BCE to The Suffragettes
02-14-1847 – 07-02-1919 Anna Howard Shaw – Born in Newcastle-upon-
Tyne, England. When she was four, she and her family emigrated to the United States and settled in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. She was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the U.S. In 1887, Shaw met Susan B. Anthony. Shaw played a key role in the merging of Susan B. Anthony’s suffrage group with that of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s. It became the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and beginning in 1904, Shaw was its president for the next eleven years. Shaw’s life-partner was Lucy Elmina Anthony, niece of Susan B. Anthony. Shaw and Anthony lived together for thirty years, and she was by her bedside when she died. Her 1915 speech “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic” was listed as #27 in American Rhetoric’s Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century.
02-14-1890 – 12-16-1956 Nina Hamnett – Born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire,
Wales. She was a Welsh artist, writer, and an expert on sailors’ chanteys (maritime songs sung by the sailors as they worked). Called the Queen of Bohemia, Hamnett was unconventional and openly bisexual. Her friends included Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev, and Jean Cocteau. In 1932, she published Laughing Torso, a memoir about her bohemian life. It was a best seller in the UK and the US. In 1956, she fell out of her apartment window. It was never determined if she fell because she was drunk or if it was suicide.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1953 – Del Martin (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008) and Phyllis Lyon (born November 10, 1924)meet in 1950, become partners in 1952. On this day in 1953 they moved in together. They founded Daughters of Bilitis and, decades later, were the first couple in the U.S. to be legally married.
1953 – British-American writer, Christopher Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986), 48, meets portrait artistDon Bachardy (born May 18, 1934), 18, in California. They were partners until Isherwood’s death in 1986.
Actor Tab Hunter receives over 62,000 Valentines from a large following of female fans. A year later, he would have his first hit record with “Young Love”. His Heartthrob Status faded, and in the 1970s, he would make Jon Waters movies and later come out as gay, exposing the sexual oppression in Hollywood.
February 14, 1958
On CBS-TV, Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government had banned rock ‘n’ roll because it was against the concepts of Islam and also a health hazard. Iranian doctors backed up the government’s “unhealthy” claim, warning of hip damage due to “extreme gyrations.”
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
02-14-1961 Shannon Price Minter – Place of birth unknown, he grew up in
East Texas. He is a transgender man and legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Minter first gained national recognition in 2001 when he represented Sharon Smith, the domestic partner of Diane Whipple who was killed by dog mauling in San Francisco. He won the case. In 2009, Minter was the lead attorney arguing before the California Supreme Court to overturn California Proposition 8. He has taught law at Stanford University, Golden Gate University, and Santa Clara University.
02-14-1962 – 05-07-2002 Kevyn Aucoin – Born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was an American make-up artist, photographer, and author. He realized he
was gay at the age of six. Aucoin moved to New York City and was discovered by Vogue. His career took off after his cover shoot with Vogue’s supermodel Cindy Crawford. At his peak, he would be booked months in advance and could command as much as $6,000 for a makeup session. Aucoin’s parents eventually came to accept his homosexuality and started a chapter of P-FLAG in Lafayette, Louisiana. Aucoin was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor. He died on May 7th, 2002 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.
Aretha Franklin recorded one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*–“Respect” at Atlantic Records Studio in New York City.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
The musical “Grease,” starring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau, opened Off Broadway at the Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan. The production moved to Broadway and the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. Two more theaters and 3,388 performances later, the show closed on April 13, 1980.
Canada – In Toronto Judge Sydney Harris finds Pink Triangle Press, publisher of The Body Politic, and three officers not guilty of publishing obscenity
First meeting of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, named for the partner of Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), takes place in San Francisco. It was founded by political activist Jim Foster, becoming the country’s first gay Democratic political club. Gertrude was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse, would meet.Alice Toklas (April 30, 1877 – March 7, 1967) was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, and the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein.
02-14-1972 Angela Craig – Born in West Helena, Arkansas. She is an
American politician from the state of Minnesota representing the 2nd district. In 2018, she defeated the Republican and became the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress, the first woman to be elected in Minnesota’s 2nd district, and the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota. Crain and her wife, Cheryl Greene, have four children.
