LGBTQ for February 15



BCE to The Suffragettes

02-15-1820 – 03-13-1906 Susan B. Anthony – Born in Adams, Massachusetts. She was an American social reformer and feminist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery 

petitions at the age of 17.  In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her deepest relationships were with other women and she never married. She was said to be the “third person” in the marriage of Stanton, her longtime companion with whom she traveled for three decades giving speeches. Anthony’s feminism and quest for equal rights for women and blacks was the first plank in the platform women were building for social justice in America.In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Her first treatise on women’s suffrage noted, “ Universal manhood suffrage, by establishing an aristocracy or sex, imposes upon the women of this nation a more absolute and cruel despotism than monarchy; in that women finds a political master in her father, husband, brother, son. The aristocracies of the old world are based upon birth, wealth, refinement, education, nobility, brave deeds of chivalry; in this nation, on sex alone; exalting brute force above moral power, vice above virtue, ignorance above education, and the son above the mother who bore him.”

February 15, 1903

The first teddy bear in America was introduced by Russian immigrants Morris and Rose Michtom.

02-15-1907 — 01-01-1994   Cesar Romero – Born in New York City, New York. He was an American actor, singer, dancer, and vocal artist. He was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years. In 1935, Romero played a leading role in The Devil is a Woman opposite Marlene Dietrich. In the 1960s classic TV show,

Batman Romero played the Joker. Romero never married and was described as a “confirmed bachelor.” He appeared frequently at Hollywood events escorting actresses, such as Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, Barbara Stanwyck, Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan, Jane Wyman, and Ginger Rogers. Many historians and biographers have speculated on Romero being closeted about his sexuality. According to stories he told author Boze Hadleigh for the 1996 book Hollywood Gays, he had a wide-ranging gay sex life. Because he was “out” to all his entertainment industry colleagues, it was also stated the Romero’s homosexuality was Hollywood’s worst kept secret. In 1946, Romero and Tyrone Power went on an 8-week vacation in Power’s private plane. They traveled to Mexico, Central, and South America. Romero died in 1994 from complications of a blood clot. 

02-15-1934 – 05-25-2005 Graham Kennedy – Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was an Australian entertainer, radio, television, 

and film performer. Kennedy is the most awarded star of Australian television and was known as The King of Australian television. Kennedy was closeted, though it was an open secret within the Australian television community, the subject was not discussed openly until after his death. Rob Astbury, a former top Australian Sportscaster, published King and I: My Life with Graham Kennedy, recounting his 20 year relationship with Kennedy.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1952 – Bill T. Jones (born February 15, 1952) is an Americanartistic directorchoreographerand dancer. Jones has received numerous awards for his work including the 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography for his work in Fela!Jones and his lover of 17 years, Arnie Zane (September 26, 1948 – March 30, 1988) danced and choreographed together. As an openly gay interracial couple they pushed the envelope and challenged their audiences’ preconceived notions about gender, race and sexuality. In 1982, they cofounded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In 1986, Zane was diagnosed with AIDS, which claimed his life two years later. Watching his life partner die gave Jones a new sense of passion and urgency. Jones continues to dance and choreograph for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

 He has been called “one of the most notable, recognized modern-dance choreographers and directors of our time.” In 1971, Jones met and fell in love with Arnie Zane. The couple had a personal and professional relationship that lasted until Zane’s death from AIDS in 1988. Since 1993, Jones has been with Bjorn Amelan. They are now legally married. ( Top Photo of Jones & Zane – Bottom Photo of Jones & Amelan)

1958

Elvis Presley’s five-song EP “Jailhouse Rock” hit #18 in the U.K.

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

1964

I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles was the #1 song for a third week.  Lesley Gore peaked at #2 with “You Don’t Own Me” while the new Beatles song “She Loves You” moved from 7 to 3. 

