Censorship, particularly of women’s sexuality – and rights advances:
June 11, 1959
The U.S. Postmaster General banned D.H. Lawrence’s book, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” The ban was overruled by the U.S. Court of Appeals the following March.
June 11, 1963
U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which included equal access to public facilities, an end to segregation in education, and guaranteed federal protection of voting rights.
homosexual and transgender persons were deemed included for employment and housing protections
In an attempt to halt desegregation by the enrollment of black students Vivian Malone and James Hood, Alabama Governor George Wallace stood defiantly in front of the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. He eventually stepped aside after being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, federal marshals, and the Alabama Army National Guard.
Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)
Madonna released the single “Papa Don’t Preach” in the United States.
Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion.
George Michael remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week with “One More Try”. George Michael’s album Faith had been bumped from #1 three times on the Album chart and each time, it returned to the top spot, a remarkable achievement. On this date, it was in week #11 at #1.
Olivia Newton-John became a United Nations environmental ambassador. At first, she uses her position to encourage recycling and avoid chemicals harmful to animals, but later takes a more forceful and controversial stand in opposing fracking, which puts her at odds with the Australian mining industry.
Natalie Cole releases “Unforgettable…with Love”, covering her father’s standards, (Grammy Album of the Year)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people convicted of “hate crimes” could be sentenced to additional punishment.
Ricky Martin appeared on the NBC-TV show Today in New York City.
“American Idol” created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox. A singing competition judged by three hosts, it becomes one of the most popular network reality shows and launches a number of careers, with many contestants – and not just winners – becoming stars.
Over three hundred guests, including Ringo Starr and Elton John witnessed Paul McCartney marry his fiancee, Heather Mills, at an Irish castle. All three of Paul’s children from his marriage to Linda Eastman also attended. While the reception’s menu was vegetarian, it was, in Paul’s words, “very liquid and alcoholic. It’s a Rock ‘n’ Roll wedding. We are going to have family and friends and a lot of fun.” Unfortunately, the pair would split in 2006 and divorce two years later.
The U.S. Congress heard singer Nancy Sinatra’s plea for legislation requiring that all performers – not just songwriters – be compensated when their songs are played on commercial radio.
The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s ‘live’ music was re-recorded for reruns. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.
Cher’s lesbian daughter, Chastity Bono, announced that she would undergo gender reassignment surgery to become a man. Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition and, in May 2010, he legally changed his gender to male and name to Chaz.
Lisa Marie Presley, who owns Graceland and a minority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, gave her approval for her father’s image to be turned into a hologram, with possible uses that range from a duets album and a TV drama series to appearances at the Graceland mansion in Memphis and perhaps on the road.
lesbian bars are disappearing and lesbians are under attack
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/21-lesbian-bars-remain-in-the-america-owners-share-why-they-must-be-protected21 lesbian bars remain in America. Owners share why they must be protected | PBS NewsHourOwners and general managers of lesbian bars share what makes these queer spaces vital, how they survived the pandemic, and why this part of LGBTQ nightlife needs to be preserved.www.pbs.org
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/06/09/teenage-lesbian-couple-post-homophobic-attack-on-facebook/Homophobic attack on teenage lesbian couple posted to Facebook“Y’all are trying to stand out. I could give a shit less about what you want and what you think you might want to be…”www.losangelesblade.com
bashing lgbtq continues
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/pride-crosswalk-incident-saskatoon-1.6061517Homophobic incident at Saskatoon rainbow crosswalk shows need for Pride, says transgender man | CBC NewsLogan Roberts was painting at the crosswalk with his wife when a man approached and started to yell www.cbc.ca
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/10/young-gay-man-gang-rape-torture-homophobia-santa-catarina-brazil-jair-bolsonaro/Young gay man gang-raped and tortured as hatred spirals in Jair Bolsonaro’s BrazilIn an act of ‘barbaric’ violence, a gay 22-year-old was gang-raped and tortured in Brazil, touching off fear and frustration among activists.www.pinknews.co.uk
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/i-fled-conversion-therapy-as-a-gay-man-in-gabon-now-im-living-on-less-than-6-a-day-1043226‘I fled conversion therapy as a gay man in Gabon – now I’m living on less than £6 a day’‘Will I just die in this process, in this system, this pandemic? Am I just going to be another statistic?’inews.co.uk
https://nypost.com/2021/06/11/the-brave-new-wave-of-gay-male-pop-stars-from-lil-nas-x-to-troye-sivan/The brave new wave of gay male pop stars, from Lil Nas X to Troye SivanAs we celebrate Pride Month, Lil Nas X, Troye Sivan and a brave new wave of young gay male pop stars are more visible and visionary than ever, making proud and provocative statements about their sexuality.nypost.com
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a36657686/orion-carloto-bisexuality-sexualisation-male-gaze/Orion Carloto: my bisexuality does not exist for male titillationThe writer and poet says bisexual women carry a heavy stigma – it’s time that changedwww.harpersbazaar.com
In a video statement, Ms Forstater said: “I’m proud of the role I’ve played in clarifying the law and encouraging more people to speak up”.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57426579Maya Forstater: Woman wins tribunal appeal over transgender tweets – BBC NewsMaya Forstater lost her job at a think tank over tweets saying people cannot change their biological sex.www.bbc.com
Women’s human rights and women’s protections owing to historic oppression are being eroded
it is curious that the feelings of transwomen are being put above women’s rights and safety in public. with lesbians being particularly singled out for censor.
the danger is from heterosexuals
lesbians and gay men are not raping or murdering transwomen
https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/southeast-heightened-danger-protections-trans-people-rcna1159In the Southeast, heightened danger and few protections for trans peopleTransgender people in the Southeast face a disproportionate amount of fatal violence, according to advocates.www.nbcnews.com
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/557836-desantis-says-he-would-sign-ban-of-surgery-for-transgender-youthDeSantis says he would sign ban of surgery for transgender youth | TheHillFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Monday that he would sign legislation banning transgender youth from getting gender reassignment surgery.thehill.com