Musings of an Aging Lesbian

Yesterday we went to the Riverside County Democrats’ JFK awards luncheon. My dear friend Joy Silver who’s running for the CA senate were honored. The best part for me was meeting Jill Wine-Banks who gave me such a sweet tight hug when event organizer Eileen Stern introduced us. Jill was a prosecutor in the Nixon trials in 1974 an d is a prominent MSNBC commentator for this current impeachment activities. This old girl is still impressed by greatness. Jill Wine-Banks epitomizes greatness.

Rudyard Kipling said: If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. The snippets of LGBTQ history here are the stories of our lives, the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we all stand. Learn about them then tell the stories and remember…

Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!


1626, Sweden – Christina, Queen of Sweden (8 December] 1626 – 19 April 1689) is born in Stockholm. Because she is so hairy and has a deep voice, she is mistaken for a boy from birth. As it turns out, from a young age, Christina wanted to be a boy. She was the only surviving legitimate child of King Gustav II Adolph and his wife Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg. At the age of six, Christina succeeded her father on the throne upon his death at the Battle of Lützen, but began ruling when she reached the age of 18. Her closest female friend was Ebba Sparre, with whom she shared “a long time intimate companionship”. When Christina left Sweden, she continued to write passionate letters to Sparre, in which she told her that she would always love her.

1937 – Charley Shively (Dec. 8, 1937 – Oct. 6, 2017) was a pioneering gay liberation activist on the scale, if not with the name recognition, of Harvey Milk. He was a journalist, a poet, and a founding editor of one of the most important gay newspapers in the 1970s. As the founder of Fag Rag, a magazine that unapologetically reversed the stigma of homosexuality, Shively wrote about how gay men imposed heterosexual standards onto their relationships and sex lives. Fag Rag was a Boston based gay newspaper, published from 1971 until the early 1980s. Boston’s gay writers including Larry Martin, Charley Shively and John Mitzel formed the Fag Rag Collective and started the publication. In its early years the subscription list was between 400 and 500 with an additional 4,500 copies sold on newsstands and bookstores or given away. During its run, Fag Rag published interviews with and writing by William S. BurroughsAllen GinsbergChristopher IsherwoodJohn WienersAllen YoungGerard MalangaJohn RechyNed Rorem, and Gore Vidal.

1981 – The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus becomes the first openly gay musical group to play at Carnegie Hall with their Christmas concert.

1982 – The University of South Carolina Gay Student Association sues USC for official recognition by filing a complaint for civil rights violation in the US District Court. A federal judge rules in favor of the GSA and they are granted official recognition.

1987, UK – Conservative Member of Parliament David Wilshire introduced Clause 28 as an amendment to the Local Government Bill which made it illegal for local authorities to “promote homosexuality or promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality.”

1996, UK – In England, South Yorkshire Police placed a full-page ad in “Gay Times” as part of a recruitment campaign.

2004, New Zealand – The New Zealand Parliament approves civil unions with a vote of 65-55. Full marriage equality passed in 2013.

Stand up, speak out, share your story!



(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at,, #LavenderEffect,, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm,, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at Thanks!)

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