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Radclyffe Hall the well of loneliness

The Well of Loneliness: Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall hit US bookstores in 1928. American newspapers didn’t quite know what to make of the lesbian novel, then banned in England, or of its monocled author. The Morning Post lauded the writer as one of England’s foremost literary women while finding her appearance rather startling. “Miss Hall has …

Gay Mardi Gras 1982 february 24

Looking back to Gay Mardi Gras 1982

On February 24 1982 the Tribune reported on Mardi Gras 1982 preparations. The paper forecast that February 27 would see “the largest public demonstration of lesbians, gay men and their supporters ever seen in Australia.” That proved accurate. A later article reported 10,000 attendees. “Among the 24 floats were those from Lesbian Line, gay church …

gay bushranger Andrew George Scott Captain Moonlite january 20

A Captain Moonlite Pictorial: the gay bushranger

Andrew George Scott – Captain Moonlite – known in recent years as the gay bushranger – died on the gallows at Darlinghurst Gaol on 20 January 1880. Bushrangers, like outlaws in America and highwaymen in England, became the folk heroes of early Australian history – the Wild Colonial Boys. But, let’s address two contentious issues …

Christopher Isherwood goodbye to berlin january 4

On this day January 4: Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood, lauded  as ‘the best prose writer in English’ by Gore Vidal, died on January 4, 1986. Among his work, Goodbye to Berlin, the novel that inspired the musical Cabaret. “I am a camera,” Christopher Isherwood wrote in the first chapter of Goodbye to Berlin, “with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking… …

alexander brown hanged

On this day: Alexander Brown, hanged in Sydney, 1828

Sunday, December 27 1828, the Sydney Monitor reported on the executions of seven felons the previous Monday. Among them, Alexander Brown, the first person hanged for homosexuality in New South Wales. Alexander Brown was chief officer of the whaling ship Royal Sovereign. It arrived in Sydney a month before. On the ship’s arrival, the Sydney …

Pat McDonald december 26

On this day December 26: Pat McDonald aka Dorrie Evans

On December 26, 1940, actor Miss Patricia McDonald sped back to Sydney to perform at a matinee performance after spending Christmas Day with her parents on their yacht. That was typical of Pat McDonald, the hardworking actor who later starred in Number 96 and Sons and Daughters. In the 1970s, she shared a very public …

i will survive gloria gaynor

I Will Survive: 44 years young today. 🎶🏳️‍🌈🥳🏳️‍🌈🎂

Released October 23, 1978, ‘I Will Survive’ turns 44 today. Gloria Gaynor’s defiant anthem continues to resonate with abused and downtrodden people everywhere. Hear it as you read? Vid is down just a few sentences. 🥳 Soon after its release, ‘I Will Survive’ was embraced as an anthem and rallying call by women, queers, and …

rowse homosexuals in history

On this day: A. L. Rowse, Homosexuals in History

A. L. Rowse, who died October 3, 1997, didn’t like people much, other than the great and mighty among whose ranks he wished to be counted. The great Elizabethan historian authored the controversial 1977 book Homosexuals in History: A Study of Ambivalence in Society, Literature and the Arts. Read Homosexuals of History free and legally …

Charles Winslow Hall

On this day: Charles Winslow Hall, ‘exposed by illness’

A ship’s doctor noticed Charles Winslow Hall’s chest binding when he fell ill on a trip home to America. Sadly, Charles consequently died, September 29, 1901, before the ship reached Boston and newspapers went to town: Passenger Clad in Male Attire — and Bringing a Wife — Exposed by Illness. Born into a wealthy Massachusetts …

Gloria Anzaldua By K. Kendall - originally posted to Flickr as Gloria Anzaldua, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7891727

On this day: Gloria Anzaldúa, tag each piece with a label

Scholar, author and poet Gloria Anzaldúa, born September 26, 1942, grew up on the Mexico-Texas border. Living in what she called the borderlands, Gloria invested in her own conflicting and interwoven identities to address intersections of race, heritage, religion, sexuality, and language. Gloria’s father worked as a sharecropper after the loss of family land. Because, …

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