Before the 1900s to The Suffragettes
630 B.C., Lesbos – Sappho is born c. (630 – 570 BC) . The poet wrote beautiful poetry to the women she loved. It is because Sappho and her followers lived on the Isle of Lesbos that women who love women call themselves “lesbian” to this day. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung and accompanied by a lyre, and which is usually about the love and passion of women. Most of Sappho’s poetry is now lost, and what is extant has survived only in fragmentary form, except for one complete poem – the “Ode to Aphrodite”. As well as lyric poetry, ancient commentators claimed that Sappho wrote elegiac and iambic poetry. Lesbian author Willa Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) wrote “Sappho wrote only of one theme, sang it, laughed it, sighed it, wept it, sobbed it. Save for her knowledge of human love she was unlearned, save for her perception of beauty she was blind, save for the fullness of her passions she was empty-handed.”
1885, Uganda – Mwanga II, King of Buganda (Uganda), resists Christianity coming to Uganda in part because he wishes to keep sodomy legal and to maintain his harem of young boys. Therefore, he has James Hannington, the first bishop of Africa killed when he comes to Uganda.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1951 – LDS Church First Presidency Counselor Stephen L Richards instructs a mission president not to excommunicate a missionary elder for the “superficial charge” of fondling the genitals of three young men, ages twelve to thirteen. Richards said the missionary was only “guilty of a great indiscretion.”
Billboard reviews Little Richard‘s “Tutti Frutti” and calls it “cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery.” The record’s hard-driving sound and wild lyrics not only became a model for future Little Richard songs, but also for Rock and Roll itself.
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips launches America’s first all-female radio station, WHER in Memphis.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York’s East Village. The show moved to Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances, closing on July 1st, 1972. The play’s original cast album spawned the hit singles “Aquarius” / Let the Sun Shine In”, “Good Morning Starshine”, “Easy To Be Hard” and “Hair” and helped launch the career of songwriter Galt MacDermont
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
October 29, 1972
Elton John gives a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II, making him the first Rock ‘n’ Roller to be asked to appear in a royal variety performance since the Beatles did it in November 1963.
October 29, 1975Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.
1979 – Gay activists hold a “mince-in” at the Ontario legislature in Toronto to draw attention to inaction on human rights protections for gays and lesbians.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
1980 – Anti-gay graffiti is found on the Memorial Steps at Tufts University in Boston with the words “FAGS MUST DIE.” The campus and local community at large were outraged both at the graffiti and its longevity on the steps. The graffiti was not removed until after a huge outcry.
, Madonna’s first single debuted on the chart–“Holiday”.
Barry Manilow‘s tour opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His series of concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record then held by Diana Ross.
David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
“One Moment In Time”, the great song from Whitney Houston, rose to #1 on the AC chart.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
Madonna remained at #4 with “Secret”
In Iran, a 31 year old man is convicted of “ugly and improper conduct” and sentenced to twenty lashes for cross-dressing.
Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight And The Pips, The Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, and The Shirelles
Representatives from the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization, and the Gay Lesbian and Straight Educators Network met with House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and funding for AIDS care and research. Gephardt met with them to discuss ways in which the party could assist gay and lesbian candidates through the coming election cycle.
The U.S. Senate passed the “La Cienega” bill. The bill closed a loophole in the 1909 copyright act that put most pre-1978 music copyrights in jeopardy.
1997 – Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) (born March 31, 1940) introduces a bill calling for the extension of health insurance coverage to the domestic partners of US federal employees through the federal employee health program. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.
1997 – Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals unanimously overturns Circuit Court Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth’s decision prohibiting a divorced gay man from seeing his children in the presence of his partner.
Little Richard performed at Washington, DC’s Ford Theater at the Gala for the President with a beaming President Clinton looking on.
1999, Austria – Lesbian Ulrike Lunacek (born 26 May 1957) is the first openly gay member of Parliament of the National Council of Austria. She is a member of the Austrian Green Party, part of the European Green Party. In 2017, she was the top candidate for the national elections in Austria in 2017. She is co-president of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Substitute in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affair.
