June 12 for LGBTQ2

June 12, 1967

The U.S. Supreme Court, hearing Loving v. Virginia, by a unanimous vote, ended state laws that prohibited interracial marriages.

June 12, 1970

David Bowie released the single ‘Memory of a Free Festival’, which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey’s studio debut with Bowie’s band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.

June 12, 1973

At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Dolly Parton recorded “Jolene.”

1982

Adam Ant amazingly had the #1 song in the U.K. with “Goody Two Shoes”.

1990

Mariah Carey released her monumental debut album on Columbia Records on this date.

In Indianapolis, David Bowie appeared at the Deer Creek Music Center during the North American leg of his Sound & Vision tour.

1992

Singer/vegetarian k.d. lang cancelled a show in Owen Sound, Ontario after local beef farmers threatened to block the parking lot with farm vehicles and tractor-trailer rigs. She had upset the cattlemen by appearing in an advertising campaign that proclaimed “Meat Stinks.”

2003

Van MorrisonQueenLittle Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.

2008

At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) is soon diagnosed with cancer.

2016

Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police Department officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.

Orlando nightclub shooting – Wikipedia

2021

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/06/11/hungary-reject-bill-banning-discussion-lgbt-issuesHungary: Reject Bill Banning Discussion of LGBT Issues | Human Rights WatchHungary’s parliament should reject a bill that would prohibit discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation, and violates Hungary’s international legal obligations.www.hrw.org

https://phl17.com/weekend-philler/phillys-lgbt-chamber-of-commerce-fights-for-inclusion-and-economic-equality/Philly’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce fights for inclusion and economic equality | PHL17.comThe Independence Business Alliance – or Philly IBA – is Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It was created with the intent to focus specifically on the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community in this area. They provide resources to LGBTQIA+-owned businesses in the area, as well as LGBTQIA+ employees and visible allies. RELATED: TransWork tackles […]phl17.com

may 14 in LGBTQ2

1988

, George Michael’s great song “One More Try” rose from 14 to 4 and Natalie Cole’s cover of “Pink Cadillac” remained at #5.

Faith by George Michael regained the #1 spot on the Album chart ten weeks after it had fallen from the top.  The Soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” slipped to second, riding on hits from past decades, and an original song by Patrick Swayze but most interestingly a UK gay band The Blow Monkeys doing a cover of Lesbian Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me with original boy lyrics sung by a male band the heteros did not notice.

in retirement, Leslie Gore das yet to come out.

1998

George Michael pled no contest in the Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom. He was fined $810, given 80 hours of community service, and ordered to undergo counseling.

2002

The musical We Will Rock You opened in the West End of London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.

2003

Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company settled a dispute over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories. Spears had filed a $1.5 million breach of agreement lawsuit against Skechers in December, claiming the company failed to pay her adequately. Skechers had responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of the three-year licensing agreement she signed in January 2002.

2020

Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher’s son, Beckett, dies at age 21

2021

I expect lesbians to behave better than hetero men

the problem of believing one’s own press? or the delusion of “nice’?

because, as a Canadian Lesbian. “nice” is how my nation is rude.

Ellen began as a lesbian stand up, went into the closet and got her tv show, and then came out, after Melissa Etheridge did at the Democrat convention that saw Bill Clinton get the nom, which she said kd lang inspired her to.

https://tv.avclub.com/ellen-degeneres-still-is-in-denial-that-the-show-was-to-1846885309Ellen DeGeneres says she didn’t cancel show because of allegationsIn an interview with Savannah Guthrie, Ellen DeGeneres claimed that she never saw the show as having a toxic workplace environment and thinks the allegations were “orchestrated.”tv.avclub.com

queer for may 3


May 3, 1948

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling stating that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.


1952

Kitty Wells recorded ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ – as an answer song to Hank Thompson’s ‘The Wild Side of Life’. It became the first No.1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. In the 1970’s Elvis expanded on these songs with “There’s a Honky Tonk Angel(Who’ll Take Me Back In)” 1988 saw Nashville Producer Owen Bradley’s final session with Canada’s k.d. lang’s Shadowland LP, which included Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee with k.d. doing “Honky Tonk Angels Medley”

May 3, 1959

Mexicans riot at a movie theatre playing “King Creole”

Why Mexicans hated Elvis! – Elvis Information Network

A false racist quote that continues to be attributed to Elvis inspired the protest, but more than that – Elvis was called a homosexual in the Mexican mainstream press and called out for his colorful clothes.

