LGBTQ2 for October 29


Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

630 B.C., Lesbos – Sappho is born c. (630 – 570 BC) . The poet wrote beautiful poetry to the women she loved. It is because Sappho and her followers lived on the Isle of Lesbos that women who love women call themselves “lesbian” to this day. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung and accompanied by a lyre, and which is usually about the love and passion of women. Most of Sappho’s poetry is now lost, and what is extant has survived only in fragmentary form, except for one complete poem – the “Ode to Aphrodite”. As well as lyric poetry, ancient commentators claimed that Sappho wrote elegiac and iambic poetry. Lesbian author Willa Cather (December 7, 1873[2] – April 24, 1947) wrote “Sappho wrote only of one theme, sang it, laughed it, sighed it, wept it, sobbed it. Save for her knowledge of human love she was unlearned, save for her perception of beauty she was blind, save for the fullness of her passions she was empty-handed.”

1885, Uganda – Mwanga II, King of Buganda (Uganda), resists Christianity coming to Uganda in part because he wishes to keep sodomy legal and to maintain his harem of young boys. Therefore, he has James Hannington, the first bishop of Africa killed when he comes to Uganda.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1951 –  LDS Church First Presidency Counselor Stephen L Richards instructs a mission president not to excommunicate a missionary elder for the “superficial charge” of fondling the genitals of three young men, ages twelve to thirteen. Richards said the missionary was only “guilty of a great indiscretion.”

1955

Billboard reviews Little Richard‘s “Tutti Frutti” and calls it “cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery.” The record’s hard-driving sound and wild lyrics not only became a model for future Little Richard songs, but also for Rock and Roll itself.

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips launches America’s first all-female radio station, WHER in Memphis.

1959 – Nicole Conn (born October 29, 1959) is born. She is a film directorproducer, and screenwriter most famous for her debut feature, the lesbian love story Claire of the Moon (1992).

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

1963

The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre, St Albans, England.

1967

Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York’s East Village. The show moved to Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances, closing on July 1st, 1972. The play’s original cast album spawned the hit singles “Aquarius” / Let the Sun Shine In”, “Good Morning Starshine”, “Easy To Be Hard” and “Hair” and helped launch the career of songwriter Galt MacDermont

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

October 29, 1972

Elton John gives a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II, making him the first Rock ‘n’ Roller to be asked to appear in a royal variety performance since the Beatles did it in November 1963.

October 29, 1975Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.

1979 – Gay activists hold a “mince-in” at the Ontario legislature in Toronto to draw attention to inaction on human rights protections for gays and lesbians.

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

1980 – Anti-gay graffiti is found on the Memorial Steps at Tufts University in Boston with the words “FAGS MUST DIE.” The campus and local community at large were outraged both at the graffiti and its longevity on the steps. The graffiti was not removed until after a huge outcry.

1983

, Madonna’s first single debuted on the chart–“Holiday”.

  1984

Barry Manilow‘s tour opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His series of concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record then held by Diana Ross.  

1987

David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.  

1988

“One Moment In Time”, the great song from Whitney Houston, rose to #1 on the AC chart.

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

1994

Madonna remained at #4 with “Secret”

1995 –

In Iran, a 31 year old man is convicted of “ugly and improper conduct” and sentenced to twenty lashes for cross-dressing.

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight And The Pips, The Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, and The Shirelles

1997 –

Representatives from the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization, and the Gay Lesbian and Straight Educators Network met with House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and funding for AIDS care and research. Gephardt met with them to discuss ways in which the party could assist gay and lesbian candidates through the coming election cycle.

The U.S. Senate passed the “La Cienega” bill. The bill closed a loophole in the 1909 copyright act that put most pre-1978 music copyrights in jeopardy.  

1997 – Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) (born March 31, 1940) introduces a bill calling for the extension of health insurance coverage to the domestic partners of US federal employees through the federal employee health program. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.

1997 – Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals unanimously overturns Circuit Court Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth’s decision prohibiting a divorced gay man from seeing his children in the presence of his partner.

1998

Little Richard performed at Washington, DC’s Ford Theater at the Gala for the President with a beaming President Clinton looking on.  