A male fan tries to kiss David Bowie, who was wearing a white dress during his Valentine’s Day show at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Which David Bowie collapsed at the end of, reportedly from exhaustion.
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
ABBA continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song with the fantastic “The Winner Takes It All”.
02-14-1984 Wes Goodman – Born in Morrow County, Ohio. He is a former
American politician who was the state representative for the 87th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. He is a Republican that voted anti-LGBT and described himself as a conservative Christian and supporter of “traditional marriage.” On November 14, 2017, Goodman resigned his seat after being caught having sex in his office with another man. Following his resignation, additional men came forward saying Goodman had sex with them. Goodman also sought men on Craig’s list. Another example of a Republican hypocrite.
1984, Australia – Elton John (25 March 1947)marries German recording tech Renate Blauel in Sydney. They divorce in 1988 after he comes out as gay. John is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In 1993, he began a relationship with David Furnish(born 25 October 1962), a former advertising executive and now filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada. On December 21, 2005 (the day the UK Civil Partnership Act became law), John and Furnish were among the first couples in the UK to form a civil partnership, which was held at the Windsor Guildhall. After marriageequality became legal in England in March 2014, John and Furnish married in Windsor, Berkshire, on December 21, 2014, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership. They have two sons.
Whitney Houston’s self titled debut album is released by Arista Records on Valentine’s Day. The LP will produce four giant Billboard hits, “You Give Good Love” (#3), “Saving All My Love For You” (#1), “How Will I Know” (#1), and “Greatest Love Of All” (#1).
1988: Three lesbian guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show are introduced as “women who hate men.” Yolanda Retter Vargas (December 4, 1947 – August 18, 2007)and two other women spoke of “lesbian separatism,” an offshoot of a feminist movement that strikes against male patriarchy in all levels of society. Vargas, then Director of Women’s Programs at LA’s Lesbian Center, and her friends were introduced as “women who hate men,” a label that made it all the easier for bigots to hate them and for LGBT activists to compare the women to conservatives. It was not a high-point for lesbians, feminists or Oprah, and was just one of the many sensationalized gay stories Oprah covered during this era. In addition to a comparatively progressive 1986 episode on homophobia, Oprah aired “Women Who Turn to Lesbianism” (1988), “All The Family is Gay” (1991), “Straight Spouses and Gay Ex-Husbands” (1992) and “Lesbians and Gay Baby Boom” (1993). Oprah has since become a vocal supporter for equality and LGBT civil rights off-camera, too, and in 2013 suggested that same-sex couples can actually help strengthen the institution of marriage.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
1991 – San Francisco becomes the first city to register same-sex domestic partners.
Wayne’s World, the motion picture starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, opens in movie theaters across the US. The use of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the film propelled the song to No.2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.
Madonna performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.
Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV Elton John did a version of “Your Song” on an episode titled “I’m With Cupid.”
The “Titanic” Soundtrack was the #1 album for the fourth straight week. Celine Dion was a solid #2 with Let’s Talk About Love. Listeners couldn’t get enough of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, which was on both albums. The “Spiceworld” Soundtrack by the Spice Girls was next, #6 The Backstreet Boys with their debut and the first Spice Girls album, Spice, moved back up to #10 after 52 weeks of release.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
“Timeless–Live in Concert,” winner of four Emmy Awards and billed as Barbra Streisand‘s farewell concert, aired on Fox-TV.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Uganda – Police raid an LGBT Rights conference after the state minister orders the conference to be stopped.
Whitney Houston, whose majestic voice helped her place 32 songs on the Billboard Pop chart between 1985 and 2001, passed away at the age of 48. Daughter of Cissy Houston of The Sweet Inspirations. Whitney’s own daughter would die the same manner the following year.
Whitney – the Final Elvis Career Move
In a historic Valentine’s Day vote, the Illinois Senate passed a bill clearing the way for same-sex couples to be legally
married in the Land of Lincoln. The bill was delayed by the House until November 5, 2013, which passed an amended version of the bill by a narrow margin. Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Illinois since being signed into law by Governor Par Quinn on November 20, 2013. It took effect on June 1 ,2014. (The state had civil unions available for same-sex couples since June 2011.)
Lady Gaga got engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!,” she captioned a photo of a heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram two days later. They split up in 2016.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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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.