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"I want to own my truth. Two weeks ago at The Senior Bowl I didn’t realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me or tell a story. I just wanted to control the situation and tell my story." — Michael Sam

Michael Sam, a defensive lineman from the University of Missouri (Mizzou Tigers), spoke publicly about his sexual orientation and could become the first openly gay player in the National Football League. (from New York Times)

Feb 1
Happy Black History Month!
Who are some of your LGBTQ* heroes?

Happy Black History Month!

Who are some of your LGBTQ* heroes?

LGBTQ* Off-Topic History
Outlawing Cross-Dressing
Anti-cross-dressing laws were passed heavily in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century.
Following text from: Transgender History by Susan Stryker
San Francisco’s 1863 Ordinance:
If any person shall appear in a public place in a state of nudity, or in a dress not belonging to his or her sex, or in an indecent or lewd dress, or shall make any indecent exposure of his or her person, or be found guilty of any lewd or indecent act or behavior, or shall exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play, or other representation, he should be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.
$500.00 (1863) = $8805 (2010 - estimated)

  Conversion based on $1.00 (2010) = $17.61 (1863)
  portrait: Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863) Double Portrait 1822 

LGBTQ* Off-Topic History

Outlawing Cross-Dressing

Anti-cross-dressing laws were passed heavily in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century.

Following text from: Transgender History by Susan Stryker

San Francisco’s 1863 Ordinance:

If any person shall appear in a public place in a state of nudity, or in a dress not belonging to his or her sex, or in an indecent or lewd dress, or shall make any indecent exposure of his or her person, or be found guilty of any lewd or indecent act or behavior, or shall exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play, or other representation, he should be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

$500.00 (1863) = $8805 (2010 - estimated)

  Conversion based on $1.00 (2010) = $17.61 (1863)

  portrait: Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863) Double Portrait 1822 

Happy New Year - Year of the Horse
Friday, January 31, 2014 — Chinese New Year
The Horse represents witty, elegant, and eloquent speakers. — Speak your truths and carry us all as your chorus this year.
Horse: 1906 — 1918 — 1930 — 1942 — 1954 — 1966 — 1978 — 1990 — 2002 — 2014 — 2026

(Photo Source)

Happy New Year - Year of the Horse

Friday, January 31, 2014 — Chinese New Year

The Horse represents witty, elegant, and eloquent speakers. — Speak your truths and carry us all as your chorus this year.

Horse: 1906 — 1918 — 1930 — 1942 — 1954 — 1966 — 1978 — 1990 — 2002 — 2014 — 2026

(Photo Source)

LGBTQ* News Discussed with Satire

Broadway Does it Best! — Even on the Great Red Way.

"Citing homosexual propaganda law, Russian government outlaws theatrical performances ; Russian Broadway community responds."

 

The Heart Of The Matter

knowhomo:

What is straight?  A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.  ~Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947

Flashback post: KNOWhomo.tumblr’s first post, Jan 2011.

In order to know where we are going, we must remember where we started. KNOWhomo turns THREE this week.

We’re just getting started.

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator, KNOWhomo

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* History You Should Know
(And Probably Never Heard Of)
Homo History and the Prisoner of Alcatraz
Alcatraz,  San Francisco Bay’s “Rock,” opened as a prison in the 1934. The prison, considered the most intense maximum-security facility in the United States, housed the most “dangerous and incorrigible” criminals in the country. Murderers, mob bosses, serial murderers and enemies of the state were sent to Alcatraz. Also incarcerated at the mighty prison where men who committed the punishable crime of sodomy.
Frank Bolt (pictured above) was Alcatraz’s first inmate, processed on July 1, 1934. Bolt was convicted and imprisoned on the charge of being caught in a homosexual act and received a five-year sentence for acts of sodomy. He would later die at Alcatraz.
-Nine of the first twenty-five prisoners processed and housed at Alcatraz were jailed on charges of sodomy.
Source: The Portable Queer: Homo History p.25-26

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* History You Should Know

(And Probably Never Heard Of)

Homo History and the Prisoner of Alcatraz

Alcatraz,  San Francisco Bay’s “Rock,” opened as a prison in the 1934. The prison, considered the most intense maximum-security facility in the United States, housed the most “dangerous and incorrigible” criminals in the country. Murderers, mob bosses, serial murderers and enemies of the state were sent to Alcatraz. Also incarcerated at the mighty prison where men who committed the punishable crime of sodomy.

