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LGBTQ* Terms You Should Know
"TWO-SPIRIT" — an umbrella term (sometimes) used as a noun by indigenous people of North America to describe those who express their truths and self outside of the gender binary
Also recorded as: twospirit; two spirit
* Please note the above photo which describes We’Wa as Berdache. This term has been used by anthropologists in the past to describe trans* and Two-Spirit indigenous persons. It is now considered to be an archaic term and is often considered offensive.
IMPORTANT: The only individuals who identify as Two-Spirit are those who are individuals of specific cultures and ethnicity. Two-Spirit takes on more than just gender identity. It is a cultural and spiritual term.
Known Indigenous Tribes Who Openly Recognize(d) and Support(ed) Two-Spirit Members
Above Photograph All of We’Wa.
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
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.
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* 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* Road Trip Stops and Memorials
The “memorial” to the victims of the UpStairs Lounge.
A story few people know. A story almost no one talks about.
This summer marks the 40th anniversary.
Read more about the UpStairs Here:
KNOWhomo Pride Post You May Have Missed (Reblog)
LGBTQ People You Should Know
Gilbert Baker (b. 1951)
* Designer of the Rainbow (Gay) Pride Flag
—- Flag debuted at San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day 1978
—- Original Flag had 8 colors: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Turquoise and Purple
* Long-time friend of Harvey Milk
* Learned to sew after serving in the U.S. Army
* Has designed flags for mayors, politicians and the Democratic National Convention (1984)
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* “Signs” from Our Past
"Vulva Hands" — A gesture of lesbian solidarity which was popular during the 1980s. It is believed that the gesture originated at the women’s peace camps at Greenham Common (England) and then spread to the USA. It is also the American Sign Language sign for “vagina.”
Photo Above: Two forefingers, touching downward, and two thumbs, joined at the top, form a triangle. *For the sign of lesbian identity, the hands are held over the head in the air.
Photo Source: WikiMedia
LGBTQ* History You Should Know
DID YOU KNOW?
The first recorded evidence of homosexuality is found in Mesopotamia circa 3000 B.C., where artifacts depict men having relations with other men.
Source: OUT IN ALL DIRECTIONS (1995) p. 162
Photo Source: Phantom Report