1999, Austria – Lesbian Ulrike Lunacek (born 26 May 1957) is the first openly gay member of Parliament of the National Council of Austria. She is a member of the Austrian Green Party, part of the European Green Party. In 2017, she was the top candidate for the national elections in Austria in 2017. She is co-president of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Substitute in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affair.

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

2002 – former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo  (born July 11, 1968) comes out. He is a former American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for nine years. He played college football at Oregon State University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He won the Morris Trophy in 1989, which is given to the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10. He was named Pac-10 Conference First Team twice and as a senior he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. In 2002, having retired from sports, Tuaolo announced to the public that he is gay, coming out on HBO’s Real Sports. This made him the third former NFL player to come out, after David Kopay (born June 28, 1942) and Roy Simmons (November 8, 1956 – February 20, 2014). Tuaolo, the child of Samoan banana farmers, lives in Minnesota with his life-partner, Mitchell Wherley, and their twins, Mitchell Jr. and Michelle.

2003: 

Human Rights Campaign study shows 60 percent of American adoption agencies accept applications from gay and lesbian couples and 40 percent claim to have placed children in homes headed by same-sex couples.

Joan Jett was a guest on the television show Crossing Over With John Edward.

2004: Germany expands the rights of same-sex couples, allowing registered domestic partners to adopt each other’s children.

2011, Denmark – Axel Axgil (3 April 1915 – 29 October 2011), 96, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships, dies in Copenhagen. He and Eigil Axgil (24 April 1922 – 22 September 1995) were Danish gay activists and a longtime couple. They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalization of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment

2013

Hundreds of viewers complained about Lady Gaga’s recent UK performance on The X Factor according to Ofcom. Around 200 people contacted the broadcasting watchdog about her outfit of shells and flesh-coloured underwear. Another 60 viewers complained directly to ITV about the singer’s appearance, before the 9pm watershed.  

2015 – Hollyoaks becomes the first UK soap to cast an openly transgender actress in a regular role. Annie Wallace plays the high school’s new head teacher, Sally St. Claire, making her first appearance on this day.

2021

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/29/schools-are-banning-my-book-queer-kids-need-queer-stories/Opinion | Schools are banning my book. But queer kids need queer stories.Removing or restricting queer books in libraries and schools is like cutting a lifeline for queer youth.www.washingtonpost.com

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/exclusive-maggie-lindemann-on-her-explosive-queer-rock-anthem-she-knows-it/Maggie Lindemann on her explosive queer rock anthem She Knows ItThe American artist exclusively breaks down the meaning behind her unapologetic pop-rock single for GAY TIMES.www.gaytimes.co.uk

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/10/28/scholar-apologizes-criticizing-bisexual-comic-characterScholar Apologizes for Criticizing Bisexual Comic CharacterChristopher Newport University is facing calls to fire a scholar in residence who questioned DC Comics’ recent decision to make a fictional character, the son of Superman and Lois Lane, Jon Kent, bisexual. Scholar and writer Sophia A. Nelson said on Twitter that she doesn’t “get why this is necessary. I don’t! What if Christian parents of children reading comic books don’tShow Morewww.insidehighered.com

https://www.autostraddle.com/the-25-most-fan-fic-ed-lesbian-and-bisexual-tv-couples-of-all-time/The 25 Most Fan Fic-ed Lesbian and Bisexual TV Couples of All Time – AutostraddleThere are 14 canon ships here, and 11 femslash ships, making 2021 the first year ever that there’s more canon couples represented in fan fiction’s top tier than non-canon couples!www.autostraddle.com

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/29/one-in-five-lesbian-women-in-cyprus-victims-of-harassment-survey-shows/One in five lesbian women in Cyprus victims of harassment, survey shows | Cyprus MailA total 22 per cent of lesbian women experienced harassment within a year prior to 2019 in Cyprus, showed a Fundamental Rights Agency’s survey. The FRA’s second LGBTI survey, which included 140,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, was quoted in the gender equality index that was released…cyprus-mail.com