02-15-1968 Richard Blanco – Born in Madrid, Spain. His family were Cuban exiles that moved from Spain to Miami when he was an 

infant. He is an American poet, public speaker, author, and civil engineer. He is the fifth poet to read at a United States presidential inauguration. He read his poem, One Today, for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. In the poem Queer Theory, According to My Grandmother, he described how his grandmother warned him as a young boy. “For God’s sake, never pee sitting down…/I’ve seen you” and “Don’t stare at The Six-Million Dollar Man./I’ve seen you” and “Never dance alone in your room.” He and his partner split their time between Bethel, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

February 15, 1970

After a Sly & the Family Stone concert ran hours late and resulted in more $1,000 damage at Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall, the Daughters of the American Revolution imposed a ban against any further rock concerts at the venue.

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

1980 – William Friedkin’s Cruising opens nationwide and is blasted by critics (gay and straight) for its depiction of homosexuality, but also, as one critic puts it, “[its] narrative loopholes [and] unconvincing plot twists.”

1983 – Lesbian playwright Jane Chambers(27 March 1937 – February 15, 1983)(A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove) dies of a brain tumor at the age of 45. She was a “pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters”. Beth Allen was her lover, companion and manager.

02-15-1985 Natalie Morales – Born in Kendall, Florida. She is an American actress and 

starred in the ABC Family series The Middleman. Feature films she has appeared in include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Going the Distance. Morales also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. On June 30, 2017, Morales came out on social media that she identified as queer. She plays the role as Rosie Casals in the film Battle of the Sexes that was released in September 22, 2017, starring Emma Stone as Billy Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs.

1986

Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut was moving back up after 48 weeks of release.

Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and doubled at #1 on the pop chart

1989 – A Los Angeles jury awards Rock Hudson’s (November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985)ex-lover, Marc Christian (born on June 23, 1953)$21.75 million in damages for the emotional distress he claims to have suffered upon learning that Hudson had AIDS. The award is later reduced to $5.5 million.

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

1993

“This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly. It’s like I’m in the kitchen doing all the cooking and the waiters get all the credit. I cried. . . .I’ve been waiting so long.” Little Richard’s reaction upon hearing he was being given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy but would have to accept it at a dinner the night before.

1995, Canada – premiers. The film is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein(born April 6, 1955) and Jeffrey Friedman (August 24, 1951). The film is based on Vito Russo‘s (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990)book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gaylesbianbisexualand transgendercharacters. The film was given a limited release in select theatres, including the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, in April 1996, and then shown on cable channel HBO.

1999 –Stephen Brady  (born 11 June 1959)and his partner Peter Stephens were the world’s first openly gay ambassadorial couple. Accompanied by Stephens, Brady presented his credentials as Australian Ambassador to Denmark, to Queen Margrethe II on February  15,1999.

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

2008 – Fifteen-year-old Lawrence King (January 13, 1993 – February 15, 2008)was shot on Feb. 12, 2008 and died two days later after a verbal exchange with 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in Oxnard, CA. King, an eighth-grader who identified as gay and occasionally wore makeup, high heels and other feminine attire to E. O. Green Junior High School, was shot in the head while in class at school. The story is captures in the documentary Valentine Road by director Marta Cunningham.

2009, Canada –  Premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race American reality TV series. RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, television personality, and author. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2017. RuPaul is widely considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen of all time. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.RuPaul has been with his Australian partner, Georges LeBar, since 1994, when they met at the Limelightnightclub in New York City. They married in January 2017. LeBar is a painter and runs a 50-acre ranch in Wyoming.

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

2013 – Robbie Rogers (born May 12, 1987)is a television producer and former American professional soccer player. On this day, Rogers came out as gay, becoming the second male soccer player in Britain to do so after Justin Fashanu  (19 February 1961 – 2 May 1998)in 1990. On May 26, 2013, he became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league when he played his first match for the LA Galaxy. Rogers began dating television writer producer Greg Berlanti  (born May 24, 1972)[in 2013, and on February 18, 2016, they welcomed their first son via surrogacy, They were married on December 2, 2017, in Malibu, California.

2019

Dear Anita Bryant by Ronni Sanlo premieres.

