LGBTQ2 for February 13

BCE to The Suffragettes

02-13-1740 – 10-18-1802   Sophie Arnould – Born in Paris, France. She was a French operatic soprano. She made her stage debut at the Opéra de Paris on December 15, 1957 and sang there for 20 years. She was much in demand in Parisian society. Arnould was lovers with the actress and singer, Françoise Antoinette Saucerotte. Their relationship ended badly, and two male friends represented the women in a duel to the death. I was unable to find out what the result was. In 1927, the French composer, Gabriel Pierné, wrote an opera based on her tumultuous life entitled Sophie Arnould.

(Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c. 1773)

02-13-1891 – 02-12-1942 Grant DeVolson Wood – Born in Anamosa, Iowa. 

He was an American painter and best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. His painting “American Gothic” is an iconic image of the 20th Century. In the summer of 1928, Wood went to Europe, where he finally came to terms with his homosexuality. In Paris, Wood immersed himself deeply in the gay culture, spending large amounts of time in gay cafés, gay bars, and gay art salons, drinking heavily with gay French men and boys. He also had a number on one-night stands and weekends with men, but formed no close friendships or relationships. When he returned to Iowa, he chose to repress his homosexuality and became closeted.

February 13, 1914

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The Society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members and collect licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distribute them to its members as royalties. Its eventual rival performing rights organization, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), was formed in 1939 as radio was coming to prominence as a source of musical entertainment.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1953 – Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) returns to New York after receiving sex reassignment surgery in Denmark by Dr. Christian Hamburger. Christine was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the BronxNew York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1945, she was drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II. After her service she attended several schools, worked, and around this time heard about sex reassignment surgery. She traveled to Europe and in CopenhagenDenmark, obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations starting in 1951. Her transition was the subject of a New York Daily News front-page story. She became an instant celebrity, using the platform to advocate for transgender people and became known for her directness and polished wit. She also worked as an actress and nightclub entertainer and recorded several songs.

February 13, 1957

Cuban officials announced a ban on all rock ‘n’ roll programs on television, calling the music “offensive to public morals and good customs.”

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

February 13, 1960

In Nashville, 124 college students, most of them black, staged the first of the Nashville Sit-Ins, part of a non-violent campaign to end racial segregation at the city’s downtown lunch counters. Three months later, six downtown stores began serving black customers at their lunch counters for the first time.

February 13, 1965

LaVern Baker charted with “Fly Me To the Moon,” reaching #31 R&B. It was the last solo hit for Little Miss Sharecropper, as she was known, though she did have one more chart single in a duet with jackie Wilson on “Think Twice” (#37 R&B). In all, she had twenty-one hits starting in 1955 and was considered one of the finest female R&B singers of the ’50s.

Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, …

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February 13, 1971

Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection Lp rose to number 5, the album Pearl by the recently departed Janis Joplin moved from 14-9 in its third week and falling to 10 the self-titled Elton John LP.

1972: The film version of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, based on Christopher Isherwood’s writings about his time in pre-WWII Berlin, has its world premiere in New York City. Unlike the stage version, the film version adheres slightly more closely to the source material and portrays Michael York’s character, Brian (based on Isherwood himself), bisexual.

February 13, 1973
David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

February 13, 1974
David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’

February 13, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any

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

1984

Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit “There Goes My Baby” peaked at #21 pop and #20 R&B.

1988
In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 15th Winter Olympics opened.

kd lang performed

1989

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album “Whitney” becomes Houston’s first single to be certified platinum with shipment of over one million units

90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism

1990: Thirteen airmen are expelled from the U.S. Air Force after a four-month investigation into homosexual activity at Carswell Air Force base in Texas.

1996 – Rent opens on Broadway. It is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson (February 4, 1960 – January 25, 1996), loosely based on Giacomo Puccini‘s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City‘s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Larsen  was an American composer and playwright noted for exploring the social issues of multiculturalismaddiction, and homophobia in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick… BOOM! He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent. Larson died unexpectedly the morning of Rent‘s first preview performance Off Broadway on January 25, 1996.

1999

Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

UK – London’s first Bi-Fest march and festival is held.

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

2005
Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years

7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’

Human Rights in global conflictTrans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women

2011

With appearances by Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, the CBS broadcast of The Grammy Awards played to their largest audience in 10 years. 26.55 million viewers tuned in to see Country trio Lady Antebellum win Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year with “Need You Now”.

2012: 

Washington state becomes the seventh U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.

02-13-2012 

Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington State signed a law allowing same-

sex marriage. Opponents mounted a challenge that required voters to approve the statute at a referendum, which they did on November 6. The law took effect on December 6, 2012 and the first marriages were celebrated on December 9. Within a couple of days, more that 600 same sex marriage licenses were issued in King County alone. In the first 9 months of same-sex marriage legalization in Washington state, 7,071 same-sex couples legally entered into a marriage.