Elvis Movie Causes Mexican Riot

May 3, 1971

Four days of demonstrations by anti-war protesters began in Washington, DC.

May 3, 1973

The New York Times revealed that the mother’s face pictured on packages of Ivory Soap was that of porn actress Marilyn Chambers.

1976

David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.

1986

Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s theme park) opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

1989

Actress/night club entertainer Christine Jorgensen, the first widely-known person to have sex reassignment surgery (in her case, male to female), died of lung and bladder cancer at 62.

queer for april 2


1970

Janis Joplin was at No.1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released Pearl. The album features the No.1 hit ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster on which she played acoustic guitar.
1987

k.d. lang made her Los Angeles debut at the Roxy nightclub.


1988

Whitney Houston reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”.


1992
Country music singer Wynonna Judd began her first solo tour in Midland, Texas. Her mother Naomi left their Grammy-winning duo several months earlier when she was forced into retirement because of liver disease. She recovered after treatment.


2002
Lee Anderson Minnelli sued her stepdaughter Liza Minnelli for elder abuse and breach of contract. The claim was filed based on the will of Vincente Minnelli.


2011
Elton John appeared on TV’s Saturday Night Live where he and Leon Russell performed a couple of songs together. He also joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father.

2021

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/04/lil-nas-x-calls-crying-nerds-internet-got-satan-shoes-canceled/Lil Nas X calls out the “crying nerds on the internet” who got his Satan shoes canceled / LGBTQ Nation“They have so much power they can get shoes cancelled. Freedom of expression gone out the window…www.lgbtqnation.com

queer for march 27

1973
Liza Minnelli wins an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Cabaret, beating out Diana Ross, who starred in Lady Sings The Blues.

March 27, 1990

k.d. lang’s “Absolute Torch And Twang” album was certified Gold.

1995

Elton John and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for “Can You Feel The Love” from The Lion King.
March 27, 2006

Former Village People policeman Victor Willis was arrested in San Francisco, California, after he disappeared from an ongoing drug and gun trial. Police had charged Willis with being in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in July 2005. He would later be sentenced to three years’ probation after he agreed to enter a treatment program.

2012

David Bowie’s landmark album Ziggy Stardust was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.

queer music for feb 16

1957
Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” begins a six-week run at #1 in America.

February 16, 1974
Barbra Streisand had her second #1 song as “The Way We Were” reached the top spot.

Olivia Newton-John’s first big hit “Let Me Be There” was number 6

on the LP chart
Former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John at #5

February 16, 1975
Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show premiered on CBS with guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler. The series lasted for two seasons.. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.

1978

The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square’s Warner Theatre.

1980
Barry Manilow was on top of the Adult Contemporary chart with “When I Wanted You”. It was his 17th AC hit, and an incredible 16 of those had gone Top 10 with 10 #1’s in just six years of his career.

Queen was up to #2 although many stations already had “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” #1.

1985
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.

Wham! hit #1 with “Careless Whisper”.

1990

Singer k.d. lang was pictured on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

1991
Whitney Houston had her 8th #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”

Queen, which was always bigger in their native England, scored their seventh #1 album in the U.K. with Innuendo.

2001

Sex researcher/author William Masters, of the research and writing team of Masters and (Virginia) Johnson, died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. (Human Sexual Response, Human Sexual Inadequacy)

2006

Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

2015
Leslie Gore, who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1963 and 1967, including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, She’s A Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me”, died of cancer at the age of 68.

\ American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, died of lung cancer aged 68. She is best known for the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’ which was produced by Quincy Jones. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own’, written with her brother Michael.

Musical Queers Feb 13

February 13, 1971

Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection Lp rose to number 5.

while the self-titled Elton John LP had fallen to number ten

February 13, 1973
David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

February 13, 1974
David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’

February 13, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any

1984

Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit “There Goes My Baby” peaked at #21 pop and #20 R&B.

1988
In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 15th Winter Olympics opened.

kd lang performed

1989

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album “Whitney” becomes Houston’s first single to be certified platinum with shipment of over one million units

1999

Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

2005
Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years

7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’

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