LGBTQ2 for October 14

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

,1939

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) was organized. BMI competed directly with ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers).

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

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

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1972

On the USA LP Charts at 4   Elton John was moving up with Honky Chateau

1977:

David Bowie released his twelfth studio album Heroes, the second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno (the other releases being Low and Lodger). Heroes continued the ambient experiments of Bowie’s previous album Low (released earlier that year) and featured the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp. The album was later named NME Album of the Year.

Anita Bryant, a high-visibility anti-gay crusader, received a pie to the face during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa at the hands of gay rights activist Tom Higgins. After saying “at least it was a fruit pie,” Bryant went on to pray for Higgins’ salvation. (h/t Quist) Some believe that her husband Bob Green orchestrated the attack for publicity.

1978

The “Grease” Soundtrack returned to #1 on the Album chart for the third time and 10th week total. and on the song charts  Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta had song #10–“Summer Nights”.

1979: The first National March on Washington For Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights took place, drawing an estimated 125,000 participants. The march itself was largely galvanized by the assassination of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician to hold office in California. Speakers at the event included Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde and Harry Britt.

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

1981

Prince released the album “Controversy”.

1982 – Scott Thorson (born January 23, 1959) files a $113 million palimony suit against Liberace  (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987).  This was the first same-sex palimony case filed in U.S. history. The case later settles. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, He embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet “Mr. Showmanship”. When Thorson was 18, Liberace hired him to act as his personal friend and companion, a position that allegedly included a five-year romantic relationship with lavish gifts, travel, and Liberace’s promises that he would adopt and care for Thorson. Liberace claimed that he had “more mink coats and diamonds than Elizabeth Taylor.

“In 1986, Thorson and Liberace agreed to settle out of court for $95,000. Liberace died of cytomegalovirus pneumonia as a result of AIDS on February 4, 1987, at his home in Palm Springs, California. The 2013 film Behind the Candelabra is their story. Thorson was played by Matt Damon opposite Michael Douglas as Liberace.

1987 – The U.S. Congress votes in favor of banning federal funding for AIDS education organizations that “promote homosexuality.”

1987,

Mexico –The first conference of Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Lesbians is held

The United States Congress voted to approve Senator Jesse Helms’ amendment to the AIDS appropriation bill. The legislation effectively banned federal funding for “AIDS education materials that ‘promote or encourage, directly or indirectly, homosexual activities.'”

1989

Tracy Chapman scored a #1 album in the U.K. with Crossroads.

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

1990 – Bisexual Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990)  dies of a heart attack at age seventy-two. He was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side StoryPeter PanCandideWonderful TownOn the TownOn the Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.

1999: David Knight, the son of anti-gay California Senator Pete Knight, wrote a scathing op-ed in The Los Angeles Times that denounced his father’s stance on gay rights. He specifically attacked his father’s initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California, reportedly calling the measure “uncaring and uninformed.”  He questioned his father’s defense of family values because his father rejected him when he came out.

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

2006 – Gerry Studds (May 12, 1937 – October 14, 2006) dies in Boston at age 69, several days after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress, coming out in 1983.

2009, Uganda – The Anti-Homosexuality Act bill is submitted to Parliament, calling for the death penalty of those convicted of homosexuality. After dropping the death penalty to life in prison, the bill passed. The Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled the law invalid in 2014.

2013

LGBT History Month: 4 Queer Events On October 14 | HuffPost

2021

it is the comparing self to others that is the problem

the actual self vs the self image self especially

https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx5wpz/im-a-gay-man-with-body-dysmorphia-heres-how-i-have-sexI’m a Gay Man With Body Dysmorphia. Here’s How I Have Sex“I found myself looking at my partners’ abs, skin, or penis and comparing it to my own, then feeling inferior.”www.vice.com

the impact of republicans vs culture/art and demographics of persons

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-health-and-wellness/trumps-presidency-linked-lgbtq-mental-distress-studies-find-rcna2871Trump’s presidency linked to LGBTQ mental distress, studies findAnxiety. Depression. Stress. These are some of the emotions LGBTQ Americans experienced during the Trump administration, according to two recent studies.www.nbcnews.com