2022

https://www.sasktoday.ca/central/local-news/lindsey-bishop-joins-cross-country-walk-for-mmiwg2s-5056908

Lindsey Bishop joins cross-country walk for MMIWG2S – SaskToday.ca

The task will be emotionally, physically and spiritually hard for Bishopwww.sasktoday.ca

Sister of missing Indigenous woman commits to year-long walk across Canada | paNOW

The sister of missing Megan Gallagher is starting a journey of her own in honour of her sister.Lindsey Bishop …panow.com

https://www.news-daily.com/news/floridas-lgbtq-advocates-are-rallying-to-support-young-people-in-light-of-dont-say-gay/article_129a55f2-0032-51ce-90bd-3ede123ec612.html

Florida’s LGBTQ advocates are rallying to support young people in light of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ | News | news-daily.com

This weekend, Javi Gomez is traveling nearly 500 miles from his native Miami to Florida’s capital in Tallahassee to plead his case against a piece of legislation LGBTQ advocates arewww.news-daily.com

https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/history/lgbt-history-month-historic-lgbtq-6651747

LGBT History Month: The historic LGBTQ sites near Sussex and the incredible stories behind them – SussexLive

Sussex has some incredibly inspiring LGBTQ historical figureswww.sussexlive.co.uk

representation and voices are hardly uniform

and the love that dare not say it’s name last century owing to illegal

is being silenced this century owing to publicly practiced fetish

https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2022/02/13/local-publisher-aims-shine-light-overlooked-lgbt-voices/6726075001/

Local publisher aims to shine a light on overlooked LGBT voices

Rattling Good Yarns Press caters to an otherwise underserved literary community.www.desertsun.com

https://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-streaming-sites-censor-lgbtq-discussions-friends-2022-2

Chinese Streaming Sites Censor LGBT Discussions in ‘Friends’: Report

China has a history of censoring LGBT content, especially on television shows since it introduced its new guidelines in 2016.www.businessinsider.com

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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.

LGBTQ2 for August 21

1869 –

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)wrote to Peter Doyle on this date: “My love for you is indestructible, and since that night and morning has returned more than before.”

1872,

UK – Aubrey Beardsley  (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898) was born in Brighton, England. More than any other artist of his time, Beardsley epitomized the Art Nouveau style. As a young man he would walk down the boulevards of Paris arm in arm with his mother, his makeup far more dazzling than hers. Although Beardsley was associated with the homosexualclique that included Oscar Wilde  (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)and other English aesthetes, the details of his sexuality remain in question. He was generally regarded as asexual. His association with Oscar Wilde ruined him and he died of tuberculosis three years after Wilde was sentenced to prison.

1923

SexPhobia Laws: In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.

1928 – James “John” Finley Gruber (August 21, 1928 – February 27, 2011) was an American teacher and early LGBT rights activist. Gruber helped to document the early LGBT movement through interviews with historians, participating in a panel discussion in San Francisco in 2000 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Mattachine and appearing in the 2001 documentary film Hope Along the Wind about the life of Harry Hay (April 7, 1912 – October 24, 2002). Growing up Gruber considered himself bisexual and was involved with both men and women. His father, a former vaudevillian turned music teacher, relocated the family to Los Angeles in 1936. Gruber enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946 at the age of 18 and was honorably discharged in 1949. Using his G.I. Billbenefits, Gruber studied English literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gruber suffered increasingly ill health for several years before his death on February 27, 2011, at his home in Santa Clara.

1929, Mexico – Bisexual Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) marries Diego Rivera. She was a Mexican painter, who mostly painted self-portraits. Inspired by Mexican popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Kahlo was mainly known as Rivera’s wife until the late 1970s, when her work was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By the early 1990s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the Feminism movement, and the LGBTQ movement. Kahlo’s work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national andIndigenoustraditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

1935 – Mart Crowley (born August 21, 1935) is an American playwright. He worked for a number of television production companies in Hollyhwood before meeting Natalie Wood on the set of her film Splendor in the Grass.Wood hired him as her assistant, primarily to give him free time to work on his gay-themed play The Boys in the Band,which opened off-Broadway on April 14, 1968 and enjoyed a run of 1,000 performances.Crowley has appeared in at least three documentaries: The Celluloid Closet (1995), about the depiction of homosexuality in cinema; Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2007), a biography of Crowley’s friend and producer Dominick Dunne; and Making the Boys (2011), a documentary about the making of The Boys in the Band. Crowley is openly gay.

