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LGBTQ2 for February 14

BCE to The Suffragettes

02-14-1847 – 07-02-1919   Anna Howard Shaw – Born in Newcastle-upon-

Tyne, England. When she was four, she and her family emigrated to the United States and settled in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. She was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the U.S. In 1887, Shaw met Susan B. Anthony. Shaw played a key role in the merging of Susan B. Anthony’s suffrage group with that of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s. It became the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and beginning in 1904, Shaw was its president for the next eleven years. Shaw’s life-partner was Lucy Elmina Anthony, niece of Susan B. Anthony. Shaw and Anthony lived together for thirty years, and she was by her bedside when she died. Her 1915 speech “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic” was listed as #27 in American Rhetoric’s Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century.

02-14-1890 – 12-16-1956 Nina Hamnett – Born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, 

Wales. She was a Welsh artist, writer, and an expert on sailors’ chanteys (maritime songs sung by the sailors as they worked). Called the Queen of Bohemia, Hamnett was unconventional and openly bisexual. Her friends included Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev, and Jean Cocteau. In 1932, she published Laughing Torso, a memoir about her bohemian life. It was a best seller in the UK and the US. In 1956, she fell out of her apartment window. It was never determined if she fell because she was drunk or if it was suicide.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1953 – Del Martin (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008) and Phyllis Lyon (born November 10, 1924)meet in 1950, become partners in 1952. On this day in 1953 they moved in together. They founded Daughters of Bilitis and, decades later, were the first couple in the U.S. to be legally married.

1953 – British-American writer, Christopher Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986), 48, meets  portrait artistDon Bachardy (born May 18, 1934), 18, in California. They were partners until Isherwood’s death in 1986.

February 14, 1956

Actor Tab Hunter receives over 62,000 Valentines from a large following of female fans. A year later, he would have his first hit record with “Young Love”. His Heartthrob Status faded, and in the 1970s, he would make Jon Waters movies and later come out as gay, exposing the sexual oppression in Hollywood. 

February 14, 1958

On CBS-TV, Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government had banned rock ‘n’ roll because it was against the concepts of Islam and also a health hazard. Iranian doctors backed up the government’s “unhealthy” claim, warning of hip damage due to “extreme gyrations.”

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

02-14-1961 Shannon Price Minter – Place of birth unknown, he grew up in 

East Texas. He is a transgender man and legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Minter first gained national recognition in 2001 when he represented Sharon Smith, the domestic partner of Diane Whipple who was killed by dog mauling in San Francisco. He won the case. In 2009, Minter was the lead attorney arguing before the California Supreme Court to overturn California Proposition 8. He has taught law at Stanford University, Golden Gate University, and Santa Clara University.

02-14-1962 – 05-07-2002 Kevyn Aucoin – Born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was an American make-up artist, photographer, and author. He realized he 

was gay at the age of six. Aucoin moved to New York City and was discovered by Vogue. His career took off after his cover shoot with Vogue’s supermodel Cindy Crawford. At his peak, he would  be booked months in advance and could command as much as $6,000 for a makeup session. Aucoin’s parents eventually came to accept his homosexuality and started a chapter of P-FLAG in Lafayette, Louisiana. Aucoin was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor. He died on May 7th, 2002 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.

February 14, 1967

Aretha Franklin recorded one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*–“Respect” at Atlantic Records Studio in New York City.

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1972

The musical “Grease,” starring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau, opened Off Broadway at the Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan. The production moved to Broadway and the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. Two more theaters and 3,388 performances later, the show closed on April 13, 1980.

Canada – In Toronto Judge Sydney Harris finds Pink Triangle Press, publisher of The Body Politic, and three officers not guilty of publishing obscenity

First meeting of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, named for the partner of Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), takes place in San Francisco. It was founded by political activist Jim Foster, becoming the country’s first gay Democratic political club. Gertrude was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of PittsburghPennsylvania, and raised in OaklandCalifornia, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo PicassoErnest HemingwayF. Scott FitzgeraldSinclair LewisEzra Pound, and Henri Matisse, would meet.Alice Toklas (April 30, 1877 – March 7, 1967) was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, and the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein.

02-14-1972   Angela Craig – Born in West Helena, Arkansas. She is an 

American politician from the state of Minnesota representing the 2nd district. In 2018, she defeated the Republican and became the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress, the first woman to be elected in Minnesota’s 2nd district, and the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota. Crain and her wife, Cheryl Greene, have four children. 

February 14, 1973

A male fan tries to kiss David Bowie, who was wearing a white dress during his Valentine’s Day show at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Which  David Bowie collapsed at the end of, reportedly from exhaustion.

February 14, 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.