Post 9/11 – From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2002 – former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo (born July 11, 1968) comes out. He is a former American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for nine years. He played college football at Oregon State University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He won the Morris Trophy in 1989, which is given to the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10. He was named Pac-10 Conference First Team twice and as a senior he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. In 2002, having retired from sports, Tuaolo announced to the public that he is gay, coming out on HBO’s Real Sports. This made him the third former NFL player to come out, after David Kopay (born June 28, 1942) and Roy Simmons (November 8, 1956 – February 20, 2014). Tuaolo, the child of Samoan banana farmers, lives in Minnesota with his life-partner, Mitchell Wherley, and their twins, Mitchell Jr. and Michelle.
A Human Rights Campaign study shows 60 percent of American adoption agencies accept applications from gay and lesbian couples and 40 percent claim to have placed children in homes headed by same-sex couples.
Joan Jett was a guest on the television show Crossing Over With John Edward.
2004: Germany expands the rights of same-sex couples, allowing registered domestic partners to adopt each other’s children.
2011, Denmark – Axel Axgil (3 April 1915 – 29 October 2011), 96, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships, dies in Copenhagen. He and Eigil Axgil (24 April 1922 – 22 September 1995) were Danish gay activists and a longtime couple. They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalization of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment
Hundreds of viewers complained about Lady Gaga’s recent UK performance on The X Factor according to Ofcom. Around 200 people contacted the broadcasting watchdog about her outfit of shells and flesh-coloured underwear. Another 60 viewers complained directly to ITV about the singer’s appearance, before the 9pm watershed.
2015 – Hollyoaks becomes the first UK soap to cast an openly transgender actress in a regular role. Annie Wallace plays the high school’s new head teacher, Sally St. Claire, making her first appearance on this day.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/29/schools-are-banning-my-book-queer-kids-need-queer-stories/Opinion | Schools are banning my book. But queer kids need queer stories.Removing or restricting queer books in libraries and schools is like cutting a lifeline for queer youth.www.washingtonpost.com
https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/exclusive-maggie-lindemann-on-her-explosive-queer-rock-anthem-she-knows-it/Maggie Lindemann on her explosive queer rock anthem She Knows ItThe American artist exclusively breaks down the meaning behind her unapologetic pop-rock single for GAY TIMES.www.gaytimes.co.uk
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/10/28/scholar-apologizes-criticizing-bisexual-comic-characterScholar Apologizes for Criticizing Bisexual Comic CharacterChristopher Newport University is facing calls to fire a scholar in residence who questioned DC Comics’ recent decision to make a fictional character, the son of Superman and Lois Lane, Jon Kent, bisexual. Scholar and writer Sophia A. Nelson said on Twitter that she doesn’t “get why this is necessary. I don’t! What if Christian parents of children reading comic books don’tShow Morewww.insidehighered.com
https://www.autostraddle.com/the-25-most-fan-fic-ed-lesbian-and-bisexual-tv-couples-of-all-time/The 25 Most Fan Fic-ed Lesbian and Bisexual TV Couples of All Time – AutostraddleThere are 14 canon ships here, and 11 femslash ships, making 2021 the first year ever that there’s more canon couples represented in fan fiction’s top tier than non-canon couples!www.autostraddle.com
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/29/one-in-five-lesbian-women-in-cyprus-victims-of-harassment-survey-shows/One in five lesbian women in Cyprus victims of harassment, survey shows | Cyprus MailA total 22 per cent of lesbian women experienced harassment within a year prior to 2019 in Cyprus, showed a Fundamental Rights Agency’s survey. The FRA’s second LGBTI survey, which included 140,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, was quoted in the gender equality index that was released…cyprus-mail.com
https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/10/29/lesbian-bar-project-film-shown-at-library-of-congress/?cf_chl_jschl_tk=pmd_qZubSI3RleI1zDxgztEdSy5GrMnb8qr0suw_CV2cFlU-1635527975-0-gqNtZGzNApCjcnBszQk9‘Lesbian Bar Project’ film shown at Library of CongressSen. Baldwin, Rep. Davids join LGBTQ activists for viewingwww.washingtonblade.com
https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Two-men-reportedly-defile-alleged-teen-lesbian-1390543Two men reportedly defile alleged teen lesbianA 15-year-old suspected lesbian has allegedly been defiled by two men at Nkurakan, a suburb of the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern region .www.ghanaweb.com
