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Towards Equality, but when?


By declaration of the British Parliament, slavery was banned throughout the British Empire.

August 28, 1955

Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago was abducted from his uncle’s home while visiting him in Mississippi. Two white men brutally murdered the black teenager for supposedly whistling at a white woman. On September 23, a jury acquitted both defendants after a 67-minute deliberation. The two men lived the rest of their lives without formal punishment and died of cancer in the early 1980s.

August 28, 1957

U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina began a 24-hour and 18-minute non-stop filibuster – the longest ever by a lone senator – in an unsuccessful attempt to derail passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

August 28, 1963

In Washington, DC, an estimated 250,000 Civil Rights advocates joined the “March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom.” They gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear songs by Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. The climax of the event was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving what became known as his “I have a dream” speech.


The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in two months.

Lionel Richie had his second #1 on the AC chart from his great albumCan’t Slow Down as “Stuck On You” was #1 for a second week.

Ray Parker, Jr. had his biggest career hit as “Ghostbusters” reached #1.  That ended Prince’s hold on the top spot with his great song “When Doves Cry”.

Prince made it seven weeks in a row with one of the top R&B songs of the 1980’s–“When Doves Cry”.

Purple Rain was in its fifth week of release with two at #1 on the Album chart. 

Tina Turner had a Top 10 album with Private Dancer


Tina Turner is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


Mariah Cary reached #1 on the R&B chart with her first single “Vision Of Love”.


Ray Charles sang “America The Beautiful” at the opening of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote Sam And Dave‘s classic “Soul Man”, sends a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole stop using his song, which supporters had changed to “I’m A Dole Man.”


A biopic about Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” starring Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, and Larenz Tate as Frankie, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters. Little Richard and Ben Vereen made cameo appearances in the film.


 “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey was #1 for an 11th week

2020 march on Washington embraces history on fraught anniversary of Martin Luther King speech – The Globe and MailThe 57th anniversary of King’s ’I Have a Dream’ speech comes at the end of a summer of racial unrest and nationwide protests, sparked by the death of George


Topless as a norm vs Naked Athena

‘Naked Athena’: The story behind the surreal photos of Portland protesterIt was 1:45 a.m. Dave Killen, a photographer for The Oregonian/OregonLive, was nearing the end of his shift covering the nightly protests in Portland. In the five hours he had been out, Killen and a group of protesters had been pushed by police northward on Third Avenue, he said, to its intersection with Taylor Street.

Protest Image USA 2020 – Naked Athena

it is a powerful image, but I am unsure of the advisability of risking arrest, given the current climate of police brutality to the public and within their own ranks. it would be preferable to be able to make political or any statement without the state of dress or needing to be undressed to make the point. 

comparing to #IdleNoMore Canada

but youth is about taking chances and not consequences and I did not experience much fallout from the 1992 Gwen Jacob march that lead to topless being legal for women.

but here is a news clip of Gwen Jacob from then:

from Angles newspaper coverage of the Vancouver Gwen Jacobs two days of action

the Rodgers Cable local reporter who covered us – I was there for print, flashed our small group who walked on Commercial Drive and rode a 20 Victoria bus. where a man who had a cell phone, rare in those days, called the police while the bus driver only cared that we paid the exact change fair.

1996: Topless triumph: Appeal court overturns woman’s … › news-story › 5693294-199…

Gwen Jacobs, who walked topless in Guelph, Ont., on a hot day in July 1991, has won … In throwing out Jacob’s conviction, the Court of Appeal said she was not … 

The right to go topless: Nearly 20 years later, Gwen Jacob … › sports › 2010/08/30 › the-right-t…

Aug 30, 2010 – GUELPH – It was just a shirt. But for Gwen Jacob it changed her life and made history. It’s nearly 20 years since Jacob’s arrest for walking topless …Missing: march ‎| Must include: march
Vancouver women stage topless march for social equality and … › 2013/08/26 › bc-topless

Aug 26, 2013 – … the 1991 conviction of Gwen Jacobs, saying “there was nothing degrading or dehumanizing” about her decision to take off her shirt in public.

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Angles on Je Suis Charlie

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I was the news editor of Angles – Vancouver BC Canada’s original queer newspaper – although, for many years the masthead said “gay and lesbian”. I was instrumental in the addition of “Bisexual” and I am sorry that I missed … Continue reading →

An Ordinary Canadian, eh

Posted on November 30, 2019by dykewriter

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City of Vancouver Queer Archive Donation

Posted on October 27, 2019by dykewriter

Nina Tryggvason – Donation to Vancouver City Queer Archives 1 4 drawer craft cupboard with Angles and Xtra West, Girlfriends Magazine and from Little Sister’s Lezzie Smut; and other publications from the 1990s with articles and photos by Nina Tryggvason. … Continue reading →