July 7 for LGBTQ2

July 7,1965

Sonny And Cher perform their new single “I Got You Babe” on US TV’s Rock and Roll show, Shindig.

1979

Sister Sledge at #7 with We Are Family

1984

“Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood becomes the biggest selling single of all time in Great Britain, replacing Paul McCartney’s “Mull Of Kintyre” for that honor.

1989

It was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums. The dominance of CDs virtually wiped out the 45 RPM single format, as nothing ended up replacing them. The 3 1/2 inch CD single would die out after record companies refused to offer them at a reasonable price.

2003

Lisa Marie Presley’s album “To Whom It May Concern” was certified Gold.

2007

Live Earth took place. The 24-hour, 7-continent series of concerts featured more than 100 music artists.  The concerts were organised by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to “heal the planet”. Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna brought London’s Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. Other major acts who appeared included; Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, The Beastie Boys, James Blunt, The Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, UB40, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Crowded House & Joss Stone. with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey.

2011

George Michael expressed his delight after learning that English tabloid News of the World was shutting down. As a constant target of the paper, Michael declared that the announcement is “a fantastic day for Britain.”

2021

https://www.country94.ca/2021/07/06/music-collective-giving-queer-voices-an-outlet/Music Collective Giving Queer N.B. Voices An Outlet | Country 94A New Brunswick music collective is providing a platform to release music by Queer artists. Moondrip Collectiv…www.country94.ca

https://techraptor.net/gaming/opinions/queer-representation-video-gamesWhy Queer Representation in Video Games MattersQueer representation in video games can help people discover who they are and help connect them with who others are.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/europe/2021/07/06/anti-lgbt-georgian-protestors-burn-eu-flag-in-capital.htmlAnti-LGBT Georgian protestors burn EU flag in capital | The StarMOSCOW (AP) — Opponents of LGBT rights clashed with police in the Georgian capital and burned a European Union flag that was hanging in front of the p…www.thestar.com

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/07/07/chinese-social-media-giant-wechat-shuts-lgbt-accounts/Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts – CityNews Torontotoronto.citynews.ca

we are an endangered demographic being erased

the lesbian separatists were right

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jul/07/cubbyhole-lesbian-bar-america-new-york-west-villageThe fight to save one of America’s last lesbian bars: ‘We’re like an endangered species’ | Life and style | The GuardianThere are only 21 lesbian bars remaining in the US – a vertiginous drop from 200 in the 1980s. The much-loved Cubbyhole is one of themwww.theguardian.com

get divorced first

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/7/7/22565626/dear-abby-woman-is-realizing-shes-a-lesbian-but-still-loves-her-husbandDear Abby: Woman is realizing she’s a lesbian but still loves her husband – Chicago Sun-TimesShe long has identified as bisexual but now is repulsed by their lovemaking.chicago.suntimes.com

June 23 for LGBTQ2

1975

Elton John released the single “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”.

1979

 Sister Sledge had the #2 song “We Are Family”

Anita Ward had #3 with “Ring My Bell” 

1984

Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual sitting at #4 on the lp charts

1987

Madonna was on the cover of “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

1989

George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British

1990

Elton John had his first UK solo No.1 single with ‘Sacrifice / Healing Hands’ after achieving over 50 previous UK hits and 6 chart toppers in the US.Music.

lp charts: at three Sinead O’Connor with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.

1994

The one hour stage musical Copacabana, based on the Barry Manilow song, opens in London, England at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it will play for 26 months.

2008

Culture Club frontman Boy George was denied entry into the United States by US authorities who cited looming legal issues overseas. George was arrested in 2007 after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer of false imprisonment and assault.

2010

The Library of Congress announced the 25 recordings they were preserving for their cultural significance. Among them: “Tutti Frutti” (Little Richard), “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (Loretta Lynn), “Red Headed Stranger” (Willie Nelson), “Radio Free Europe” (R.E.M.), “The Band” (The Band),  “Horses” (Patti Smith), “Dear Mama” (Tupac Shakur) and the 1923 recording “Canal Street Blues” by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band for epitomizing the sound of New Orleans.

2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadian-lawmakers-pass-bill-criminalizing-lgbt-conversion-therapy-2021-06-22/Canadian lawmakers pass bill criminalizing LGBT conversion therapy | ReutersCanada’s House of Commons on Tuesday passed a bill criminalizing LGBT conversion therapy 263 to 63, handing a win to the minority ruling Liberal party which promised to ban the practice during an unveiling of its election platform in 2019.www.reuters.com

meanwhile Europe: Lest We Forget, eh

https://www.660citynews.com/2021/06/23/pm-draghi-defends-italy-from-vatican-objections-to-lgbt-law/PM Draghi defends Italy from Vatican objections to LGBT law – 660 NEWSwww.660citynews.com

https://www.voanews.com/europe/eu-chief-vows-action-against-hungarys-anti-lgbt-measureEU Chief Vows Action Against Hungary’s Anti-LGBT Measure | Voice of America – EnglishEuropean Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday slammed an anti-LGBT measure passed by Hungary’s Parliament as “a shame” that goes against the fundamental values of the European Union. 