Gay Bars are not for men to meet women…

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/oct/14/daniel-craig-says-he-goes-to-gay-bars-to-avoid-fights-at-straight-venuesDaniel Craig says he goes to gay bars to avoid fights at straight venues | Daniel Craig | The GuardianBond star says he dislikes the aggression of hetero spaces, and gay bars were a good place to meet womenwww.theguardian.com

indeed. especially no or forgotten lesbian role models….

https://globalnews.ca/news/7958090/mentorship-lgbtq2-queer-trans-youth/Mentorship for LGBTQ2 youth can be a matter of life and death – National | Globalnews.caOlder generations have been paving the way for younger LGBTQ2 people trying to navigate the world, say advocates, and it’s crucial for them to have access.globalnews.ca

Actually Cain makes valid points for LGBTQ2 and heterosexual women

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/george-takei-nails-dean-cain-supermans-bisexuality/George Takei nails Dean Cain about Superman’s bisexuality / LGBTQ NationOh my…www.lgbtqnation.com

article:

“I’m no where near homophobic I just don’t think that cartoon characters should be bi sexual or gay. Leave the kids alone. Don’t push a agenda on children. To me that’s confusing kids. If a teenager or adult decides to be bi or gay, congrats to them. I have no problem with that” Claressa Shields

Blogger Nina replies: LGBT youth need role models and it is harmful to suggest that everyone is heterosexual or that children are unaware of sex, given how hetero adults openly fixate

https://www.mmanews.com/2021/10/claressa-shields-speaks-out-against-lgbt-agenda-in-cartoons/Claressa Shields Speaks Out Against LGBT “Agenda” In CartoonsClaressa Shields has expressed that she believes kids should be protected from Bi/Gay cartoons as they still are at an impressionable age.www.mmanews.com

https://fm96.com/news/8263020/canadian-blood-services-plasma-donation-gay-men-calgary-london/Canadian Blood Services expands eligibility for some gay men to donate plasma at certain clinics | FM96 LondonClinics in Calgary and London will now accept plasma donations from men who have sex with men, who meet screening criteria, Canadian Blood Services says.fm96.com

that number is exceptionally low

https://outinjersey.net/one-in-ten-lgbt-workers-experienced-discrimination-at-work-in-the-last-year/One in ten LGBT workers experienced discrimination at work in the last year – Out In Jersey46 percent of LGBT workers have experienced unfair treatment at work at some point in their lives, including being firedoutinjersey.net

Funny how religions welcome rapists, murderers and pedophiles – but can not cope with law abiding LGBTQ2 who seek to form adult couples:

“It’s a case study in how a church can or cannot navigate questions of identity, questions that are tense, matters of conflict,” said Matthew van Maastricht, pastor at Altamont Reformed Church in Altamont, New York. “We are just one part of a greater reshaping of the broader American Protestant landscape.”

According to the Rev. Dan Griswold, clerk of the RCA’s Holland Classis, the RCA debates involve specific questions: Can an RCA church host a wedding between a same-sex couple, and can an RCA minister officiate such a wedding? Can noncelibate gay people be elected as elders and deacons and ordained as ministers? While these questions are often framed as political, they are also theological.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/october/reformed-church-in-america-rca-synod-lgbt-split-denom.htmlAmerica’s Oldest Denomination Faces Split Over LGBT Issues…… | News & Reporting | Christianity TodayWith dozens of congregations already on their way out, the Reformed Church in America anticipates “difficult decisions” at its postponed General Synod this week.www.christianitytoday.com

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/tiktok-lgbt-togo-community/Can TikTok help young LGBT people in Togo find community?Social media has offered people around the world new spaces to express themselves and find allies. But anti-LGBT laws still instil fearFrenchwww.opendemocracy.net

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

LGBT History Month: 4 Queer Events On October 14 | HuffPost

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 for september 25

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

1730, Amsterdam – Navy Chief of Detectives Laurens Hospuijn (? – September 16, 1730) is executed for Sodomy in Amsterdam. He is executed by being strangled and thrown into the water with a 100-pound weight.