1936, Spain – Luisa Isabel Alvarez de Toledo y Maura, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia, Grandee of Spain (August 21, 1936 – March 7, 2008) was nicknamed La Duquesa Rojaor The Red Duchess. She was the 21st Duchess of the ducal family of Medina-Sidonia, one of the most prestigious noble families and Grandees of Spain. Eleven hours before her death, on March 7, 2008, Luisa Isabel married her longtime partner and secretary since 1983, Liliana Maria Dahlmann in a civil ceremony on her deathbed. Today, the Dowager Duchess Liliana Maria,her legal widow, serves as life-president of the Fundación Casa Medina Sidonia.

1944, Germany – Felice Schragenheim (March 9, 1922 – December 31, 1944), a young Jewish resistance fighter in Germany, was sent to a concentration camp in Poland on this date. Her love story with Lilly Wust, a German wife of a Nazi, is portrayed in the 1999 film Aimee & Jaguar and in a book of the same name by Erica Fischer. It is also the subject of the 1997 documentary Love Story: Berlin 1942.

1965

Sonny & Cher once again had the #1 song with “I Got You Babe”.

1970

Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers, publicly announces his support of gay rights, stating his “solidarity” with the “Gay Power” movement. 

1971

Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite, (and second from the bottom on the bill) Queen all appeared at the Tregye Festival Truro, Cornwall, England.

Olivia Newton-John had the top Adult Contemporary song for the third week with the Bob Dylan song “If Not For You”.

Canada – In Ottawa, “We Demand,” a brief prepared by the Toronto Gay Action and sponsored by Canadian gay groups, is presented to the federal government. It calls for law reform and changes to public policy relating to homosexuals.

1980

Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Pirates of Penzance opened on Broadway with Linda Ronstadt  and began pirate craze.

1982

 the Go-Go’s moved up to number 8 with “Vacation” on the USA song charts, and on the LP Charts, moved from 42 to 9 with Vacation

1983 – The musical version of “La Cage Aux Folles” opens on Broadway to rave reviews and $4 million in advance ticket sales. With a book written by Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1954) and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman(born July 10, 1931), La Cage is a romantic musical comedy based on a popular French film about two male lovers, the manager and the leading star of a nightclub featuring female impersonators.

1987

The movie “Dirty Dancing” was released in the U.S.

The Soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” was released.

The Blow Monkeys cover of Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me…

1989 –

The National Association of State Boards of Education reports that only twenty-four states require AIDS education in schools, and eighteen of those suggest abstinence as the only method of avoiding the disease. Only three programs require teachers to discuss the use of condoms in their programs.

 Lucie McKinney, the widow of Congressman Stewart McKinney (R-CT) (January 30, 1931 – May 7, 1987), the first congressman to die of complications from AIDS, challenges his will in court because he left a car and a 40% share of his Washington, DC house to his lover Arnold Dennison. McKinney’s physician speculated that McKinney became infected with HIVin 1979 as the result of blood transfusions during heart surgery.McKinney was known by friends to be bisexual, though his family said this was not the case, which raised the issue of how he had contracted the disease. Anti-gay prejudice at the time of McKinney’s death in 1987 may have promoted a disingenuous approach to speculations on the cause of McKinney’s HIV infection. Arnold Denson, the man with whom McKinney had been living in Washington, said that he had been McKinney’s lover, and that he believed McKinney was already infected when Denson met him.

1993

“The Bodyguard” Soundtrack was #7 one the LP charts for Whitney Houston

1994

Interrupting her concert at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, Whitney Houston asks that the spotlight be turned on Justin and Sydney Simpson, whose father O.J. Simpson is currently on trial for murdering their mother, Nicole.

1994 – Rikki Streicher (1922 – Aug. 21,1994) dies of cancer at age 68 in San Francisco. She opened Maud’s, America’s oldest continuously operating lesbian bar, in 1966 and Amanda’s, a lesbian dance club that opened in 1978. Maud’s closed in 1989 because of financial problems. Streicher also helped organize the Gay Games in San Francisco in 1986. Streicher was born in 1922. She served in the military and lived in Los Angeles in the 1940s, where she spent time in the gay bars of that city. She also frequented the gay bars of North Beach in San FranciscoButch-femme roles were very fixed at that time. Streicher, then identified as butch, and was photographed in 1945 in a widely published image, sitting in Oakland‘s Claremont Resort with other lesbians, wearing a suit and tie.In 1966, Streicher opened Maud’s, originally called “Maud’s Study”, or “The Study”, a lesbian bar on Cole St. in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The following year, the Haight-Ashbury would become the epicenter of the hippie movement during the 1967 Summer of Love. Maud’s, said one historian, served to “bridge the gap between San Francisco’s lesbian community and its hippie generation.” Because women were not allowed to be employed as bartenders in San Francisco until 1971, Streicher had to either tend bar herself or hire male bartenders. The bar quickly became a popular gathering place for San Francisco lesbians and bisexual women. One notable customer of Maud’s was singer Janis Joplin(January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970). Activists Del Martin(May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008)and Phyllis Lyon(born November 10, 1924)were also early patrons of Maud’s. In 1978, at the height of the disco era, Streicher opened a more spacious bar and dance club on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District called Amelia’s, named after Amelia Earhart. Streicher died of cancer in 1994, and was survived by her partner, Mary Sager.

