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On this day: Elizabeth was King: now James is Queen

Speculation about the sexuality of the man who paid for the King James Bible began during his youth. Later, James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth I to the English throne as James I, and wannabe poets quipped ‘Rex fuit Elizabeth: nunc est regina Jacobus’ —’Elizabeth was King: now James is Queen’. James was born June …

Raymond Radiguet Bébé

On this day: Raymond Radiguet, dont call me Bébé

Born June 18, 1903, the bisexual French novelist Raymond Radiguet, known in literary circles as Monsieur Bébé, achieved wealth and critical acclaim for his scandalous first novel before dying at twenty. The Devil in the Flesh Raymond Radiguet dropped out of school and finished his first novel by the age of seventeen. Le Diable au …

Henry Dunant may 8

On this day May 8: Red Cross founder & 1st Nobel winner

Henry Dunant, born May 8, 1822, founded the Red Cross and later won the first ever Nobel Peace Prize. Although believed by many to have been bisexual or gay, you won’t find any mention of that on either the Red Cross or Nobel websites. Henry Dunant grew up in a devout Calvinist family. His businessman …

Mehmed II radu the beautiful march 30

On this day March 30: Mehmed II and Radu the Beautiful

Mehmed II, 7th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, often known as Mehmed the Conqueror and born March 30, 1432, remains a national hero in modern-day Turkey. But under the homophobic regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, there’s scant mention of his sexual relationship with Radu the Beautiful, younger brother of Vlad the Impaler. Mehmed II’s …

Jackie 'Moms' Mabley march 19

On this day March 19: Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley

In 1925, the Minneapolis Journal described Jackie Mabley, born March 19, 1894, as ranking ‘with the best of the world’s entertainers’. Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley, reputedly America’s first stand-up comic, stayed at the top for the next half-century. Jackie Mabley ran away and joined the black vaudeville circuit as a 15-year-old following a reportedly horrific childhood. …

Rudolf Nureyev march 17

On this day March 17: Rudolf Nureyev

Born on March 17, 1938, on the Trans-Siberian train, Rudolf Nureyev became a global superstar after defecting from the Soviet Union to the west in 1961.  Scroll down if you just want to watch him dance. Times certainly change. In my youth, leading ballet dancers were as much household names as movie stars, rock gods …

pompeii writing on the wall february 5

On this day February 5: Pompeii, the writing on the wall

The earthquake that damaged Pompeii on February 5 62 CE was probably the writing on the wall. But unaware of the devastation that would befall them in the volcanic eruption of 79 CE, Pompeiians carried on. With no access to social media, they posted their thoughts by literally writing on the walls. The eruption of …

caligula january 24

On this day January 24: the famously debauched Caligula

Officers of the Praetorian Guard assassinated Caligula on January 24 41 CE, stabbing him thirty times, the same number of wounds as his murdered relative Julius Caesar. Caligula achieved renown as the most perverse of Rome’s emperors, whether he deserved it or not. These days, our knowledge of Caligula is probably most informed by various …

cry boy Johnnie Ray january 10

On this day January 10: Johnnie Ray, bi cry boy

The man Tony Bennett called ‘the father of rock and roll’, singer/songwriter Johnnie Ray was born January 10, 1927. Billed as the Cry Boy singer, the partially deaf pop star required police escorts during the fifties to stop riotous teenyboppers tearing his clothes off. At the age of 12, the Oregon farm boy lost fifty …

Julius Caesar January 1

On this day January 1: the divine Julius Caesar

On January 1 42 BCE, the Roman Senate deified former dictator Julius Caesar. Quite an elevation for a man previously mocked for his bisexuality and relentlessly bottom-shamed. However, the new god was already dead. Members of the Senate stabbed him to death two years before. But typically, the politicians deified the warrior/politician for their own …