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November 15 2022

BCE to The Suffragettes

1636: The Plymouth Colony (present-day Massachusetts) issues the first complete legal code in the colonies. “Sodomy, rapes, buggery” constitute one of eight categories of crimes punishable by death.

11-15-1869 – 03-24-1928 Charlotte Mew – Born in Bloomsbury, London, England. She was an English poet. 

She was one of seven children, three of whom died in early childhood and two that suffered from mental illness and were committed to institutions. She and her sister made a pact never to marry for fear of passing on insanity to their children. Charlotte is known to have been infatuated with her schools’ headmistress, Lucy Harrison. She is thought to have been a lesbian throughout her adult life, she wore masculine attire and kept her hair short, looking like a dandy. She often wrote from the view of a male person. Her first collection of poetry, The Farmer’s Bride, was published in 1916 in England and in 1921 in the United States. Virginia Woolf, who said she was “very good and interesting and quite unlike anyone else.” After her sister’s death in 1927, Mew fell into a deep depression and eventually committed suicide by drinking Lysol.

11-15-1873 – 02-22-1945   Sara Josephine Baker – Born in Poughkeepsie, New York to a wealthy Quaker family. She attended the New York Infirmary Medical College and graduated second in her class in 1898. As an American 

physician, she is known for her contributions to public health, especially those of children living in poverty in New York City. Known as “Dr. Joe,” she wore masculine-tailored suits and joked that colleagues forgot that she was a woman. In 1917, she noted that babies born in the United States faced a higher mortality rate than soldiers fighting in WWI. She also (twice) tracked down Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary. Baker aided in the prevention of infant blindness caused by gonorrhea bacteria transmitted during birth. Within 2 years, her efforts decreased blindness from 300 babies per year to 3 per year. Baker also campaigned to educate and license midwives. She also worked to make sure that each school had its own doctor and nurse. This system worked so well, that head lice and the eye infection trachoma, diseases once rampant in schools, became almost non-existent. Because of her efforts, she became famous and was asked by the New York University Medical School to lecture on children’s health. Baker said she would if she could also enroll in the school. She was initially turned down, but eventually allowed to enroll because the school couldn’t find a male 

lecturer to match her knowledge. So, in 1917, she graduated with a doctorate in public health. Quote from her autobiography: “The way to keep people from dying from disease, it struck me suddenly, was to keep them from falling ill. Healthy people don’t die. It sounds like a completely witless remark, but at that time it was a startling idea. Preventative medicine had hardly been born yet and had no promotion in public health work.”  Baker lived most of the later part of her life with Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (b. March 16,1885), a novelist and scriptwriter from Australia who identified as a “woman-oriented woman.” Little is known about Baker’s personal life, as she destroyed all her personal papers. Neither Baker nor Wylie ever declared themselves openly as lesbians, but according to Dr. Bert Hansen’s articles, Public Careers and Private Sexuality: Some Gay and Lesbian Lives in the History of Medicine and Public Health, the two women were life-partners. Baker died from cancer on February 22, 1945, in New York City.

11-15-1887 – 03-06-1986 Georgia O’Keeffe – Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was an American artist. She has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. She married Alfred Stieglitz in 1924. They both had relationships with others, she with both men and women. At least once they were lovers with the same woman, Rebecca Strand, wife of the famous photographer Paul Strand. Rebecca Strand was an artist in her own right and was friends and lovers with O’Keeffe for many years.

1940s The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code

1940, South Africa – Patricia Marion Fogarty (Nov. 15, 1940-Feb. 17, 1999), illustrator and photographer and lover of filmmaker Jayne Parker, is born. She was an illustrator whose drawings and watercolors appeared regularly in newspapers, magazines, books, and in national advertising campaigns – in every size and context, from billboards to brochures to ginger-beer labels.

1941- Hitler orders the death penalty for homosexual SS officers. Heinrich Himmler announced the decree that any member of the Nazi SS or police who had sex with another man would be put to death.

1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex

1952 – In Los Angeles, W. Dorr Legg, Tony Reyes, Martin Block, Dale Jennings, Merton Bird, Don Slater, and Chuck Rowland, all with ties to the Mattachine Society, form a group to promote education and research activities beneficial to gay men and lesbians. ONE, Inc., results from the meeting. The name is from an aphorism of Victorian writer Thom Carlyle: “A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.”

The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30


11-15-1960 Dawn Airey – Born in Lancashire, United Kingdom She was a British commercial television executive. She was also senior vice president of Yahoo’s business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, responsible for advertising. As of September 2015, she became the Getty Images CEO. An out lesbian, she lives with her civil partner Jacqueline Lawrence (a former television producer, now Chair of The Elam Trust) and their two children in West London and Oxford.