1996 – Intel announces that the company will begin offering domestic partner benefits.

1996 – Denver Colorado’s Career Service Authority votes 5-0 to extend health insurance benefits to the partners and children of gay and lesbian city employees. The plan did not cover unmarried heterosexual couples. Mayor Wellington Webb announced that he would approve the plan, which had the support of the majority of the city council.

1997 – Irving Cooperberg, (1932 – Aug. 21, 1997), co-founder of the New York City Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, dies of complications from AIDS at age 65. Mr. Cooperberg, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, quit college in 1951, joined the Army and served in Korea. Real estate investments in Manhattan and Fire Island Pines, beginning in the early 1960’s, made him wealthy. In 1973, he attended a service at the embryonic gay and lesbian synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, in Greenwich Village. He soon volunteered to serve on its board. Because of his role at the synagogue, Mr. Cooperberg was drawn into the effort in the early ’80’s to establish a citywide lesbian and gay center with a full complement of services. One of the first of its kind in the country, it was to occupy the former Food and Maritime High School at 208 West 13th Street. Mr. Cooperberg was elected the center’s first president in July 1983 and served until May 1987. He is survived by his companion, Lou Rittmaster.

1998 – According to a survey by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, hate crimes in the first part of 1998 were down 15% but gay males were the second most commonly targeted group with twenty incidents. Ten incidents against lesbians were reported.

1998 – Elton Jackson was found guilty by a jury in Virginia of the murder of Andrew Smith. He was given a sentence of life in prison. Police suspected him in the murder of twelve gay men.

2002 – Twenty lesbian and gay survivors whose partners died in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were told they would receive workers’ compensation under a new state law.

2003 – Former Georgia representative Bob Barr, the man who wrote the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, said it would be a mistake to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.

2004 – A Louisiana state judge rules that the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and civil unions was unconstitutional and must be taken off the September 18 ballot.

2006

German prosecutors announced that they had decided against opening an investigation into Madonna after she performed a controversial mock crucifixion scene at a concert on August 20.

2008

The Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon legalizes same-sex marriage which is not recognized by the state.

Hallmark Greeting Cards based in Kansas City introduces line of same-sex wedding cards.

2012

Lisa Marie Presley made her Grand Ole Opry debut where she wowed the sold-out audience by performing three songs from her current album, “Storm & Grace”.

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July 25 for LGBTQ2

1942

Irving Berlin‘s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC

1969

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Barbra Streisand opened the new International Hotel in Vegas, and she experienced all the technical difficulties of a brand new venue.

July 25, 1975

A Chorus Line” debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances. “A Chorus Line” opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York after a two-month run at a small theatre in the New York Shakespeare Festival complex in the East Village. It became Broadway’s longest-running show, finally closing on April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances. More than 6.5 million people paid $150 million to see the show during its Broadway run. Productions of “A Chorus Line” were also mounted in more than 20 countries.

1976

 the duo of Elton John & Kiki Dee moved from 23 to 8 with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”,

1979

Little Richard, billed as the Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock & roll.

1982

the Human League remained in the Top 10 after 22 weeks with “Don’t You Want Me”

“Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” closes at E O’Neill NYC after 63 performances

1983

Spandau Ballet released the single “True”.

“Mame” opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances

1984

“Careless Whisper” single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.

1985

Eurythmics enjoyed their only UK number one single with “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)”. The song, that featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder, would top out at #22 in the US.

Madonna released the single “Dress You Up”.

1987

Madonna owned the #1 song in the U.K. with “Who’s That Girl”.

 Whitney Houston’s former #1 “I Wanna’ Dance With Somebody” was at 4.

1988

UB40 re-released their cover of the Neil Diamond song “Red Red Wine” on A&M Records, five years after it was a hit in the U.K. and four years after it peaked at #34 in the United States.

1989

the Beastie Boys released their second album, Paul’s Boutique, which is named after a store in Brooklyn.

1992

“The One” by Elton John was the new #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart, Elton’s 12th #1 for the genre.

1995

Nina Simone fired a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France. She was put on 18 months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling.

2013

Whitney Houston’s grave in New Jersey was marked with a teardrop-shaped headstone that bears the inscription: “I will always love you”, from the Dolly Parton song she made famous.

