BCE to The Suffragettes
February 16, 1862
At Fort Donelson, Tennessee during the U.S. Civil War, approximately 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
1886 – The term “Boston Marriage,” which describes a long-term cohabiting relationship between two women, is written for the first time. Novelist Henry James uses it in his book The Bostonians. Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American author regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. Born in the United States, James largely relocated to Europe as a young man and eventually settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. James was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912, and 1916. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick‘s (May 2, 1950 – April 12, 2009) Epistemology of the Closet made a landmark difference to Jamesian scholarship by arguing that he be read as a homosexual writer whose desire to keep his sexuality a secret shaped his layered style and dramatic artistry.
02-16-1893 – 06-09-1974 Katharine Cornell – Born in Berlin, German Empire to American parents. She was an American stage actress, writer,
theatre owner, and producer. Known as one of the greatest American stage actresses of the 20th century. In 1948 she won a Tony Award for Anthony and Cleopatra, it was the first time any actor, male or female, had won a Tony Award playing a Shakespearean role. She won many other awards, including in 1937, the Chi Omega Sorority’s National Achievement Award that was presented to her by Eleanor Roosevelt at a White House reception. She married Guthrie McClintic (August 6, 1893 – October 29, 1961), a successful theatre director, film director, and producer based in New York, in 1921, but it is generally acknowledged that Cornell was a lesbian, and McClintic was gay, and their union was a lavender marriage.. They formed a production team M.C. & C. Company, which produced all her plays. He directed every play she starred in. She only appeared in one Hollywood film, Stage Door Canteen (1943), in which she played herself. She was a member of the “sewing circles” in New York, and had relationships with Nancy Hamilton (July 27, 1908 – February 18, 1985), Tallulah Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968), and Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) , among others.
02-16-1926 — 07-25-2003 John Schlesinger – Born in Hampstead, London, England in a Jewish family. He was an English film and stage director, and actor. His acting career began in the 1950s where he had many supporting roles in British films. In the 1960s, he gave up acting and concentrated on a directing career. Schlesinger won the Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy (1969), and was nominated for the same award for Darling (1965)and Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). Other films he is remembered by are Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), The Day of the Locust (1975), and Marathon Man (9176). Schlesinger was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970 and as a resident of Palm Springs, California, he had a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedicated to him in 2003. On New Year’s Day 2001 he suffered a stroke. On July 24, 2003, he was taken off life support at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. He was survived by his partner of over 30 years, photographer Michael Childers.
02-16-1937 Paul Bailey – Place of birth unknown. He was a British writer and critic. He is also the author of several
novels as well as biographies of Cynthia Payne and Quentin Crisp. Bailey has also written for plays for radio and television. In 2001, Three Queer Lives: An Alternative Biography of Naomi Jacob, Fred Barnes and Arthur Marshall was published. In 1990 he wrote a childhood memoir called An Immaculate Mistake. It told of growing up working-class, clever and gay in south London during and after the WWII.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
02-16-1953 Steve Kmetko – Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He was a E! cable network entertainment reporter. In 1999, he gave
an official “coming out” interview to The Advocate’s Editor in Chief, Judy Wieder, citing his reason for doing it: “It’s like what Nathan Lane told you when he came out in The Advocate. It’s about what happened to Matthew Shepard. By making this simple statement, maybe people will think twice about other gay people they encounter. Hopefully they’ll look at me and say, ‘Well, he’s succeeded and came out and has a pretty good life.” Kmetko now trains celebrities on the art of being interviewed.
Closeted Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” begins a six-week run at #1 in America.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
02-16-1962 – 11-13-2004 John Balance – Born in Mansfield, United
Kingdom. He was an English musician. One of the most influential figures in the industrial, experimental minimalist, and neofolk music scenes. Balance died after falling from a two story balcony at his home. He was survived by his partner, the artist Ian Johnstone.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
02-16-1970 Kevin Allison – Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an LGBT
comedic writer and actor. He is best known as a writing and performing member of The State on MTV. Allison came out as gay to the national media at 24 when The State began airing in 1994. Allison has taught comedy and storytelling classes at New York University, the People’s Improv Theatre in New York City, and the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia.
Barbra Streisand had her second #1 song as “The Way We Were” reached the top spot. at #8 Olivia Newton-John’s first big hit “Let Me Be There” on the songs charts ,with the USA Lp charts: Former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John at #5,
February 16, 1975
Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show premiered on CBS with guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler. The series lasted for two seasons.. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.