2022

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/feb/15/story-of-trailblazing-gay-pop-song-kay-why

‘Nuns quivered at the naughty bits!’ The story of trailblazing gay pop song Kay, Why? | Pop and rock | The Guardian

Unknown to many, this hilarious slice of high camp 60s psychedelia is a sought-after cult classic, made when being gay was still taboo. Its secret creators speak for the very first timewww.theguardian.com

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.68062/title.former-gucci-mane-artist-lil-wop-comes-out-as-bisexual

Former Gucci Mane Artist Lil Wop Comes Out As Bisexual

The rapper’s reveal was met with overwhelming support from fans in the comments.hiphopdx.com

queer movies have long been about reinforcing heteronormativity

http://www.thebeaverton.com

DEAR USA: Heterosexual women do not have equal rights.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/02/15/opinion/passing-equality-act-will-ensure-lgbtq-civil-rights/

Passing the Equality Act will ensure LGBTQ civil rights – The Boston Globe

This would not be a radical change, but it would be moral progress.www.bostonglobe.com

access to education and careers and secure housing

participation in society reduces suicide and increases the economy

https://thelogicalindian.com/lgbtq/aipc-lgbtq-community-33959

AIPC Forms Cell For LGBTQ Community; Aims At Skill Enhancement For Employment Opportunities

The AIPC has also organised webinars by Akkai Padmashali, transgender activist and Congress member from Karnataka, and with parents of queer people, where they spoke about their experience in…thelogicalindian.com

the problem of magical and delusional thinking….

the difference between a religion and a cult is supposedly the amount of time spent within that group

24/7 is a cult

the real difference between a cult and a religion, is that in the religion, the original cult members have died of naturalish causes

owing to suicide cults not leaving many followers

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/02/anti-lgbtq-pastor-claims-found-6-witches-infiltrating-church/

Anti-LGBTQ pastor claims he has found 6 witches infiltrating his church / LGBTQ Nation

“You better look in my eyeballs, ’cause we ain’t afraid of you, you stinkin’ witch…www.lgbtqnation.com

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/opinion/2022/02/15/opinion-only-federal-law-can-fully-protect-lgbtq-iowans/6707677001/

Opinion: Only federal law can fully protect LGBTQ Iowans

I’ve witnessed the continued struggles LGBTQ people confront — and I know that our state’s nondiscrimination protections are not enough to shield them.www.press-citizen.com

https://www.themayor.eu/en/a/view/budapest-restaurants-leave-a-table-for-lgbtq-couples-afraid-to-celebrate-in-public-9930

Budapest restaurants leave a table for LGBTQ couples afraid to celebrate in public | TheMayor.EU

35 Restaurants in Budapest leave a rainbow-coloured candle on an empty table, raising awareness for LGBTQ couples, who are too afraid to celebrate love in a public space. According to Hungarian advoca..www.themayor.eu

this is where personal bigotry gets systemic:

first books, then people

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-15/over-100-bills-limiting-lgbtq-and-race-talk-in-u-s-schools-have-been-introduced-this-year

Over 100 Bills Limiting LGBTQ and Race Talk in U.S. Schools Have Been Introduced This Year

Anti-LGBTQ+ activists are building on momentum from anti-critical race theorywww.bloomberg.com

those against are okay with suicide rates, it is outsourced genocide and it pointed to by those who oppress us as evidence that we are mentally ill

when it is really their being bothered by others that is mental illness

religion meets the diagnostic manual meaning of delusion

and that includes name calling others all the way to violence

when a delusion is rejected and called out by others

https://news.wfsu.org/state-news/2022-02-15/lgbtq-authors-and-advocates-say-floridas-dont-say-gay-bill-could-hurt-teens

LGBTQ authors and advocates say a plan to curb school talk about sex and gender identity could hurt teens | WFSU News

The bill would prohibit discussions about gender identity or sexual orientation in primary grade levels.news.wfsu.org

“OUTinPerth revealed back in December that the Girl Guides of WA’s new CEO was exploring options for changing the organisation’s rules so that transgender girls would no longer be able to be part of the membership. “

So she was victimized for protecting girls and being for women

funny how heterosexual maledom is one gender and everyone else under woman, when there are supposed to be more than two….