2019

2019

Queen’s iconic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video reached one billion views on YouTube, a new record for one of the band’s videos. The milestone made it the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on the platform. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was also named as the most Googled song of 2018.

2020

Queerbaiting:

Taylor Swift’s ‘Betty’ Lyrics Meaning – Blake Lively Baby Name, Bisexuality TheoriesOf all of Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ songs, fans have the most theories about “betty,” including it could be Swift hinting she’s bisexual, her revealing Blake Lively’s new baby name, etc.

2021

girls do not get to self identify into maledom and avoid violence against women, and men do not get to self identify out of the oppressor gender and into the vulnerable women increase risk

while gay men continue to be victims

but more importantly that the heterosexual male demographic is not named as the problem for all others

meanwhile. lesbians are excepted to accept rape culture under threat of being name called for being lesbians in the commonly understood meaning of the word describing lived life experience

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/25/us/parents-of-transgender-children-joy-wellness-trnd/index.htmlFour parents of transgender boys on the challenges and joys of raising their sons in a world that can be hostile – CNNThese parents’ lives revolve around advocating for their transgender children in a year when more than 30 states have introduced legislation that targets trans young people. This is what they want people to know about their children and their family’s lives.www.cnn.com

other sports did not change with players came out.. social change is lagging far behind legislation from women having abortion rights to LGBTQ2 existing.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2021/07/25/hockey-player-coming-out-as-gay-must-lead-to-meaningful-change-in-game-advocates.htmlHockey player coming out as gay must lead to meaningful change in game: advocates | The StarEDMONTON – Advocates say a young hockey player’s decision to come out as gay this past week, just as he is on the cusp of a possible National Hockey L…www.thestar.com

were being LGBTQ2 remains a crime often punishable by death

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jul/23/ghana-anti-gay-bill-proposing-10-year-prison-sentences-sparks-outrageGhana: anti-gay bill proposing 10-year prison sentences sparks outrage | Global development | The GuardianBill could mean 10 years in prison for LGBTQ+ people and those who support their rightswww.theguardian.com

ward of batman, indeed
https://bleedingcool.com/comics/dc-comics-to-reveal-that-tim-drake-robin-is-bisexual/DC Comics To Reveal That Tim Drake, Robin, Is Bisexual?In last month’s Batman: Urban Legends #4, Tim Drake – Robin – was featured in the strip “The Sum Of Its Parts” by Meghan Fitzmartin, Belen Ortega, andbleedingcool.com

not surprised

https://www.thesun.co.uk/dear-deidre/15681441/my-best-friend-says-she-lesbian/My best friend says she is a lesbian and now I am feeling attracted to herDEAR DEIDRE: RECENTLY my best friend told me she is gay. We’ve always been close and now I can’t stop thinking about her. The urge to be with her for real is so strong. But I’m married with two tee…www.thesun.co.uk

July 14 for LGBTQ2

July 14, 1967

David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts. Bowie’s 1969 showpiece film Love You till Tuesday took its name from the song, which also featured over the opening credits.

1979

Donna Summer had two songs in Billboard’s Top Ten, as “Hot Stuff” sat at number 3 and “Bad Girls” was number 1 – for five weeks.  Summer’s record label originally wanted her to give the song to Cher.

1986

Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second No.1 ‘Papa Don’t Preach’. Madonna also had the UK No.1 album with ‘True Blue’.

1989

Cyndi Lauper released the first close-captioned video, “My First Night Without You.”

1990
The Go-Go’s rejoined to record a new album, go on tour, write a book and star in a movie


1992
Aretha Franklin sang the U.S. National Anthem at the Democratic National Convention in New York City.


Olivia Newton-John discloses that she has breast cancer. She was later deemed fully recovered until 2018.1993

the U.S. Postal Service unveiled four stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of Broadway. Each illustrated a classic American musical — “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma!,” “Porgy and Bess” and “My Fair Lady.”

2003

Lisa Marie Presley performed her new single “Sinking In” on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

2009

Whitney Houston appeared at the world premiere of her new album, “I Look to You” in London. A healthy-looking Houston appeared briefly on stage after Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis played nine tracks from the album. (In February 2012, she was found submerged in the bathtub in her suite in a Los Angeles hotel. A a coroner’s report ruled it an accidental drowning, though heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors.)

