August 2 for LGBTQ2

1975 

usas song charts:

Olivia Newton-John had song #4–“Please Mr. Please

  Elton John’s great song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was 6

usa LP charts

  Elton John’s masterpiece Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was at #4

1980

Although the movie Xanadu was a total flop, the soundtrack sold well and produced Olivia Newton-John‘s US number one hit “Magic”.

“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John took over the #1 spot from Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”.  It was Olivia’s 25th hit, 10th Top 10 and fourth #1.

 Elton John had a strong #3 with “Little Jeannie” 

1980

  Queen moved up from 16 to 6 with The Game

1986

  Madonna’spowerful “Papa Don’t Preach” was at #4,

the debut LP from Whitney Houston was still at #8 after an incredible 71 weeks on the chart

1995

Peggy Lee gave her final major public peformance. George Shearing and Mel Torme also performed at the show at the Hollywood Bowl.

1997

Backstreet Boys had “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).

2000

Madonna premiered her video of “Music”.

2021

Dolly Parton invested Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” cover royalties in Black community
https://t.co/SPKYemULTP?amp=1Dolly Parton invested Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ cover royalties in Black communityHouston’s cover, recorded for “The Bodyguard” in 1992, became a global sensation 18 years after Parton penned the song.

the person who needs to be protected is the victim, not the accused

and the victim was underaged should be the main issue, not that the victim was male

the perp wanting to be shielded from prejudice against contenting adult behaviour when the issue is abuse of a minor

the accused does not get to dismiss the evidence against them, when that is what a judge and jury needs to see

https://www.tmz.com/2021/07/31/r-kelly-responds-mcdonalds-john-doe-evidence-minor-jury/R. Kelly Says Jury Might Not Like LGBT, Wants McDonald’s Evidence NixedR. Kelly says he hasn’t been given a fair chance to weed out anti-gay bigots.www.tmz.com

heterosexual women too

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2021/08/02/lgbtq-stem-science-discrimination-sexual-orientation/ideas/essay/What STEM Loses to LGBTQ BiasA new study suggests just how much poorer STEM fields are due to discrimination against LGBTQ professionals in science an technologywww.zocalopublicsquare.org

not reach out, but compensate. religion is an oppressive worldview

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/08/02/james-martin-lgbtq-catholics-statistics-241139Why should the church reach out to L.G.B.T.Q. people? Some shocking statistics can answer that. | America MagazineThese statistics should be enough to make us want to undergo a metanoia, a change of mind and heart, and make us ask why our church is not only not a welcoming place to L.G.B.T.Q. people, but actively unwelcoming.www.americamagazine.org\

meanwhile

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/08/02/matt-damon-homophobic-slur-use-unacceptable-we-need-lgbtq-education/5451602001/Matt Damon homophobic slur use unacceptable. We need LGBTQ education.If someone as high-profile as Matt Damon has just learned that you can’t say the “f-word” anymore, a homophobic slur, what stops anyone else?www.usatoday.com

written in 2011: sadly evergreen

Apologizing for Gay Slurs

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Yet another celebrity creature is apologizing for a gay slur.

I almost don’t want to link to the article in question, because, well, it happens often enough that who it is this week, doesn’t even matter to the discussion.

“I have lots of XYZ friends” is often the lament offered as proof that the person at issue isn’t really prejudiced, they just didn’t think before they spoke.

Perhaps it’s time for people to consider that careless and thoughtless speech is revealing of your character. It speaks to lazy thinking and self absorption above all else, but I do not believe that it necessarily reveals any prejudice on the part of the speaker.

Unless you are Mel Gibson, because seriously, that level of conspiracy paranoia and historical anti-semitism runs deep, although, I was always mystified why Gibson’s “sugartits” comment to the female officer went unremarked upon in the media. Jew bashing is appalling but blatant sexism is apparently still okay.

I just don’t think that it serves the gay community or the cause of equality when GLAAD issues hand slapping against every celebrity who’s careless with words. Especially calling for someone to be fired, because unless the person is in a position of authority and trust over other people, it’s an extreme reaction.