Former Guides CEO Karyn Lisignoli says she’s a victim of “cancel culture” | OUTInPerth | LGBTQIA+ News and Culture

Karyn Lisignoli, who spent less than a fortnight as the CEO of Girl Guides WA before being fired, says she’s a victim of “cancel culture”. www.outinperth.com

https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/sonal-chauhan-calls-for-better-lgbt-representation-in-bollywood-101644914681323.html

Sonal Chauhan calls for better LGBT representation in Bollywood | Bollywood – Hindustan Times

The conversations around the evolving portrayal of the queer community in Bollywood have increased manifold in the recent past | Bollywoodwww.hindustantimes.com

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jurgen-klopp-lgbt-liverpool-awards-26234744

Jurgen Klopp nominated in 2022 British LGBT Awards alongside Lady Gaga and Olly Alexander – Mirror Online

The Liverpool manager has been recognised for his efforts while the club as a whole have also been nominated for an award thanks to their recent ‘Red Together’ campaignwww.mirror.co.uk

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/love-sex/a39074806/lgbt-history-month/

LGBT History Month – historic LGBTQIA+ icons to know

Every February the UK celebrates LGBT+ History Month this is everything you need to know including why LGBT History Month is celebratedwww.cosmopolitan.com

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/02/15/lgbt-rights-under-renewed-pressure-hungary

LGBT Rights Under Renewed Pressure in Hungary | Human Rights Watch

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and the groups who work to protect them are under fresh pressure in Hungary.www.hrw.org

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

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February 15 – A Brief History of the LGBT+ Experience: Pt 2

https://kimon.hosting.nyu.edu › sites › syllabus-2017

Feb 15, 2017 — Ghaziani, Amin. “The Reinvention of Heterosexuality.” The Gay and Lesbian Review, v. 17, n. 3, May-June 2010: 27-29. Halperin, David M.

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Our Daily Elvis

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 September 24

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

1482, Switzerland – Richard Puller von Hohenberg is burned at the stake along with his servant Anton Matzler in Zurich. They are accused of having a homosexual relationship.

1731, The Netherlands – Twenty-two men are strangled and burned in a mass execution in Zuidhorn under the charge of sodomy.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

September 24, 1955

Judy Garland made her TV debut on the “Ford Star Jubilee” on CBS.

September 24, 1956

Elvis and bisexual Nick Adams went to see Mildred Scrivener, Elvis’ senior-class homeroom teacher at Humes High. Elvis donated $900 to the school for new uniforms for its ROTC program.

September 24, 1957

“Mister Rock and Roll” debuted at the Paramount in New York City, NY. Disc jockey Alan Freed’s fourth movie, Mister Rock and Roll, featuring footage of Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon and Little Richard, debuted at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.

The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It became his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 67 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[2] and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, it finished at number 21 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. On November 27, 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.

Blogger Nina notes the lyrics: Number 47 said to number three, you’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see… “do the jailhouse rock with me”

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

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

September 24, 1973

ABBA began recording the Waterloo album.

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

1981, Canada – In Toronto, a Provincial Court judge acquits Don Franco of charges of keeping a common bawdyhouse in his own home. Police had burst in on Franco while he was having a three-some in 1979.

1981, Canada – Out of the Closet: A Study of Relations Between The Homosexual Community and Police, commissioned by Toronto city council, is released by Arnold Bruner, the author of the report. It recognizes the gay community as legitimate part of community and calls for permanent police / gay dialogue committee.

1982 – The CDC defines a case of AIDS as a disease, at least moderately predictive of a defect in cell-mediated immunity, occurring in a person with no known cause for diminished resistance to that disease. Such diseases include KS, PCP, and other serious opportunistic infections. Diagnoses are considered to fit the case definition only if based on sufficiently reliable methods (generally histology or culture). Some patients who are considered AIDS cases on the basis of diseases only moderately predictive of cellular immunodeficiency may not actually be immunodeficient and may not be part of the current epidemic.

