Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes
1876 – Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972), American playwright, poet and novelist, is born. She lives as an expatriate in Paris and is known as the Queen of the Paris Lesbians.
1896 – Jazz great and Oscar-nominated actress Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) is born. She was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962. Waters married three times, had no children and was bisexual.She was remarkably open (for her time) about her relationship with dancer Ethel Williams (December 21, 1891-1961).
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1955 – Three men are arrested in Boise, Idaho on charges of lewd conduct and sodomy, inciting a “moral panic” that results in 16 arrests, 15 convictions and almost 1,500 people being questioned.
October 31, 1956Elvis had Natalie Wood flown in for a visit.
During the evening Elvis and Nick Adams took her down to the Hotel Chisca to meet Dewey Philips.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
People gave Barbra Streisand her first #1 album, finally toppling the Beatles’ A Hard day’s Night after 14 weeks.
1968 – Silent film star Ramon Novarro (February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968) is killed. He was a Mexican film, stage and television actor who began his career in silent films in 1917 and eventually became a leading man and one of the top box office attractions of the 1920s and early 1930s. Novarro was promoted by MGM as a “Latin lover” and became known as a sex symbol after the death of Rudolph Valentino. Novarro was troubled all his life by his conflicted feelings toward his Roman Catholic religion and his homosexuality. His body was found after being brutally murdered by hustler brothers Paul and Tom Ferguson, aged 22 and 17, who called him and offered their services. He had hired prostitutes from an agency to come to his Laurel Canyon home for sex previously, and the Fergusons obtained Novarro’s telephone number from a previous guest.
1969 – Sixty members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the Society for Individual Rights(SIR) stage a protest outside the offices of the San Francisco Examiner in response to another in a series of news articles disparaging LGBT people in San Francisco’s gay bars and clubs. The peaceful protest against the “homophobic editorial policies” of the Examiner turned tumultuous and were later called “Friday of the Purple Hand” and “Bloody Friday of the Purple Hand.” Examiner employees “dumped a bag of printers’ ink from the third story window of the newspaper building onto the crowd.” Some reports state that it was a barrel of ink poured from the roof of the building. The protesters “used the ink to scrawl ‘Gay Power’ and other slogans on the building walls” and stamp purple hand prints “throughout downtown San Francisco” resulting in “one of the most visible demonstrations of gay power.” According to Larry LittleJohn, then president of SIR, “At that point, the tactical squad arrived – not to get the employees who dumped the ink, but to arrest the demonstrators. Somebody could have been hurt if that ink had gotten into their eyes, but the police were knocking people to the ground.”The accounts of police brutality include women being thrown to the ground and protesters’ teeth being knocked out.
1969 – Time magazine runs a cover story entitled, “The Homosexual: Newly Visible, Newly Understood.” The author, Christopher Cory, presents a “case for greater tolerance of homosexuals” yet “emphasized the effeminate side of homosexuality to the exclusion of everyone else,” resulting in a protest at the Time-Life Building on November 12, 1969.
1969: In San Francisco, lesbians and gay men protest homophobic language in the Examiner. Newspaper employees respond by showering the demonstrators with purple ink. Violence ensues.
October 31, 1969
David Bowie appeared at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend, England. The gig lasted about 15 minutes, after Bowie sang ‘Space Oddity’ to everyone’s delight and then dragged a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sat and read poems and was booed off stage.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
October 31, 1975Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released as a single. It would stay on the chart for seventeen weeks, nine of them at number one and would eventually go Platinum. The song would be re-released in December, 1991 after being featured in the movie Wayne’s World and became a hit all over again.
1977, Canada – Halloween brings thousands of queer-bashers to Toronto’s Yonge Street looking for the annual drag parade. Gay representatives meet with police beforehand to try to prevent a crowd from gathering. Operation Jack-o’-Lantern, a gay street patrol, is organized to monitor situation but police do little to control crowd.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980, Canada – For the first time, Toronto police do not allow queer-bashers and spectators to congregate outside St Charles Tavern to wait for drag queens. Traffic and pedestrians are kept moving with help of large numbers of police officers.
1980 – French-Canadian flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas (February 20, 1953 – March 30, 1984) pays his first known visit to New York City bathhouses. He would later be incorrectly deemed “Patient Zero” for his supposed connection to many early cases of AIDS in the United States. He was a French-Canadian flight attendant who was falsely linked by the CDC directly or indirectly to 40 of the first 248 reported cases of AIDS in the U.S. He was a relatively early HIV patient who once was widely regarded as “patient zero” for AIDS in the United States; his case was later found to have been only one of many that began in the 1970s, according to a September 2016 study published in Nature.
On the USA charts: Madonna had her 15th career hit and amazingly, her 14th consecutive Top 10–“Causing A Commotion”.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
on the usa charts: Madonna’s “Erotica” was 6
Queen released the album “Made in Heaven.” It was the last album to feature the band’s original lineup and the first to be released after Freddie Mercury’s death. Mercury died November 24, 1991 of AIDS.
Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries. Alanis Morissette went in at No.5, Culture Club at No.4, U2 at No.3, George Michael at No.2 and Cher with ‘Believe’ at No.1. It made Cher (who was 52) the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50. The song was a No.1 in 23 countries.
Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2001, Germany – Openly gay Ole von Beust (born 13 April 1955) becomes the first mayor of Hamburg, Germany. He serves until 2010. He was a finalist for the World Mayor prize of 2010.