Celebrities are not responsible for the safety and well being of anyone – however, politicians, the courts, schools, employers – these people are responsible – have a fiduciary duty in fact – towards other people who are vulnerable and for whom bigoted attitudes go a long way to undermining and harming people.

People say dumb things, forget where they are, that the microphone is on and that they aren’t with their friends who knows that they are decent and non-bigotted.

We need to let them apologize for stupidity and all move on. Frankly, it’s far more serious to deal with politicians who have the ability to create and sign legislation into law, and policing the language of celebrities, doesn’t help equality. It just ends up seeming insecure and whiney.

Vigilance, but with a eye on the larger goals.

We need to start distinguishing between lazy thoughtlessness, for example “That’s so gay” and things like Mel Gibson says – “the ass is for shitting.” Something that’s not even true of straight people, never mind the revealing of his homophobia in a manner he expected to be applauded and taken as normal.

Does the speaker beleive that what they are saying is what other people think – like somehow, saying bigotted things is somehow brave, bold or honest.

When really, most people who assert that they are Telling It Like It Is are really saying how they would like it to be, which is generally unpleasant for any group of people they don’t like and don’t think that the rest of the people should tolerate.

I think that might be the most horrifying idea, that we should have to tolerate Them.

When I look at the last half of the above line, the idea that anyone would think that any group of people is so loathsome that even co-existance isn’t a given, that effort must be made to tolerate them in the midst of all of humanity, why do Those People have to be included….

Honestly, I don’t get it. I do not get disliking or fearing groups – or individuals of said groups – because they are different appearing or acting or dressing or behaving.

I don’t understand why some people are so bothered that other people live and think differently than they do. Conformity is the antitheses of humanity that is so adaptive to every environmental niche, with widely divergent cultures and traditions, why does any one have to be better?

There seems to be so little happiness in the world, how can anyone begrudge anyone for finding happiness?

july 19 for lgbtq2

July 19, 1971

Queen performed at the Rugby Club, Hayle, West Cornwall, England.

1974

David Bowie wraps up his tour supporting Diamond Dogs in New York with two shows at Madison Square Garden. The shows are videotaped for MainMan by John Dove.

1974

Olivia Newton-John’s “Please Mr. Please” was the #1 Adult Contemporary song. and 5 on the pop chart. rumoured to be a lesbian, ONJ later married a younger man, and has been an ally to the LGB and T community

1980

Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” was the #1 Adult Contemporary hit and # 7 on the pop chart

Bette Midler’s “The Rose” at #8

Queen enjoy their third UK #1 album with “The Game”, which featured the singles “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Both of those releases topped the Billboard Hot 100 in America and the LP went on to sell over four million copies. and the LP,  Glass Houses was No. 1 for its sixth and final week.

 Elton John had hit #29 with “Little Jeannie”

David Bowie made his theatrical debut as the title character in The Elephant Man at the Denver Center of Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado.  The show does well, and Bowie takes the lead in the Broadway production later that year.

1986

Janet Jackson’s “Nasty” held down position #3
Patti LaBelle registered her only #1 album in Winner in You, toppling Janet Jackson’s Control after two weeks.


the self-titled Whitney Houston was 7

1996

The Spice Girls made their debut on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops performing their debut single ‘ Wannabe’ which gave them their first of nine UK chart toppers. – they were marketed as if roommates, like The Beatles, but with lesbian subtext for marketing.

2007

US sales figures were released that showed CD sales falling a further 11.7% since last year. In contrast, vinyl record collectors pushed the demand for 78 RPM platters up by 12.9%.