1791: In France, the new law code, enacted as part of the French Revolution, effectively decriminalizes sodomy by including no mention of sex between consenting adults.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1953

Liberace made his debut in front of a sellout crowd at Carnegie Hall.

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

September 25, 1964

Beatles manager Brian Epstein turns down a 3 1/2 million pound offer from a group of US businessmen who wanted to buy out his Beatles’ management contract.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

September 25, 1971

Joan Baez ruled the Easy Listening chart for a fourth week with “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and was #4 on the pop chart

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

1982

Queen make a guest appearance on US TV’s Saturday Night Live, where they perform “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Under Pressure”.

1989

Bette Midler launches a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company for their use of a sound-alike artist, former Midler back-up singer Ula Hedwig, in their commercials for the Mercury Sable. She eventually wins a $400,000 settlement.

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

1994 – At the insistence of the U.S., the United Nations suspends the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) from observer status because of allegations that ILGA’s members include groups that promote pedophilia

Blogger Nina recalled there were around 30 of the 120 something groups that formed the umbrella group, which was divided strangely over removing groups that should never have been included.

1994 – Richard A. Heyman (1935 – September 16, 1994) dies. He was mayor of Key West, Florida from 1983 to 1985 and from 1987 to 1989. He was one of the first openly gay public officials in the United States. Under his leadership, the City of Key West passed a resolution to make it illegal for employers to fire staff who had HIV/AIDS. Heyman had a long-time partner, John Kiraly. He died of AIDS-related pneumonia on September 16, 1994 at 59 years old. His papers are held at the Cornell University Library in Ithaca, New York. The Richard A. Heyman Environmental Pollution Control Facility in Key West was named in his honor. In 2010, a documentary about Richard Heyman’s first term as mayor, directed by John Mikytuck, The Newcomer, was released.

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

2004: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs “AB 2900,” a bill to unify all state anti-discrimination codes to match the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. In essence it adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” anti-discrimination protections to the California government, labor, military and veterans, public utilities, unemployment and insurance, and welfare and institutions codes.

2006

‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by the Scissor Sisters was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, ‘Sexyback’ by Justin Timberlake was at No.1 on the US charts and Sandi Thom had the Australian No.1 single with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair).

2013 – Israeli couple, Yuval Topper-Erez, a transman, and his husband Matan, became the first to be jointly recognized as biological fathers

2021

https://www.edexlive.com/news/2021/sep/25/how-afghani-author-nemat-sadat-is-educating-young-asians-about-plight-queer-folk-taliban-territory-24292.htmlHow Afghani author Nemat Sadat is educating young Asians about the plight of queer folk in Taliban t- Edexlivewww.edexlive.com

https://charlestoncitypaper.com/invisible-shines-light-on-country-musics-queer-history/‘Invisible’ shines light on country music’s queer history – Charleston City PaperCharleston-native Beth Mevers got an up-close look at hidden forces that influence the sounds from of Music City as the executive director of a new documentary, Invisible. Directed by T.J. Parsell, Invisible is a feature-length film about the gay women who have excelled in country music as singers/songwriters. The film follows the individual and collective […]charlestoncitypaper.com

https://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/123277801Reeling 2021: Vivian Kleiman’s documentary ‘No Straight Lines’ details history of queer comicsNo Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics tells the story of five pioneering cartoonists, including one with deep ties to Chicago, as they go from being featured in gay newspapers and bookstores to worldwide fame, depicting everything from the AIDS crisis to coming-out, from same-sex mchicago.gopride.com

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-pop-culture/hollywood-capitol-hill-are-12-trailblazing-queer-latinos-rcna2007From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, here are 12 trailblazing queer LatinosIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, NBC Out is celebrating trailblazers and game changers at the intersection of the LGBTQ and Latino communities.www.nbcnews.com

https://denvergazette.com/news/minnesota-school-district-accused-of-forcing-explicit-lgbt-lesson-on-students-denies-allegations/article_e72a0d69-4e58-55c0-b3a2-295371628720.htmlMinnesota school district accused of forcing explicit LGBT lesson on students denies allegationsA Minnesota school district responded to allegations Friday that it had asked students to role-play in gay and transgender sex scenarios before classmates as part of its sex education curriculum.denvergazette.com