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/10/29/lesbian-bar-project-film-shown-at-library-of-congress/?cf_chl_jschl_tk=pmd_qZubSI3RleI1zDxgztEdSy5GrMnb8qr0suw_CV2cFlU-1635527975-0-gqNtZGzNApCjcnBszQk9‘Lesbian Bar Project’ film shown at Library of CongressSen. Baldwin, Rep. Davids join LGBTQ activists for viewingwww.washingtonblade.com

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Two-men-reportedly-defile-alleged-teen-lesbian-1390543Two men reportedly defile alleged teen lesbianA 15-year-old suspected lesbian has allegedly been defiled by two men at Nkurakan, a suburb of the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern region .www.ghanaweb.com

https://www.rawstory.com/gay-student-heckled-franklin-high-school/VIDEO: Enraged parent screams ‘indoctrination’ at gay student for speaking out against bullying – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent JournalismA school committee meeting Tuesday night in Franklin, Massachusetts, where students and staff were discussing anti-gay bullying turned contentious when a parent decided to loudly chime in, CBS Boston reports. Franklin High School senior Mackenzie Atwood was telling another speaker about feeling “at…www.rawstory.com

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/obscure-famous-artist-photographer-lesbian-sexuality/The “most obscure famous artist” was a photographer of lesbian sexuality / LGBTQ NationOne of her books was denounced on the floor of Congress, but in the queer community Tee Corinne was a master of her craft. Now the wider world is starting to celebrate her too…www.lgbtqnation.com

https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/lgbtq-influncers-1234982746/8 LGBTQ Influencers That Are Sparking Change – WWDQueer influencers aren’t just changing the game for social media platforms — they’re changing fashion culture and the community.wwd.com

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-life-and-style/halloween-gay-christmas-many-lgbtq-americans-rcna4027Why Halloween is ‘gay Christmas’ to many LGBTQ AmericansGrowing up outside of Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its 1692 witch trials, Lee Roberts is more connected to Halloween than most.www.nbcnews.com

https://www.kagstv.com/article/news/local/texas-ams-exhibit-shines-a-light-on-lgbtq-identity/499-5669d1cb-d9c8-4315-b42c-1f2c280767afTexas A&M exhibit emphasizes importance of local LGBTQ community | kagstv.comOn this LGBTQ History Month, learn about the enlightening stories of what it means to be part of a resilient group of people.www.kagstv.com

https://people.com/movies/kumail-nanjiani-responds-to-critics-of-lgbtq-eternals-character-were-upsetting-the-right-people/Kumail Nanjiani Responds to Critics of LGBTQ Representation in Eternals | PEOPLE.comKumail Nanjiani responded to fans who complained about Brian Tyree Henry’s character Phastos, who is gay in the upcoming Eternals.people.com

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/10/28/no-charges-for-wyoming-librarians-over-sex-ed-lgbtq-books.htmlNo charges for Wyoming librarians over sex ed, LGBTQ books | The StarCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A prosecutor won’t charge library employees for making sex education and LGBTQ-themed books available to young people in a deepl…www.thestar.com

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59062483Archbishop of Canterbury criticises Ghana anti-LGBT bill – BBC NewsJustin Welby says he is “gravely concerned” by a Ghanaian proposal that would punish people for being gay.www.bbc.com

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/human-rights-complaint-filed-over-single-family-condo-restrictions-amid-concerns-of-lgbtq-discrimination-1.5643006Human rights complaint filed over ‘single family’ condo restrictions in Ontario amid concerns of LGBTQ discrimination | CTV NewsMore people are coming forward with concerns about Ontario condominium rules that require units be for “single families” — but appear to keep out LGBTQ couples, single parents, and a host of other family types.toronto.ctvnews.ca

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Election-pledges-on-LGBT-rights-boost-legislation-hopesElection pledges on LGBT rights boost legislation hopes – Japan TodayCampaign pledges by most political parties ahead of Sunday’s lower house election have increased hopes of legislation to deepen understanding and protect the rights of sexual minorities. Six major opposition parties promise that they will seek to present bills to parliament next year to help protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and…japantoday.com

that they have exorcists….