2021

wonder if he will be drafted into the league now…

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/nhl-prospect-luke-prokop-announces-hes-gay-social-media-post/NHL prospect Luke Prokop announces he’s gay in social media postLuke Prokop, a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2020 draft, has come out as gay, making the announcement via his social media channels on Monday.www.sportsnet.ca

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/07/19/georgia-boy-gay-etched-haircut-charges/A boy had the word ‘gay’ shaved into his hair. Now three people have been charged with child abuse.A video live-streamed on Instagram last month sparked a police investigation, which led to the boy being removed from his home.www.washingtonpost.com

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/dating/three-words-that-ruined-sydney-writers-great-first-date/news-story/525fdf4d0df898142d7a47d43da9e598Dating: Bisexual woman reveals phobia she encounters over sexualityIt was one of those “great” first dates – the chat was flowing and there was an “immediate spark” between Chloe Sargeant and the woman she had agreed to meet for drinks.www.news.com.au

https://www.siliconera.com/heart-of-the-woods-captures-the-essence-of-a-lesbian-romance/Heart of the Woods Captures the Essence of a Lesbian RomanceThrough all the plot turns, perspective shifts and fantasy elements, Heart of the Woods knows what is at the heart of a lesbian romance.www.siliconera.com

July 12 for LGBTQ2

July 12, 1970

Janis Joplin debuted with her new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, before 4,000 people in Louisville, Kentucky. Less than three months later, she would be dead from a heroin overdose.

1971

13,000 people packed the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh to see the first authorized staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The work was the brainchild of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice and made its debut as a record album, which became the top seller of 1971. Scores of unlicensed concert productions sprang up in the U.S. in the wake of the album’s success, so Webber and Rice came up with their own concert and theatrical versions, one of which opened on Broadway in October 1971.

1975

Elton John’s song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” rose from 51 to 25 on this date.

Olivia Newton-John had control of the Adult Contemporary chart with “Please Mr. Please”.

the end of disco:

1979

Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl held the infamous Disco Demolition between games of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Dahl burned Disco records brought by fans who received discount admission. Some of those fans decided to start their own fires and a mini-riot ensued, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.

1980

Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with ‘Xanadu’, taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single.

1986

 Howard Jones on his way down with “No One Is To Blame”,

Culture Club lead singer Boy George was charged in London with possession of heroin. Following raids earlier in the week, four people, including the singer’s brother, Kevin O’Dowd, were charged with conspiring to supply Boy George (born George O’Dowd) with the drug. Boy George, who said he was under treatment for heroin addiction, was later fined $500.

1994

thousands of people gathered in New York’s Times Square as the finale of Barbra Steisand’s Madison Square Garden concert was shown live on a huge TV screen. Her closing number was “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.”

2003

After coming out as gay and leaving the leather metal band, Rob Halford of Judas Priest announced he had rejoined the group for their first album and tour in 13 years.

2021

heteros including LGB and T.. not LGBT merging into one, which it is distinct subcultures under each letter

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/07/12/towards-an-lgbt-inclusive-society/Towards an LGBT-inclusive societyJARREL DE MATAS JUNE, amongst other things, celebrated Pride Month. Thirty days dedicated to raising awareness, promoting equal rights and celebrating diversity. But 30 days aren’t enough. Recognition of diversity should be year-round. The moment I set foot on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus I was greeted by a huge banner that read: “Building … Continue reading Towards an LGBT-inclusive societynewsday.co.tt

Laws against demographics – sexual minorities, women, arts and science are all Lest We Forget indicators.

https://theowp.org/eu-leaders-confront-hungarys-leadership-over-new-anti-lgbt-law/EU Leaders Confront Hungary’s Leadership Over New Anti-LGBT Law – The Organization for World PeaceOn June 24th, European Union leaders confronted Prime Minister Viktor Orban over Hungary’s new anti-LGBTQ law, stressing their commitment to defending all human rights. According to Reuters, …theowp.org

Goes to harvard for the guy, and end up with the rival girl? when do we get that movie?

https://www.vogue.com/article/legally-blonde-oral-history-original-queer-endingWait. ‘Legally Blonde’ Originally Had a Queer Ending? | VogueElle is perhaps the nicest, smartest version of the hot-girl trope that I had presented to me in the early aughts, and if I’d gotten to absorb a version of her that was queer like me, well…honestly, I might have become too powerful.www.vogue.com

https://www.queerty.com/bathe-last-great-performance-one-first-openly-queer-stars-20210711Bathe in the last great performance by one of the first openly queer stars / Queerty“My game leg is startin’ to talk to me…www.queerty.com

june 13 for lgbtq2

June 13, 1958

“High School Confidential,” starring Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Diane Jergens, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Anthony, Michael Landon, and featuring Jerry Lee Lewis performing the title song, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

1964

“People” became Barbra Streisand’s first Top 10 of her storied career.