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

1981

ABBA continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song with the fantastic “The Winner Takes It All”.

02-14-1984 Wes Goodman – Born in Morrow County, Ohio. He is a former 

American politician who was the state representative for the 87th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. He is a Republican that voted anti-LGBT and described himself as a conservative Christian and supporter of “traditional marriage.” On November 14, 2017, Goodman resigned his seat after being caught having sex in his office with another man. Following his resignation, additional men came forward saying Goodman had sex with them. Goodman also sought men on Craig’s list. Another example of a Republican hypocrite.

1984, Australia – Elton John (25 March 1947)marries German recording tech Renate Blauel in Sydney. They divorce in 1988 after he comes out as gay. John is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In 1993, he began a relationship with  David Furnish(born 25 October 1962), a former advertising executive and now filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada. On December 21, 2005 (the day the UK Civil Partnership Act became law), John and Furnish were among the first couples in the UK to form a civil partnership, which was held at the Windsor Guildhall. After marriageequality became legal in England in March 2014, John and Furnish married in Windsor, Berkshire, on December 21, 2014, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership. They have two sons.

1985

Whitney Houston’s self titled debut album is released by Arista Records on Valentine’s Day. The LP will produce four giant Billboard hits, “You Give Good Love” (#3), “Saving All My Love For You” (#1), “How Will I Know” (#1), and “Greatest Love Of All” (#1).

1988: Three lesbian guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show are introduced as “women who hate men.” Yolanda Retter Vargas (December 4, 1947 – August 18, 2007)and two other women spoke of  “lesbian separatism,” an offshoot of a feminist movement that strikes against male patriarchy in all levels of society. Vargas, then Director of Women’s Programs at LA’s Lesbian Center, and her friends were introduced as “women who hate men,” a label that made it all the easier for bigots to hate them and for LGBT activists to compare the women to conservatives. It was not a high-point for lesbians, feminists or Oprah, and was just one of the many sensationalized gay stories Oprah covered during this era. In addition to a comparatively progressive 1986 episode on homophobia, Oprah aired “Women Who Turn to Lesbianism” (1988), “All The Family is Gay” (1991), “Straight Spouses and Gay Ex-Husbands” (1992) and “Lesbians and Gay Baby Boom” (1993). Oprah has since become a vocal supporter for equality and LGBT civil rights off-camera, too, and in 2013 suggested that same-sex couples can actually help strengthen the institution of marriage.

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

1991 – San Francisco becomes the first city to register same-sex domestic partners.

1992

Wayne’s World, the motion picture starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, opens in movie theaters across the US. The use of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the film propelled the song to No.2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.

1998

Madonna performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.

1999

Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV Elton John did a version of “Your Song” on an episode  titled “I’m With Cupid.”

The “Titanic” Soundtrack was the #1 album for the fourth straight week.  Celine Dion was a solid #2 with Let’s Talk About Love.  Listeners couldn’t get enough of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, which was on both albums.  The “Spiceworld” Soundtrack by the Spice Girls was next, #6   The Backstreet Boys with their debut and the first Spice Girls album, Spice, moved back up to #10 after 52 weeks of release.

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

2001

“Timeless–Live in Concert,” winner of four Emmy Awards and billed as Barbra Streisand‘s farewell concert, aired on Fox-TV.

Human Rights in global conflictTrans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women

2012,

Uganda – Police raid an LGBT Rights conference after the state minister orders the conference to be stopped.

Whitney Houston, whose majestic voice helped her place 32 songs on the Billboard Pop chart between 1985 and 2001, passed away at the age of 48. Daughter of Cissy Houston of The Sweet Inspirations. Whitney’s own daughter would die the same manner the following year.

Whitney – the Final Elvis Career Move

02-14-2013

In a historic Valentine’s Day vote, the Illinois Senate passed a bill clearing the way for same-sex couples to be legally 

married in the Land of Lincoln. The bill was delayed by the House until November 5, 2013, which passed an amended version of the bill by a narrow margin. Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Illinois since being signed into law by Governor Par Quinn on November 20, 2013. It took effect on June 1 ,2014. (The state had civil unions available for same-sex couples since June 2011.)

2015

Lady Gaga got engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!,” she captioned a photo of a heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram two days later. They split up in 2016.

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

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last year on this blog:

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:

Most of the above is copied from one of the sites cited as sources in the daily post and as linked at the end of every post.

the history of nonheterosexuals and different historical eras views are such that there is a there is a danger to apply current decadish of time, in 2021 to past decades and centuries; particularly without application of complete history.

There is a difference between adopting male attire in the era when clothing was spelled out in law, and lesbians who passed in public, differ from those who only change clothing for personal sexual gratification, in private “cross dressors” in the language of this same era.

