June 20, 1969
David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at Trident Studios London. a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The tune will top the UK chart in November, 1975 and reach #15 in America. The track went on to become a UK No.1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ and his last single – an Elvis Presley nod – ‘Blackstar’.
June 20, 1973
Elton John, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, George Michael and Dire Straits appeared at the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala in London.
Billy Preston‘s funeral is held at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Among the mourners are Little Richard, Andrae Crouch, Della Reese, The Temptations‘ Ali-Ollie Woodson and Joe Cocker, who sings his Preston-penned hit “You Are So Beautiful.”
Adam Lambert is desperate to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic. … “I hear that there’s an Elvis one in the works,”
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2021/06/20/soccer/kumi-yokoyama-comes-out-lgbtq/Soccer player Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender: ‘It would be harder to live closeted’ | The Japan TimesThe former Nadeshiko Japan striker, who plays for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, has received a flood of support from athletes and LGBTQ advocates following their announcement on Saturday.www.japantimes.co.jp
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/06/19/veterans-gender-affirmation-surgery/VA plans to offer gender-confirmation surgery to transgender veterans, reversing banThe secretary also announced that VA would change the name of the Veterans Health Administration’s LGBT health program to the LGBTQ+ Health Program to reflect inclusiveness.www.washingtonpost.com
https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/aulii-cravalho-discusses-coming-out-as-bisexual-in-new-interview/Auli’i Cravalho discusses coming out as bisexual in new interviewRise star Auli’i Cravalho has opened up about her sexuality and coming out journey and in a brand new interview. www.gaytimes.co.uk
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/19/bisexual-student-josh-ormond-homophobic-attack-liverpool/Bisexual student battered in ‘unprovoked and completely random’ homophobic attackA bisexual student was left bloodied and bruised in a horrific “unprovoked homophobic attack” after he was seen dancing with a friend.www.pinknews.co.uk
https://www.cp24.com/world/warsaw-gay-pride-parade-back-after-backlash-pandemic-1.5477702Warsaw gay pride parade back after backlash, pandemic | CP24.comThe largest gay pride parade in central Europe took place again in Warsaw on Saturday for the first time in two years after a pandemic-induced break – and amid a backlash in Poland and Hungary against LGBT rights.www.cp24.com
meanwhile in the usa, where vehicular manslaughter is now legal in some usa states:
https://www.connectradio.fm/2021/06/20/1-dead-after-people-hit-by-truck-at-south-florida-gay-pride-march/1 dead after people hit by truck at South Florida gay pride march | Connect FM | Local News Radio | Dubois, PA1 dead after people hit by truck at South Florida gay pride marchwww.connectradio.fm
cater to a niche market for publicity: rainbow capitalism
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/kids-letter-asking-for-non-binary-pokemon-goes-viral-nintendo-calls-it-an-awesome-idea/773332Non-Binary Pokemon| Kid’s letter asking for non-binary Pokemon goes viral, Nintendo calls it an ‘awesome idea’ | Trending & Viral Newswww.timesnownews.com
welcome to not a new problem at all,
some bisexual, gay men and lesbians can pass for straight and many of us did not fit into what others thought men or women were
transpersons also experience this
as well as some heterosexual women who are not traditionally feminine.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/gendered-bathrooms-first-person-1.6058277Not fitting into the gender binary makes public washrooms my enemy | CBC NewsEvery time Zann Foth has to choose between a men’s or women’s bathroom, they are put in a compromising situation. As a result, they almost always bring a friend with them. But they wish they didn’t need an escort every time they had to pee.www.cbc.ca
mean while in Canada
https://www.cbc.ca/arts/montreal-was-home-to-the-first-known-queer-magazine-in-north-america-from-1918-1920-1.6069620Montreal was home to the first known queer magazine in North America from 1918-1920 | CBC ArtsLes Mouches Fantastiques wasn’t a perfect piece of art — and that reminds us that not every part of queer history has to be.www.cbc.ca
https://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/2021/06/20/fade-into-you-how-cruel-summer-gives-its-queer-characters-a-happy-ending/Fade Into You: How ‘Cruel Summer’ Gives Its Queer Characters a Happy Ending – Nerds and BeyondContributors: Jules, Brianna Freeform’s Cruel Summer is the smash hit everyone is talking about (and watching: it’s Freeform’s biggest audience ever). From jaw-dropping plot twists to those 1990s fashion trends, it serves up nostalgia while pulling viewers into its central mystery. But one aspect of Cruel Summer that is refreshingly in the here-and-now is its […]www.nerdsandbeyond.com
yes, it means we can participate and create more without fear of loss of careers, homes or being assaulted, raped or murdered
https://www.tor.com/2021/06/15/is-there-a-queer-future-without-queerphobia/Is There a Queer Future Without Queerphobia?We live in a world still blighted by homophobia and transphobia, regardless of the advances of recent years. I could point to the growing number of anti-trans laws, the fact that 59% of queer and t…www.tor.com
the Spice Girls were faux lesbians and marketted much like The Beatles – as if they were roommates on a The Monkees tv show.
Heterosexuals are not the best use of gay, bisexual, lesbians or trans entertainment dollars when we all need our own role models.
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3137699/queer-spice-10-times-spice-girls-showed-pride-their-lgbtQueer Spice: 10 times the Spice Girls showed PrideFrom Victoria Beckham’s fashion collection to song lyric changes and Mel B and Geri Horner’s lesbian affair revelations, here are just a few reasons why the Spice Girls became LGBTQ+ iconswww.scmp.com