June 13, 1973

At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Dolly Parton recorded her composition “I Will Always Love You,” inspired by her professional partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, whom she was leaving at the time in order to begin a solo career.

1978

The movie version of “Grease,” starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway, had its world premiere in New York City.

1981It was week #5 at the top for Kim Carnes’ smash “Bette Davis Eyes”.


1987
Whitney Houston started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her second LP Whitney. With this album, Houston set various records on the US charts. Houston became female artist, to debut at No.1 with an album and its first four singles, ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘So Emotional’ and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, all peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat.

1988

The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London’s Wembley Stadium to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half of the more than $3 million US in proceeds from the event went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain. The rest was donated to children’s charities in southern Africa.

1992

Law enforcement officials in Texas call for a ban on Ice-T’s “Cop Killer” LP. Following the publicity, sales double on the West Coast and in Texas. In an ironic twist, Ice-T (real name: Tracy Morrow) would land a role on the TV police drama, Law and Order in 1999, portraying Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, a former undercover narcotics officer transferred to the Special Victims Unit.

Future U.S. President Bill Clinton criticized Sister Souljah for making remarks “filled with hatred” towards whites.

Blogger Nina Notes: the oppressed calling out oppressors is not the same as oppressors oppressing.

2000

Sinead O’Connor releases Faith and Courage, her first studio album in six years.

2002

Michael JacksonBarry Manilow, Sting, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.

2019

Lisa Marie Presley’s ‘Tea Time’ Photo With All 4 Children Continues to Draw AttentionLisa Marie Presley might not post photos of her life as frequently as other celebrity users on social media, but one photo shared to her account most recently continues to draw in a barrage of comments from fans.On April 18, Presley took to Instagram to share a rare snapshot of all her four […]

popculture.com

2021

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/06/13/vice-president-harris-joins-d-c-pride-walk-makes-history/Vice President Harris joins D.C. Pride Wal

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/biden-pulse-national-memorial-1.6063880Biden to name Pulse nightclub a national memorial 5 years after mass shooting | CBC NewsU.S. President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial.www.cbc.ca

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/13/owen-hurcum-bangor-wales-worlds-first-non-binary-mayorIntroducing ‘their worship’, the world’s first non-binary mayor | LGBT rights | The GuardianStudent Owen Hurcum is ‘humbled’ to serve the oldest city in Wales, and aims to put Bangor’s peacocks on the map

https://www.irishpost.com/news/lgbt-pride-flags-cut-down-in-waterford-for-second-time-214160LGBT Pride flags cut down in Waterford for second time | The Irish PostPRIDE FLAGS erected in Waterford to celebrate Pride month, as well as to mark last weekend’s Prid…www.irishpost.com

the woman is not all those letters:

the four letters do not refer to any induvial, but four identifiable groups.

which is not really the issue, given she is missing and likely going to be murdered

by heterosexual men

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/chechnya-lgbt-woman-abducted-shelter-b1864208.htmlFears for LGBT woman linked to Chechen ruler after her abduction by police in raid on refuge | The IndependentKhalimat Taramova’s family is said to be close to Chechnya’s tyrannical presidentwww.independent.co.uk

June 7 for lgbtq2

June 7, 1965

The USA Supreme Court handed down a decision that legalized the use of contraception by married couples.

1971
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Paul Cohen’s disturbing the peace conviction in Los Angeles , by wearing a jacket displaying “Fuck the Draft” in the public corridors of a California courthouse.
establishing the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohen_v._California

1975

Elton John’s album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, which came in #85 in the Top 100 Albums of All-Time in the Rock Era*, had been released this week and debuted at #1, the first album in history to accomplish the feat and one of a select few in the Rock Era.  Elton toppled Earth, Wind & Fire’s album That’s the Way of the World while the Soundtrack to “Tommy” fell to #3.  Jeff Beck was #4 with Blow By Blow and America reached #5 with Hearts“.  The rest of the Top 10:  Alice Cooper with Welcome To My NightmareChicago VIII was at #7, Bad Company fell to #8 with Straight ShooterNuthin’ Fancy from Lynyrd Skynyrd was #9 and Carly Simon had the #10 album with Playing Possum.

