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LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
Sunny with a chance of Fabulous.
Dearest Tumblr Family and Friends,
Happy Day of the Doctor!
KNOWhomo Nonfiction (a Moderator is currently reading)
LGBTQ* Gender Bending and Presentation (You May Not Know)
Upon arriving at the University of Nebraska, Willa Cather walked in dressed as William Cather. Willa Cather claimed William was Willa’s long-lost brother.
Cather, whose works are staples in American fiction, is one of America’s leading lesbian historical authors. Cather presented as a fairly “butch”/”tomboy” lesbian, wrote constantly, studied and lived in Nebraska (think about that), and dated women throughout her life. Cather openly spent a portion of her time with her companion, Edith Lewis. And by portion, we mean 40 years.
“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”
― Willa Cather
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Illinois will become the 15th state that recognizes LGBTQ* marriages in 2014. (…we are assuming no one will spend the time or money required to deny people rights and lock this law up in court)
LGBTQ* Theatre Moments
Arina Larsen talks about her experience with the gay fantasia musical ZANNA, Don’t! and sings “Ain’t Got Time” from the musical, for If It Only Runs a Minute.
(following from YouTube page)
If It Only Even Runs A Minute is an award-winning concert series celebrating rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales, and inspiring photos from underappreciated Broadway musicals. Created by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Kevin Michael Murphy, and Caleb Hoyer. Visit http://IfItOnlyEvenRunsAMinute.com for more information.
LGBTQ* Heroes You Should Know
Evelyn Hooker started her career as an animal psychologist. While working at the University of California in the 1940s, Hooker befriended one of her students after he came out to her. Hooker was encouraged by this student to explore the nature of homosexuality. At this time, homosexuality was considered a mental illness and in many countries and states, a crime. Hooker was able to form a study group of 60 men, half of whom were gay, to a series of personality tests. The results were then placed before a series of physiological “experts” who were unable to conclude which of those tested were gay and which were straight.
In 1956/57, Evelyn Hooker submitted her work for review, arguing that there was nothing solid in research proving homosexuality was pathological.
A decade later, President Johnson appointed Hooker to the National Institute of Mental Health. This task force fought for the repeal of sodomy laws and is credited as one of the major organizations which influenced those responsible for removing homosexuality from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of mental illnesses presented by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973.
LGBTQ* Terms You Should Know
"TWO-SPIRIT" — an umbrella term (sometimes) used as a noun by indigenous people of North America to describe those who express their truths and self outside of the gender binary
Also recorded as: twospirit; two spirit
* Please note the above photo which describes We’Wa as Berdache. This term has been used by anthropologists in the past to describe trans* and Two-Spirit indigenous persons. It is now considered to be an archaic term and is often considered offensive.
IMPORTANT: The only individuals who identify as Two-Spirit are those who are individuals of specific cultures and ethnicity. Two-Spirit takes on more than just gender identity. It is a cultural and spiritual term.
Known Indigenous Tribes Who Openly Recognize(d) and Support(ed) Two-Spirit Members
Above Photograph All of We’Wa.
LGBTQ* Opportunities for Publication You May Have Missed:
The KNOWhomo family is excited to share an opportunity with you from our friend Ryan Sallans over at Scout Publishing, LLC. Got a story you want to share? The Outrider Review is looking for writing addressing issues of gender, sexuality, and identity to fill out its inaugural issue, due out in January 2014. They’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, artwork, etc. For more information, see the link below. Good luck, and as always,
Keep On, Keeping on.
Call for submissions: All artists and writers who explore either gender, sexuality or identity The Outrider Review wants to see your work for the first volume, first issue, New Beginnings to be released January 1, 2014. To learn more visit the link! http://www.scoutpublishingllc.com/the-outrider-review/
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LGBTQ* Family Moments You May Have Missed
Neil Patrick Harris, fiance David Burtka, and family Halloween photographs 2011-2013
LGBTQ* Slang History (You May Not Know)
THE GAME OF FLATS
Texts from the 1700s refer to sexual acts between two women as “the game of flats,” or “flats.” The phrase came from the perception that sexual acts were primarily tribadistic (simulated heterosexual behavior). It is believed that the phrase was slang in Turkish culture and then recorded in London for the first time.
Photo Source: Created at Join the Realm
Information Source: Baker, Michelle, and Stephen Tropiano. Queer Facts: The Greatest Gay & Lesbian Trivia Book Ever. London: Arcane, 2004.
LGBTQ* Podcasts You May Have Missed
Stuff You Missed in History Class, from How Stuff W?rks, is a wonderful source for information about LGBTQ* culture. Recently, SYMIHC covered trans* wagon master Charley Parkhurst. Charley is one of Wells Fargo’s historical bragging rights and his first vote made west coast voting history (listen to podcast HERE).
Interested in a bit more about Charley Parkhurst?
Want to know more?
KNOWhomo’s Charley Parkhurst Blog
Check out more Trans* history under our #trans* hashtag
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Gloria E. Anzaldúa - Poet, Feminist, Woman of Color
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