Cher was named the year’s top female on tour by Billboard Magazine as her Farewell tour grossed $145 million and attracted 2.2 million fans to over 200 concerts.
2007, New Zealand – Maryan Street (born 5 April 1955) becomes the first openly lesbian member of Parliament. though she was outed after she entered office.
Joy Waring (born 7 October 1952) had been the first lesbian MP but she came out after she had entered office.
https://coloradonewsline.com/2021/10/31/queer-halloween-saved-lives/Queer Halloween saved lives – Colorado NewslineFor many queer and trans folks, Halloween was the one safe place we could express ourselves. It’s been that way for centuries.coloradonewsline.com
https://www.kyivpost.com/lifestyle/what-is-it-like-to-be-queer-in-other-big-cities-in-ukraine.htmlWhat is it like to be queer in other big cities in Ukraine? – KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global VoiceKyiv is undoubtedly the queer capital of Ukraine but other major cities have bigger and more active LGBTQ+ communities than one might expect. Southern Odesa, western Lviv and eastern Kharkiv offer opportunities and events for queer people to express themselves and stand up for their rights. The Kyiv Post spoke to three people to find […]www.kyivpost.com
https://www.out.com/print/2021/10/31/20-boo-tiful-photos-elvira-undisputed-queer-queen-spooky20 Boo-tiful Photos of Elvira, Undisputed Queer Queen of Spooky, Over the YearsIn celebration of her Out100 cover, here is a retrospective of the Mistress of the Dark.www.out.com
https://www.out.com/television/2021/10/29/13-last-minute-queer-halloween-costumes-will-impress-your-friends13 Last-Minute Queer Halloween Costumes That Will Impress Your FriendsIf you need a costume this weekend, don’t worry, we’ve got you!www.out.com
https://www.out.com/music/2021/10/29/meet-outloud-all-queer-boy-band-we-wish-we-had-growingMeet OutLoud, the All-Queer Boy Band We Wish We Had Growing UpThe NYC-based foursome wants to be the kind of artists future generations of queer listeners can look up to.www.out.com
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/nearly-30-lgbtq-afghans-fleeing-taliban-arrive-in-u-k-hours-after-regime-says-gay-rights-will-not-be-respected-under-islamic-law/ar-AAQ8vHu?li=BBnbcA1Nearly 30 LGBTQ Afghans fleeing Taliban arrive in U.K. hours after regime says gay rights will not be respected under Islamic law“This is just the beginning of our efforts to help hundreds of LGBTQI+ individuals we are supporting in Afghanistan relocate to safety.”www.msn.com
https://www.timesofisrael.com/hackers-demand-1-million-to-end-leak-of-user-info-from-israeli-lgbt-site/Hackers demand $1 million to halt their leak of user info from Israeli LGBT site | The Times of IsraelBlack Shadow group, believed to be criminally motivated Iranians, demands digital ransom within 48 hours; HIV status of some users of dating site already posted onlinewww.timesofisrael.com
https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-pop-culture/draculas-daughter-carmilla-lesbian-vampire-depictions-prove-immortal-rcna4113From ‘Dracula’s Daughter’ to ‘Carmilla,’ lesbian vampire depictions prove immortalSexual fluidity has been one of the hallmarks of vampiric portrayals throughout history.www.nbcnews.com
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59093500Sir Elton John hits number one with lockdown album – BBC NewsThe pop legend beats Lana Del Rey and Coldplay to take the top spot with his Lockdown Sessions disc.www.bbc.com
from problematic heterosexuality to misapplying hetero norms to gay, lesbians and bisexuals – with nothing in the middle to trans attempting to force reverse heterosexuality with gender role reversal…
toxic is as toxic does, with no place in between
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-30/josh-cavallo-coming-out-mens-womens-queer-sport-cultures/100577678What Josh Cavallo’s coming out says about men’s and women’s queer sport cultures – ABC NewsAdelaide United footballer Josh Cavallo’s recent coming out received overwhelming support from global sport, but its impact shows men’s sport has a long way to go to catch women’s sport in accepting LGBTQIA+ athletes.www.abc.net.au
public bathrooms are separate for safety reasons that have not stopped being a reason for requiring separate facilities.
in fact, I would argue that there should be three public bathrooms – one for gay/bi men and transwomen, separate from women’s bathrooms and for heterosexual men
we cannot solve public safety problems without identifying the problem
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/john-waters-unveils-gender-restrooms-named-art-museum/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2193dc7ea5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_10_30_03_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-2193dc7ea5-430855381John Waters unveils all gender restrooms named after him at art museum / LGBTQ NationWaters’ collaborator and trans activist Elizabeth Coffey was the restroom’s first “user.” “Can you think of anything any more elementary than just going to the bathroom?” she said…www.lgbtqnation.com
this is a lot of ignoring human history of genocide and war owing to religion, and that there was no historical Jesus
and claiming science, which studies nature, validates the supernatural…
From residential school mass graves, to Germany’s concentration camps: to the witch hunts to the crusades and murder of those who advance science, which does not study supernatural claims
to oppressing heterosexual women and denying rights to LGBTQ for centuries…
it is horrifying to see how nothing but tradition is convincing to adults who seek an invisible friend to be charge:
https://www.eternitynews.com.au/in-depth/things-im-asked-what-evidence-is-there-for-god/Things I’m Asked: What evidence is there for God?The leading atheistic philosopher in the early twentieth century, Bertrand Russell, was once asked what he would say to God by way of explanation when…www.eternitynews.com.au
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