1980

“The Rose” spent a fifth week at #1 for Bette Midler on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1980

Elton John’s 29th career hit “Little Jeannie” was #10

1986

Madonna had the new #1 with “Live To Tell” but it would be short-lived as Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald’s “On My Own” was closing fast.  Whitney Houston fell to 3 after three weeks at #1 with “Greatest Love Of All”.

The album Whitney Houston spent its 11th week at #1 and 36th in the Top 10 and 63rd week on the Album chart.

1987

David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.

1993

Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol (

The Artist

).  (from the name “The Artist formerly Known as Prince) – the symbol being a combination of the Male/female ones – and also used for transgender.  The name change reflected an ongoing battle with Warner Brothers Records over ownership and direction of his music.

2000

The “Prince: A Celebration” party began at Paisley Park Studios. The weeklong event was in celebration of The Artist reclaiming his name “Prince” after a 7-year battle with Warner Brothers.

2009

Elton John’s musical Billy Elliot won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

2020

Grease: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reflect on THAT Finale Reveal | rETroET spoke with the cast of ‘Grease’ about turning the hit Broadway musical into a cinema classic. John Travolta reveals who else was considered to portray Sandy, and why he knew Olivia Newton-John was the only person for the role. ‘Grease Sing-a-Long’ will air June 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Exclusives from #ETonline :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQwITQ__CeH2Y_7g2xeiNDa0vQsROQQgv

2021

https://theindependent.ca/journalism/why-st-johns-pride-banned-uniformed-police/Why St. John’s Pride Banned Uniformed Police — The IndependentWhy St. John’s Pride Banned Uniformed Policetheindependent.ca

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/06/stonewall-risks-all-it-has-fought-for-in-accusing-those-who-disagree-with-it-of-hate-speechStonewall risks all it has fought for in accusing those who disagree with it of hate speech | Sonia Sodha | The GuardianThe charity has forgotten that true power lies in solidarity and compromisewww.theguardian.com

gender critical feminists are women.. so siding against women is being against women.

Cotton Ceiling is a transwomen admission of hate crime against lesbians

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/07/gender-critical-feminism-far-right-agenda-institute-race-relations-trans-transphobia/There’s a alarming link between ‘gender-critical’ feminism and the far-rightThe anti-trans arguments made by ‘gender critical’ feminists risk enforcing heterosexual norms, the Institute of Race Relations has warned.www.pinknews.co.uk

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/ct-books-biblioracle-0613-20210607-wltdlmxncngchgejxa43ifgcbe-story.htmlOpinion: Roxane Gay Books — a model for publishing industry – Chicago TribuneGrove Atlantic’s recent announcement to launch Roxane Gay Books to help foster and promote underrepresented writers is a good first step forward — and is a model that could be replicated by other publishers, writes Biblioracle columnist John Warner.www.chicagotribune.com

https://www.espn.com/soccer/concacaf-nations-league/story/4401690/usmnt-mexico-nations-league-final-halted-for-anti-gay-chant-by-fansUSMNT-Mexico Nations League final halted for anti-gay chant by fansThe CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States and Mexico was marred by unruly fan behavior.www.espn.com

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/06/books/review/ravenous-sam-apple.htmlHow Did a Gay Scientist of Jewish Descent Thrive Under the Nazis? – The New York TimesIn “Ravenous,” Sam Apple tells the story of a researcher who was able to carry out his groundbreaking work on cancer cells even in the middle of World War II.www.nytimes.com

https://thetab.com/uk/2021/06/07/dont-act-straight-when-youre-gay-tiktok-sound-208638What is the “don’t act straight when you’re gay!” sound all over TikTok rn?The “don’t look at me like that, don’t act straight when you’re gay” sound is all over TikTok right now, but where is it from originally?thetab.com