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/oregon-school-board-ban-anti-racist-lgbt-signs-80213680Oregon school board ban on anti-racist, LGBT signs draws ire – ABC NewsAn Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businessesabcnews.go.com

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-the-lgbt-purge-fellowship-research-1.6186869Elliot Lake, Ont., lawyer honoured for defending rights of Canada’s LGBTQ military members | CBC NewsThe Elliot Lake, Ont., lawyer who was lead counsel for a class action lawsuit launched against the Canadian government for its systemic mistreatment of LGBTQ military, RCMP and government staff is now being recognized for his work.www.cbc.ca

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 for August 24

Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes

79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and preserving the city. In a macabre way, it was fortunate for it saved the homoerotic frescos that Christianity would no doubt have destroyed. It also saved the graffiti found centuries later by archaeologists. When the artwork was first discovered, people found it so scandalous that much of it was locked away in the National Museum of Naples, where it remained hidden from view for over 100 years. In 2000, the art was finally made view-able to the public, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

August 24, 1891

Inventor Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his motion picture camera. Called a kinetoscope, the camera took pictures on a band of film that could be viewed by peeping into a box.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1932, Germany – Five Nazis are convicted of political murder on August 22nd. On this day, Edmund Heines (July 21, 1897, Munich –June 30, 1934), a Nazi leader, organizes a protest against their death sentence. Less than two years later, Heines is discovered naked in bed, by Hitler himself, with another man. Hitler orders Heines to be shot. Hitler’s chauffeur Erich Kempka claimed in a 1946 interview that Edmund Heines was caught in bed with an unidentified 18-year-old male when he was arrested during the Night of the Long Knives, although Kempka did not actually witness it. The boy was later identified as Heines’ young driver Erich Schiewek. According to Kempka, Heines refused to cooperate and get dressed. When the SS detectives reported this to Hitler, he went to Heines’s room and ordered him to get dressed within five minutes or risk being shot. After five minutes had passed by, Heines still had not complied with the order. As a result, Hitler became so furious that he ordered some SS men to take Heines and the boy outside to be executed.[

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1953 – The summary of Kinsey’s “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” is published in Time Magazine. The study includes lesbian behavior.

1954, UK – The Wolfenden Committee is appointed to investigate laws in Britain relating to homosexual offenses.

1957, UK – Actor Stephen Fry  (August 24, 1957), most famous for playing Oscar Wilde in “Wilde,” was born in Hampstead, London. In addition to his numerous film credits, Fry is also the author of “The Liar” (1991), “The Hippopotamus” (1994), and “Making History” (1996).

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

1969 – The fourth annual North American Conference of Homophile Organizations begins in Kansas City. It includes twenty-four independent gay liberation organizations.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1970 – The New York Times runs a front-page story with the headline “Homosexuals in Revolt”. The article reports “a new mood now taking hold among the nation’s homosexuals. In growing numbers, they are publicly identifying themselves as homosexuals, taking a measure of pride in that identity and seeking militantly to end what they see as society’s persecution of them.”

1972 – The Greater Cincinnati Gay Society files suit to require the Secretary of State to grant them articles of incorporation. Their request was denied on the grounds that homosexual acts were illegal. The court agreed that the state was not required to grant incorporation to an organization that promotes the acceptance of homosexuality.

1974

On the USA LP Charts, Elton John remained third with Caribou

August 24, 1975

Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studio’s in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

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

1985

On the USA song charts dropped to two: “Shout” by Tears for Fears

1987 – Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) , an African-American gay man who organized the March on Washington for Civil Rights in 1964, dies of cardiac arrest in New York City. He was an American leader in social movements for civil rightssocialismnonviolence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where his family was involved in civil rights work. In 1936, he moved to HarlemNew York City, where he earned a living as a nightclub and stage singer. He continued activism for civil rights.

