LGBTQ2 for February 23

BCE to The Suffragettes

1685, Germany – George Frederick Handel (23 February,1685 – 14 April, 1759)is born in Halle, Lower Saxony. He was a baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operasoratoriosanthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712. After he moved to England, a contemporary wrote “His social affectations were not strong; and to this may be imputed that he spent his whole life in a state of celibacy; that he had no female attachments of another kind may be ascribed to a better reason.” We never learned who that “better reason” was. Handel never married, and kept his personal life private. 

1778 – Prussian military genius Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (September 17, 1730 – November 28, 1794)arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Fearing prosecution for alleged indiscretions with young men back in Prussia, Steuben signed on to train George Washington’s ragtag Continental Army. Most historians consider his success at this task a major factor in the American victory. He was a Prussian and later an American military officer. He served as inspector general and a major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, the book that served as standard United States drill manual until the American Civil War. He served as General George Washington‘s chief of staff in the final years of the war. Von Steuben was most likely gay. His exits from the court of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and from Paris were under clouds of accusation of homosexual activity. Von Steuben arrived in the United States with his 17-year-old secretary, Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, who is rumored to have been his lover. At Valley Forge, he began close relationships with Benjamin Walker and William North, then both military officers in their 20s, which are assumed by many to have been romantic. Because homosexuality was criminalized at the time, records of his relationships are limited to references in correspondences. Von Steuben formally adopted Walker and North and made them his heirs. A third young man, John W. Mulligan Jr. (1774–1862), also considered himself one of Steuben’s “sons,” inherited Von Steuben’s vast library, collection of maps and $2,500 in cash.

1892 – Alice Mitchel (November 26, 1872- March 31, 1898), 19, kills Freda Ward (1875-1892), 17, at the docks in Memphis as a result of jealousy. The story made national headlines for months. The two girls had planned to marry but Alice was furious that Freda had admitted to romantic feelings for two men. Mitchell was subsequently found insane by means of a jury inquisition and placed in a psychiatric hospital until her death in 1898. The case, exploited by sensationalist press, focused attention of the sexual attachments of women and drew out into the public discourse discussions of lesbianism. The case was headlined as “A Very Unnatural Crime” across the country, and influenced the popular literature of the era which began to depict lesbians as “murderous” and “masculine”. One identity was the “mannish lesbian” creating dialogue of gender expression.

1933, Germany – Adolf Hitler’s government launches the Nazi persecution of homosexuals with directives to close gay and lesbian clubs, ban pornography and homophile publications, and dissolve homosexual rights groups.

The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1943 – Carl Wittman (February 23, 1943 – January 22, 1986) is born. He was a member of the national council of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and later an activist for LGBT rights. He co-authored “An Interracial Movement of the Poor?” (1963)  with Tom Hayden and wrote “A Gay Manifesto” (1970). In 1971, Wittman moved to Wolf Creek, OR, with his then-partner, Stevens McClave. Two years later, he began a long-term relationship with a fellow war resister Allan Troxler. In the early 1980s, Wittman created the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project (LGHP) with David Jolly, Timmer McBride, and Aida Wakil to address the health needs of sexual minorities in that state.Wittman declined hospital treatment for AIDS and committed suicide by drug overdose at home in North Carolina.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

02-23-1952   Christopher Bram – Born in Kempsville, Virginia. He is a gay American author. He won Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Fiction. 

His gay themed novels are about gay life in the 1970s. He has also written or co-written several screenplays, including two shorts directed by his partner, Draper Shreeve. Bram’s 1995 novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the 1998 movie Gods and Monsters, starring Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Brendan Fraser. The film was written and directed by Bill Condon, who won an Academy Award for the adapted screenplay. In 2013 his book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America won the Randy Shilts Award. He lives in Greenwich Village and teaches at New York University.

February 23, 1954

The first mass polio vaccination was administered to a group of children from Arsenal Elementary School and the Watson Home for Children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the city where Dr. Jonas Salk had developed the vaccine. Later, the first community in the world to have every citizen under age 40 inoculated with the three-shot Salk vaccine series was the small western Kansas town appropriately named  Protection.

02-23-1954   Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool – Born in Staten 

Island, New York. Glasspool is the 17th woman and the first open lesbian elected Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Her election has gained worldwide attention in the ongoing debate about gay bishops in Anglican Church. Glasspool has been serving as Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of New York since 2016. 

February 23, 1957

Closeted Then Actor Tab Hunter had the top tune on the UK chart with “Young Love” for the first of a three week run.

02-23-1959 Karin Wolff – Born in Darmstadt, Germany. She is a German politician, teacher, and writer. In 1995 Wolff became a member 

of the conservative Christian Democratic Union and in the same year, she became a member of parliament in Hesse. Wolff became minister in Hesse on April 7, 1999. She has written two books on children and education. Wolff lives in Darmstadt in an open lesbian relationship.