2021

https://www.rferl.org/a/funeral-lekso-lashkarava-georgia/31355892.htmlGeorgian Journalists Honor Colleague Who Died After Being Attacked While Covering LGBT MarchDozens of journalists have gathered to commemorate a Georgian television cameraman who was buried on July 13 after being viciously beaten while covering an LGBT event.www.rferl.org

https://www.rfi.fr/en/europe/20210714-eu-to-start-legal-action-against-hungary-s-anti-lgbt-lawEU to start legal action against Hungary’s anti-LGBT lawThe European Commission is preparing a formal legal procedure against Hungary, in response to a law that came into force last week that it considers to be discriminatory towards LGBT people and in vi…www.rfi.fr

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/13/china-lgbtqLGBTQ in China lament ‘dark day’ after social media crackdown | Censorship News | Al JazeeraAfter student-run accounts erased, China’s marginalised LGBTQ community fears worse to come.www.aljazeera.com

https://people.com/sports/tokyo-olympics-record-number-of-lgbtq-athletes-competing/Tokyo Olympics: Record Number of LGBTQ Athletes Competing | PEOPLE.comA record number of openly queer athletes are competing in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, with Team USA making up the majoritypeople.com

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-pride-worldprideVancouver eyeing rainbow road to host WorldPride: biggest LGBTQ festival | ListedVancouver Pride Society is hoping to use a successful bid for Canada Pride in 2024 as a stepping stone to host WorldPride.dailyhive.com

July 9 for LGBTQ2

July 9, 1971

David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.

1977

Barry Manilow was up to 3 with “Looks Like We Made It”

Barbra Streisand had her 23rd hit but only her fifth Top 10 with “My Heart Belongs To Me”.

1979

The Pretenders began a tour of the U.K. at the Smartyz in Chester, England.

1981

The second Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” opened at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater.1983

Culture Club fell to number 7 with “Time (Clock Of The Heart)

Wham! went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Fantastic!’, which went on to spend 116 weeks on the chart.

On the US Lp charts ,David Bowie at 5 with Let’s Dance,

1986

Queen performed at St. James’ Park in Newcastle uponTyne, England.

1988

 Faith from George Michael was hanging around at 3  on the US LP charts

 the Soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” was #4.

Sade’s fine album Stronger Than Pride was 8, Tracy Chapman’s debut was beginning to be discovered at #9 and More Dirty Dancing from the movie was #10.

1994

Elton John moved into the Top 10 with “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, his 60th career hit and 26th Top 10 song.

1999

Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.

2001

The Backstreet Boys temporarily stopped their “Black & Blue World Tour 2001.” The tour had to be put on hold because A.J. McLean entered a treatment center for depression and alcohol abuse. The tour resumed on August 24th.

2004

David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat “an acutely blocked artery”. The star’s cancellation last month of 11 European dates was originally attributed to a shoulder injury.

2013

Elton John told the British tabloid The Sun that he considered himself lucky to be alive after unknowingly battling appendicitis. The Rocket Man played through the pain during a series of concerts before seeking medical attention. He told the press, “I’m lucky to be alive. I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.

2021

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/528739-eu-hungary-lgbtq-law/The EU-Hungary row over an anti-LGBTQ law is a clash of cultures that underpins why European integration will never work — RT Op-edHungary’s controversial law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors is none of the EU’s business, and Brussels’ attempts to interfere in its internal affairs with a sense of moral superiority is akin to neo-colonialism.www.rt.com

meanwhile in canada

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/qmunity-1190-burrard-street-vancouver-social-housing-tower-approvedCity Council approves LGBTQ community centre and social housing tower on Davie Street | UrbanizedA 17-storey, mass timber, Passive House tower at 1190 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver will have 154 social housing units and QMUNITY.dailyhive.com

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/kahsennenhawe-sky-deer-first-woman-chief-lgbtq-1.6092067Kahnawake’s first female, LGBTQ grand chief wants to focus on healing, unity | CBC NewsOver the weekend, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, 41, became the first woman and first person who identifies as LGBTQ to be elected to the post, replacing former grand chief Joe Norton, who died last year.www.cbc.ca

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/queer-gay-calgary-south-asian-lgbtq-1.6093228More resources needed for LGBTQ South Asians ready to come out as gay, advocate says | CBC NewsDakshima Haputhanthri’s parents wondered if it was Canada that made their daughter gay. Trying to come to terms with the news, something had to be to blame.www.cbc.ca

june 21 for lgbtq2

1868

Wagner’s opera “Meistersinger von Nuernberg” premieres in Munich

1948

Columbia Records launched a new vinyl disc that played at thirty-three and one third RPM in New York City, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the inconceivable then digital age has yet to replace. analog is better than digital sound.

June 21, 1951

“17” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

June 21, 1972

The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, England culminating on the summer solstice. Staged between 1972 and 1984, 

1973

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could ban materials judged to be obscene based on local standards.

June 21, 1975

Captain and Tennille started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Sedaka song ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. The duo of husband and wife “Captain” Daryl Dragon and Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille had worked as backup musicians for Elton John and Neil Sedaka.