Frank Bolt (pictured above) was Alcatraz’s first inmate, processed on July 1, 1934. Bolt was convicted and imprisoned on the charge of being caught in a homosexual act and received a five-year sentence for acts of sodomy. He would later die at Alcatraz.

-Nine of the first twenty-five prisoners processed and housed at Alcatraz were jailed on charges of sodomy.

Source: The Portable Queer: Homo History p.25-26

queerbetweenthelines:

LGBTQ* Poets You Should Know:

Highlighting Bisexual Poets

**this post lists poets who have gone on the record about their bisexuality 

1. Yona Wallach

2. Lord Byron

3. Paul Goodman

4. June Jordan

5. Diane DiPrima

6. James Kirkup

LGBTQ* Young Adult Novels You Should Know
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

LGBTQ* Young Adult Novels You Should Know

― Benjamin Alire SáenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

LGBTQ* News On Our Radar

Pamela Raintree and ‘Stone the Vote’

Pamela (to Shreveport Councilman Ron Webb): Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death’,I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.

Video from KMSS of Shreveport, Fox 33.

Personal Response:

*screams of full support* GO, PAM!

This beautiful, intelligent, and driven woman is a good friend of mine. Pamela Raintree has a special spot in my heart. She was the first person to speak to my parents when they attended their first PFLAG meeting with me. She is a talented artist. A loving friend. A compassionate neighbor. And just one hell of a woman. 

We know that Pamela Raintree has been blowing up Tumblr but I wanted to keep the conversation going. Stone the Vote, Pam. And as always -

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr

LGBTQ* Shows On Our Radar

HBO’S LOOKING

(above is the entire first episode, featured on HBO’s Youtube Page)

From HBO.com: 

'Looking' offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living — and loving — in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member — longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39 — is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.

The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices — and rights — for gay men. Also important to the ‘Looking’ mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group’s lives. Rounding out the ‘Looking’ world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Russell Tovey), Lynn (Scott Bakula), and Richie (Raul Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom’s roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín’s boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick’s co-worker Owen (Andrew Law).

'Looking' was created by Michael Lannan and is executive produced by Sarah Condon ('Bored to Death') and Andrew Haigh, who wrote and directed the critically-lauded 'Weekend.'

Personal Thoughts:

Last night our apartment watched the first episode of LOOKING. We were stoked. In a post-Queer As Folk America, with same-sex marriage in some states, federal protections in a few more, and a changing landscape for the LGBTQ* community, LOOKING gave a new television consumer perspective to what it means to ‘be gay in America.’ It is refreshing to see a show that highlights a community that is often left to documentaries or characters created to be the cis-female’s best friend. LOOKING also gives ample screen time, smart dialogue, and attention to characters of color. (Good job, HBO!) I am crossing my fingers that this continues.

The KNOWhomo apartment in the District of Columbia found it honest, true, well-paced, and sincere. Jonathan Groff’s ‘Patrick’ is quirky and far too easy to relate to during his OK Cupid blind date. I may have actually cringed a few times, projecting my own dating history into his awkwardness.

Should you have time (about a half an hour), check out the first episode of LOOKING. Remember, in order to have shows like LOOKING on the air, there must be an audience who supports it.

Here’s to many seasons to come.

HBO, Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr

Did you watch the first episode? What did you think?

LGBTQ* Vlogs: Bisexual Erasure

Camille, poised, educated, approachable, funny, and insightful as ever, offers her own insight and discusses bisexual erasure of those who identify as bisexual.

Camille, the creator and moderator of Tumblr’s GayWrites as well as AskGayWrites, is a site you I (Rebecca) will stand up for as one of my favorites on Tumblr. It is well sourced, researched, and like many blogs, Camille puts endless hours of her own time into the large project that is GayWrites.org.

