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LGBTQ2 for August 20

1308, France –

Jacques de Molay (1243 – March 18, 1314), the leader of the Knights Templar, who denied sexual relations with two of his servants, finally admits to it. He was the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from April 20, 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1307.Though little is known of his actual life and deeds except for his last years as Grand Master, he is one of the best known Templars.

1881 –

Dr. E.C. Spitzka of New York presents the case of Lord Cornbury, the colonial governor of New York and New Jersey in the early 1700’s, in a Chicago medical journal. Cornbury frequently appeared in public wearing female clothing. Spitzka describes Cornbury as a sexual pervert, “a degraded, hypocritical and utterly immoral being.”

1882

Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow.

1916

The New York Times publishes a review of Edward Carpenter’s (August 29, 1844 – June 28, 1929) autobiography. Carpenter’s book was among the earliest in which an author self-identified as homosexual. He was an English socialist poetphilosopheranthologist, and early activist for rights for homosexuals.

August 20, 1965

Davy Jones & The Lower Third released the single ‘You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving’ the last song that David Bowie (born David Jones), released before changing his name to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and the first of two singles that he recorded with The Lower Third after leaving his previous band, The Manish Boys.

1969

“Staircase,” a film in which Rex Harrison and Richard Burton play lovers, has its world premiere. The film, like the play, is about an aging gay couple who own a barber shop in the East End of London. One of them is a part-time actor about to go on trial for propositioning a police officer. The action takes place over the course of one night as they discuss their loving but often volatile past together and possible future without each other. t was panned by most critics, including Roger Ebert, who gave it one star in his review and called it “an unpleasant exercise in bad taste. Rarely seen on television, the film was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies during its June 2007 tribute to gay cinema.

1977

Syndicated columnist Mike Royko includes Anita Bryant on a list of the ten most obnoxious people in America.

Barbra Streisand topped the Adult Contemporary chart for a fourth week with “My Heart Belongs to Me”.

1978 –

Ronald Reagan announces his opposition to the Briggs Initiative in California, which sought to ban homosexuals or anyone who was supportive of gay rights from being employed as a public school teacher. The Briggs Initiative, on the ballot as Prop 6, failed.

1979

Canada – Seven men staged Gay Sit-in for Justice in the office of Ontario Attorney General Roy McMurtry to demand a meeting about police and legal harassment of the gay community.

Canada – At the Sarnia, Ontario/Port Huron, the Michigan international bridge, lesbians on their way to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival were harassed or turned back by U.S. Immigration officials. Formal complaints were made on behalf of Canadian women by the National Gay Task Force (NGLTF).

1983

The Eurythmics remained at 2 for the third week with their biggest career hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”.  the Human League was at #8–“(Keep Feeling) Fascination”, Taco reached #9 with “Puttin on the Ritz” and Culture Club had another Top 10 with “I’ll Tumble 4 (sic) Ya”.

Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

1987

The New York State Consumer Protection Board announces that a one-month supply of AZT costs consumers anywhere from $900 to $3,000, depending on where it was purchased.

1988

Elton John took a turn at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with his eighth #1 AC hit–“I Don’t Wanna’ Go On With You Like That”.

on the USA pop chart – George Michael’s “Monkey’ made an 8-2 move;  Elton John’s 47th hit and 23rd Top 10–“I Don’t Wanna’ Go On With You Like That” was at #4 with at 9 “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” moved into the Top 10.

1992

Iran – More than 90 gay men were arrested at a private party in Iran. Under Iranian law, homosexuals can be sentenced to death with the testimony of four men.

2001

A federal judge rules that Florida’s law banning lesbians and gays from adopting children is valid, saying the state has a legitimate interest in allowing only married heterosexual couples to adopt. The law is considered the nation’s toughest ban on gay adoptions, prohibiting adoptions by any gay or lesbian individual or couple. Anita Bryant’s hate-based Save Our Children campaign in Dade County branded all gays as pedophiles.

2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-58271187LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’ – BBC NewsA gay student from Kabul tells Newsbeat how life has changed under the Taliban.www.bbc.com

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/08/20/polish-region-wants-to-remain-an-lgbt-free-zone-despite-risking-millions-in-eu-fundsPolish region wants to remain an ‘LGBT-free’ zone despite risking millions in EU funds | EuronewsPolish region wants to stay ‘LGBT-free’ despite risking EU fundswww.euronews.com

meanwhile..

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/08/18/drag-race-uk-victoria-scone/Six things you need to know about Drag Race UK’s Victoria SconeDrag Race UK has made herstory by casting the franchise first cisgender woman performer Victoria Scone, and she’s here to break some moulds.www.pinknews.co.uk

sources cited:

Today in LGBT History – AUGUST 20 | Ronni Sanlo

Daily Elvis: August 20

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June 11 for LGBTQ2

Censorship, particularly of women’s sexuality – and rights advances:

June 11, 1959

The U.S. Postmaster General banned D.H. Lawrence’s book, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” The ban was overruled by the U.S. Court of Appeals the following March.

June 11, 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which included equal access to public facilities, an end to segregation in education, and guaranteed federal protection of voting rights.

in 2020:

Title VII of 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers …https://clousebrown.com › supreme-court-lgbt

homosexual and transgender persons were deemed included for employment and housing protections

In an attempt to halt desegregation by the enrollment of black students Vivian Malone and James Hood, Alabama Governor George Wallace stood defiantly in front of the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. He eventually stepped aside after being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, federal marshals, and the Alabama Army National Guard.