https://www.nme.com/news/music/rob-halford-looks-back-on-coming-out-as-gay-on-mtv-its-a-glorious-moment-2962447Judas Priest’s Rob Halford looks back on coming out as gay on MTVJudas Priest’s Rob Halford has marked Pride month by reflecting on the moment he came out as gay on television.www.nme.com

https://www.vice.com/en/article/4av3jb/chiles-conservative-president-suddenly-supports-gay-marriage-activists-say-its-pinkwashingChile’s Conservative President Suddenly Supports Gay Marriage. Activists Say It’s ‘Pinkwashing.’The country’s LGBTQ community cautiously welcomed the move from President Sebastian Piñera, but many suspect it is a bid for popularity and question whether he will act on his words.www.vice.com

https://www.metroweekly.com/2021/06/chick-fil-a-wont-stop-funding-anti-gay-causes-so-burger-king-is-stepping-in-to-help/Chick-fil-A won’t stop funding anti-gay causes, so Burger King is stepping in to helpBurger King’s Ch’King sandwich will help fund LGBTQ equality to counter Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s support for anti-LGBTQ causeswww.metroweekly.com

denying access to material is censorship.

from the article:

Carmel Farahbakhsh, who goes by the pronouns they/them, said they understand that the libraries do not want to engage in censorship and does agree with that.

“I do not want to tell the person who wrote this book that they cannot publish. But I do want to have a community-centered space…taking a stance to protect marginalized voices and say that they’re not going to carry it,” they said.

LGB Alliance is a British charity that advocates for the rights of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. Its exclusion of transgender and nonbinary communities from its advocacy angers many groups focused on LGBTQ issues, a consortium of which recently challenged the alliance’s charitable status. They accuse LGB Alliance of being transphobic and having links to the U.S. Christian right, VICE reports.

LGB Alliance denies both accusations. They assert that lesbians, gays and bisexuals have “specific concerns” that differ from transgender people, and that it’s “unhelpful” for them to work together.

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/twitter-verifies-transphobic-group/LGBTQ advocates outraged Twitter verified a transphobic group during PrideLGBTQ advocates slam Twitter for verifying the account of LGB Alliance, a British charity they say is transphobic.www.dailydot.com

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.

queer for april 14

queer for april 14
1960

The original Broadway production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” starring Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Gautier, Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, and Michael J. Pollard, opened at New York’s Martin Beck Theater for 607 performances.

1967

David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word “gnome”. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made No. 6 in the UK charts.

1969
Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) tied Katherine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

April 14, 1972
David Bowie released ‘Starman’ as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The song was a late addition to the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth’s youth through the radio, salvation by an alien ‘Starman’.

1973
Anne Murray was at 7 with “Danny’s Song”

1978
The Johnny Cash special “Spring Fever” aired on CBS-TV with guests Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash and Ray Charles.

1979
song charts
Gloria Gaynor’s former #1 “I Will Survive” was at 2
Blondie had song #8 with “Heart Of Glass”, with number nine Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman had “Stumblin’ In”

Lp Charts
Gloria Gaynor with Love Tracks at #6

1980
ABC aired Olivia Newton John’s TV special “Olivia’s Hollywood Nights,” with guest performers Elton John, the Carpenters, and Andy Gibb.

1984

on the LP Charts:
#2 The “Footloose” Soundtrack

#6 Culture Club with Colour By Numbers,

#7 the Eurythmics’ album Touch
#9 The Pretenders album Learning to Crawl
#10 Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual.

The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe evolution as “theory rather than fact.”

(what LGBTQ2 contends with)

1986

Members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song “A Horse is a Horse,” the theme song from the U.S. TV show “Mr. Ed,” contained satanic messages when played backwards
(what LGBTQ2 contends with)

1993

In Bosnia, Joan Baez performed for 700 people in war-torn Sarajevo.

2004

Dolly Parton received the Living Legend Medal from the U.S. Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.

Sophie B. Hawkins (“As I Lay Me Down”) won a lawsuit against a man selling pirated copies of her new album Wilderness.

2008

Brian May, guitarist for Queen, was named chancellor of John Moore University in Liverpool, England.

2013

Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.

Bieber has claimed to be bisexual, most likely as queerbaiting audience, and has embarrassed Canada several times, including being rape positive in a rolling stone interview.

