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* 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* Poets and Paintings
Although They Are
Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
Sappho sings for Homer, 1824
Charles Nicolas Rafael Lafond (1774–1835)
LGBTQ* Marriage Equality (USA) Political Cartoons
Some of the leading political illustrators and their cartoons from the last few weeks.
If you are a woman, if you’re a person of colour, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you are a person of size, if you are a person od intelligence, if you are a person of integrity, then you are considered a minority in this world.
…And it’s going to be really hard to find messages of self-love and support anywhere. Especially women’s and gay men’s culture. It’s all about how you have to look a certain way or else you’re worthless. You know when you look in the mirror and you think ‘oh, I’m so fat, I’m so old, I’m so ugly’, don’t you know, that’s not your authentic self? But that is billions upon billions of dollars of advertising, magazines, movies, billboards, all geared to make you feel shitty about yourself so that you will take your hard earned money and spend it at the mall on some turn-around creme that doesn’t turn around shit.
When you don’t have self-esteem you will hesitate before you do anything in your life. You will hesitate to go for the job you really wanna go for, you will hesitate to ask for a raise, you will hesitate to call yourself an American, you will hesitate to report a rape, you will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote, you will hesitate to dream. For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.
- — Margaret Cho
LGBTQ* Statistics and Graphs
(source - Philly Mag)
Flags of Our Family
With flags being flown across the country, accompanied by dedicated voices, strength, and compassion, we provide a helpful history of some of the colors waving above our heads.
(for more information, check out #Flag)
LGBTQ* Pride Flags You Should Know
#1: LGBTQ* Pride (**first flag in 1978 with 8 colors represented Lesbian/Gay culture)
#2: Bisexual Pride
#3: Pansexual Pride
#4: Asexual/Ace Pride
#6: Intersex Pride
#7: Trans* Pride
#8: Lipstick Lesbian Pride
#10: Leather Pride
LGBTQ* Comedy and Sketch Comedy
The Big Gay Sketch Show - “Lesbian Speed Dating”
Moderator Response Videos
KNOWhomo creator, Rebecca, responds to internet trolls and bullies
(You can watch the full video here)
LGBTQ* History and Publications You Should Know
VISE VERSA - by Lisa Ben
“…a magazine dedicated, in all seriousness, to all those who will never quite be able to adapt ourselves to the iron-clad rules of Convention.” VISE VERSA, North America’s FIRST LGBT publication.
VICE VERSA was a hand typed publication from Lisa Ben (Edythe Eyde) that ran from June 1947- February 1948. The “magazine” was sent to various queer women to read and then in turn sent from those individuals to other individuals. It was strictly passed between and through the mail system. Only 10 copies of each “magazine” were published with each edition.
Bit of extra Queer* history:
At this time, it was ILLEGAL in the United States to publish LGBTQ* literature.
Lisa Ben is an anagram of the word “lesbian.”
LGBTQ* American Commercials You Might Enjoy
(Microsoft) Outlook.com’s “Get Up To Date” features a Lesbian Wedding
This 30 second commercial featuring Macklemore’s music, is already making waves and receiving backlash online/in the media/in conversations by some of those around me. Remember, if you’d like to add a positive note or thank you or even a “like,” you can head directly over to YouTube and send Microsoft a shout out.
Currently there are 1,075 likes and 280 dislikes. If this was a graded test, Microsoft would be receiving at 79% positive (based on likes) grade right now. That’s not even a ‘B.’ — Rebecca
Happy St Patrick’s Day / Weekend All!
LGBTQ* History You Might Not Know
An IRISHMAN was the FIRST person given credit for using the term “lesbian” in modern English form. William King published his book of poetry, ‘THE TOAST’ in 1732. It was a satirical collection of poems addressing Dublin sociaslites. At one point, King wrote “lesbian love,” — which is the first recorded modern use of “lesbian” to cannote same-sex relations.
St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Ireland in the early 17th century and became an official holiday in Ireland in 1903.
This Irish gal sends a kiss to her English lass on the other side of the country. Be safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day -Rebecca
LGBTQ* Appreciation Post
We, the KNOWhomo team, do not assume the gender identity or sexual orientation of any of the individuals in any of the above photographs.
Photographs have been collected from various sources with the originating source unknown for any of those in the photographs.
LGBTQ* Documentaries You Should Know
Before Stonewall (1984)
full movie featured above