The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square’s Warner Theatre.
John Tartaglia – Born in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey. He is an American puppeteer, actor, singer, and dancer. At the age of 16, he joined Sesame Street’s puppetry team in a part-time capacity, making him one of the youngest Sesame Street puppeteers in the show’s history. He became a full-time part of Sesame Street at the age of 18. Tartaglia created and puppeteered the roles of Princeton (a recent college grad) and Rod (a closeted Republican investment banker) in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q. For his roles, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 2004. In 2004, he helped to raise $525,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tartaglia is openly gay. Regarding the matter, he stated, “I’m less worried about being a positive role as a gay person than making sure there’s no negative stereotypes of any sort.” He married Michael Shawn Lewis in New York in 2012.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Barry Manilow was on top of the Adult Contemporary chart with “When I Wanted You”. It was his 17th AC hit, and an incredible 16 of those had gone Top 10 with 10 #1’s in just six years of his career.
on charts Queen was up to #2 although many stations already had “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” #1.
02-16-1982 Marie-Ève Nault – Born in Trois-Rivières, Canada. She is a
Canadian soccer player. Nault represented Canada women’s national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which won the bronze medal. She was one of 49 out LGBT athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
02-16-1982 Ralph Shortey – Born in Casper, Wyoming and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He is an American former Republican politician
and was convicted of child sex trafficking. In early December 2017, police arrested Shortey at a motel where he was found with a 17-year-old male prostitute. It later came out that the two had sex at least twice during the year before he was arrested. As a Republican in the Oklahoma State Senate, he advocated “family values.” The Associated Press reported that as a state senator, Shortey “routinely voted with his Republican colleagues on bills targeting gay and transgender people,” including a measure passed in 2017 to allow business owners to discriminate against LGBT people. Shortey was also known for his imposing size. He’s 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds. Shortey was married and has four daughters. Once divorced, his wife and children changed their last name. On September 17, 2018, he received a sentence of 15 years in prison, and 10 years of supervised release. Shortey was also ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution to the seventeen-year-old.
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Singer k.d. lang was pictured on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Famed pop artist Keith Haring dies from AIDS at 31. Six months earlier he had been quoted as saying, “The hardest thing is just knowing that there’s so much more stuff to do.” He was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Haring’s work grew to iconic popularity from his exuberant spontaneous drawings in New York City subways – chalk outlines on blank black advertising-space backgrounds – depicting radiant babies, flying saucers, and deified dogs. After public recognition he created larger scale works such as colorful murals, many of them commissioned. His imagery has become a widely recognized visual language. His later work often addressed political and societal themes – especially homosexuality and AIDS – through his own unique iconography.
Whitney Houston had her 8th #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”
Queen, which was always bigger in their native England, scored their seventh #1 album in the U.K. with Innuendo.
London: The Direct Action group OUTRAGE! organizes a gay and lesbian kiss-in at Piccadilly Circus in protest of a section of the Sexual Offences Act that makes public displays of affection between men illegal. Also this day in London, 7,000 demonstrators march to protest the recent arrest of gay male s/m devotees and other anti-gay/lesbian initiatives.
1997 – An episode of the Simpsons called “Homer’s Phobia” airs, exploring gay themes.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
Sex researcher/author William Masters, of the research and writing team of Masters and (Virginia) Johnson, died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. (Human Sexual Response, Human Sexual Inadequacy)
Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.
Britney Spears had a breakdown and shaved her head.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
2015 – Lesbian singer Leslie Gore (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015) dies at 68. She was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16 (in 1963) she recorded the pop hit “It’s My Party“, and followed it up with other hits including “Judy’s Turn to Cry“, “She’s a Fool“, “You Don’t Own Me“, “Maybe I Know” and “California Nights“. Gore also worked as an actress and composed songs with her brother, Michael Gore, for the 1980 film Fame, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, In the Life, on American TV in the 2000s, and was active until 2014. In a 2005 interview with After Ellen, she stated she was a lesbian and had been in a relationship with luxury jewelry designer Lois Sasson since 1982. She had known since she was 20 and stated that although the music business was “totally homophobic,” she never felt she had to pretend she was straight. At the time of her death, Gore and her partner Lois Sasson had been together for 33 years.
2016 – Washington State Supreme Court rules against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the “gay wedding flowers” case. The Washington Supreme Court rules unanimously that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state’s antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.
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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.