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
LGBTQ* 2011 Movies You May Have Missed
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* People You Should Know
Civil Rights Activist; Assistant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Organized largest peaceful march in the United States
LGBTQ* History You Should Know
and probably never heard of…
JUGGS - The Place To Be
(the following text and above picture from Trent Kelly’s Out In The Open)
Just Us Guys and Gals, or JUGGS for short, was the name of a East Coast social organization back in the 1930s. Membership was made up of Afro American men and women. By all outside appearances, JUGGS was the average nondescript social organization where professional men and women came to socialize, network, and throw the occasional fancy dress ball. These appearances were deceiving. This particular social club was made up of gays and lesbians. To onlookers from the street, straight couples were always seen entering and exiting the JUGGS premises as members mad every effort to “pass.” One sex used the other as a cover, often going so far as to wed each other to keep up the appearance of being a straight couple and keep questions from friends and family at bey. Behind the safety of its closed doors, freedom was found to live momentarily outside the closet and maybe find that special same gender romantic relationship in a secure environment absent from the fear of misreading the signs and mistaking a straight person as gay or lesbian.
LBGTQ* WTF?! History and Media
(Trigger Warning: Transphobic Article)
Hue Magazine Quiz — “To the unexpected male…”
Hue Magazine quiz created following the media explosion around Christine Jorgensen in the 1950s.
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.
LGBTQ* Comics, Graphic Novels and Illustrations
STUCK RUBBER BABY by Howard Cruse
(1995) Graphic Novel — In the 1960s American South, a young gas-station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the Army draft for admitting “homosexual tendencies,” and falls in with a close-knit group of young locals yearning to break from the conformity of their hometown through civil rights activism, folk music and upstart communality of race-mixing, gay-friendly nightclubs. Toland’s story is both deeply personal and epic in scope, as his search for identity plays out against the brutal fight over segregation, an unplanned pregnancy and small-town bigotry, aided by an unforgettable supporting cast. (from Amazon.com)
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.
LGBTQ* Photographic History
Exhibit Carryin’ On
Photographs documenting LGBTQ* individuals of color
Photographers: Samuel Fosso and Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris
HOMO HISTORY — LGBTQ People You Should Know
Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965)
* African-American Playwright, Author and Speech Writer
* Most known work A RAISEN IN THE SUN
(From the play)
Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.
* Received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award at 29
— One of FIVE women at that time and YOUNGEST playwright to do so
* Was married to Robert Nemiroff (later discovered she dated women during their marriage)
* Open, vocal and supportive of equality for all races and sexes
* Documentation of Hansberry’s support/placement in the roots of LGBT equality has been uncovered since her death
* Wrote into/for THE LADDER (the lesbian magazine started by the Daughters of Bilitis) signing everything with her initials
* Died after fighting pancreatic cancer at age 35
* Sexuality was not reveled until after her death
— Hansberry didn’t hide public support. Her orientation was masked by her marriage and little dialogue about her personal life.
** In 1961, Hansberry wrote to ONE (one of the FIRST gay magazines/newpapers):
I have suspected for a good time that the homosexual in America would ultimately pay a price for the intellectual impoverishment of women. Men continue to misinterpret the second-rate status of women as implying a privileged status for themselves; heterosexual think the same way about homosexuals; gentiles about Jews; whites about blacks; haves about have-nots.