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

Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

02-23-1970   Niecy Nash (b. Carol Denise Nash) – Born in Palmdale, California. She is an American comedian, actress, television host, model, and producer. Nash hosted the Style Network show Clean House from 2003

 to 2010, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2010. From 2003-2009, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Williams in the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911!. For her performance as nurse Denise “DiDi” Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On (2013-2015) she received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2017, she began starring as Desna Simms, a leading character in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws. In 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been married and divorced twice and has three children by her first marriage. In 2020, Nash announced that she and singer Jessica Betts had married and came out as bisexual.

February 23, 1971

Suzi Quatro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Devil Gate Drive’, the singers second UK No.1 .

02-23-1972 Michael Ausiello – Born in Rahway, New Jersey. He is an American television journalist and actor. He was the Senior Writer at 

TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly and posted his first blog for them on July 2, 2008. On October 4, 2010, he departed from Entertainment Weekly to join Jay Penske’s Mail.com Media, where he launched a new TV site, TVLine.com. He has appeared in a few cameo roles on episodes of TV series the Gilmore GirlsVeronica Mars, and Scrubs. Ausiello is openly gay and is married to photographer Kit Cowan.

1977: 

After a television producer cancels plans to develop a weekly series around her, Anita Bryant complains to the press that she is being “blacklisted” in Hollywood because of her crusade against homosexuals.

1978

Grammies Song of the Year was tied between “Love Theme from A Star is Born” by Paul Williams And Barbra Streisand and Joe Brooks’ “You Light Up My Life.”

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

1980

Queen had Billboard’s top tune with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, a song that Freddie Mercury later revealed came to him while he was taking a bath.

1985

“Careless Whisper” from Wham!  was #1 on the AC chart for the third straight week.

Like a Virgin was #1 on the Album chart for Madonna.

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

1990, Taiwan – The first Lesbian organization for Chinese-speaking women in Asia is formed. The group is called Women zhi jizn (Between Us).

1991

Whitney Houston reached #1 with “All the Man That I Need”—amazingly, her ninth chart topper in five years. The formula of recording old hits continued to pay off, as the original version was by Sister Sledge in 1982.

Mariah Carey hit #4 with “Someday and #5 Celine Dion with “Where Does My Heart Beat Now

1994

US Senator Carol Moseley-Braun presides over a Judiciary Juvenile Justice Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, where the issue of the day is Rap recording lyrics. Dionne Warwick called it “pornography”, while others say it is merely poetry with a beat.

1999

Homophobe Eminem’s second album, “The Slim Shady LP,” was released.

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

2002

Beginning in folk music, The Disco Kings: The Bee Gees made their final concert appearance when they performed at the Love and Hope Ball in Miami Beach, Florida.

2006

The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion songs sold.

The iTunes Music Store reached 15 million videos sold.

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

2011 – Hawaii’s Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a civil union law in 2010 but her successor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, makes it the first law he signs on this day.

2011 –Attorney General Eric Holder releases a statement regarding lawsuits challenging The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)Section 3. He wrote:After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases.”In United States v. Windsor (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) struck down the act’s provisions disallowing same-sex marriages to be performed under federal jurisdiction.

2022

bothered that others exist and that white heterosexual men are not central nor relevant…

White man slams store over Black History Month, LGBT display

Video shows right-wing rabble rouser Ethan Schmidt slamming a store’s Black History Month display.nypost.com

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/1645627604-israel-record-amount-of-lgbt-phobic-cases-reported-in-2021

religion is an idea and without violence, it is a poor player in the idea marketplace for demanding to not be questioned.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Clash Between Religion and LGBT Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up a major new legal fight pitting religious beliefs against LGBT rights, agreeing to hear an evangelical Christianwww.insurancejournal.com

Israel: Record Amount Of LGBT-phobic Cases Reported In 2021 – I24NEWS

‘This is a resounding warning light to the state and government,’ says the president of Aguda – Click the link for more details.www.i24news.tv

religion is the historic problem…. so why be that?

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/can-you-be-both-queer-and-christian-halifax-black-film-festival-documentary-poses-question-1.5792556

Can you be both queer and Christian? Halifax Black Film Festival documentary poses question | CTV News

The 6th annual Halifax Black Film Festival will take place virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and one of the films receiving a lot of attention is “With Wonder.”atlantic.ctvnews.ca

https://www.econotimes.com/Safe-online-spaces-an-increasingly-vital-lifeline-for-LGBT-teens-1627787

Safe online spaces an increasingly vital lifeline for LGBT teens – EconoTimes

EconoTimes is a fast growing non-partisan source of news and intelligence on global economy and financial markets, providing timely, relevant, and critical insights for market professionals and those who want to make informed investment decisions.www.econotimes.com

https://themorningnews.org/p/nearly-21-of-gen-z-identifies-as-lgbt

Nearly 21% of Gen Z identifies as LGBTthemorningnews.org

when Lesbians are being exiled and openly fetishized, this is not much of a meaningful list

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19945666.stonewall-top-100-lgbt-inclusive-employers-scottish-government-makes-list/

Stonewall top 100 LGBT inclusive employers: Scottish Government makes the list | The National

THE Scottish Government has been listed as one of Stonewall’s top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers in the UK.www.thenational.scot

China and Russia are best nation buddies in 2022….