1988 – Actor Leonard Frey (September 4, 1938 – August 24, 1988) dies of complications from AIDS at age 49. Frey received critical acclaim in 1968 for his performance as Harold in off-Broadway‘s The Boys in the Band. He would go on to appear alongside the rest of the original cast in the 1970 film version, directed by William Friedkin. He is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performance in Fiddler on the Roof.

1989

The Who performed Tommy at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.

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

1990

Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast, and the other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose. The prosecution claimed that there were subliminal messages in the group’s music that caused the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide pact in 1985.

1993 – During a Holocaust remembrance, Oregon governor Barbara Roberts criticizes anti-gay ballot initiatives in the state.

1998

Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’

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

2000 – A U.S. federal court of appeals rules that a transgender Mexican woman had reason to fear persecution and was entitled to asylum.

2004 – Vice President Dick Cheney told a GOP rally in Davenport, Iowa, that gay marriage should be left up to the states, a reversal of his previous statement on the subject and a return to his original position while running in 2000.

2010

George Michael pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London to driving under the influence of drugs. The singer had been arrested in July when he was returning home from the London Gay Pride parade and crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London.

2013

A Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 to a British businessman. The ten-bedroom, two-bathroom home, built in 1962, sold for about $3 million more than that just seven years ago.

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

Our Daily Elvis

June 17 for lgbtq2

France gave the statue to the USA as a revolutionary award, I keep waiting for France to ask for it back.

1885

The dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/unboxing-statue-liberty-1885/Unboxing the Statue of Liberty, 1885 – Rare Historical PhotosThe Statue of Liberty was completed in Paris in June 1884, presented to America by the people of France on July 4, 1884.rarehistoricalphotos.com

June 17, 1959

Liberace wins his libel case against the Daily Mirror at the High Court in London, and says afterwards “I cried all the way to the bank.” The paper published an article claiming the pianist was homosexual.

June 17, 1967

Liberty Records runs an ad in the British music magazine New Musical Express that reads: “Liberty wants talent. Artists/composers/singers/musicians to form a new group.” Among the thousands of applicants are lyricist Bernie Taupin and musician Elton John. The label teams them up, resulting in one of the greatest songwriting duos in rock history.

In New York’s Central Park, Barbra Streisand sang for 135,000 fans at a free concert that was recorded and later released as a CBS-TV special and a soundtrack album called “A Happening In Central Park.”

June 17, 1973

Dolly Parton recorded ‘I Will Always Love You’ in RCA’s Studio “B” in Nashville. Written for her one-time partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner, (the two were splitting professionally at the time). Dolly Parton would not agree to the Col and Elvis Presley songwriter percent and recorded the song used in the Parton/Burt Reynold’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas movie. Whitney Houston would have a #1 with it as well from her movie The Bodyguard.

June 17, 1976

Blondie released their debut single ‘X Offender’. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally ‘Sex Offender’, written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to ‘X Offender’ because they were nervous about the original title.

2014

non-binary singer Sam Smith releases his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in the US.

2021

https://www.straight.com/living/canadas-lgbt-population-about-1-million-strong-bisexual-women-outnumber-gay-menCanada’s LGBT population about one million strong, bisexual women outnumber gay men | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment WeeklyAlmost one-third of LGBT people are under 25 years old.www.straight.com

meanwhile int eh usa

The 9-0 ruling, written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, was a victory for Catholic Social Services, part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The court said that the city’s refusal to use the Catholic agency for foster care services unless it agreed to certify same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-rules-catholic-group-lgbt-rights-dispute-2021-06-17/U.S. Supreme Court rules for Catholic group in LGBT rights dispute | ReutersThe U.S. Supreme Court embraced religious rights over LGBT rights on Thursday by ruling in favor of a Catholic Church-affiliated agency that sued after Philadelphia refused to place children for foster care with the organization because it barred same-sex couples from applying to become foster parents.www.reuters.com

https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/15/22535109/ebay-sex-ban-adult-only-queer-collectorseBay’s sex ban wipes out an important storefront for queer collectors – The VergeeBay has updated its adult content policy to remove the “Adult Only” category from the site. The change is a blow for queer collectors of vintage erotica, and it echos porn bans that have hurt creators at other sites.www.theverge.com

