BCE to The Suffragettes
1914 – Author William S. Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was born in St Louis. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. He shunned the wealth of his business machine-making family to work a number of jobs but his most famous accomplishment was as a writer. His addiction to drugs led to his first novel Junkie; the highlight was his 1959 hit Naked Lunch, a highly controversial work that was the subject of a court case after it was challenged as being in violation of the U.S. sodomy laws. The 25th anniversary edition of Queer published in 2010, edited by Oliver Harris, called into question Burroughs’s claim, and clarified the importance for Queer of Burroughs’s traumatic relationship with the boyfriend fictionalized in the story as Eugene Allerton.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
February 5, 1958
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) formed a New York chapter. NARAS is better known as the Grammy Awards organization.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
02-05-1960 Nayland Blake – Born in New York City, New York. He is an African-American artist. Born to an African-American father and an Irish-American mother
at a time when such marriages were outlawed in many parts of the United States. Blake considers himself to be a black man even though he easily passes for white. His art work is in a variety of medias and reflects his preoccupation with his racial and sexual identities. Interracial desire, same-sex love, racial and sexualy bigotry, and the human body are all recurrent themes. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whiteny Museum of American Art, among others. Through his work as an artist and teacher, Blake has been an important influence on LGBT art, art scholarships, and artists.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
February 5, 1970
David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema Studio in London for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. Guitarist Mick Ronson made his debut with Bowie at this time.
On the USA LP Charts Elton John’s Madman Across the Water was up to #8
February 5, 1973
Elton John’s single “Crocodile Rock” was certified Gold
Barbra Streisand led the way on the Adult chart for a fourth week with “Evergreen”.
LP charts #6 A Day at the Races by Queen
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1981, Canada – Toronto police raid gay bathhouses throughout the downtown arresting 286 people and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars damage. Beginning at 11 p.m., more than 150 police simultaneously raided the Club Baths, the Romans II Health and Recreation Spa, the Richmond Street Health Emporium (heavily damaged, it never reopened), and, for the second time, the Barracks. The raids marked a turning point for Toronto’s gay community; as the protests that followed indicated, people weren’t willing to endure derogatory treatment deriding their lifestyle from the police or from any others in spheres of influence, causing more than one participant to consider this the Canadian Stonewall
1982 -The film Personal Best opens in New York City. It depicts two women, Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly, as competing athletes who have a lesbian affair while training for the Olympics.
Madonna released “Material Girl”.
Prince released the song “Kiss.”
1988 – Arizona Governor Evan Mecham, who at the beginning of his administration tried to purge lesbians and gay men from state government, is impeached by the Arizona House of Representatives.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
02-05-1993 Last Call at Maud’s – Documentary directed by Paris Poirier. From 1966 to 1989, Maud’s was a San Francisco bar for lesbians. The film covers the
background leading up to the opening of Maud’s; how lesbians discovered their sexual orientation and had few places to socialize; the foundation of the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955; the need for alternatives to gay men’s bars; the police raids in the 1950s and much more. The film interviews Ricky Stretcher, the owner of Maud’s and how she designed and operated the bar. Insights expressed by the patrons and the bartenders of the bar show what it was like to be a lesbian in the 1940s and 1950s. The film preserves an era in history when bars were the only social gathering place in the lesbian community.
Elton John and Stevie Wonder each performed for President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2005 – The Integrated Regional Information Networks reports that “honor killings’ by Iraqis against gay family members are common in a report entitled “Iraq: Male homosexuality still a taboo.” The Integrated Regional Information Networks, based in Kenya, states that the 2001 amendment to the criminal code stipulating the death penalty for homosexuality “has not been changed,” despite Paul Bremer’s clear order that the criminal code to go back to its 1980s edition.
Barry Manilow topped the US album charts for the first time in nearly 29 years when his “Greatest Songs of the Fifties” sold 156,000 copies during the first week of February.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
02-05-2017 Gavan Hennigan – Openly gay man sets cross-Atlantic rowing record. Henningan, born in Galway, Ireland, set a world record for fastest solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, rowing the 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antiqua in under 50 days.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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.