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* Posters and Propaganda You May Have Missed
1988 National Coming Out Day Poster
* (Left to Right, Top)James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Errol Flynn, Michelangelo, Edna St. Vincent Millay
* (Left to Right, Bottom) Cole Porter, Elanor Roosevelt, Bessie Smith, Walt Witman, Virginia Woolf
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* 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* Easter Eggs You May Have Missed
Try typing in BISEXUAL, GAY, TRANSGENDER, or LESBIAN into Google’s search engine today.
The world’s #1 search engine company honors pride (again) with rainbow search bars.
Gay Insurgent: A Gay Left Journal, Issue #6
Currently on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
For more information, see Daniel C. Tsang’s blog post here.
LGBTQ* People and Artifacts in Historical Archives
Franklin Kameny’s Protest Signs (now scattered throughout the American History Museum in Washington, D.C.)
Following from the Smithsonian Institution
Frank Kameny, who died on Oct. 11, was one of those Americans of whom few may have heard but who devoted his life to furthering civil rights, most especially for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people. He instigated or participated in many of the important gay rights actions of the 20th century.
This display shows a selection of the protest posters that Kameny and the Kameny Papers Project donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2006. Three of the most resonant picket signs are now on display in Flag Hall, just off the entrance from the National Mall and near the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, and the civil rights-eraWoolworth Lunch counter. Another poster is currently on view in The American Presidency exhibition among a number of protest signs. The Kameny collection is part of the Museum’s long-standing commitment to preserve the history of American democracy and the struggles for individual and civil rights in the United States.
Kameny Political Cartoon Pulled from QSyndicate.com
LGBTQ* People In History (of Great Importance)
The “Einstein of Sex”: Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld
14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935
Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld was a scholar, physician, sexologist, and arguably the first outspoken gay and transgender activist in modern history.
Why he rocks?
1. Jewish gay* identified doctor, fought to end Paragraph 175 in Germany ( a law that made homosexuality punishable by law)
2. Founding member of Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee(WhK) ( English: The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee), which acted advocacy group to many underrepresented individuals (including the queer* population).
3. Led the FIRST congress for sexual reform
5. Created a way of cataloging identities, 64 of them, outside of “gay/lesbian,” including many ways to identify oneself outside of cisgender identification. Hirschfeld is one of the earliest scholars and advocates for the transgender community in Western culture.
6. Created the Institute for Sexual Research, which became a safe haven for queer* individuals in Berlin
7. Joined the Bund für Mutterschutz (League for the Protection of Mothers), fighting for women’s equality and the decriminalization of abortions
8. Lost his entire library and most of his life work to the Nazi party but was able to flee and save his life (and rumored to have saved a few others). Nazi soldiers burned the entire institution’s contents on May 6, 1933 (80 years ago this month).
Imagine what the world might be if we still had all of his notes and the stories of hundreds of queer* identified and trans* identified individuals.
LGBTQ* Artists You Should Know: Robert Giard (1939-2002)
Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers
(following from the Robert Giard Foundation)
In 1985, after attending a performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart—one of the first dramas dealing with the impact of AIDS on gay life—Robert Giard decided to devote his energies as a photographer to some aspect of the gay and lesbian community. Thus was born his two-decade long project of photographing over 600 gay and lesbian writers—from famous playwrights to emerging novelists to unsung poets and pioneering performance artists.
Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay & Lesbian Writers is an extraordinary visual record of the flowering of queer voices in the wake of the Stonewall Rebellion and the AIDS crises, while also paying homage to many earlier 20th Century activists and writers who had urged the creation of a community identity, or otherwise gave public voice to gay and lesbian sensibilities.
(Photos, clockwise, beginning from upper left: Ann Bannon, Robert Howard, Kitty Tsui, and Adrienne Rich.)
**Note from Ruth Elizabeth:
The winner of a Lambda Literary Award in 1997, 182 of these portraits are collected in a book also titled Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, alongside excerpts of each writer’s work carefully chosen together by Giard and the writers themselves. GORGEOUS.
LGBTQ* News Clips You May Have Missed
Judy Shepard reacts to hearing Jason Collins jersey number is a tribute to her son Matthew Shepard’s.
LGBTQ* Breaking News
(that made the moderators scream with joy)
Jason Collins (bravely) raises his hand for professional (active) queer* athletes!
Read more from his Sports Illustrated exclusive interview HERE