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LGBTQ2 for February 17

BCE to The Suffragettes

1854, Germany – Friedrich Alfred Krupp (17 February 1854 – 22 November 1902) was a German steel manufacturer of the company Krupp. He was the son of Alfred Krupp and inherited the family business when his father died in 1887. Whereas his father had largely supplied iron and steel, Friedrich shifted his company’s production back to arms manufacturing. Friedrich greatly expanded Krupp and acquired the Germaniawerf in 1896 which gave him control of warship manufacturing in Germany. He oversaw the development of nickel steel, U-boats, the diesel engine, and much more. He died in 1902 of apparent suicide after his homosexual activites and orgies were published in a newspaper. In the Second Reich, homosexuality was considered one of the worst crimes. Under paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code it was punishable by years of hard labor, then later the concentration camp.


The opera “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan.

02-17-1905 — 08-31-1937   Ruth Baldwin (born Catherine Ruth Baldwin) – Place of birth unknown. She was an American-born English socialite, part of the Bright Young Things crowd. In the 1920s in London she was known for

 her use of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. Baldwin was the first important lover of American heiress Marion Barbara  “Joe” Carstairs (b. February 1, 1900). She turned the kitchen in the house she shared with Carstairs into a bar. Carstairs friends later said, “She was wild. She was such fun. Ruth, she was really wild.” She told Carstairs, “The world is one’s oyster if taken at will.” When Carstairs purchased her first motorboat, Baldwin gave her a Steiff doll that Carstairs named Lord Tod Wadley (She kept the doll until her death). Baldwin was also involved with photographer Olivia Wyndham. Baldwin died of a suspected overdose at a Chelsea party at the home of  actress Gwen Farrar on August 31, 1937, while her friends listened to a boxing match in the next room. The London newspaper The Times announced her death and described her as having short hair and a mannish tie, alluding to the fact that she was a lesbian. The article also said she was sharing a house with Carstairs. Baldwin’s ashes were taken by Carstairs to her private island, Whale Cay in the Bahamas, where she built a church to house them. When she sold Whale Cay, she removed the ashes. When Carstairs died in Naples, Florida, in 1993, Lord Tod Wadley was cremated with her. Their ashes and those of Ruth Baldwin were buried in Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor, New York.

02-17-1934 – 12-27-2003 Alan Bates – Born in Allestree, Derby, United 

Kingdom. He was an English actor. Known for his roles in Zorba the GreekKing of HeartsGeorgy GirlFar From the Madding Crowd, and The Fixer, which he was nominated for best actor by the Academy Awards. He also starred in Women in Love. He was married but had numerous gay relationships throughout his life, including those with actors Nickolas Grace, and Peter Wyngarde, and Olympic skater John Curry.

02-17-1942 – 08-22-1989 Huey Newton – Born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was an African-American political activist and revolutionary who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. Newton 

supported LGBT rights back in 1970. On August 15, 1970, Newton delivered a speech in New York titled A Letter to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters About the Women’s Liberation and the Gay Liberation Movements. His address pointed to the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and homophobia. He told the audience that may not have been totally sympathetic, that “the women’s liberation front and gay liberation front are our friends, they are our potential allies, and we need as many allies as possible.” At the time, mainstream society treated LGBT people like pariahs. But Newton urged his fellow activists to be compassionate and inclusive. He had no time for gay slurs.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

February 17, 1955

At the urging of R&B singer Lloyd Price, Little Richardsent his first audition tape to Specialty Records. Richard was signed to a Specialty contract that paid him a half cent for every record sold.


Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly” charted, reaching #10 pop and #4 R&B. It was Richard’s fourteenth and last R&B Top 10 smash.

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

02-17-1961 Angela Eagle – Born in Bridlington, United Kingdom. She is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for 

Wallasey since 1992. She gained the distinction of becoming the British Parliament’s first openly lesbian member by coming out in September 1997 in an interview with The Observer . In September 2008, Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall. In 2009 she was ranked in the top 50 on The Independent’s Pink List of the 101 most influential gay men and women in Britain.

1962 – Cheryl Ann Jacques (born February 17, 1962) is an American politician and attorney who served six terms in the Massachusetts Senate, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign for 11 months, and served as an administrative judge in the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. Jacques became president of HRC in 2004, succeeding Elizabeth Birch. She addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She resigned on November 30, 2004, citing “a difference in management philosophy” with her board, following criticism of the HRC’s failure to defeat voter referendums in 11 states banning same-sex marriage and, in some cases, civil unions. After leaving HRC, she was of counsel to the law firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten and was a consultant on diversity issues to corporations and non-profit organizations. In 2008 Jacques was named a Department of Industrial Accidents Administrative Judge by Governor Deval Patrick. On March 12, 2012 the State Ethics Commission charged her with violating Massachusetts’ conflict-of-interest law after she allegedly tried to use her clout as a judge to have a dentist office reduce her brother-in-law’s bill. Jacques contended that she never intended to introduce her position, but did so “inadvertently”. The ethics commission found in favor of Jacques on the grounds that the enforcement division failed to prove that Jacques used her official position to intervene in the dispute. In 2013, Jacques and two other administrative judges filed charges with theMassachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, alleging the agency provided a higher salary and a parking space to a male judge appointed after them. In 2014, Governor Patrick chose not to reappoint Jacques, which she alleged was in retaliation for the gender discrimination lawsuit. In 2004, Jacques married Jennifer Chrisler.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