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annahaines/2021/06/17/this-designer-is-using-fashion-to-create-queer-crip-joy/This Designer Is Using Fashion To Create Queer Crip JoySky Cubacub’s Rebirth Garments is championing the radical visibility movement by giving people with disabilities and gender non-conforming identities the freedom of choice.www.forbes.com

lesbians. not queer women..

https://www.out.com/lesbian/2021/6/17/20-pictures-lesbians-queer-women-nonbinary-folks-suits-blazers20 Pictures of Lesbians, Queer Women, & Nonbinary Folks in Suits & BlazersDamn, they look good!www.out.com

modern lesbians, not relegated to history and erased as queer

https://www.michigandaily.com/film/lesbian-period-pieces-and-the-need-for-contemporary-queer-stories/Lesbian period pieces and the need for contemporary queer storiesThe Arts world is one filled with self-expression and introspection, whether from artist or from audience member. Naturally, this translates into many different ways of approaching the queer experience. For Pride Month, Daily Arts wanted to cover this self-search and love through our favorite forms of art, with this experience revealing more to the reader […]www.michigandaily.com

meanwhile

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/love-victor-star-michael-cimino-anti-gay-comments-205021634.html‘Love Victor’ star Michael Cimino has gotten death threats for playing gayFor Cimino, criticism has come from all sides, including from those who do not approve of him playing gay — and long-running and complex issue within the LGBTQ community.ca.finance.yahoo.comShare

https://people.com/human-interest/father-helps-gay-teen-son-hang-pride-flag-outside-oklahoma-home/Dad Helps Gay Teen Son Hang Pride Flag Outside Oklahoma Home | PEOPLE.comCaden Wyatt and his dad John Wyatt hung the rainbow flag to “shock Oklahoma” and celebrate Pride monthpeople.com

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/06/17/u-s-senate-to-consider-apology-for-past-anti-lgbtq-discrimination/U.S. Senate to consider apology for past anti-LGBTQ discriminationReport shows 70-year history of gov’t persecution, purges of ‘sex deviates’www.washingtonblade.com

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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.

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queer for april 18
1965
Little Richard performed at New York’s famed Paramount Theater. A member of his backup group at the time was a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.
1985

Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.


Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. (Blogger nina notes: Elvis)
1987

Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June 1967.


2006
A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre.

2011
Lady Gaga had song #5 “Born This Way”.


Elton John announced that he’ll return to The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with his “Million Dollar Piano” show starting in September. His first stay at Caesars Palace ended in April 2009, but was extended to a five-year run because of audience demand.

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1952

Singin’ In The Rain, starring Gene Kelly, maybe gay Donald O’Connor and newcomer Debbie Reynolds, is released in the US, but barely makes a splash.

1960

Dinah Washington & Brook Benton had the #1 R&B song for the 10th week–“Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)”.

1966
NBC broadcasts the last episode of the Rock and Roll TV show, Hullabaloo, which features Paul Anka, closeted lesbian Lesley Gore, Peter And Gordon and The Cyrkle. The show had been on the air since January 1965, a year after ABC came up with Shindig! Reruns were aired through August 29.

1968
Janis Joplin, along with Big Brother And The Holding Company, made their national TV debut on ABC-TV’s Hollywood Palace.

1976

Queen performed at the Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.

1978

Liberace gives a concert for birds on The Muppet Show, playing classical pieces and the 1925 song “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue.” Sam the Eagle disapproves.

April 11, 1990

Elton John performed at the Indianapolis funeral of Ryan White, the hemophiliac 18-year-old who had contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and had been ostracized because of it.

2002

Sir Elton John testified before Congress that the United States was obliged to help prevent the global spread of AIDS.

2021

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