2017

Harry Styles’s debut single ‘Sign of the Times’ broke Ed Sheeran’s 13-week run at the top of the UK charts. The One Direction star achieved his first No.1 as a solo artist with this release – the first from his self-titled debut album.

The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival opened near Palm Springs, California. Scheduled headliners during the 4-day event spread over two weekends were Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, with more than 160 other music acts slated to perform.

queer culture match 20

March 20, 1971
Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her – especially, he has said, in the line “Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away.” Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

March 20, 1975
Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.

March 20, 1976
, Queen entered the Top 10 with A Night at the Opera at number 9

March 20, 1982
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song had been a B-side from 60’s bands The Arrows.

The Go-Go’s were to this point the top self-contained all-girl group of the Rock Era (The Bangles would later pass them.) The Go-Go’s album Beauty and the Beat was #1 for a third week.

Olivia Newton-John was Physical at #8 ,

1993

“Simple Life” by Elton John was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.

Whitney Houston scored her 16th Top 10 song in 20 releases–“I Have Nothing”.

1994

Madonna snags her third Razzie for Worst Actress at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards. Her first came in 1987 for Shanghai Surprise, and the second followed in 1988 for Who’s That Girl. This time around, it’s her role as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence that underwhelms the judges.

Ally ONJ: Grease is the Word

Now, Newton-John has addressed those views during an appearance on the podcast A Life Of Greatness. “I think it’s kind of silly,” she said on the episode. “I mean, this movie was made in the 1970s about the 1950s.”

https://www.nme.com/news/film/olivia-newton-john-speaks-out-against-those-who-label-grease-sexist-2870620Olivia Newton-John speaks out against those who label ‘Grease’ “sexist”Olivia Newton-John has defended ‘Grease’, saying that viewers who call it “sexist” need not take the 1978 musical film so “seriously”.www.nme.com

Blogger Nina saw the movie Grease twice in the movie theatre in 1978.

the first time with a full audience of adults and teen and child admissions

the second in a saturday matinee where my group of four at or under 12

and two teenagers

alone to watch the movie

The Rizzo sex story line was too mature for children in that year.

for most of us, it went over our head

Sandy does leather up for Danny

and unlike other movies of that era and most early ones

and many movies after

in defense of Danny Zuko to Sandy – he Lettermaned Up for her

He hide from his friends that he earned a letterman sweater in track

to earn the good girl by becoming a good boy

and as to the other internet thought that Sandy drowned and it was a death dream zombie movie

Sandy and Danny fly off in the car into the future, instead of a pussy wagon, a monogamy mobile into marriage and adulthood.

While the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds milled about in the carnival end of high school

and the start of their carnal adult life

prepared or not by their parents and their efforts during high school education

okay that is a bit icky

https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/1234070/john-travolta-and-daughter-ella-recreate-iconic-grease-dance-for-2021-super-bowl-adJohn Travolta and Ella Recreate Grease for 2021 Super Bowl Ad – E! Online – CAIn the words of Martha Stewart, John Travolta’s “still got it.” See the actor and his daughter Ella bust out their moves and recreate a famous Grease dance number.www.eonline.com

the problem of not experts who have a public platform
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9205607/Olivia-Newton-John-WONT-coronavirus-vaccine-Chloe-Lattanzi-shares-anti-vaxxer-rant.htmlOlivia Newton John WON’T take the coronavirus vaccine as Chloe Lattanzi shares anti-vaxxer rant | Daily Mail OnlineMartha Stewart, Joan Collins and Sir David Attenborough are among the growing list of A-list celebrities to have received the COVID-19 vaccination.www.dailymail.co.uk

the sullivan shows were released on DVD and there were no Elvis getting a shot broadcast – that was done for the print media

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/elvis-presley-vaccinated-polio-1956-ed-sullivan/Elvis Presley Aids Fight Against Polio By Getting Vaccinated At ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ In 1956 [Watch]In late 1956, Elvis Presley used his skyrocketing fame—and a spot on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’—to persuade teenagers to get the polio vaccine.liveforlivemusic.com

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