BCE to The Suffragettes
1849-1896 We’wha – He was a Zuni Native American from New Mexico. He was a famous Lhamana, a traditional Zuni gender role, now described as mixed-gender or Two-Spirit. Lhamana were men who lived in part as women, wearing a mixture of women’s and men’s clothing and doing a great deal of women’s work, as well as serving as mediators. We’wha is known historically mainly for the fact that she was a man but chose to live out his life as a woman. He/she was well respected in the tribe.
1923, Austria – Nazi thugs fire guns into a Vienna homophile gathering attended by Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935)and wound a number of people in the crowd. Hirschfeld was a German Jewish physician and sexologist educated primarily in Germany; he based his practice in Berlin-Charlottenburg. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out “the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights“.
1915- On a speaking tour, Edith Lees Ellis (1861-Sept. 14, 1916), open lesbian wife of Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 – 8 July 1939), exhorts women to begin “organizing a new love world.” She was an English writer and women’s rights activist. From the beginning, their marriage was unconventional; at the end of the honeymoon Havelock went back to his bachelor rooms and Edith had several affairs with women, of which her husband was aware. Their open marriage was the central subject in Havelock Ellis’s autobiography, My Life(1939).
1934 — Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) writes to her lover journalist Lorena Hickok (March 7, 1893 – May 1, 1968)about how lucky they. “Someday perhaps fate will be kind & let us arrange a life more to our liking [but] for the time being we are lucky to have what we have. Dearest, we are happy together and strong relationships have to grow deep roots.” The nature of Hickok and Roosevelt’s relationship has been a subject of dispute among historians. Roosevelt was close friends with several lesbian couples, such as suffragistsand educators Nancy Cook (August 26, 1884 – August 16, 1962)and Marion Dickerman(April 11, 1890 – May 16, 1983), and educator Esther Lape (October 8, 1881 – May 17, 1981)and scholar and suffragist Elizabeth Fisher Read(1872 – December 13, 1943), suggesting that she understood lesbianism; Marie Souvestre(28 April 1830 – 30 March 1905), Roosevelt’s childhood teacher and a great influence on her later thinking, was also a lesbian
1938 – Gay writer and historian Martin Greif (February 4, 1938 – November 17, 1996) was born in New York City. He was an American editor, lecturer, publisher and writer.A prolific writer, Greif was one of the first people to compile a history of gays and lesbians and biographies of some of the most illustrious people in time. Main Street Press was founded in 1978 by Greif and his life partner, Lawrence Grow, in Clinton, New Jersey. Grow died of a stroke associated with AIDS in 1991. Greif died of an AIDS-related illness in November 1996.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
Gregory Woods (1953) – Born in Egypt. He is a British poet that grew up in Ghana. Since 1990 he has taught at Nottingham Trent University, where in 1998 he was
appointed Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies, the first such appointment in the United Kingdom. On retirement, he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies. His main areas of interest are twentieth-century gay and lesbian literature; post-war gay and lesbian films, cultural studies, and the AIDS epidemic. In addition to his poetry collections, he is the author of a number of books. According to poet Sinéad Morrissey, “Probably, the finest gay poet in the United Kingdom.”
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Pauline Park (1960) – Born in Korea and adopted by European American parents. She is an activist for transgender rights. In 1997, Park co-founded Queens Pride
House, a center for the LGBT communities of Queens, and Iban/Queer Koreans of New York. In 1998, Park co-founded the NY Assoc. for Gender Rights Advocacy, the first statewide transgender advocacy organization in New York. She negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Ace, a safe schools bill enacted by the New York State Legislature in 2010. Park was adopted by European American parents and raised in the United States. In an interview, she said, “I think I knew when I was four or so before I even knew the word. It’s a funny story. When I went to kindergarten, the first day all the girls were wearing stretch pants with stirrups, remember those? I thought they were so cute and I wanted some. I remember when I came home and asked for some my mother was shocked. That was when I began to understand that certain things were for girls and certain things were for boys. And I began to recognize that as a child I couldn’t be who I was until I was an adult.”
Mpho Andrea Tutu (1963) – Born in London, England. She is the youngest daughter of Desmond Tutu. Her father ordained her a priest of the Episcopal Church in 2004. Mpho and her father wrote the book Made for Goodness
(2010) based on the belief that all people are basically good and that by spreading the message of peace and goodwill that changes can be made. She was married to Joseph Burris and had two children with him. The couple divorced. In late 2015, she married her long-time Dutch girlfriend, Dr. Marceline van Furth in a small private ceremony in the Netherlands, but the couple went public in January 2016 when they had a wedding celebration in Cape Town, South Africa. Her marriage meant that she lost her license to practice as a priest. Same-sex marriage was legalized in South Africa in 2006, but the church does not recognize those
marriages. Cape Town bishop Raphael Hess said he was “vexed” by the need for Tutu-van Furth to renounce her clerical duties, but he hoped it would be short-lived. Speaking to South Africa’s City Press from her honeymoon in Bali, Mpho noted the “irony” of being censored for her similarities to her spouse rather than her differences, as South Africans once were under apartheid. Mpho stated, “My wife and I meet across almost every dimension of difference. Some of our differences are obvious; she is tall and white, I am black and vertically challenged. Ironically, coming from a past where difference was the instrument of division, it is our sameness that is now the cause of distress. My wife and I are both women.”