Check her out! And, If you feel inclined, subscribe to her YouTube Channel.

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons (You May Have Missed)

All cartoons sourced through Cagle.com

New Books, Essays, Poetry, Plays, and/or Zines On Our Radar

Scout Publishing’s The Outrider Review
out·rid·er (outrdr)
n.
1. A guide; an escort; a forerunner.
2. A person who goes in advance to investigate, to discover a way; a scout

Personal Message: Hi everyone! Rebecca here. Ryan Sallans over the years has become an internet confidant, educator, survey/charter assistant, Pub bud, and friend. If you are familiar with KNOWhomo, you have most likely encountered out raves about Ryan’s autobiography Second Son. 
Ryan has expanded his lecture series, events, and writing over the last year. Scout Publishing LLC is now an operating dream of his and he has published the company’s first internet ‘Zine, THE OUTRIDER REVIEW. KNOWhomo moderator, Ruth Elizabeth, contributed to the first issue along with numerous other creative individuals. The ‘Zine consists of art, photography, short stories, fiction, nonfiction, prose, and insight. 
Each issue is $2. For those who feel that $2 may be something to look away from, please remember that we are all champions of each other. Tumblr’s top blogs and amazing individuals are able to create, generate, and transform by the help of your support. I would encourage anyone who reads The Outrider Review to think of their support as a donation to continue work and creative processes by the LGBTQ* community and its allies.
The Outrider Review is also taking submissions for next month. I will include that information below of click HERE to take you directly to the page.
And as always: Keep On, Keeping On! - Rebecca

From ScoutPublishingLLC:
We are currently accepting original, unpublished works of poetry and prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and artwork for our second issue.  Submission deadline is March 1st, 2014.
To submit your work, email a word document of your writing or a high resolution jpeg image of your artwork to submissions@scoutpublishingllc.com.
Other items needed in your submission: Author Name, Title of Work, Brief Description (if artwork), and Brief Author Bio.
Interested in advertising in The Outrider Review? Email ryan@scoutpublishingllc.com to receive the current Ad Rate Card.

New Books, Essays, Poetry, Plays, and/or Zines On Our Radar

Scout Publishing’s The Outrider Review

out·rid·er (outrdr)

n.

1. A guide; an escort; a forerunner.

2. A person who goes in advance to investigate, to discover a way; a scout

Personal Message: Hi everyone! Rebecca here. Ryan Sallans over the years has become an internet confidant, educator, survey/charter assistant, Pub bud, and friend. If you are familiar with KNOWhomo, you have most likely encountered out raves about Ryan’s autobiography Second Son. 

Ryan has expanded his lecture series, events, and writing over the last year. Scout Publishing LLC is now an operating dream of his and he has published the company’s first internet ‘Zine, THE OUTRIDER REVIEW. KNOWhomo moderator, Ruth Elizabeth, contributed to the first issue along with numerous other creative individuals. The ‘Zine consists of art, photography, short stories, fiction, nonfiction, prose, and insight. 

Each issue is $2. For those who feel that $2 may be something to look away from, please remember that we are all champions of each other. Tumblr’s top blogs and amazing individuals are able to create, generate, and transform by the help of your support. I would encourage anyone who reads The Outrider Review to think of their support as a donation to continue work and creative processes by the LGBTQ* community and its allies.

The Outrider Review is also taking submissions for next month. I will include that information below of click HERE to take you directly to the page.

And as always: Keep On, Keeping On! - Rebecca

From ScoutPublishingLLC:

We are currently accepting original, unpublished works of poetry and prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and artwork for our second issue Submission deadline is March 1st, 2014.

To submit your work, email a word document of your writing or a high resolution jpeg image of your artwork to submissions@scoutpublishingllc.com.

Other items needed in your submission: Author Name, Title of Work, Brief Description (if artwork), and Brief Author Bio.

Interested in advertising in The Outrider Review? Email ryan@scoutpublishingllc.com to receive the current Ad Rate Card.

Jan 9

LGBTQ* Warm and Fuzzies

State of Unions: Mr. Duckett and Dr. Jones