may 23 for lgbtq2

1921

“Shuffle Along” 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC

May 23, 1975

Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album was released, the first to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release and first album to debut at #1, where it stayed for seven weeks.

1979

The Third Barry Manilow Special airs on ABC-TV.

Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” goes Platinum. The album’s title track, a #2 hit last month, while it might have been a rallying call for baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, who will go on to win the 1979 World Series in October; the song is more known as a lesbian anthem.

1982

The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union puts forth a resolution to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements. The proposal was defeated.

1987

The Beastie Boys and Run DMC opened their UK tour in London.

1992

The will of the late Freddie Mercury bequeathed the majority of the Queen singer’s $17 million estate to Mary Austin, his longtime companion.

1999

The UK’s Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.

May 20 for LGBTQ2

May 20, 1873

Levi Strauss began marketing denim work pants (popularly known as blue jeans) that featured copper rivets, an invention of his business partner Jacob Davis.

Levis would become of the the first major corporations to be gay men on the board and in the 1990s the company ended sponsorship of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts over anti gay and lesbians policies, in the decade LGBTQ2 became a market niche and a measure of our voting block power – having built community rather than remain marginalized and on the fringe of society.

1979

Elton John performed in Leningrad in the Soviet Union.

2021

Matty Siegel, 71, appeared to rage-quit on the air during his popular KISS 108 show Wednesday morning, citing an order from management to leave the Lovato story alone.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7879195/demi-lovato-matty-siegel-nonbinary-pronoun/Radio host storms off after being told to ‘shut up’ about Demi Lovato pronouns – National | Globalnews.caMatty Siegel stormed off his popular Boston radio show after he was told to stop joking about Demi Lovato’s non-binary gender identity.globalnews.ca

meanwhile

https://www.theblaze.com/news/bisexual-female-celebrity-married-man-queer-enoughBisexual female celebrity taken to the woodshed for being married to a man: ‘Not queer enough’ – TheBlazeBisexual actress Anna Paquin hit out at critics who said that she isn’t “queer enough” because she’s married to a man.Paquin has been married to fellow actor Stephen Moyer since 2010.What are the details? The actress entered the comments section of one of her recent Instagram posts to tackle criti…www.theblaze.com

May 19 for LGBTQ2

May 19, 1972

Elton John released the album Honky Chateau in the U.K.

May 19, 1975

Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album was released U.S. It was the first album to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which certifies official album sales, reports that the album was released May 19, and the RIAA certified the album Gold on May 21.  As great an album as ‘Captain Fantastic’ is, it is physically impossible for an album to be certified Gold if it hasn’t been released yet.  The LP’s Platinum status was certified in 1993.

1978

The disco film “Thank God It’s Friday,” starring Debra Winger, Jeff Goldblum, Donna Summer, Valerie Landsburg, Chick Vennera, and Terri Nunn,  premiered in New York City.

1979

The closest thing to a Beatles’ reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton’s wedding reception The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. . The all-star band ran through old Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs.

ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 album.

on the USA LP charts  We Are Family from Sister Sledge at #7 and Go West by the Village People at 8

1990

Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Vogue’. Originally planned as a B-side, it became the singers eighth US No.1 and seventh UK No.1 hit.

“Vogue” became Madonna’s eighth #1 song on this date, taking over from “Nothing Compares 2 (sic) U (sic) by Sinead O’Connor. 

1998

Sonny And Cher receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, seventeen months after Sonny was killed in a skiing accident.

2001

The $20 million waterpark Dollywood’s Splash Countryopened on 25 acres near the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

2018

Elton John performed at the wedding reception of England’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, playing “Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Circle of Life” and “I’m Still Standing”.

2021

https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/demi-lovato-says-they-are-non-binary-and-changing-their-pronouns-1.5434167Demi Lovato says they are non-binary and changing their pronouns | CTV NewsSinger Demi Lovato has revealed they are non-binary and are changing their pronouns, telling fans they are ‘proud’ to make the change after ‘a lot of self-reflective work.’www.ctvnews.ca

may 18 for lgbtq2

May 18, 1897

In London, a public reading was given of Bram Stoker’s new novel, “Dracula, or, The Un-dead.”

Dracula followed the Varney the Vampire chapbooks, led to many books, movies, tv shows and the eventual portrayal of lesbians as predatory vampires when not suicides in movies to restore heteronormativity.

1963

Lesley Gore‘s “It’s My Party” enters Billboard’s Top 40, where it will reach #1. It will also become a Top Ten hit in the UK.

1985

Wham! had the #9 album

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.

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

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