Laws regarding clothing exist in many nations, including capitol punishment, this is why sexual orientation is a demographic, That heterosexual women continue to be denied reproductive rights, education and professions, even where won at court; that women are a demographic. That male and female persons who are ethnically different from the majority population and with differing experiences being merged into colour blind visible minorities are differing demographics.

the farther back in time the given individual is, and why on this blog, there is a under theme of Elvis Presley, as the most prominent modern era person of the 1900s Current Era; who was photographed almost every day of his adult life., and who’s number of days on this planet have resulted in his being one of the most recognizable individuals across all cultures on the planet, which in 1950s was 1 billion people, and by his death almost 4 billion, to the 8 billion currently existing on earth.

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LGBTQ2 for February 13

BCE to The Suffragettes

02-13-1740 – 10-18-1802   Sophie Arnould – Born in Paris, France. She was a French operatic soprano. She made her stage debut at the Opéra de Paris on December 15, 1957 and sang there for 20 years. She was much in demand in Parisian society. Arnould was lovers with the actress and singer, Françoise Antoinette Saucerotte. Their relationship ended badly, and two male friends represented the women in a duel to the death. I was unable to find out what the result was. In 1927, the French composer, Gabriel Pierné, wrote an opera based on her tumultuous life entitled Sophie Arnould.

(Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c. 1773)

02-13-1891 – 02-12-1942 Grant DeVolson Wood – Born in Anamosa, Iowa. 

He was an American painter and best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. His painting “American Gothic” is an iconic image of the 20th Century. In the summer of 1928, Wood went to Europe, where he finally came to terms with his homosexuality. In Paris, Wood immersed himself deeply in the gay culture, spending large amounts of time in gay cafés, gay bars, and gay art salons, drinking heavily with gay French men and boys. He also had a number on one-night stands and weekends with men, but formed no close friendships or relationships. When he returned to Iowa, he chose to repress his homosexuality and became closeted.

February 13, 1914

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The Society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members and collect licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distribute them to its members as royalties. Its eventual rival performing rights organization, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), was formed in 1939 as radio was coming to prominence as a source of musical entertainment.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1953 – Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) returns to New York after receiving sex reassignment surgery in Denmark by Dr. Christian Hamburger. Christine was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the BronxNew York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1945, she was drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II. After her service she attended several schools, worked, and around this time heard about sex reassignment surgery. She traveled to Europe and in CopenhagenDenmark, obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations starting in 1951. Her transition was the subject of a New York Daily News front-page story. She became an instant celebrity, using the platform to advocate for transgender people and became known for her directness and polished wit. She also worked as an actress and nightclub entertainer and recorded several songs.

February 13, 1957

Cuban officials announced a ban on all rock ‘n’ roll programs on television, calling the music “offensive to public morals and good customs.”

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

February 13, 1960

In Nashville, 124 college students, most of them black, staged the first of the Nashville Sit-Ins, part of a non-violent campaign to end racial segregation at the city’s downtown lunch counters. Three months later, six downtown stores began serving black customers at their lunch counters for the first time.

February 13, 1965

LaVern Baker charted with “Fly Me To the Moon,” reaching #31 R&B. It was the last solo hit for Little Miss Sharecropper, as she was known, though she did have one more chart single in a duet with jackie Wilson on “Think Twice” (#37 R&B). In all, she had twenty-one hits starting in 1955 and was considered one of the finest female R&B singers of the ’50s.

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Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

February 13, 1971

Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection Lp rose to number 5, the album Pearl by the recently departed Janis Joplin moved from 14-9 in its third week and falling to 10 the self-titled Elton John LP.

1972: The film version of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, based on Christopher Isherwood’s writings about his time in pre-WWII Berlin, has its world premiere in New York City. Unlike the stage version, the film version adheres slightly more closely to the source material and portrays Michael York’s character, Brian (based on Isherwood himself), bisexual.

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

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

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

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

1990: Thirteen airmen are expelled from the U.S. Air Force after a four-month investigation into homosexual activity at Carswell Air Force base in Texas.

1996 – Rent opens on Broadway. It is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson (February 4, 1960 – January 25, 1996), loosely based on Giacomo Puccini‘s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City‘s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Larsen  was an American composer and playwright noted for exploring the social issues of multiculturalismaddiction, and homophobia in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick… BOOM! He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent. Larson died unexpectedly the morning of Rent‘s first preview performance Off Broadway on January 25, 1996.

1999

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

UK – London’s first Bi-Fest march and festival is held.