Patience Agbabi (1965) – Born in London to Nigerian parents and from an early age was fostered by a white
English family. She had a lot of contact with her Nigerian parents. This was a common practice at the time. Agbabi feels lucky to have had two sets of parents. Her upbringing allowed her to move easily between two cultures. She is a poet and a performer. Her poetry has been featured on television and radio. In 2000, she was one of ten poets commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write a poem for National Poetry Day. Agbabi is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. In 2017 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She describes herself as “bi-cultural” and bisexual. Issues of racial and sexual identity are important in her poetry.
on the USA LP Charts #3 the Soundtracks to “Doctor Zhivago” and #4 “The Sound of Music”
Irshad Manji (1968) – NY Univ. director of “Moral Courage Project.” Born in Kampala, Uganda, the family
moved to Canada when she was 4. She grew up attending both a secular and an Islamic religious school. She was expelled from her religious school for asking too many questions. Her book, The Trouble with Islam Today has been published in more than 30 languages. She was named by “The Jakarta Post” as one of three women making a positive change in Islam today. She was also awarded Oprah Winfrey’s first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction”. She is openly lesbian.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
During sessions at Trident Studios, London, England, David Bowie recorded ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’, ‘Starman’ and ‘Suffragette City’, the last songs recorded for the The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album.
1973 – Twenty year old French actress and star of The Last Tango in Paris, Maria Schneider(27 March 1952 – 3 February 2011)admits to the New York Times that she is bisexual, stating “I’ve had quite a few lovers for my age. More men than women…women I love more for beauty than for sex. Men I love for grace and intelligence.” Schneider came out as bisexual. In early 1976, she abandoned the film set of Caligula and checked herself into a mental hospital in Rome for several days to be with her lover, photographer Joan Townsend. Schneider died of breast cancer on 3 February 2011 at age 58
Elton John released his new single “Bennie & The Jets”.
1975, Canada – Police raid Sauna Aquarius in Montreal and arrest thirty-six people as found-ins in a common bawdyhouse. It was the beginning of a police “clean-up” for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
Talking Heads plus new group Dire Straits were in concert at the Oasis Leisure Centre, in Swindon, England.
Queen’s biggest hit to date–“We Are The Champions” was fourth on the USA Charts
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1981 – Congressman Jon Hinson (R-Mississippi)(March 16, 1942 – July 21, 1995) is arrested for performing an act of “oral sodomy” with a twenty-eight-year-old man in the restroom of a House of Representatives office building. He pleads no contest and is given a thirty-day suspended sentence. Following his 1981 resignation, he became an LGBT activist in metropolitan Washington D.C.Hinson died of respiratory failure resulting from AIDS in Silver Spring, Maryland, at the age of fifty-three.
The inaugural British Phonographic Industry Awards are held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” is given the nod as Best British Single, Adam And The Ants win Best British Album for “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” and John Lennon is honored posthumously for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Culture Club started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Karma Chameleon’ the group’s 5th US Top 10 hit, also a No.1 in the UK.
Elton John dropped to 7 with “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”,
The Eurythmics owned the #1 album in the U.K. with Touch.
1987 – Author Randy Shilts‘ (August 8, 1951 – February 17, 1994) investigative journalism book And the Band Played On is published. It chronicles the 1980–1985 discovery and spread of HIV/AIDS, government indifference, and political infighting in the United States to what was initially perceived as a gay disease. Shilts himself would die of the disease on February 17, 1994.
