BCE to The Suffragettes
6th Century BC – Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC) is born in Mytilene on the Isle of Lesbos. 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“. She has been called the greatest lyric poet of early Greece. Some historians believe she loved women romantically or erotically but, of course, interpreting fragments of poetry from other times in history across cultural and linguistic divides is more an art than a science. Plato called her the “Tenth Muse.” An aristocrat she was completely self-contained in her love for other women.
The oldest surviving English opera, Matthew Locke’s Psyche, is first performed at Dorset Garden Theatre, London by the Duke’s Company.
1880 – African-American lesbian poet, essayist and playwright Angelina Weld Grimké (February 27, 1880 – June 10, 1958) is born. She was an American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. She was one of the first women of color to have a play publicly performed. Analysis of her work by modern literary critics has provided strong evidence that Grimke was lesbian or bisexual. Scholars found more evidence after her death when studying her diaries and more explicit unpublished works. The Dictionary of Literary Biography: African-American Writers Before the Harlem Renaissance states: “In several poems and in her diaries Grimké expressed the frustration that her lesbianism created; thwarted longing is a theme in several poems.” Some of her unpublished poems are more explicitly lesbian, implying that she lived a life of suppression, both personal and creative.
02-27-1925 – 12-24-1990 Pat Bond (born Patricia Childers) – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She was an American actress who starred on stage, television, and film. Her
career spanned forty years. Bond never hid the fact that she was a lesbian and in many cases she was the first gay woman people saw on stage. In 1945, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and was a nurse for soldiers returning from the South Pacific. She also served in Occupied Japan. In 1947, in Tokyo, 500 women were dishonorably discharged from the army on the charge of homosexuality. To avoid being prosecuted, she married Paul Bond, a gay GI. She received an honorable discharge from the army on July 3, 1947. Following her leaving the Army, she moved to San Francisco where she earned a BA and MA in Theater from San Francisco State College. She became
nationally known from the documentary film about gay people, titled Word Is Out (1978), in which she was interviewed. Her performace in the film stole the show and launched her career as an actress and storyteller. By the late 1970s/80s, she was performing four one-woman shows in theater around the country. Gerty Gerty Gerty Is Back Back Back was her most popular performance where she plays the legendary Gertrude Stein. In 1990, Bond was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in recognition of her service in the army at the end of WWII. She died of emphysema on Christmas Eve, 1990. In 1992, The Pat Bond Memorial Old Duke Award was founded in her honor. The award goes to recognize Bay Area lesbians over the age of 60 who have made outstanding contributions to the world.
02-27-1932 – 03-23-2011 Elizabeth Taylor – Born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom. She was a British-American
actress and considered one of the greatest and most famous screen stars in the world. After her close friend, Rock Hudson, died in 1985 following his battle with HIV/AIDS, the actress started work to find a cure for the disease. In 1985, she co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1991 she launched the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation in order to offer greater support for those who are sick, as well as fund research for more advanced treatments. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honor, the Jean Hershel Humanitarian Award, and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
02-27-1936 Sonia Johnson – Born in Malad City, Idaho. She is a feminist activist and
writer. She was excommunicated by LDS Church (Mormon Church) for her outspoken support of the Equal Rights Amendment. She went on to publish several radical feminist books and became a popular feminist speaker. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico with her partner Jade DeForest.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
1952 – Tam Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy (born January 27, 1952) is an American children’s science writer, former professional tennis player and co-founder of the science education company Sally Ride Science. O’Shaughnessy was the life partner of astronaut Sally Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012), the first American woman in space, from 1985 until Ride’s death in 2012.
February 27, 1956
Little Richard released the single “Long Tall Sally” b/w “Slippin’ and Slidin.’”
1957 – Sherry Harris (born February 27, 1957) was elected to the Seattle city council in 1991, making her the first openly lesbian African-American elected official. In 1991, Harris ran for political office in Seattle. She became the first candidate endorsed by the then newly-founded Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization supporting LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer) persons in politics. By a 70% majority, Harris defeated the 24-year incumbent, Sam Smith, who had been the first African American elected to the Seattle City Council. She served as an at-large City Council member from 1992 to 1995. Sherry Harris lost her re-election bid in 1995. She attempted a political comeback two years later but did not win the general election. Since then Harris has focused on a holistic vision of persons, politics, and society. In 2010 Harris published her book, Changing the World from the Inside Out: Politics for the New Millennium. She founded her own company in Seattle: Spirit Mind Body Educational Resources. She lectures and conducts workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
February 27, 1961
Aretha Franklin made her pop chart debut with “Won’t Be Long” on Columbia Records. It reached #76 and became the first of seventy-four hits for the “Queen of Soul” over the next thirty-three years.
