Today on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, we remember the powerful and driven work of Dr. King and all of those who worked with him. We also take pause and remember Bayard Rustin, who fought for racial and queer equality.
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Bayard Rustin - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s strategist and adviser. Rustin ran and organized the largest non-violent protest in the United States of America.
Rustin was also openly gay.
(video from the documentary OUT OF THE PAST. For another post on Rustin, click HERE.)
LGBTQ* Musicians, Blues, and Music History You Should Know
Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey
Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett Rainey, better known as Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 — December 22, 1939) was one of America’s earliest successful blues singers.
What’s Queer* about her music?
‘Ma’ was openly (in her circles) bisexual. She was once arrested in Chicago (1925) for hosting an ‘indecent party.’ The party was shut down due to the room being full of scantily clad women and the raucous being hosted by a female driven party.
‘Ma’ highlighted her love for women in her song ”Prove It On Me Blues.”
They say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me
Sure got to prove it on me;
Went out last night with a crowd of my friends,
They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.
It’s true I wear a collar and a tie,
Makes the wind blow all the while
Don’t you say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me
You sure got to prove it on me.
Say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me
Sure got to prove it on me.
I went out last night with a crowd of my friends,
It must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.
Wear my clothes just like a fan
Talk to the gals just like any old man
Cause they say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me
Sure got to prove it on me.
LGBTQ* Novels/Books To Keep On Your Radar
Novels with Black/African-American Lesbian Themes or Characters (1920s-1970s)
Richards, Dell. Lesbian Lists: A Look at Lesbian Culture, History, and Personalities. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1990. p.34
Quintessential Movies from the Gay (male) Film Canon You Should Know
More We Know (KNOWhomo’s discussion Tumblr) Question/Insight
If anyone has any insights, texts, movies, documentaries, etc that you know about that I can share (and look into myself) please don’t hesitate.
Is there anything else that is highly lacking on this blog? Anything you’d like to see soon?
LGBTQ* History Through Photographs
Photographs by Trent Kelly 2010
Hidden in the Open
A Photographic Essay of Afro American Male Couples
from the Distant Past
Note: Throughout the month of February, KNOWhomo will be featuring blogs dedicated to African-American/Black LGBTQ* History. Should you have something to submit or some of your own unique spirit to share, please don’t hesitate to pass it this way. Keep On, Keeping On - R.