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 operas, oratorios, anthems, 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.
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.
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 Girls, Veronica Mars, and Scrubs. Ausiello is openly gay and is married to photographer Kit Cowan.
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.
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
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.
“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).
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
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.
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”
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.
The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion songs sold.
The iTunes Music Store reached 15 million videos sold.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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….
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
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
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
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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.