Elton John makes a surprise appearance at a concert at the Oakland Coliseum featuring The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers and sings with both groups.

June 21, 1976

Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was released in the U.S and Britain.

1982

The first “Fête de la Musique,” a music festival also known as “World Music Day,” is launched in Paris. Unlike corporate festivals, this one is about street music, and free to the public. The festival returns every June 21 and spreads throughout the world in various forms.

1990

Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: “Like everything I got, it took a long time to get.”

1994

George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn’t be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.

2006

Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis pleaded no contest to drug possession charges. He was later sentenced to three years’ probation after he agreed to enter a drug rehab program.

2007

The Spice Girls announce that they’re getting back together, with the five original Spices reuniting.

the Spice Girls were faux lesbians and marketted much like The Beatles – as if they were roommates on a The Monkees tv show.

Heterosexuals are not the best use of gay, bisexual, lesbians or trans entertainment dollars when we all need our own role models.

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3137699/queer-spice-10-times-spice-girls-showed-pride-their-lgbtQueer Spice: 10 times the Spice Girls showed PrideFrom Victoria Beckham’s fashion collection to song lyric changes and Mel B and Geri Horner’s lesbian affair revelations, here are just a few reasons why the Spice Girls became LGBTQ+ iconswww.scmp.com

2018

Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley has described the “powerful and moving experience” of singing with her father for a new album

2021

there have been gender scandals about trans persons in the olympics last century – so it would be accurate to say “openly trans”

and raises the same questions

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/transgender-weightlifter-hubbard-selected-for-tokyo-1.6073313Weightlifter Hubbard to be 1st transgender athlete to compete at Olympics | CBC SportsWeightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics. Hubbard was among five weightlifters confirmed Monday for New Zealand’s team for the Tokyo Games.www.cbc.ca

same for being called transphobic when one has zero interest in raping/murdering trans

https://scitechdaily.com/homophobic-statements-trigger-elevated-stress-in-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-people-can-contribute-to-health-problems/Homophobic Statements Trigger Elevated Stress in Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People – Can Contribute to Health ProblemsNew research provides strongest evidence to date that the stress of discrimination causes physiological changes that can contribute to health problems for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Previous research has suggested that the stress of discrimination may play a role in the development of healscitechdaily.com

meanwhile another area science is ignored for religious fear of science and persons

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0621-msm-donation-20210621-5kuyz4klxfd4nlexat3kiumm7m-story.htmlAs a sexually active gay man, I can’t donate blood or tissue in America. That’s ridiculous | COMMENTARY – Baltimore SunMy blood type is O negative, I am healthy, I can run a half-marathon, I do not smoke or use drugs, I only have two to three drinks a week, and I am in a committed relationship. Yet, due to homophobic stereotypes and outdated policies, gay men like myself — termed “MSM” or “men who have sex with men” — cannot freely donate blood and soft tissue in America.www.baltimoresun.com

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/-not-hiding-gay-lesbian-russians-say-cultural-shift-underway-rcna1225‘We’re not hiding’: Gay and lesbian Russians say a cultural shift is underwayWhen Lisa Androshina threw her first lesbian party in Moscow in 2017, she had low expectations.  “We wanted to just gather with our friends and just listen towww.nbcnews.com

Lesbian is unique, including gender and sexuality in one word

that differs from faggot, which includes a meaning of the material used to execute for acting on gender and sexuality

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2021/0621/1229478-queer-history-lesson-the-history-behind-the-word-lesbian/Queer History Lesson: The history behind the word lesbianL is for lesbian.www.rte.ie

RIP
https://www.avpress.com/news/madeline-davis-who-spoke-to-the-nation-as-a-lesbian-has-died/article_3ec70b22-d230-11eb-97c9-1b5036bbfa48.htmlMadeline Davis, who spoke to the nation as a lesbian, has died | News | avpress.com“I am a woman and a lesbian, a minority of minorities,” Madeline Davis told the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach. “Now we are coming out of our closetswww.avpress.com

https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_157203Investigation reveals barriers to lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment – BioNewswww.bionews.org.uk

https://www.papermag.com/support-your-local-lesbian-bar-this-pride-month-2653476553.htmlSupport Your Local Lesbian Bar This Pride Month – PAPER“The Lesbian Bar Project” highlights how we can preserve these vital and historic community spaces.www.papermag.com

may 24 for LGBTQ2

May 24, 1956

The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The event was the brainchild of Marcel Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union. Seven countries participated and they were each allowed two songs

May 24, 1966

The original Broadway production of the musical “Mame,” starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Jane Connell, Willard Waterman and George Coe, opened at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre for 1508 performances.

1974

David Bowie released his eighth studio album Diamond Dogs. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia.