https://www.rawstory.com/gay-student-heckled-franklin-high-school/VIDEO: Enraged parent screams ‘indoctrination’ at gay student for speaking out against bullying – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent JournalismA school committee meeting Tuesday night in Franklin, Massachusetts, where students and staff were discussing anti-gay bullying turned contentious when a parent decided to loudly chime in, CBS Boston reports. Franklin High School senior Mackenzie Atwood was telling another speaker about feeling “at…www.rawstory.com
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/obscure-famous-artist-photographer-lesbian-sexuality/The “most obscure famous artist” was a photographer of lesbian sexuality / LGBTQ NationOne of her books was denounced on the floor of Congress, but in the queer community Tee Corinne was a master of her craft. Now the wider world is starting to celebrate her too…www.lgbtqnation.com
https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/lgbtq-influncers-1234982746/8 LGBTQ Influencers That Are Sparking Change – WWDQueer influencers aren’t just changing the game for social media platforms — they’re changing fashion culture and the community.wwd.com
https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-life-and-style/halloween-gay-christmas-many-lgbtq-americans-rcna4027Why Halloween is ‘gay Christmas’ to many LGBTQ AmericansGrowing up outside of Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its 1692 witch trials, Lee Roberts is more connected to Halloween than most.www.nbcnews.com
https://www.kagstv.com/article/news/local/texas-ams-exhibit-shines-a-light-on-lgbtq-identity/499-5669d1cb-d9c8-4315-b42c-1f2c280767afTexas A&M exhibit emphasizes importance of local LGBTQ community | kagstv.comOn this LGBTQ History Month, learn about the enlightening stories of what it means to be part of a resilient group of people.www.kagstv.com
https://people.com/movies/kumail-nanjiani-responds-to-critics-of-lgbtq-eternals-character-were-upsetting-the-right-people/Kumail Nanjiani Responds to Critics of LGBTQ Representation in Eternals | PEOPLE.comKumail Nanjiani responded to fans who complained about Brian Tyree Henry’s character Phastos, who is gay in the upcoming Eternals.people.com
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/10/28/no-charges-for-wyoming-librarians-over-sex-ed-lgbtq-books.htmlNo charges for Wyoming librarians over sex ed, LGBTQ books | The StarCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A prosecutor won’t charge library employees for making sex education and LGBTQ-themed books available to young people in a deepl…www.thestar.com
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59062483Archbishop of Canterbury criticises Ghana anti-LGBT bill – BBC NewsJustin Welby says he is “gravely concerned” by a Ghanaian proposal that would punish people for being gay.www.bbc.com
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/human-rights-complaint-filed-over-single-family-condo-restrictions-amid-concerns-of-lgbtq-discrimination-1.5643006Human rights complaint filed over ‘single family’ condo restrictions in Ontario amid concerns of LGBTQ discrimination | CTV NewsMore people are coming forward with concerns about Ontario condominium rules that require units be for “single families” — but appear to keep out LGBTQ couples, single parents, and a host of other family types.toronto.ctvnews.ca
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Election-pledges-on-LGBT-rights-boost-legislation-hopesElection pledges on LGBT rights boost legislation hopes – Japan TodayCampaign pledges by most political parties ahead of Sunday’s lower house election have increased hopes of legislation to deepen understanding and protect the rights of sexual minorities. Six major opposition parties promise that they will seek to present bills to parliament next year to help protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and…japantoday.com
that they have exorcists….
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/vatican-tells-exorcist-priests-stop-trying-cast-covid-19/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=248a4fae1a-20211029_LGBTQ_Nation_Daily_Brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-248a4fae1a-430855381Vatican tells exorcist priests to stop trying to cast out COVID-19 / LGBTQ NationThe church employs hundreds of priests “trained” in demonic possession…www.lgbtqnation.com
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
Today in LGBT History – October 29 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › today-in-lgbt-history-october-29Oct. 29, 2017 — 2011, Denmark – Axel Axgil (3 April 1915 – 29 October 2011), 96, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize …
Today in LGBT History – OCTOBER 29 | Ronni Sanlohttps://ronnisanlo.com › today-in-lgbt-history-october-…Oct. 29, 2019 — Today in LGBT History – OCTOBER 29 · Musings of an Aging Lesbian · I woke up with sniffles, runny eyes and a headache, then made it all worse by …