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/vatican-tells-exorcist-priests-stop-trying-cast-covid-19/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=248a4fae1a-20211029_LGBTQ_Nation_Daily_Brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-248a4fae1a-430855381Vatican tells exorcist priests to stop trying to cast out COVID-19 / LGBTQ NationThe church employs hundreds of priests “trained” in demonic possession…www.lgbtqnation.com

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Today in LGBT History – October 29 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › today-in-lgbt-history-october-29Oct. 29, 2017 — 2011, Denmark – Axel Axgil (3 April 1915 – 29 October 2011), 96, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize …

The Lavender Effect

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 for August 26

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1904, UK – English-American novelist Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904 –  January 4, 1986) is born in Wyberslegh Hall, United Kingdom. His best-known works include The Berlin Stories (1935-39), two semi-autobiographical novellas inspired by Isherwood’s time in Weimar Republic Germany. These enhanced his postwar reputation when they were adapted first into the play I Am a Camera (1951), then the 1955 film of the same name, I Am a Camera (film); In 1966 I Am a Camera became the bravura stage musical Cabaret (musical) which was acclaimed on Broadway, its unsparing stance being substantially sweetened for the film Cabaret (1972). His novel A Single Man was published in 1964. He began living with the photographer William “Bill” Caskey. In 1947, the two traveled to South America. Isherwood wrote the prose and Caskey took the photographs for a 1949 book about their journey entitled The Condor and the Cows. On Valentine’s Day 1953, at the age of 48, he met teenaged Don Bachardy among a group of friends on the beach at Santa Monica. Bachardy was 18. Despite the age difference, this meeting began a partnership that, though interrupted by affairs and separations, continued until the end of Isherwood’s life. Bachardy became a successful artist with an independent reputation, and his portraits of the dying Isherwood became well known after Isherwood’s death.

1929 – Chuck Renslow (August 26, 1929 – June 29, 2017) was an openly gay American businessperson, known for pioneering homoerotic photography in the mid-20th-century, and establishing many landmarks of late-20th-century gay male culture, especially in the Chicago area. His accomplishments included the founding of the Gold Coast bar, Man’s Country Baths, the International Mr. Leather competition, Chicago’s August White Party, and the magazines TriumphRawhide, and Mars. He was the partner and lover of erotica artist Dom Orejudos (July 1, 1933 – September 24, 1991), better known by his pen names Etienne and Stephen.

1923 – Birth date of American photographer Mel Roberts in Toledo, Ohio. Roberts specialized in capturing the ideal California male in a series of images taken during the 1960s and 1970s. Like other photographers from his era, Roberts often used friends and former lovers as his models. Much of his work was published in “The Wild Ones: California Boys: The Erotic Photography of Mel Roberts.”

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1952 – Birth date of actor Michael Jeter  (August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003). He was an American actor of filmstage, and television. His television roles include Herman Stiles on Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle on Elmo’s World (Sesame Street) from 2000 until 2003. Jeter’s film roles include ZeligThe Fisher KingWaterworldAir BudPatch AdamsThe Green MileJurassic Park IIISister Act 2, and The Polar Express. On March 30, 2003, Jeter was openly gay and met his partner, Sean Blue, in 1995; they were together from 1995 until Jeter’s death in 2003. Jeter was found dead in his Hollywood home at age 50. Although he was HIV positive, he had been in good health for many years. His partner, Sean Blue, stated publicly that Jeter died after suffering an epileptic seizure

1954 – William Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and artist. 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. On this day he wrote to poet Allen Ginsberg that he had fallen in love with his boyfriend, Kiki. Their relationship would last three years until a jealous former lover murdered Kiki. Burroughs found success with his confessional first novel, Junkie (1953), but he is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch (1959), 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. Much of Burroughs’s work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico CityLondonParis and Tangier in Morocco, as well as from his travels in the South American Amazon. Burroughs accidentally killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 in Mexico City with a pistol during a drunken “William Tell” game; he was consequently convicted of manslaughter

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

August 26, 1965

Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

1969, Canada – In Ottawa, amendments to the Canadian Criminal Code come into effect, legalizing sexual acts between two consenting adults in private who are 21 years of age or older. Neither sexual acts nor homosexuality per se were “legalized,” rather, “gross indecency” and “buggery” were decriminalized in certain circumstances.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

August 26, 1970

Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

The new feminist movement in America, led by Betty Friedan, staged a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.

