July 9 for LGBTQ2

July 9, 1971

David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.

1977

Barry Manilow was up to 3 with “Looks Like We Made It”

Barbra Streisand had her 23rd hit but only her fifth Top 10 with “My Heart Belongs To Me”.

1979

The Pretenders began a tour of the U.K. at the Smartyz in Chester, England.

1981

The second Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” opened at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater.1983

Culture Club fell to number 7 with “Time (Clock Of The Heart)

Wham! went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Fantastic!’, which went on to spend 116 weeks on the chart.

On the US Lp charts ,David Bowie at 5 with Let’s Dance,

1986

Queen performed at St. James’ Park in Newcastle uponTyne, England.

1988

 Faith from George Michael was hanging around at 3  on the US LP charts

 the Soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” was #4.

Sade’s fine album Stronger Than Pride was 8, Tracy Chapman’s debut was beginning to be discovered at #9 and More Dirty Dancing from the movie was #10.

1994

Elton John moved into the Top 10 with “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, his 60th career hit and 26th Top 10 song.

1999

Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.

2001

The Backstreet Boys temporarily stopped their “Black & Blue World Tour 2001.” The tour had to be put on hold because A.J. McLean entered a treatment center for depression and alcohol abuse. The tour resumed on August 24th.

2004

David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat “an acutely blocked artery”. The star’s cancellation last month of 11 European dates was originally attributed to a shoulder injury.

2013

Elton John told the British tabloid The Sun that he considered himself lucky to be alive after unknowingly battling appendicitis. The Rocket Man played through the pain during a series of concerts before seeking medical attention. He told the press, “I’m lucky to be alive. I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.

2021

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/528739-eu-hungary-lgbtq-law/The EU-Hungary row over an anti-LGBTQ law is a clash of cultures that underpins why European integration will never work — RT Op-edHungary’s controversial law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors is none of the EU’s business, and Brussels’ attempts to interfere in its internal affairs with a sense of moral superiority is akin to neo-colonialism.www.rt.com

meanwhile in canada

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/qmunity-1190-burrard-street-vancouver-social-housing-tower-approvedCity Council approves LGBTQ community centre and social housing tower on Davie Street | UrbanizedA 17-storey, mass timber, Passive House tower at 1190 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver will have 154 social housing units and QMUNITY.dailyhive.com

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/kahsennenhawe-sky-deer-first-woman-chief-lgbtq-1.6092067Kahnawake’s first female, LGBTQ grand chief wants to focus on healing, unity | CBC NewsOver the weekend, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, 41, became the first woman and first person who identifies as LGBTQ to be elected to the post, replacing former grand chief Joe Norton, who died last year.www.cbc.ca

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/queer-gay-calgary-south-asian-lgbtq-1.6093228More resources needed for LGBTQ South Asians ready to come out as gay, advocate says | CBC NewsDakshima Haputhanthri’s parents wondered if it was Canada that made their daughter gay. Trying to come to terms with the news, something had to be to blame.www.cbc.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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