FILE – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks in Ankara, Turkey, April 6, 2021.The bill, approved last week by Hungary’s right-wing ruling coalition in Parliament, would ban any educational programs, advertisements, books, movies or television programs depicting homosexuality or other gender minorities in a positive light.Show Morewww.voanews.com

when oppression is a public moral…

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/polish-education-minister-says-lgbt-march-insult-to-public-moralityPolish education minister says LGBT march ‘insult to public morality’ | National PostWARSAW — Poland’s education minister said on Wednesday a march held in support of equal rights for LGBT people was an “insult to public morality” and…nationalpost.com

June 16 for LGBTQ2

1902

“The Wizard of Oz” musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

June 16, 1952

“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” the English translation of a book in the Dutch language diary kept by Frank while she was in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, was first published in the U.S. and UK.

June 16, 1958

Doris Day released “Everybody Loves A Lover,” which became the last of her 20 Top 10 singles (six of them as a featured vocalist with the Les Brown band).

June 16, 1961

Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

June 16, 1962

The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay later to become David Bowie) made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.

1967The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the ‘Summer of Love’ was born. The festival saw many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, and the first major US appearances: Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, “San Francisco” (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year.


June 16, 1968
Santana, Steve Miller and Janis Joplin performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco with proceeds going towards keeping the Matrix Club in San Francisco open.

e 16, 1972

David Bowie released his fifth studio album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars a concept album telling the story of a fictional bisexual alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album which reached No.5 in the UK and No. 75 in the US has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

1973

“Daniel” was down to 5 for Elton John

1979

1979

Donna Summer had the hottest song around with “Hot Stuff”.  Sister Sledge and “We Are Family” reached #2 with “Ring My Bell” from Anita Ward third. 

1984

Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Two Tribes.’ It stayed at No.1 for nine weeks making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the UK chart. During this run the group’s previous single ‘Relax’ climbed back up the charts to No.2.

2004

The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths‘ frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls’ UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.

2021

so men have decided that feelings matter and the feelings that matter are transwomen’s feelings.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/university-head-says-free-speech-does-not-override-transgender-safety-20210615-p58171.htmlMelbourne University says frees speech does not override transgender rightsThe University of Melbourne is considering a gender affirmation policy that would prohibit public events or speech that could harm transgender people.www.theage.com.au

https://theconversation.com/the-debate-over-transgender-athletes-rights-is-testing-the-current-limits-of-science-and-the-law-162593The debate over transgender athletes’ rights is testing the current limits of science and the lawWith both sides claiming unfair discrimination, the science disputed and law contradictory, where do transgender athletes turn?theconversation.com

Drag Queens are misogamy…while Drag Kings celebrate the masculine

https://etcanada.com/news/792119/rupauls-drag-race-alum-laganja-estranja-comes-out-as-transgender/‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Alum Laganja Estranja Comes Out As Transgender | ETCanada.comLaganja Estranja is living as her true, unapologetic transgender self. Estranja, an alum from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6, came out as transgender in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. RELATED: Zackery Torres Announces They’re Transitioning https://www.instagram.com/p/CQJ98ZPr7Nv/ “There are so many other women around me who’ve inspired me to come forward today, and it’s because…etcanada.com

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/16/1007006637/gay-and-bisexual-men-are-now-allowed-to-donate-blood-in-england-scotland-and-walGay and Bisexual Men Are Now Allowed To Donate Blood In Most Of The U.K. : NPRThe shift in health policy in most of the U.K. reverses a decades-old rule that limited donor eligibility on perceived risks of contracting HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections.www.npr.org

queerbaiting and gay for pay movies continue

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/06/review-luca-pixars-first-gay-movie-love-victorIs Luca Pixar’s First Gay Movie? Maybe | Vanity FairA summery coming-of-age fable might be laden with allegory, or not.www.vanityfair.com

https://www.out.com/pride/2021/6/15/lesbian-tiktokers-parents-had-best-reaction-her-coming-outThis Lesbian TikToker’s Parents Had Best Reaction to Her Coming Out“It’s supposed to look like the lesbian flag as part of my coming out to tell you guys that I’m gay,” the young woman says in the now viral video.www.out.com

https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dbyzx/lesbian-women-video-shamed-shaving-heads-philippinesOutrage After Lesbian Women Allegedly Shamed By Shaving Their Heads in PublicRights advocates called on the government to pass laws protecting the LGBTQ community in the Philippines after the video went viral.www.vice.com

may 23 for lgbtq2

1921

“Shuffle Along” 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC

May 23, 1975

Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album was released, the first to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release and first album to debut at #1, where it stayed for seven weeks.