1973 –

The date was declared Women’s Equality Day by U.S. Presidential Proclamation, to commemorate the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, which gave the vote to American women on a basis equal to men.

The Lesbian Feminist Liberation demonstration at the American Museum of Natural History takes place. It is to demand the inclusion of matriarchies and women’s culture. Lesbian Feminist Liberation was a lesbian rights advocacy organization in New York City formed in 1972. Lesbian Feminist Liberation was originally the Lesbian Liberation Committee and a part of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). In 1972, when the members felt the GAA was not giving enough focus to lesbian and feminist issues, they left GAA and formed the Lesbian Feminist Liberation. The departure was coordinated by Jean O’Leary (March 4, 1948 – June 4, 2005). The formation of Lesbian Feminist Liberation left the Radical Lesbians group with few members. The Lesbian Liberation Committee, and initially the Lesbian Feminist Liberation as well, met at an old firehouse at 99 Wooster Street in SoHo, the location was known as “The Firehouse.” In 1974, the organization worked with New York Radical Feminists to increase the visibility of women at the New York City LGBT Pride March.

1976 -Transgender tennis player Renee Richards (born August 19, 1934), who had undergone sex reassignment surgery in 1975, is barred from the U.S. Open to play as a woman. Her first professional tennis match as a woman was a year later after a decision from the New York Supreme Court. After four years of playing tennis, she decided to return to her medical practice, which she moved to Park Avenue in New York. She then became the surgeon director of ophthalmology and head of the eye-muscle clinic at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. In addition she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She now lives in a small town north of New York City with her platonic companion Arleen Larzelere.

1979

on the USA song charts,  Barbra Streisand had song #3–“The Main Event/Fight” at 7  Anita Ward with “Ring My Bell” and at 10, Elton John landed his 16th Top 10 hit with “Mama Can’t Buy You Love”.

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

1981 – California Governor Jerry Brown appoints Mary C. Morgan to the San Francisco Municipal Court. She was the first openly lesbian judge in the US. She retired in 2011. At the time of her appointment to the San Francisco County Superior Court, Morgan’s partner was Roberta Achtenberg, who served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton AdministrationSenator Jesse Helms, who had referred to Achtenberg as “that damn lesbian”, had held up Achtenberg’s nomination and was particularly outraged at discovering that Achtenberg and Morgan had kissed during a gay pride parade

1983

The movie “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” starring David Bowie and Tom Conti, had its North American premiere.

The Police, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and R.E.M. were at Shea Stadium in New York City.

1985 – Ryan White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990), an Indiana boy with hemophilia and AIDS, is barred from attending public school. When a court decision allowed him to return, he was forced to use a separate restroom and eat with disposable utensils. His family was forced to move because of threats and violent acts directed toward them.

1986 – Jerry Smith, born Gerald Sanford Smith (July 19, 1943 – October 15, 1986), former Washington Redskins tight end, is the first professional athlete to voluntarily acknowledge that he has AIDS. However, he never acknowledged his homosexuality though his teammates were aware and supported him. The Redskins logo, along with Jerry Smith’s uniform number 87, is part of the AIDS quilt. He was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League‘s Washington Redskins from 1965–1977. By the time he retired he held the NFL record for most career touchdowns by a tight end. A 2014 documentary from the NFL Network’s A Football Life series profiles his career, as well as his “double life as a closeted gay man and a star athlete”

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

1993 – U.S. Secretary Defense Les Aspin releases a study saying the ban on lesbians and gays in the armed forces should be lifted. The study was conducted by the Rand Corp. and cost $1.3 million. It concluded that the ban could be dropped without damaging order and discipline. Several previous Pentagon studies had reached similar conclusions.

1993 – Federal district court judge Aldon Anderson of Utah announces that he would strike down a state law that prohibited people with AIDS from marrying.

1995 – Spokespersons for homophobic Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole announce that his campaign was returning a $1,000 donation from the Log Cabin Federation, saying the gay and lesbian Republican organization has “a specific political agenda that’s fundamentally at odds” with the senator’s.