1983

Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” leads the UK chart in the first of a six week stay. The song would also reach the top of the Billboard chart next February and would be Number One in sixteen countries worldwide.

1988

The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ after the song was used on a UK TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.

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

1992 – The Kentucky Supreme Court rules that the state’s anti-sodomy laws violate the rights to privacy and equal protection as guaranteed by the state constitution.

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

2000

Madonna started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Music’, the singers seventh UK No.1 album.

2003, Cairo – Sixty-two men are arrested for homosexuality. They’re charged with “habitual practice of debauchery” and face up to three years in prison.

2004, Canada – Nova Scotia becomes the sixth of Canada’s provinces or territories to have legal same-sex marriage.

2007 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no homosexuals while speaking at Columbia University.

Blogger Nina recalls he was confused by the laughter and the suggestion because they have been genocided or fled.

2021

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hundreds-of-students-at-texas-hs-walk-out-of-class-to-protest-removal-of-lgbtq-safe-space-stickers/ar-AAOKW8MHundreds of students at Texas HS walk out of class to protest removal of LGBTQ ‘safe space’ stickers“There’s a lot of hurt, confusion and fear from students who feel like the administration has a problem with them for being LGBTQ+.”www.msn.com

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/09/deranged-anti-vaxxer-goes-viral-rampage-tearing-lgbtq-subway-ads/Deranged anti-vaxxer goes on viral rampage tearing down LGBTQ subway ads / LGBTQ NationThe woman is now getting support from right-wing outlets and Russian media…www.lgbtqnation.com

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/09/pastor-tells-flock-homosexuality-demonic-spirit-stealing-christian-children/Pastor tells flock homosexuality is a “demonic spirit” stealing Christian children / LGBTQ NationYou’d think after all his “prophecies” have been bunk, his parishioners would wise up. But they still keep shoveling money at him to tell them lies…www.lgbtqnation.com

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 for August 23

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1954 –

Charles Busch (August 23, 1954, actor and playwright, is born. He is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator, known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. He wrote and starred in his early plays Off-off-Broadway beginning in 1978, generally in drag roles, and also acted in the works of other playwrights. He also wrote for television and began to act in films and on television in the late 1990s. His best known play is The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife(2000), which was a success on Broadway.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

August 23, 1956

Little Richard played at the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Texas, with Buddy Holly in the audience.

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

1963

“Judy’s Turn To Cry” from Lesley Gore at six on the USA song charts.

Blogger Nina Notes: Musta been weird to lament Johnny when Judy would have been her real life choice.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

August 23, 1970

Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club ‘Max’s Kansas City’.

1972,

Canada – An article in the Toronto gay publication “The Body Politic,” entitled “Of men and little boys,” sparks a public outrage. Criminal charges are threatened but not laid.

1974

Elton John remained third on the USA LP charts with Caribou

August 23, 1975

Queen began recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield Studio in Monmouth, Wales.

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

1980

The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52’s, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.

David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made

1985

dropping to two,  “Shout” by Tears for Fears of the UK Second British Wave in the Genderfuck on the usa song charts

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

Queer Nation, ACT Up and The Lesbian Avengers: the Dyke era of lesbiandom

1994,

Australia –The federal government acts to overturn Tasmania’s anti-sodomy law. Tasmania’s is the last Australian state to penalize same sex relations.

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

2004

Queen, one of Britain’s most consistently successful groups of the seventies and eighties, became the first Rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music is strictly prohibited. Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums have been available for years.

2008

Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour. Madonna’s first venture with Live Nation, was estimated to have grossed $280 million.

2011

Jerry Leiber, a songwriting legend whose credits include “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Yakety Yak”, “Poison Ivy” and “Love Potion Number 9”, died at the age of 78. Leiber and his songwriting partner Mike Stoller were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.

