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
March 2, 1982
Wisconsin becomes the first U.S. state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Sony, Philips and Polygram introduce a revolutionary new digital audio system called a Compact Disc, that contains up to 1 hour of uninterrupted music – designed to hold a full symphony.
CD releases however, continue for decades as 30 minute Albums, few artists took advantage of the multi-media capacity of the format.
The FDA licenses the first HIV blood test
Wham! had #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “Careless Whisper”, its fourth week at the top.
Make It Big by Wham! was #1 on the Album chart in the U.S., taking over for Madonna’s Like a Virgin.
George Michael and Aretha Franklin win Best R&B Performance for “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” at the thirtieth annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
03-02-1988 Matthew Mitcham – 2012 Olympic Diving Athlete born in Coopers Plains, Brisbane, Australia. He won the Olympic gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympic and he is the first Australian male to win an Olympic gold medal in diving since Dick Eve in 1924. Mitcham publicly came out as gay in 2008 to the Sydney Morning Herald. He was also featured on the cover of the international gay publication, The Advocate in August 2008 and March 2009. Mitcham’s then boyfriend, Lachlan Fletcher, attended the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a spectator. His trip was sponsored by a grant from Johnson & Johnson’s Athlete Family Support Program.
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” premiered worldwide in a Pepsi commercial.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1996, Australia – Bob Brown (born 27 December 1944), representing Tasmania, is elected to the Australian Senate. Robert James Brown is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, and environmentalist who is a former Senator, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and in 2007. He was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.
Madonna’s ‘Rescue Me’, entered the US hot 100 at No.15, making her the highest- debuting female artist in rock history. The record had been held by Joy Llayne whose 1957 single ‘Your Wild Heart’, entered the chart at No. 30.
“All the Man That I Need” gave Whitney Houston the new #1 on the R&B chart and was #1 for the second week on the pop chart
Honored with Pioneer Awards at the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s fitfh annual awards at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City: Otis Blackwell, Clarence Carter, Don Covay, Bill Doggett, Ben E. King, Johnny Otis, Little Richard, the Coasters, the Shirelles’ Mabel John, Earl Palmer, Irma Thomas, and Jerry Butler
the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Los Angeles at their sixth annual Pioneer Awards presentation, Fats Domino received the Ray Charles Lifetime Achievement Award. Also receiving awards were Lloyd Price and Cissy Houston, whose daughter, Whitney, made the presentation.
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men tied the Rock Era record for weeks at #1 with 14 for the song “One Sweet Day”. That tied Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You” and “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2002 – Jason West, mayor of New Paltz, New York, is charged with 19 criminal counts of solemnizing (same-sex) marriages in his town without a license.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2011 – The Wyoming Senate votes down House Bill 74, which would have banned recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.
Frank Ocean began a war of words with Don Henley after the Eagles‘ drummer threatened to take legal action against the Hip-hop star for sampling the 1977 hit “Hotel California” in his tune “American Wedding”. Ocean was quoted as saying “Ain’t this guy rich as f**k? Why sue the new guy? I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage.”
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced that in 2014 the organization gained a 6% increase in revenue to just over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013.
03-02-2015 A federal judge ruled Nebraska’s statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the ruing, saying county clerks will be permitted to begin issuing gay marriage licenses on March 9, 2015.
that rights do not apply to people is what courts need to most reject
there should not be a question in 2022
Court to hear arguments on whether civil rights law covers LGBT | WEMU
The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether the state’s civil rights law protects LGBTQ people against discrimination, even though the Legislature has never specifically enumerated that in the statute. We have more from Rick Pluta.www.wemu.org
This is What “Lest We Forget” reminds us not to, eh
LGBT Ukrainians Fear They’re on Putin’s Kill List. Many Are Staying to Fight Anyway.
As Russia fights to take Kyiv, LGBT Ukrainians fear Putin has included them as targets on his “kill list.” But instead of running, they’re working to keep his military forces out.www.thedailybeast.com
meanwhile in the West
LGBT Center lauds LA County’s 1st female Fire Chief – WEHOville
Following the Los Angeles City Council’s unanimous confirmation today of Kristin Crowley as the next Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Executive Director Joe Hollendoner issued the following statement: “The Center applauds the historic confirmation of Kristin Crowley to lead the fire department of the nation’s second-largest …wehoville.com
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
American Experience PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/stonewall-milestones-american-gay-rights-movement/
Our Daily Elvis
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.