LGBTQ* Artists (You Should Know)
November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935
Demuth was the leading force behind the technique Precisionism.
Georgia O’Keeffe was willed most of Demuth’s art upon his death.
The covers of Emile Zola’s Nana and Hanry James’ Turn of the Screw first printings contain his art work.
Demuth was fairly open about his homosexuality and commonly found at the Lafayette Baths. His self nude (nsfw) depicts some of his visits there.
**Additional Random Fact? Demuth developed diabetes later in life and was one of the first Americans to receive insulin.
KNOWhomo Repost to Remember an Amazing Leader
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)
* Civil Rights and Activism Leader
* Practiced Nonviolence (Member of Fellowship for Reconciliation)
* Organized the 1963 March on Washington (the LARGEST nonviolent protest in the United States)
* Strategist and Adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
* Worked to strengthen labor unions and promote equal working enviroments
* Rustin was arrested more times for being homosexual than for participating in civil rights protests as a man of color (in the 1960s, homosexuality was still criminalized)
* In the 1970s-1980s, Rustin worked with Freedom House.
— From Rustin’s Speech “The New Niggers Are Gays”
Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new “niggers” are gays… . It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change… . The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.
Bayard Rustin’s life is briefly mentioned in the film BEFORE STONEWALL, discussed in COMING OUT OF THE PAST and featured in the documentary Brother Outsider.
**PLFAG MOM also posted about Bayard Rustin earlier today. Her blog includes a video of Rustin speaking. You should check it out for more information.
KNOWhomo's Posts Worth Repeating:
LGBTQ* Insight, Education and Ally Conversations
From Oregon State
— Roommate Questions/Answers
(You may want to pass this on to RAs in conversation)
Questions for Roomates
In the residence halls
In a residence hall environment, we interact daily with a wide variety of people. Statistics have shown that at least 10% of the general population consider themselves to be lesbian or gay, and many more consider themselves to be bisexual. It is very likely that you will meet individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) during your time at OSU. This page was developed to hopefully answer some of the questions you may have. Remember, you may ask these questions of your Residence Life staff as well.
Why do they flaunt their sexuality?
“What people do in their own bedrooms is their own business, but I saw two guys walking across campus holding hands.”
One of the worst forms of oppression for a human being is to be denied emotional expression. Curiously, it is called “expressing love” when heterosexuals hold hands, but “flaunting” when LGBT people express their love. How would heterosexuals react if they could not hold hands, kiss, dance together, go to romantic dinners, or be married? LGBT people who are open with their affections are not trying to shock others, but are just doing what is natural to them and others.
What should I do if a friend tells me that he or she is gay? What does that say about me?
Most LGBT people who “come out” would like the same sincere acceptance and encouragement you might want when you tell a friend something special about yourself. Because of many people’s “homophobic” attitude (fear and derision of same sex relationships), many gays are afraid of rejection from their friends. You might first honestly ask yourself how you feel about this news and then discuss it as a caring friend.
Some people who find out a close friend is LGBT wonder “What does that mean about me?” This is a natural reaction. What it probably means is that your friend trusts you very much. However, liking someone gay does not make you gay any more than liking someone smart makes you smart.
If my roommate “comes out” to me, does that mean that he or she thinks that I’m gay too?
There is a big difference between “coming out” and “coming on.” As discussed above, most gay people who come out want to be accepted, not hassled. Sometimes a gay person might “come on” to you, tell you they are attracted to you, or want an intimate relationship with you. You can handle it in the same manner that you would handle a heterosexual approach. Gay love is as serious and legitimate as heterosexual love. Again, you should discuss it with your friend.
If I accept my LGBT roommate, will he or she bring in lots of LGBT friends and push me out?
A formerly taboo subject will be out in the open. You may feel uncomfortable from a lack of experience dealing with gay people who are not “closeted.” The LGBT friends should respect non-LGBT people just as LGBT people expect to be respected. Visits by LGBT folks are a good opportunity to learn about this large and diverse segment of the population. However, be cautious about presuming that all your roommate’s friends are LGBT. His or her best friends may be straight.
Won’t my friends or parents think I’m gay if I have a gay roommate or friend or defend equal rights?
Defending equal rights for gays is often a courageous stance to take. Some people may conclude that such a person has a vested interest to do so. It is up to you whether you feel that the people you are defending are worth the risk of occasional accusations or assumptions by others. Remember that a word from heterosexual friends and allies in defense or support of gay rights can go a long way to help change people’s minds.
Now that I know my roommate is gay, I don’t feel comfortable about nudity, dressing, showering, etc.
