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Season 3 Episode 13 | Billy Haines Queernundrum Podcast

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Billy Haines was a notable American actor of the silent film era and early talkies. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a vaudeville performer and model. He made his way to Hollywood and gained fame as a leading man in numerous silent films during the 1920s.
Haines was known for his charismatic screen presence and comedic talent. He appeared in popular films such as "Show People" (1928) and "Tell It to the Marines" (1926), earning him a dedicated fan base. What sets Billy Haines apart in LGBTQ+ history is that he was one of the few actors of his era to openly live as a gay man in Hollywood. He had a long-term romantic partnership with his partner, Jimmie Shields, which was uncommon and often considered scandalous at the time.
Despite his success in the film industry, Haines' career faced a setback when rumors of his sexuality began to circulate. In 1933, he was faced with an ultimatum by MGM Studios to end his relationship with Jimmie Shields or have his contract terminated. Haines chose love over his career and left the film industry.
After leaving Hollywood, Billy Haines transitioned into a successful career as an interior decorator, becoming renowned for his stylish and innovative designs. He maintained a strong and loving relationship with Jimmie Shields for over five decades until his death in 1973.
In the years that followed, Haines' story became an important part of LGBTQ+ history, representing the challenges faced by gay individuals in the entertainment industry during a less accepting time. His choice to live openly with his partner and prioritize his personal happiness over his career was a bold and pioneering act.
Q-News:
California Republicans fight over softening stance against abortion and same-sex marriage – NBC NEWS
Appeals court upholds Tennessee and Kentucky bans on trans care for minors -NBC NEWS
Progressive Florida churches rally against DeSantis over LGBTQ, abortion and school laws - Miami Herald
Human Rights Campaign Remembers US Senator Dianne Feinstein - HRC.org
Show Notes:
How Billy Haines Became Hollywoods Leading Decorator - Town and Country Mag
William Haines - Wikipedia
Out of the Closet, Off the Screen - 2001 Documentary - YouTube
Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” "Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA" and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.

Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
Writer: G. Thoren

Billy Haines was a notable American actor of the silent film era and early talkies. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a vaudeville performer and model. He made his way to Hollywood and gained fame as a leading man in numerous silent films during the 1920s.
Haines was known for his charismatic screen presence and comedic talent. He appeared in popular films such as "Show People" (1928) and "Tell It to the Marines" (1926), earning him a dedicated fan base. What sets Billy Haines apart in LGBTQ+ history is that he was one of the few actors of his era to openly live as a gay man in Hollywood. He had a long-term romantic partnership with his partner, Jimmie Shields, which was uncommon and often considered scandalous at the time.
Despite his success in the film industry, Haines' career faced a setback when rumors of his sexuality began to circulate. In 1933, he was faced with an ultimatum by MGM Studios to end his relationship with Jimmie Shields or have his contract terminated. Haines chose love over his career and left the film industry.
After leaving Hollywood, Billy Haines transitioned into a successful career as an interior decorator, becoming renowned for his stylish and innovative designs. He maintained a strong and loving relationship with Jimmie Shields for over five decades until his death in 1973.
In the years that followed, Haines' story became an important part of LGBTQ+ history, representing the challenges faced by gay individuals in the entertainment industry during a less accepting time. His choice to live openly with his partner and prioritize his personal happiness over his career was a bold and pioneering act.
Q-News:
California Republicans fight over softening stance against abortion and same-sex marriage – NBC NEWS
Appeals court upholds Tennessee and Kentucky bans on trans care for minors -NBC NEWS
Progressive Florida churches rally against DeSantis over LGBTQ, abortion and school laws - Miami Herald
Human Rights Campaign Remembers US Senator Dianne Feinstein - HRC.org
Show Notes:
How Billy Haines Became Hollywoods Leading Decorator - Town and Country Mag
William Haines - Wikipedia
Out of the Closet, Off the Screen - 2001 Documentary - YouTube
Intro music by Jahzzar “Please Listen Carefully” "Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA" and Outro music by Scott Holmes “Acoustic Indie Folk” @ scottianholmes@live.com.

Editor: H. Greystone via FinalCut Pro
Writer: G. Thoren

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