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

2001

Madonna was filmed in concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The video was released as “Madonna – Drowned World Tour 2001.”

2005

Kanye West called for an end to homophobia in the hip-hop world

2021

https://www.rferl.org/a/chechnya-lgbt-man-abducted/31429280.htmlRussian LGBT Group Says Man Was Abducted, Taken To Chechnya, And Pressed For Info On Gays In RegionThe Russian LGBT Network says Daghestan native Ibragim Selimkhanov was abducted earlier this year in Moscow and forcibly brought to the North Caucasus region of Chechnya, where authorities pressed him for information on gay people in the region.www.rferl.org

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9928267/Kamala-Harris-holds-Vietnamese-round-table-disabled-LGBT-rights.htmlKamala Harris holds Vietnamese round-table on disabled and LGBT rights | Daily Mail OnlineVice President Kamala Harris held a roundtable discussion on LGBTQ and disabled rights with Vietnamese social advocacy organizations in Hanoi on Thursday.www.dailymail.co.uk

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/afghanistan-government-evacuate-lgbt-people-threat-taliban-1166311Afghanistan: Government urged to evacuate LGBT people under threat from the TalibanThe CEOs of Stonewall and Rainbow Migration are callng for an ‘urgent meeting’ with the Foreign Secretary to share information about the plight of LGBT Afghans and make a plan to get them outinews.co.uk

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Today in LGBT History – August 26 | Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

Our Daily Elvis

August 5 for LGBTQ2

August 5, 1956

Doris Day was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whatever Will Be Will Be’, the singer actress’ second UK No.1 single. The Oscar-winning song was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, with Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.

August 5, 1957

American Bandstand first aired on US TV. The program had been broadcast locally on Philadelphia station WFIL since 1952.  Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, Clark went on to host the show until 1989;  when he was replaced by David Hirsch, but the program would be canceled five months later. .  The first record Clark played on the network debut show was “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and his first guests were The Chordettes. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including ABBA,  The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.

August 5, 1962

Marilyn Monroe dies of a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Musically, she’s known for an iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

1965

Sonny & Cher made their British debut at the 100 Club in London.

August 5, 1972

A Rock and Roll revival concert is held at Wembley Stadium near London, featuring Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Billy Fury, Bill Haley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The crowd is made up of mostly greasers, Teddy Boys and trouble makers who disrupt the show and at one point, boo Little Richard off the stage.

1975

Drummer Sandy West and guitarist Joan Jett formed the first ever all female heavy rock band after being introduced by producer Kim Fowley. The Runaways released four studio albums, among its best known songs: ‘Cherry Bomb’, ‘Queens of Noise’ and a cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Rock n Roll’.

1978

Donna Summer was still standing with “Last Dance” at 8 on the USA pop chart

1981

Olivia Newton-John was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1990

Madonna finished her Blond Ambition Tour at the Stade de L’Ouest in Nice, 
France.  The show was aired on HBO via a tape delay.

1996

It was reported that UK TV music show Top Of The Pops had hit rock bottom with it’s lowest audience ever – only two and a half million viewers. In its heyday the show attracted over 17 million viewers each week.

2005

A report by 560 UK undertakers revealed that bereaved families preferred Pop songs to Hymns at funerals. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler was the most requested song, along with Robbie Williams “Angels”, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind”. Among the most unusual songs played was Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”.

2021

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/08/04/vancouver-queer-film-festival-virtual/33rd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival going virtual – NEWS 1130www.citynews1130.com

https://www.themarysue.com/mercedes-lackey-valdemar-last-herald-mage-vanyel-adaptation/Fantasy’s First Openly Queer Hero Gets TV AdaptationI’ve been waiting all my life for an adaptation of author Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar fantasy novels. Now we may be getting Vanyel and ‘The Last Herald-Mage.’www.themarysue.com

https://hyperallergic.com/667295/gerda-wegener-erotic-illustrator-queer-vision-of-beauty/An Early 20th-Century Erotic Illustrator and Her Queer Vision of BeautyGerda Wegener’s works ranged from glamorous portraits of her partner to graphic illustrations of sex that celebrated women’s pleasure.hyperallergic.com

https://www.autostraddle.com/welcome-to-wait-is-this-a-date-a-new-autostraddle-podcast-about-queer-dating-you-never-knew-you-always-needed/“Wait, Is This a Date?”: A New Queer Podcast about Dating | AutostraddleAutostraddle writers Drew Gregory and Christina Tucker will guide you through queer dating conundrums because honestly, straight podcasts could never.www.autostraddle.com

only when both parties know it and want it to be, and there are words that end the question of