On “Midnight Special,” Richard Pryor was host to Olivia Newton-John and Boz Scaggs.

The Superman FanFic no one expected:

1980

Bette Midler remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week with “The Rose”.

1986

“Greatest Love Of All” from Whitney Houston was #1 for the fifth straight week.

Whitney Houston continued to top the Album chart in its 61st week on the chart. 

1999

Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985, and caused controversy by featuring a small portion of Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, in the background – UK stamps by tradition only carry pictures of living persons who are members of the Royal Family.

David Bowie wrote and recorded the song “What’s Really Happening” during a live Webcast. The song appeared on the album “hours.”

2004

Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her Re-invention World Tour by playing three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum. The tour became the top grossing of the year, with ticket sales of nearly $125 million, with over 900,000 fans attending the 60 date tour. As a follower of the Kabbalah, Madonna didn’t play any Friday night gigs as the teaching of the religion forbids it.

2006

Elton John accepted 100,000 pounds ($188,000) in libel damages from London’s Daily Mail newspaper over allegations that he asked guests not to approach him at a charity ball.

2021

https://torontosun.com/entertainment/celebrity/elliot-page-proudly-shares-first-shortless-pool-photoElliot Page proudly shares first shirtless pool photo | Toronto SunTransgender actor Elliot Page has showed off the results of his breast removal surgery with a shirtless pool photo.torontosun.com

may 13 in lgbtq2

, 1954

“Pajama Game” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances

May 13, 1957

Jailhouse RockPrincipal photography began on the jailhouse dance sequence.

1974

Cher released the single “Dark Lady.”

May 13, 1977

Dolly Parton made her New York City debut with a performance at the Bottom Line. Olivia Newton-John, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Candice Bergen, and John Belushi are among those in the audience.

1989

Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 ‘Hand On Your Heart.’

2019

Doris Day, who scored two Billboard Top Ten hits in 1956 with “Whatever Will Be Will Be” and “Everybody Loves A Lover”, passed away at the age of 97 after contracting pneumonia. Besides making nearly forty movies, she also recorded more than six hundred songs and nearly thirty albums. Along with four movies with Rock Hudson

queer for april 21

queer for april 21

1970

Elton John’s newly-created trio, with Dee Murray on bass and drummer Niggel Olsson, made their live performance debut when they opened for Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Roundhouse in London. Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, and Heavy Jelly were also on the bill.

April 21, 1973

LP charts: The previous #1, Lady Sings the Blues by Diana Ross from the Soundtrack to the movie of the same name, fell to #2. Elton John slipped to #8 after a long run in the upper part of the list with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player,

April 21, 1976
Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones’new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I’m Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones – and I love it!’

1977
“Annie” opened on Broadway.

1979
song chart: Gloria Gaynor held at #2 with her former #1 “I Will Survive”. Suzi Quatro teamed with Chris Norman for the #7 song “Stumblin’ In”,

lp chart: Love Tracks by Gloria Gaynor fell to #10.

1984

song charts: “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club at #5, Rockwell was at 7 with “Somebody’s Watching Me and the Eurythmics had #9 with “Here Comes The Rain Again”

1990
Sinead O’Connor was at song#1 “Nothing Compares To You” reached #1 for Sinead O’Connor; it was also #1 in 18 other countries. and LP #2 with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

2003
Singer (I Loves You Porgy)/songwriter/pianist/arranger/civil rights activist Nina Simone died of breast cancer at age 70.

2010

Elton John made an appearance on American Idol‘s Idol Gives Back, where he seemed to struggle vocally to get through his 1970 composition “Your Song”. Also appearing were Jeff Beck, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood.

2016
After a Saturday Night Live skit parodied his latest film, God’s Not Dead 2, Pat Boone asserted that SNL is hostile towards Christians.

Appearing on the Glenn Beck radio show, Boone said “I’d like to ask Lorne Michaels: If somebody did a funny sketch and portrayed his mother as a diseased whore, would he find that funny, or would there be some limit to what he and the show can ridicule?”

nina notes: religion is not entitled to be mock free, blasphemy is duty where not punishable by death. and mocking an idea is not the same as insulting anyone’s mother, while religion is an insult to women and LGBTQ2.

2021

Lil Naz X and Satan shoes

https://southfloridagaynews.com/National/from-controversy-around-lil-nas-x-s-satan-shoes-to-lgbt-stars-earning-glaad-awards-this-week-in-lgbt-entertainment.htmlFrom Controversy Around Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ to LGBT Stars Earning GLAAD Awards, This Week in LGBT Entertainment | National | News | SFGN ArticlesSouth Florida Gay News, SFGN, Florida’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender newspaper.southfloridagaynews.com

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