1966

Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)

1986

Madonna released the single “Papa Don’t Preach” in the United States.

1988

Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion.

George Michael remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week with “One More Try”. George Michael’s album Faith had been bumped from #1 three times on the Album chart and each time, it returned to the top spot, a remarkable achievement.  On this date, it was in week #11 at #1.

1990

Olivia Newton-John became a United Nations environmental ambassador. At first, she uses her position to encourage recycling and avoid chemicals harmful to animals, but later takes a more forceful and controversial stand in opposing fracking, which puts her at odds with the Australian mining industry.

1991

Natalie Cole releases “Unforgettable…with Love”, covering her father’s standards, (Grammy Album of the Year)

1993

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people convicted of “hate crimes” could be sentenced to additional punishment.

1999

Ricky Martin appeared on the NBC-TV show Today in New York City.

2002

“American Idol” created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon CowellPaula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox. A singing competition judged by three hosts, it becomes one of the most popular network reality shows and launches a number of careers, with many contestants – and not just winners – becoming stars.

Over three hundred guests, including Ringo Starr and Elton John witnessed Paul McCartney marry his fiancee, Heather Mills, at an Irish castle. All three of Paul’s children from his marriage to Linda Eastman also attended. While the reception’s menu was vegetarian, it was, in Paul’s words, “very liquid and alcoholic. It’s a Rock ‘n’ Roll wedding. We are going to have family and friends and a lot of fun.” Unfortunately, the pair would split in 2006 and divorce two years later.

2008

The U.S. Congress heard singer Nancy Sinatra’s plea for legislation requiring that all performers – not just songwriters – be compensated when their songs are played on commercial radio.

The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s ‘live’ music was re-recorded for reruns. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.

2009

Cher’s lesbian daughter, Chastity Bono, announced that she would undergo gender reassignment surgery to become a man. Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition and, in May 2010, he legally changed his gender to male and name to Chaz.

2012

Lisa Marie Presley, who owns Graceland and a minority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, gave her approval for her father’s image to be turned into a hologram, with possible uses that range from a duets album and a TV drama series to appearances at the Graceland mansion in Memphis and perhaps on the road.

2021

lesbian bars are disappearing and lesbians are under attack

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/21-lesbian-bars-remain-in-the-america-owners-share-why-they-must-be-protected21 lesbian bars remain in America. Owners share why they must be protected | PBS NewsHourOwners and general managers of lesbian bars share what makes these queer spaces vital, how they survived the pandemic, and why this part of LGBTQ nightlife needs to be preserved.www.pbs.org

https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/06/09/teenage-lesbian-couple-post-homophobic-attack-on-facebook/Homophobic attack on teenage lesbian couple posted to Facebook“Y’all are trying to stand out. I could give a shit less about what you want and what you think you might want to be…”www.losangelesblade.com

bashing lgbtq continues

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/pride-crosswalk-incident-saskatoon-1.6061517Homophobic incident at Saskatoon rainbow crosswalk shows need for Pride, says transgender man | CBC NewsLogan Roberts was painting at the crosswalk with his wife when a man approached and started to yell www.cbc.ca

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/10/young-gay-man-gang-rape-torture-homophobia-santa-catarina-brazil-jair-bolsonaro/Young gay man gang-raped and tortured as hatred spirals in Jair Bolsonaro’s BrazilIn an act of ‘barbaric’ violence, a gay 22-year-old was gang-raped and tortured in Brazil, touching off fear and frustration among activists.www.pinknews.co.uk

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/i-fled-conversion-therapy-as-a-gay-man-in-gabon-now-im-living-on-less-than-6-a-day-1043226‘I fled conversion therapy as a gay man in Gabon – now I’m living on less than £6 a day’‘Will I just die in this process, in this system, this pandemic? Am I just going to be another statistic?’inews.co.uk

https://nypost.com/2021/06/11/the-brave-new-wave-of-gay-male-pop-stars-from-lil-nas-x-to-troye-sivan/The brave new wave of gay male pop stars, from Lil Nas X to Troye SivanAs we celebrate Pride Month, Lil Nas X, Troye Sivan and a brave new wave of young gay male pop stars are more visible and visionary than ever, making proud and provocative statements about their sexuality.nypost.com

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a36657686/orion-carloto-bisexuality-sexualisation-male-gaze/Orion Carloto: my bisexuality does not exist for male titillationThe writer and poet says bisexual women carry a heavy stigma – it’s time that changedwww.harpersbazaar.com

In a video statement, Ms Forstater said: “I’m proud of the role I’ve played in clarifying the law and encouraging more people to speak up”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57426579Maya Forstater: Woman wins tribunal appeal over transgender tweets – BBC NewsMaya Forstater lost her job at a think tank over tweets saying people cannot change their biological sex.www.bbc.com

Women’s human rights and women’s protections owing to historic oppression are being eroded

it is curious that the feelings of transwomen are being put above women’s rights and safety in public. with lesbians being particularly singled out for censor.

the danger is from heterosexuals

lesbians and gay men are not raping or murdering transwomen

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/southeast-heightened-danger-protections-trans-people-rcna1159In the Southeast, heightened danger and few protections for trans peopleTransgender people in the Southeast face a disproportionate amount of fatal violence, according to advocates.www.nbcnews.com

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/557836-desantis-says-he-would-sign-ban-of-surgery-for-transgender-youthDeSantis says he would sign ban of surgery for transgender youth | TheHillFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Monday that he would sign legislation banning transgender youth from getting gender reassignment surgery.thehill.com