LGBTQ* Heroes You Should Know
Evelyn Hooker started her career as an animal psychologist. While working at the University of California in the 1940s, Hooker befriended one of her students after he came out to her. Hooker was encouraged by this student to explore the nature of homosexuality. At this time, homosexuality was considered a mental illness and in many countries and states, a crime. Hooker was able to form a study group of 60 men, half of whom were gay, to a series of personality tests. The results were then placed before a series of physiological “experts” who were unable to conclude which of those tested were gay and which were straight.
In 1956/57, Evelyn Hooker submitted her work for review, arguing that there was nothing solid in research proving homosexuality was pathological.
A decade later, President Johnson appointed Hooker to the National Institute of Mental Health. This task force fought for the repeal of sodomy laws and is credited as one of the major organizations which influenced those responsible for removing homosexuality from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of mental illnesses presented by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973.
LGBTQ* History (You Might Not Know)
Homosexuality has been LEGAL in Illinois since 1962.
Let’s break this down a little bit more:
When the Stonewall Riots broke out in New York City, Illinois was the ONLY state in the entire United States where you had any type of protections.
Illinois is also also home for Harry Gerber and the first Gay and Lesbian rights organization in the United States, the Society for Human Rights (SHR).
Picture Source (above) : Wikipedia
Picture Source (Gerber) : Wikipedia
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
LGBTQ* and (Christian) Biblical Texts
What Jesus Said About Homosexuality
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LGBTQ* Pride Around The World
LGBTQ* Flow Charts
shared with you from The Wall’s blog
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LGBTQ* History Infographic
Queer History (1200s-2005) —
Note: Focus heavy on the UK, many US laws/history not represented
To view graphic X4 larger, click on the KNOWhomo.tumblr page, click on the notes and then click graphic. It will open in a new window. Click graphic to change sizes.
LBGTQ* Appreciation Post
Vintage Gay Men & Vintage Male Friendships
2012 Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World Maps
Maps from: IGLA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)
For larger images, click on direct post and then click images.
LGBTQ* Did You Know Art History
BATMAN is (not) Gay!
Did you know?
In 2005, DC comics sent a “cease and desist” letter to both Mark Chamberlain (the artist of the above image) and Kathleen Cullen Fine Art’s studio telling them to pull all artwork depicting the DC characters.
Due to copyright infringement (DC owns Batman’s image), DC and Chamberlain eventually settled on displaying the images but not selling them.
LGBTQ* Religion and Political Cartoons
You are the company you keep.
LGBTQ* Stories of Survival
“I’m living proof that Hitler didn’t win.
I’m aware of that every day.” The speaker is Friedrich-Paul von Groszheim. (pictured above) At the age of eighty-eight, this charming gay man celebrates his birthday twice a year. “You never know,” he says.
One can hardly imagine the suffering he endured. Von Groszheim was among 230 men arrested in Lübeck in the course of a single evening in 1937. The police hauled him from his home and imprisoned him for ten months. He was released, but re-arrested. This time, the Nazi authorities forced him to choose between castration, or incarceration at the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. He submitted to castration.
His nightmare had not ended, however. In 1943, von Groszheim was arrested a third time, and was put into a satellite camp of Neuengamme. He survived that ordel, but half a century would have to pass before he started to tell his story.
— Dr. Klaus Müller
Introduction to THE MEN WITH THE PINK TRIANGLE