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/08/04/katherine-janness-murder-atlanta-serial-killer/Mayor addresses serial killer rumours following ‘gruesome’ murder of queer woman and her dogAnimal rights organisation PETA has doubled the reward for information on the murder of Katherine Janness, a queer woman who was stabbed to death alongsidewww.pinknews.co.uk

from representation to reality,

July 13 for LGBTQ2

1973

Queen released their self-titled debut album on EMI Records.

1974

Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his eighth studio release, ‘Caribou’, and his third No.1 album. The album contained the singles, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’, and ‘The Bitch Is Back’.

On the usa charts, Elton John moved from 25-6 with “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”,

# 6 “On And On” from Gladys Knight & the Pips,
#8 , Anne Murray edged up with “You Won’t See Me”

Caribou by Elton John took over as the #1 album after debuting at #5 in its first week. 

at seven Diamond Dogs from David Bowie

1980

singer Bryan Ferry collapsed in France from a kidney infection. The remainder of a European tour by his group, “Roxy Music,” was cancelled.

1985

At 12.01 Status Quo started the Live Aid extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. The cream of the world’s biggest rock stars took part in the worldwide event, raising over £40million. TV pictures beamed to over 1.5bn people in 160 countries made it the biggest live broadcast ever known. Artists who appeared included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, The Who, U2, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, The Cars, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin.

George Michael sang lead vocals to Elton John’s performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” at the Live Aid Concert. Andrew Ridgeley was also on stage and performed background vocals.

In November 2004, the concert was released on DVD worldwide.

Tears for Fears bow out of performing at Live Aid, Bob Geldof’s star-studded charity concert for famine relief in Africa, after two members of their band quit. The group donates concert funds to the cause, but feels the weight of Geldof’s disapproval. TFF’s Roland Orzabal says, “He made us feel very guilty. All those millions of people dying, it was all our fault. I felt terrible. I tell you, I know how Hitler must have felt.”  Blogger Nina notes – Hitler had no problem with masses dying, that was his idea.

David Bowie and Mick Jagger debut their video for “Dancing in the Street” at Live Aid. Bowie also performs “Heroes” at Wembley Stadium.

Piggybacking on Live Aid, top Australian acts play a benefit concert in Sydney called Oz For Africa. INXSLittle River Band and Men At Work are all on the bill.

Elton John re-signed with MCA Records in America, his five-album deal being worth $8 million, the biggest advance in history at the time.

Madonna is featured in Penthouse magazine with pictures lifted from a soft-core porn film she had made years earlier. Most of these photos had already been published in Spin magazine.

1986

Joan Baez closed Toronto’s Mariposa Folk Festival, then appeared barefoot at a news conference. She said that the recent Amnesty International benefit concerts had overcome her usual state of being cynical about all-star events.

1987

Madonna donated the US$400,000 proceeds from a Madison Square Garden concert to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

1995

Sony announces that it has accepted a $40 million buyout of George Michael’s contract, following the singer’s request. The company would retain the rights to his back catalog, a greatest hits album and would receive 3% of retail sales of his next two albums.  Michael then signed with David Geffen’s new Dreamworks label in North America, and with Virgin Records for the rest of the world. In 1994, Michael lost a bid to break his multi-album contract with Sony, which he claimed amounted to “professional slavery.”

1993

at 6 on the LP Chart: Tracy Chapman’s New Beginning

Celine Dion at 8 with Falling Into You

2008

Joan Jett plays a murder victim on the “Reunion” episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her character hosts a show called Rock ‘n Talk before she meets her demise.