1979

The Third Barry Manilow Special airs on ABC-TV.

Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” goes Platinum. The album’s title track, a #2 hit last month, while it might have been a rallying call for baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, who will go on to win the 1979 World Series in October; the song is more known as a lesbian anthem.

1982

The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union puts forth a resolution to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements. The proposal was defeated.

1987

The Beastie Boys and Run DMC opened their UK tour in London.

1992

The will of the late Freddie Mercury bequeathed the majority of the Queen singer’s $17 million estate to Mary Austin, his longtime companion.

1999

The UK’s Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.

May 19 for LGBTQ2

May 19, 1972

Elton John released the album Honky Chateau in the U.K.

May 19, 1975

Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album was released U.S. It was the first album to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which certifies official album sales, reports that the album was released May 19, and the RIAA certified the album Gold on May 21.  As great an album as ‘Captain Fantastic’ is, it is physically impossible for an album to be certified Gold if it hasn’t been released yet.  The LP’s Platinum status was certified in 1993.

1978

The disco film “Thank God It’s Friday,” starring Debra Winger, Jeff Goldblum, Donna Summer, Valerie Landsburg, Chick Vennera, and Terri Nunn,  premiered in New York City.

1979

The closest thing to a Beatles’ reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton’s wedding reception The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. . The all-star band ran through old Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs.

ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 album.

on the USA LP charts  We Are Family from Sister Sledge at #7 and Go West by the Village People at 8

1990

Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Vogue’. Originally planned as a B-side, it became the singers eighth US No.1 and seventh UK No.1 hit.

“Vogue” became Madonna’s eighth #1 song on this date, taking over from “Nothing Compares 2 (sic) U (sic) by Sinead O’Connor. 

1998

Sonny And Cher receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, seventeen months after Sonny was killed in a skiing accident.

2001

The $20 million waterpark Dollywood’s Splash Countryopened on 25 acres near the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

2018

Elton John performed at the wedding reception of England’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, playing “Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Circle of Life” and “I’m Still Standing”.

2021

https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/demi-lovato-says-they-are-non-binary-and-changing-their-pronouns-1.5434167Demi Lovato says they are non-binary and changing their pronouns | CTV NewsSinger Demi Lovato has revealed they are non-binary and are changing their pronouns, telling fans they are ‘proud’ to make the change after ‘a lot of self-reflective work.’www.ctvnews.ca

queer culture for march 18

1979

Sister Sledge released the single “We Are Family”.

1986

Whitney Houston released the single “Greatest Love Of All”.

1995

Madonna ruled for a fourth week with “Take A Bow”. Soul for Real held down #2 with “Candy Rain” with the former #1 smash “Creep” by TLC third. “Baby” from Brandy followed that trio with another TLC smash–“Red Light Special” leaping from 18 to 5.

In New York, Madonna celebrated the premiere of her “Bedtime Story” video with a pajama party. The gathering was for 1,500 guests that were in pajamas and had teddy bears.

1998
Elton John told a British TV interviewer that tributes to Princess Diana, killed in a car crash the previous August, should stop. He said it was “time to give it a rest.” John’s recording of “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which he performed at the princess’s funeral, became the best-selling single in history and raised millions for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

2002
George Michael‘s single “Freeek!” was released in Britain.

2013
David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the No.1 spot in the UK in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first No.1 since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.

Queer Culture March 10

1922

Variety magazine greeted readers with the front-page headline that read, “Radio Sweeping Country – 1,000,000 Sets in Use.

March 10, 1959
The Tennessee Williams play, “Sweet Bird of Youth,” starring Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Sidney Blackmer, Bruce Dern, Diana Hyland, Ron Harper, Madeleine Sherwood, and Rip Torn, opened at New York’s Martin Beck Theatre for 375 performances.

1962

Two days after an emotional public prayer service in Nashville attended by about 25,000 people, Patsy Cline was buried quietly at Shenandoah Memorial Park in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.

March 10, 1967

Sonny & Cher appeared on the television show Man From U.N.C.L.E. on NBC.

 1987 – 

ACT UP first formed, at NYC’s Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.

1990
According to Billboard magazine, New Kids On The Block receive 125,000 calls a day to their 1-900 number.

1994 –

Germany’s Paragraph 175 (adopted in 1871) is finally revoked.

1997

The television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, began its seven-season run on the WB Network. It switched to UPN in 2001.

2004

George Michael announced he was retiring from the music business following his album Patience. He would only release songs on the Internet to raise money for charity.

2010

An anti-abortion activist was arrested after allegedly making threats on Elton John’s life. The man was upset because the singer had suggested that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview.

2017
Joni Sledge, a part of the trio known as Sister Sledge, died of natural causes at the age of 60. The group is most often remembered for their 1979 Disco hit, “We Are Family”.

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