China bans gay dating app Grindr, encroaching LGBT rights: Thinktank – ThePrint

Beijing [China], February 23 (ANI): China has removed one of the most popular gay dating apps, Grindr from several of its app stores further encroaching upon the basic rights of the LGBT community, reported a Canada-based thinktank, International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS). Grindr is a location-based social networking and online dating app for […]theprint.in

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/national-lottery-applauding-dance-charity-for-celebrating-scotlands-lgbt-heritage-162537295.html

National Lottery applauding dance charity for celebrating Scotland’s LGBT heritage

A charity is celebrating Scotland’s LGBT+ heritage and culture by bringing the community’s experiences to life with an oral history project.ca.movies.yahoo.com

meanwhile the harsh heterosexual reality….

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/home-office-still-turning-lgbt-asylum-seekers-away-claiming-they-can-hide-their-sexuality

Home Office still turning LGBT asylum-seekers away claiming they can hide their sexuality | Morning Star

The Supreme Court found in 2010 that the Home Office’s refusal of claims for this reasoning was discriminatory and unlawfulmorningstaronline.co.uk

identify as one thing, are another, eh

there is a difference between not wanting to be heterosexual

and really not being one

and self identity into demographics differs not from the oppression that formed them

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/23/lgbtq-voters-gen-z-midterms/

Analysis | What will the midterms look like now that more than 7 percent of Americans identify as LGBT?

With most of the increase among Gen Z, political groups may wish to target their youth get-out-the-vote efforts accordingly.www.washingtonpost.com

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Today in LGBT History   by Ronni Sanlo

The Lavender Effect

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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.

july 20 for lgbtq2

1963
Lesley Gore released “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, the follow up to her number one hit, “It’s My Party”. The record was a continuation of the original story and it too became a Top 5 hit in the US.

1979

Suzi Quatro hosted “The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV with guests Carly Simon, Paul Warren & Explorer, and David Naughton.

1985

Madonna was at #8 with Like a Virgin, the Eurythmics found their albumBe Yourself Tonight at #9 

1990

Madonna played at Wembley Stadium in London, the first of three nights at Wembley.

1999

Church group’s in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom.

2009

in an upbeat video, Adam Yauch of the “Beastie Boys” announced via the group’s website that he had a “very treatable” cancerous tumour in his salivary gland and a nearby lymph node which required surgery and some radiation therapy. As a result, the band cancelled its tour dates and postponed the release of its upcoming album, “Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.” Yauch died on May 4, 2012.

2016

Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, Elton John announced a $10 million fund that will lend medical and legal support to the African LGBT community. “I know that certain governments in Africa will not respond to someone like me telling them ‘You should do this, you should do that’,” said John. “I count for nothing as far as that goes. What I can do is ensure that people who are LGBT, if their clinics are closed down because they are LGBT, we can give them medicine. If they are arrested, we will get them legal aid.”

2019

Queen‘s 1975 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” became the first pre-1990s music video to reach one billion plays on YouTube.

2021

Heterosexual women too, eh

https://montreal.citynews.ca/video/2021/07/19/more-lgbtq-representation-still-needed-in-sports/More LGBTQ representation still needed in sports – Video – CityNews MontrealHockey player Luke Prokop’s coming out on Monday has many celebrating, but it also has LGBTQ advocates reflecting. Ria Renouf has more about the continued need for change in sports, to ensure all are welcome.montreal.citynews.ca

Dear Bisexuals and Transpersons: Do not mimick the hetero incels: stop blaming other demographics for being consistent within own demographics.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/lgbt-scholarship-canada/LGBT scholarship: Meet the first winner from the PhilippinesThe LGBT Scholarship provides CA$2,000 Canadian dollars to Memorial University students advocating for gays and transgender rights.www.studyinternational.com

LGBT not just for decadent white people anymore

https://www.newsoptimist.ca/study-finds-more-racial-diversity-in-lgbtq-film-characters-1.24342639Study finds more racial diversity in LGBTQ film characters | Battlefords News-OptimistNEW YORK (AP) — The year 2020 saw welcome growth in racial diversity of LBGTQ characters in films released by major studios, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. But for the fourth . . .www.newsoptimist.ca

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.

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