Jailhouse Rock was written to see if Elvis would alter his singing for gay lyrics and he did not.

Hound Dog by Big Mama Thorton is about her cheating man, so Elvis’ is really him singing about himself – or just the part he called “Little Elvis”.

It is this blogger’s view that Elvis Presley was bisexual, owing to the orgy stories shared in books by his Memphis Mafia and each saying there was more they would take to their graves, bisexual is the only thing left.

The last elvis fan screamed at by the Memphis mafia

2014

Beyoncé captured four awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Today in LGBT History – August 23 | Ronni Sanlo

May 17 for lgbtq2

May 17, 1974

ABC aired the Elton John television special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things.”

May 17, 1975

Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.

Elton John plays “Bennie And The Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom” on Soul Train, becoming just the third white performer to appear on the show, after Dennis Coffey and Gino Vannelli.

song charts at #6 Have You Never Been Mellow from Olivia Newton-John, with the Soundtrack to “Funny Lady” at #7,

1978

Donna Summer’s film Thank God It’s Friday premiered in Los Angeles.

ABC-TV aired two music specials, “The Carpenters: Space Encounters,” with guests John Davidson and Charlie Callas, and then “Olivia,” hosted by Olivia Newton-John, with ABBA and Andy Gibb.

1980

“The Rose”, the title song from the movie in which she starred in, was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for Bette Midler.

1986

Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, the singers third US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.

Incredibly, Whitney Houston climbed back to #1 on the Album chart in its 60th week of release.

1993

Barry Manilow appears on CBS-TV’s Murphy Brown, where he sang “I Am Your Child”.

1995

Chuck BerryFats Domino and Little Richard  performed together on the same stage for the first time at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England,   They were scheduled to appear in London the following night and in Birmingham on May 20, however Domino did not perform at either of those shows due to illness.

2002

The Barry Manilow special, Ultimate Manilow aired on CBS-TV.

2005

Lisa Marie Presley performed “Idiot” on “Good Morning America.”

:  Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer.

2010

Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me”, “Don’t” and many others for Elvis Presley, “Kansas City” for Wilbert Harrison and “Charlie Brown” for the Coasters, were given the Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaborators by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in Chicago, Illinois.

Jailhouse Rock being a gay song is why this is included.

2012

Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Love to Love You, and ‘Baby’ and ‘I Feel Love’.

Lisa Marie Presley performed her song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on American Idol’s results show.

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, 1954

“Pajama Game” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances

May 13, 1957

Jailhouse RockPrincipal photography began on the jailhouse dance sequence.

1974

Cher released the single “Dark Lady.”

May 13, 1977

Dolly Parton made her New York City debut with a performance at the Bottom Line. Olivia Newton-John, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Candice Bergen, and John Belushi are among those in the audience.

1989

Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 ‘Hand On Your Heart.’

2019

Doris Day, who scored two Billboard Top Ten hits in 1956 with “Whatever Will Be Will Be” and “Everybody Loves A Lover”, passed away at the age of 97 after contracting pneumonia. Besides making nearly forty movies, she also recorded more than six hundred songs and nearly thirty albums. Along with four movies with Rock Hudson

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April 30, 1957

Elvis Presley recorded “Jailhouse Rock” arguably the first gay/bisexual rock n roll number 1 song.

1966

Cher “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” was #7
1977

Natalie Cole’s biggest hit, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, at 9
1983

David Bowie with “Let’s Dance at 6 at at 8 Thomas Dolby had “She Blinded Me With Science”
1987
Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” became her 11th consecutive Top Five single.
1988

Canadian 20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”.
1992
Madonna’s bustier was stolen from Fredrick’s Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.
1993
Elton John’s single “Simple Life” entered Billboard‘s Top 40, breaking Elvis Presley’s longstanding record with 24 consecutive years of Top 40 hits.
1997
An estimated 42 million viewers were tuned in as ABC-TV aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen,” in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
1999
The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
2003
Madonna was #1 on the Album chart with American Life.

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