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

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’

Human Rights in global conflictTrans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women

2011

With appearances by Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, the CBS broadcast of The Grammy Awards played to their largest audience in 10 years. 26.55 million viewers tuned in to see Country trio Lady Antebellum win Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year with “Need You Now”.

2012: 

Washington state becomes the seventh U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.

02-13-2012 

Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington State signed a law allowing same-

sex marriage. Opponents mounted a challenge that required voters to approve the statute at a referendum, which they did on November 6. The law took effect on December 6, 2012 and the first marriages were celebrated on December 9. Within a couple of days, more that 600 same sex marriage licenses were issued in King County alone. In the first 9 months of same-sex marriage legalization in Washington state, 7,071 same-sex couples legally entered into a marriage.

2022

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This weekend, Javi Gomez is traveling nearly 500 miles from his native Miami to Florida’s capital in Tallahassee to plead his case against a piece of legislation LGBTQ advocates arewww.news-daily.com

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and the love that dare not say it’s name last century owing to illegal

is being silenced this century owing to publicly practiced fetish

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Chinese Streaming Sites Censor LGBT Discussions in ‘Friends’: Report

China has a history of censoring LGBT content, especially on television shows since it introduced its new guidelines in 2016.www.businessinsider.com

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

canada pride

~~~~~~

https://lgbtdailyspotlight.com/

people link

events link

~~~~

Our Daily Elvis

LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:

Most of the above is copied from one of the sites cited as sources in the daily post and as linked at the end of every post.

the history of nonheterosexuals and different historical eras views are such that there is a there is a danger to apply current decadish of time, in 2021 to past decades and centuries; particularly without application of complete history.

There is a difference between adopting male attire in the era when clothing was spelled out in law, and lesbians who passed in public, differ from those who only change clothing for personal sexual gratification, in private “cross dressors” in the language of this same era.

Laws regarding clothing exist in many nations, including capitol punishment, this is why sexual orientation is a demographic, That heterosexual women continue to be denied reproductive rights, education and professions, even where won at court; that women are a demographic. That male and female persons who are ethnically different from the majority population and with differing experiences being merged into colour blind visible minorities are differing demographics.

the farther back in time the given individual is, and why on this blog, there is a under theme of Elvis Presley, as the most prominent modern era person of the 1900s Current Era; who was photographed almost every day of his adult life., and who’s number of days on this planet have resulted in his being one of the most recognizable individuals across all cultures on the planet, which in 1950s was 1 billion people, and by his death almost 4 billion, to the 8 billion currently existing on earth.

#DefundThePolice

Community Policing, Not Police State

Political Observations and a queer history less

by NK Tryggvason

This is gonna cost the NDP. funny how conservatives get away with it, eh

That said; I agree with him, the police caused at worst and failed to prevent at best. a fatal fail either way.

https://thepostmillennial.com/jagmeet-singh-false-claims-deceased-accident-victim-called-out-twitterJagmeet Singh makes false claims about deceased accident victim on Twitter, gets called outNDP party leader Jagmeet Singh made a claim regarding the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, stating that she was actually killed by police. Singh’s statement led him to face harsh criticism from all sides, with many denying the veracity of his remarks.thepostmillennial.comShare (1)Emoji

Alex Blue

That’s the world of politics for you. At least it’s not as bad as religion.

It’s not our place what people want to do behind doors. It’s not a Canadian pastime. Americans are hooked on who screws who or what religion someone is or isn’t. We Canadians don’t need to bring our standards down to their level. If Americans want to be stupid, let them be stupid. We are Canadians, we need to know better.

nina tryggvason

indeed. there is the famous quote about the nation not having an interest in the bedrooms of the nations by PM Trudeau 1.0


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Trudeau defends the sexual practices of Canadians,

uttering the statement that made him famous. …

‘There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation‘.

53 years ago; … Peter Gzowski’s last interview with Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

and Alex, had it been up to him, Canada would have had marriage equality in 1985 instead of 2003. an entire generation of exclusion. when AIDs thinned our numbers and we became a market niche and a voter block. queer was not just for celebs, it was everyday ordinary people too. LGBTQ2, eh

Equality and The Canada Charter

what if the mid 1980s Charter of Rights had included marriage equality, as the initial version of it had. Not to mention the Charter Challenge Program instead of only the Notwithstanding Claus. 

Rights are for humans, Lest We Forget

For one year in Canada LGBTQ2 could marry, but not divorce. It took another court case for that legislation to have inclusive language

15 years later, reflecting on the fight to say ‘I do’W hen Canada’s Civil Marriage Act (Bill C-38) came into effect on July 20, 2005, making same-sex marriage legal from coast to coast to coast, the country became the fourth in the world to legally treat homosexual couples the same as heterosexual ones.