02-17-1972 Billie Joe Armstrong – Born in Oakland, California. He is an American rock musician and occasional actor, best known as the lead 

vocalist, main songwriter, and guitarist for the American punk rock band Green Day. The band’s album, Dookie (1994) broke through into the mainstream, and they had remained one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s with over 60 million records sold. Armstrong has identified himself as bisexual, saying in a 1995 interview with The Advocate, “I think I’ve always been bisexual.”

February 17, 1973

Anne Murray moved to #1 on the Adult chart with “Danny’s Song”.

Elton John’s first career #1 was a big one–“Crocodile Rock” remained there for a third week. 

1977, Canada – The first public gay demonstration in Atlantic Canada is held in Halifax. It was part of a nationally coordinated protest against CBC Radio’s refusal to air gay public service announcements that also included demonstrations in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. 


Bette Midler was awarded the “Woman of the Year” award from Harvard’s University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society. Upon accepting, Bette says: “This award characterizes what the American male wants in a woman…brains, talent and gorgeous tits.”

02-17-1979   Conrad Ricamora – Born in Santa Maria, California. He is an

 American actor and singer. Ricamora is best known for his portrayal of Oliver Hampton on the ABC television series How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020). He is openly gay and was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award. 

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


 Chicago’s new gay rights ordinance takes effect.  It mandates fines up to $500 for discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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


Queen Latifah made her chart debut with “Ladies First,” reaching #64 R&B. Through 1998, she would manage to hit the chart fifteen times, though she was spending more time acting in films than recording.

02-17-1991   Raymix (b. Edmundo Gómez Moreno) – Born in San José El Vidrio, Mexico. He is a Mexican musician and aerospace engineer.


On June 5, 2020, Raymix released a video where he came out as gay, saying “Today I am freer, happier than ever because I know that I can express myself as I really am”, and added that some acquaintances advised him not to do so because they consider that people are not prepared for a gay regional or cumbia musician. In 2021, along with Paulina Rubio, Raymix was nominated for Regional Mexican Cumbia Song of the Year for Tú y Yo at the 33rd Lo Nuestro Awards.


Whitney Houston was third with “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”,

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


It was reported that George Michael’s in Hamstead was burglarized. The theft included his $114,000 Aston Martin sports car and $140,000 in paintings, jewelry and clothing.


The man behind the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC was being investigated over complaints that aspiring stars paid $1,500 (£882) to feature on his website. Lou Pearlman was accused by Florida authorities of getting young actors and models to pay upfront to appear on his Trans Continental company’s website by saying he would also help them to find work.


The Recording Industry Association of America filed 531 “John Doe” lawsuits against suspected users of peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Once a John Doe suit has been approved by a judge, the record-label plaintiffs can subpoena the information necessary to identify the defendant by name.


Little Richard received a standing ovation from a crowd of 2,400 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville without playing or singing a note. The 75 year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was seated at the rear of the auditorium during a Temptations/Four Tops concert when he was introduced by the Temptations’ Otis Williams.

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

2011 – Facebook expands relationship language to add civil unions and domestic partners

2012, Iraq – “Emo Killings” begin in Iraq. The series of killings targets young men who appear outside the mainstream, especially gay and “emo” youth. Emo is a style of fashion including skinny jeans. On this day, Saif Raad Asmar Abboudi, 20, is beaten to death with a brick.


Dear Anita Bryant – by Ronni Sanlo, was asked to do an encore performance at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs


Trans divided the movement with cotton ceiling

Special rights are not human rights

No one has the right to deny others ordinary human senses

The Groups Pushing Anti-Trans Laws Want to Divide the LGBTQ Movement | The New Republic

The same people keep pushing bill after bill, developing their strategy as they

Eating Disorders Among LGBTQ Youth: What We’re Learning

New research from The Trevor Project examines why LGBTQ young people are experiencing eating disorders at higher rates than their peers, and how such issues can increase their risk of suicide as

LGBTQ education and Israel’s illiberal Left – opinion

Tal Gilboa comes under fire for challenging Orwellian

LGBTQ Representation on TV Hits Record High, Advocacy Group Says – BNN Bloomberg

On primetime network TV shows, 12% of main characters are

so the trend to describe in other than heterosexual terms is not as trendy as appears

More than 7 percent of U.S. adults now identify as LGBTQ, doubling in a decade | Boing Boing

Turns out Kinsey might have been right with 10% after all, after decades of that number being debunked. After all, that’s how many A

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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.


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.”


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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Today in LGBT History – August 21 | Ronni Sanlo

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