1961: The Washington, DC chapter of the Mattachine Society is formed by activists Jack Nichols (March 16, 1938 – May 2, 2005) and Frank Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) who is elected president. Kameny was an American rights activist. He has been referred to as “one of the most significant figures” in the American gay rights movement.

11-15-1962 Judy Gold – Born in Newark, New Jersey. She is an American stand-up comedienne and actress. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as writer and producer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She is 

openly gay and is very active in both LGBT and Jewish communities. Her one-woman show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother is based on a series of interviews with more than 50 Jewish mothers in the U.S. Their stories are interspersed with anecdotes about her own mother and her life as a lesbian mom of two sons.

1969 –

Representatives of the Gay Liberation Front join hundreds of thousands of other demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War in Washington, DC

Janis Joplin is arrested at her concert in Tampa, Florida and charged with using “vulgar and indecent language”. The incident began when a policeman with a bullhorn ordered people in the audience to sit down and Joplin responded, “Don’t fuck with those people! Hey, Mister, what’re you so uptight about? Did you buy a five dollar ticket?” When police backstage instructed Joplin to tell the audience to take their seats, she replied, “I’m not telling them shit.” After being arrested in her dressing room, Joplin was released on bond and all charges were eventually dropped.

1970s: Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights

1970 – “Jet Magazine” features a lesbian couple, Edna Knowles and Peaches Stevens, in their publication under the headline “Two Women ‘Married’ In Chicago — To Each Other.” However, Jet noted that the Illinois marriage license bureau had no record of the union. The image caption refers to Stevens as the “bridegroom.”

1973 – Dr. Howard Brown announces the founding of the National Gay (“and lesbian” was added later) Task Force, considered the first gay or lesbian rights organization with a truly national scope. Dr. Bruce Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994) is named the first executive director;.

1977 – The school board of Santa Barbara, California, votes to ban discrimination against students based on sexual orientation;

1978 – Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) dies at age 76. Mead, who was bisexual, was perhaps the most famous anthropologist in the world at the time of her death. She helped the world to understand that gender roles differed from culture to culture. She once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Mead never openly identified herself as lesbian or bisexual. In her writings she proposed that it is to be expected that an individual’s sexual orientation may evolve throughout life.

1980s The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list

1980, Canada – Michael Harcourt, an alderman consistently supportive of the gay community, is elected mayor of Vancouver. An organization called Gay People to Elect Mike Harcourt campaigned actively in the gay community. Harcourt would become NDP premier of British Columbia in 1991.

1983 – A Washington, DC, Superior Court judge dismisses a lawsuit brought by gay students against Georgetown University three years prior, ruling that the students cannot force the university to grant their organization recognition, because the federal government does not have an official national policy on homosexual rights.

1987: Randy Shilts’s seminal work on the early years of the AIDS crisis, “And the Band Played On” debuts at No. 12 on the New York Times best seller list.

1988 – Alexandria, Virginia bans discrimination in employment, housing and other practices based on sexual orientation.

1989: Massachusetts becomes the second state in the U.S. to pass a statewide gay rights law.

90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation

1992 – Thirty-five members of The Cathedral Project, a gay Roman Catholic group, demonstrate in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to protest a Vatican directive urging bishops to oppose laws banning anti-gay bias.

1995 – The Florida Baptist state convention approves a resolution to encourage members to boycott the Walt Disney Co. because of the company’s extension of domestic partner benefits to its gay and lesbian employees.

1999 – The Washington Times reports claims George W. Bush ensured conservative supporters that he would not knowingly appoint any homosexuals as ambassadors or department heads in his administration if elected president.

Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”


The UK music industry made the decision to include computer downloads as part of the pop singles chart in an attempt to restore credibility to the Top 40. OD2 the online music distributor would compile the new chart with the official chart company.


Madonna released the album Confession on a Dance Floor.

2008 – Comedian Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964) comes out at a rally in Las Vegas for marriage equality. She said, “ I’m proud to be a woman, proud to be Black, and proud to be gay…” Sykes is an American actress, comedian and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. A month earlier, Sykes had married her partner Alex Niedbalski, a French woman, whom she had met in 2006. The couple became parents on April 27, 2009, when Alex gave birth to twins.

2010s Avocado Toast is the new Latte cheaper made at home, tastes better out

2011: The Oklahoma City Council votes to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in city employment.

2020s: Unnamed Common Oppressor VSHeterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/


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It’s Lesbian Enemies to Lovers on Season 4 of “The Dragon Prince”

A deaf butch human warrior. A Black elf queen. Tolkien truly could never.

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How to Disappear Completely: A Lesbian Musician Watches Tár

In which a masc lesbian musician nerds out about Tár: what worked, what didn’t make sense, what she loved, and where the film went astray.

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