More than likely, you have been living together long enough to trust each other. There is no reason for the trust to diminish now. Your roommate has been gay or lesbian all along! Bear in mind that gays are not always comfortable with non-gays, either. Gay people, just like straight people, are attracted to certain types of folks. Most gays and lesbians are not sexually interested in heterosexuals, just as the reverse is true.
LGBTQ* College Signs
Restrooms at Reed College
Photo Credit: Kate Bredeson
LGBTQ* Slam You May Have Missed
Miles Walser’s “Heirachy” from NYC’s 2013 Nation Poetry Slam
LGBTQ* Statistics 2013
Current information from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender* Association (IGLA.org)
LGBTQ* Naval History And People (You Might Want To Know About)
"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, but our country, right or wrong."
Stephen Decatur was one of the United States’ first naval heroes. During the War of 1812, Decatur commanded a battleship which was victorious over the British ship Macedonian and later assisted with the victory over the ship Endymion. Decatur was also one of the driving forces in obtaining a peace treaty with Algeria in 1815.
Decatur worked closely with Richard Somers. The friendship between the two men was often questioned and met some ridicule (Decatur was married and Somers was seeing someone). One story claims that five young officers questioned Somers behavior and challenged him to a duel. Somers wounded three of the men before receiving his first wound, to his arm. Legend claims following Somer’s wound, Decatur stepped in and the following men fled.
Like most stories of deep respect and affection, this one ends sadly. Somers was killed after volunteering to blow up a pirate stronghold after the plan went terribly wrong. Decatur watched from his own vessel as Somers life was lost and his body eventually washed ashore.
Before his death, Somers gave Decatur a gold ring. Decatur wore the token until his own death, in a duel with naval officer James Barron, at age forty-one.
LGBTQ* People in Film and Art (You Might Want To Know About)
Chilean-born, Madrid based filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar is the genius behind the suspense thrillers/horrors THESIS, ABRES LOS OJOS (which was remade in the US as VANILLA SKY), MAR ADENTRO, and THE OTHERS.
He is the winner of the Grand Prix of the Jury Award (International Venice Film Festival) and an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film (MAR ADENTRO).
LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
by Nate Beeler
LGBTQ* iPhone and Android Apps (We’re) Obsessed With:
(Following text and photograph from website)
Quist is a mobile app that displays events from this day in LGBTQ history.
Historical events in the app paint a picture of how far the LGBTQ community has come over time — how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us, and how others have worked vehemently to stop the progress. LGBTQ individuals’ contributions to society and events in HIV/AIDS history are also included.
The app was released on July 24, 2013 for iOS and Android.
LGBTQ* Conversation Starters
It is important to remember not everyone has had the education and introduction to the world many of us navigate daily. Stay calm. Be patient. While it may be exhausting, you are a teacher and because of your time, someone else may evolve to become a teacher as well.
-The KNOWhomo Team
LGBTQ* Profiles and Public Speakers You May Be Interested In
Ryan Sallans - 8 years of personal growth
I thought it might be fun to post side-by-side photos of how my facial structure has changed on testosterone use over the past 8 years. The years are noted by “year” after the number. The other numbers are the months on T.
For anyone thinking about starting testosterone or just recently have started I recommend maintaining a diary of your changes so that you can look back at your changes, where you have been, and where you are going.
My 8 year anniversary on T was last month and now I am reflecting back on my own experiences.
Physical Changes on T:
When it comes to physical changes, the first thing I noticed was my voice dropping in pitch, the first three months were very subtle but by month four there was a significant drop and it didn’t change much after month nine for me. …..Okay, maybe the first thing that I should of listed was an increase in libido. That happened right away and stayed with me for the first year (it died down a lot after as the years have gone by). Along with a change in libido, I also experienced a change in clitoral growth. Many (including myself) find this to be uncomfortable for the first few months, but after a while that discomfort also subsides.
The second thing I noticed was the changes in both body and facial hair. By month three I could make out noticeable hairs on the underside of my chin, by a year I had more on the underside of my chin and neck and a few coming in on the sides of my face. Sideburns didn’t really start to become noticeable until month 13 and my beard didn’t get to where it is today until year 7! As far as body hair, my chest and stomach are super hairy, but my back and behind remain hairless…for now.
The third thing I noticed was the stopping of menstruation. This took me six months to come to a full stop and after a year on testosterone I went in for a complete hysterectomy due to SEVERE cramping. Research and testimony is showing that this cramping usually goes away after one to three years on testosterone, but for people like me who couldn’t handle it and didn’t won’t those parts in, I can say that surgery does eliminate that problem.
As far as personality, that stays the same!
I’ll do a series of changes with my torso next week for those interested!
Ryan - Learn/see more about transitioning via my websitewww.ryansallans.com