2021

there is no one way to be hetero or gay or lesbians or bi or even trans, so nonbinary is an expression of intergenerational redefining

https://time.com/6079326/nonbinary-lgbtq-youth/Survey: 1 in 4 LGBTQ Youth Identifies As Nonbinary | TimeNew research released Monday by the nonprofit the Trevor Project found that over one in four (26%) LGBTQ youth identify as nonbinary.time.com

demonstrating there is two kinds of nonbinary, just like binary

https://www.out.com/celebs/2021/7/13/15-shirtless-nonbinary-and-trans-masc-celebs-quench-your-thirst15 Shirtless Nonbinary and Trans Masc Celebs to Quench Your ThirstThank god it’s summer!www.out.com

queer for april 23

1956
Liberace meets Elvis Presley

1966
Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” coming in at #3

April 23, 1977
Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

Thelma Houston’s disco plea “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1975, hits #1 in America.

song chart at #6 , Natalie Cole edged up one with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind; Barbra Streisand’s former #1 “Evergreen” moved back up to #7,

LP chart: The Soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’” would have to settle for #3 , This One’s For You by Barry Manilow at #6 and Unpredictable from Natalie Cole at #8

1979
ABBA released the album Voulez-Vous.

1983
David Bowie moved into the Top 10 with “Let’s Dance” and Thomas Dolby was at #10 with “She Blinded Me With Science”.

David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’

1985
Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera “Another World”. He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.

1988
Whitney Houston topped the pop charts with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” while setting a record for most consecutive #1 singles. It was her seventh, beating out both the Bee Gees and the Beatles, who each had six in a row. (Houston’s record was partly because Elvis Presley’s run of #1 from 1956 through 1957 stopping being counted. )

The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was at #1 on the U.S. Album chart – with More Dirty Dancing from the movie at #3, George Michael’s Faith at #4

The movie soundtrack had a gay band The Blow Monkeys covering Lesbian Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me

1991

Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.

1995

Little Richard performed at the opening of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Falls, TN.

queer for april 17


1971

Janis Joplin was at 7 with her former #1 “Me And Bobby McGee”,

Little Richard and the Platters guested on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”


1972
Elton John released the single “Rocket Man.”


1976

Queen had song #9 with the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody


1982

“I Love Rock ‘N Roll”, Joan Jett’s musical declaration, spent a fifth out of seven weeks at #1. The Go-Go’s remained at #2 with “We Got The Beat”, : Olivia Newton John had #5 with “Make A Move On Me”


1992
The “Bodyguard Soundtrack” was the #1 album on this date, one of 20 weeks it ruled the Album charts


1993
David Bowie went to the top of the UK album chart with “Black Tie, White Noise”, his eighth UK #1 LP.


2004
At the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s song writing piano went for $140,000.

queer culture match 20

March 20, 1971
Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her – especially, he has said, in the line “Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away.” Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

March 20, 1975
Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.

March 20, 1976
, Queen entered the Top 10 with A Night at the Opera at number 9

March 20, 1982
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song had been a B-side from 60’s bands The Arrows.

The Go-Go’s were to this point the top self-contained all-girl group of the Rock Era (The Bangles would later pass them.) The Go-Go’s album Beauty and the Beat was #1 for a third week.

Olivia Newton-John was Physical at #8 ,

1993

“Simple Life” by Elton John was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.

Whitney Houston scored her 16th Top 10 song in 20 releases–“I Have Nothing”.

1994

Madonna snags her third Razzie for Worst Actress at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards. Her first came in 1987 for Shanghai Surprise, and the second followed in 1988 for Who’s That Girl. This time around, it’s her role as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence that underwhelms the judges.

Queer culture march 19

1966
Lesley Gore was a guest on the final episode of The Donna Reed Show on ABC-TV.

1999

Cher had a huge comeback hit with the #1 song “Believe”.

2001

16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, inducted Queen, along with purely hetero performers

2010

The Runaways, the film biography of the group which featured Joan Jett, opened in theaters. Riley Keough played a part.

2012

Madonna’s new album, “MDNA” was leaked online nearly a week before its official release date. Her 12th studio record was due to hit store shelves on March 26th, but emerged on an illegal file-sharing website.

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