1987 – Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987)dies at the age of 62 in Palm Springs from AIDS-related illnesses. Just two weeks earlier his publicists had denied a Las Vegas Sunstory which claimed he had the disease. He is buried in the Los Angeles Forest Lawn Cemetery. Władziu Valentino Liberace wasknown as Liberace. He was an American pianist, singer, and actor. A child prodigy and the son of working-class immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet “Mr. Showmanship.” In 1982, Scott Thorson(born January 23, 1959), Liberace’s 22-year-old former chauffeur and live-in lover of five years, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimonyafter he was let go by Liberace. Liberace continued to deny that he was homosexual and HIV-positive, and during court depositions in 1984, he insisted that Thorson was never his lover. The case was settled out of court in 1986, with Thorson receiving a $75,000 cash settlement, plus three cars and three pet dogs worth another $20,000. Thorson stated after Liberace’s death that he settled because he knew that Liberace was dying and that he had intended to sue based on conversion of property rather than palimony. In a 2011 interview, actress and close friend Betty White stated that Liberace was indeed gay and that she was often used as a beard by his managers to counter public rumors of the musician’s homosexuality. Behind the Candelabra, a film adaptation of Scott Thorson’s autobiography debuted on HBO in May 2013.Michael Douglas stars as Liberace, with Matt Damon playing Thorson, in a story centered on the relationship the two shared and its aftermath.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
“Cher at the Mirage” aired on CBS-TV.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2004 – The Massachusetts high court rules that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples, not civil unions, would be constitutional. “The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal,” an advisory opinion from the four justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage stated. A bill creating only civil unions, not full marriage rights, would be “unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples.”
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Scotland legalized gay marriage, becoming the 17th country to do so. The Scottish Parliament passed The Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill by a 105-18 margin.
Elton John gave a surprise performance when he sat down at one of the pianos open to the public in London’s St. Pancras subway station. He entertained the crowd with a few songs on a piano that he himself had donated to the station.
The United Nations Postal Administration issued a set of six commemorative stamps to promote UN Free & Equal — a global UN campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality launched and led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The new stamps, which celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community, mark the first time the UN has issued stamps with this theme. The set is available as of Feb. 5th at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna. They can also be purchased online.
the more pure in public the bigger the pervert in private
LGBTQ book ban proponent faces felony child molestation charge in Missouri
The LGBTQ book banning advocate tried to have the award-winning graphic memoir “Fun Home,” removed from school libraries in Kansas City.www.nbcnews.com
Lesbians have zero reason to respect men and men keep proving why:
“By the way, when I make fun of gays, dude, I fing love gay men,” Strickland explained. “Gay men are awesome. Lesbians, not so much. Lesbians hate me. Lesbians look at me like the guy that hurt them; I’m not the guy, I’m not your father. But gay men, gay men look at me like they wanna f me, and I respect that. You know, they compliment me, they slide in my DMs, I get some dick pics every now and then; I respect that s***. So, I’m not homophobic.”
Sean Strickland attempts to retract his previous homophobic comments: “Gay men are awesome. Lesbians, not so much”
UFC middleweight Sean Strickland has reiterated his stance after being accused of making homophobic comments.www.bjpenn.com
Memphis Flyer | Lawmakers Target LGBTQ Issues in Schools
Lawmakers target pronouns, textbooks, and transgender athletes.
I prefer the Gay Game and OutGames
At least 35 LGBTQ athletes will compete at Beijing Olympics, a Winter Games record
Keeping with China’s “zero tolerance” approach to the pandemic, the 2022 Beijing Olympics will likely be remembered for its unprecedented security measures.www.nbcnews.com
CPS apologises for ‘victim blaming’ in bisexual doctor’s murder trial
A senior barrister has denied victim-blaming in the grisly death of Dr Gary Jenkins in a case that has sickened Britain.www.pinknews.co.uk
Arnie Kantrowitz, Pioneer of Gay Liberation, Dies at 81 – The New York Times
A professor, author and activist, he fought against discrimination because of sexual orientation and for fairness from the media.www.nytimes.com
Trailblazing lesbian publisher Kim Corsaro was ‘wondrous, determined’ – 48 hills
Remembering the larger-than-life leader of the Bay Times, who radicalized local gay journalism and famously got a police chief fired.48hills.org
Older LGBTQ adults could be extended support through the Department of Aging under Villa legislation
The official legislative site of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucuswww.illinoissenatedemocrats.com
German minister wants equal parenting rights for married lesbian couples
Justice Minister Marco Bushman says he wants to see Germany recognise both partners in a lesbian married couple as mothers.www.thelocal.de
LGBTQ workers need more protection as discrimination laws are repealed | Opinion
It’s essential to our local and state economy that all business owners, employees, customers, and visitors feel safe and welcome in every co
LGBTQ advisory committee to help make Welland more inclusive community | wellandtribune.ca
Group has broad mandatewww.wellandtribune.ca
LGBTQ adults report higher vaccination rates against COVID: CDC
LGBTQ adults report higher vaccination coverage and vaccine confidence than heterosexual adults, according to a new study from the CDC.www.usatoday.com
Government of Canada announces community capacity and project funding for LGBTQ2 organizations
/CNW Telbec/ – The Government of Canada continues to work with LGBTQ2 communities and all our partners to protect LGBTQ2 rights and build a safer, more…www.newswire.ca
Bay Area Reporter :: Out in the World: Report: Afghan LGBTQ people remain in peril, governments urged to act
A new report by Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International shows Afghan LGBTQ people remain at various stages of peril both within their own country and in neighboring countries.www.ebar.com
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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.