02-27-1965 Sherry D. Harris – Born in Newark, New Jersey. She was the first out
African-American lesbian elected to public office in 1991 in the United States. Harris ran for political office in Seattle and became the first candidate endorsed by the newly-founded Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. By a 70% majority, Harris defeated the 24-year incumbent, Sam Smith, who had been the first African-American elected to the Seattle City Council. She served on the City Council from 1992 to 1995. She also helped raise over $1 million to fight anti-gay ordinances in Washington state. In 2010, Harris published her book, Changing the World from the Inside Out: Politic for the New Millennium.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
February 27, 1971
Janis Joplin‘s album Pearl hits #1 in the US, where it stays for nine weeks. on the song chart she moved from 25-10 with the posthumous release “Me And Bobby McGee”. Joplin died of a heroin overdose three months before the album was released.
February 27, 1973
Three hundred members of the American Indian Movement, including local and traditional Native Americans, began a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, site of the massacre of Sioux men, women and children in 1890, and reclaimed it in the name of the Lakota Nation. On May 8, 1973, after four people had been killed and 15 others wounded, the Siege at Wounded Knee came to an end with government law enforcement agencies making nearly 1200 arrests.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” moved from 18 to 9 on the usa song charts
02-27-1982 Francine Beppu – Place of birth in Hawaii unknown. American television personality, and entrepreneur. She graduated from New York University. She came to prominence with her role on the
Showtime reality series The Real L Word, season 2. She grew up in Hawaii, loves the islands and local culture, but growing up gay in Hawaii wasn’t easy. She left Hawaii after high school and continued her education at New York University, where she earned degrees in Marketing, International Business, and Media & Technology. New York is also where she expanded her horizons and was introduced to a diverse and openly gay community.
George Michael reaches number one in the US for the second time in his solo career with “Father Figure”. He would go on to have a total of six after scoring three chart toppers with Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!
1989: The U.S.S.R. reports the case of twenty-nine infants and six mothers who all contracted AIDS in the same hospital through a single unsterile syringe that was used over and over again.
90s: Listserves and Email distribution replaces telephone trees for activism
After fourteen weeks at #1, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” became the longest-running chart topper, eclipsing Boyz II Men’s 1992 smash, “End of the Road.” That record was eclipsed in 1995 – 1996 by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day”, which enjoyed a run of 16 weeks.
Céline Dion made British music chart history by becoming the first artist in more than 30 years to have both the number one album and number one single for five straight weeks.
1997 – The Centers for Disease Control reports a major decline in AIDS-related deaths for the first time.
Britney Spears had the #1 U.K. song with “…Baby One More Time”.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
2001 – Two female characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow and Tara, kiss. Though there had been other lesbian kisses on television, this was the first realistic lesbian relationship between two women on screen.
2004 – New Palz, NY, Mayor Jason West begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following San Francisco. The license were later nullified.
Human Rights in global conflict: Trans/Pans vs LGB/ vs Heterosexual women
Elton John gave a free, surprise concert outside of the old Tower Records building in Los Angeles. John performed an hour-long set of his hits to thank the city of West Hollywood for its support of his AIDS Foundation and his Academy Awards Viewing Party
, an ABC mini-series, premiers on this day. It was a docudrama miniseries about LGBT rights, created by Dustin Lance Black (born June 10, 1974). The 45-year saga tells the evolving history of the modern gay rights movement, starting just after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Black is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. He has won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk.
they are not lesbian bars when they are for queer people
that is women caretaking everyone but ourselves again
lesbians need lesbian spaces
Lesbian Bars Are Popping Up Around the Country – The New York Times
Around the country, new pop-ups have sought to fill a void left by L.G.B.T.Q.-focused spaces that have closed.www.nytimes.com
Amid controversies, this lesbian film to hit Indian theaters on April 08 – IBTimes India
According to close sources to the movie, the director has shot several intimate lesbian scenes featuring the lead stars for this moviewww.ibtimes.co.in
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.