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LGBTQ* Representations in Art, Graphic Novels, and Comics
Artist: Sam Orchard
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
(AND) LGBTQ* Books To Keep On Your Radar
Colonel Sir Victor Barker D.S.O 1895 - 1960
- Earliest documentation of Barker’s life recognizes him by the name Valerie Arkell-Smith
- Early documentation/recordings report of Barker’s dysphoria and desire to be recognized as male
- (Arguably, due to societal pressure) Married twice to two different men ; the later marriage producing two children
- In 1923, he began to express a more masculine recognized dress and presented as male going by the name Victor Barker.
- Barker went on to marry Ms. Hayward
**most likely with illegal documentation
- Received a letter marked to Mr. Barker in 1926 to join the National Fascisti (an anti-communist league which was loosely based on the British Fascisti)
- Trained young men in fencing and boxing
- Went on to become Colonel Victor Barker
- Baker was arrested later in life for forged documents and bankruptcy
- Some documentation shows that Barker later joined a side-show
- Died under the name Geoffrey Norton
Book: Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry — By Rose Collins
Synopsis:In an England devastated by the terrible losses of World War I, Colonel Victor Barker was a rare man indeed. Dashing, well-respected, with impeccable manners, he was a model gentleman. His wife was proud of his good breeding and fine looks, and his young son worshiped him as a war hero. But beneath the army uniform Barker hid an astounding secret. In 1929, following a sensational trial, the good colonel was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment. For Colonel Barker was, in fact, a woman. Her real name was Valerie Lilias Arkell-Smith, the most infamous man-woman” of them all. Among Rose Collis’ books are A Trouser-Wearing Character, K.D. Lang, and The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica. …Shrink
LGBTQ* Books (Currently) On Our To-Read Shelf
Following from Ariel Schrag’s Webpage
ADAM (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When Adam Freedman—a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California—is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of 2006, a year of gay marriage demonstrations and the rise of transgender rights, and Casey has thrust herself into that scene. Soon, Adam finds himself part of a wild lesbian subculture complete with underground clubs, drinking, and hot older women everywhere he turns. It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans—a boy who was born a girl—or why else would this baby-faced guy always be around?
Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams — but she’s a lesbian and couldn’t possibly be interested in him. Unless—it occurs to Adam—passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favor…
Ariel Schrag’s scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.
“Ariel Schrag’s book is a kind of ‘Adam in Wonderland,’ with its young hero exploring worlds usually kept underground. An insightful, funny, and unexpected love story, told with wit and compassion.” — Aimee Mann
"The sexual revolution is finally over, and Ariel Schrag has won. Adam is the most twisted, hilarious, and deeply gratifying reading experience I have had in a long time." —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
I’m (Rebecca) a fan of Schrag’s graphic novels. I highly recommend those. Hearing that Schrag has a new work is quite exciting. At this time, I have not read Adam, but I am planning to in the next few weeks.
While I am not recommending the text, I do recommend the author. I also find myself drawn to read it after reading Bechdel’s thoughts on the text.
Has anyone read Adam? What’d you think? Does the subject material excite you? Does the premise make you cautious?
LGBTQ* Videos You May Have Missed
music: Tricky (False Idols, 2013)
writer/director/editor: Loni Paone
producer: Maggie Ambrose
associate producer: Neil Eckersley
on-set producer (day 2): Brendan Thomas
director of photography: Cooper Vacheron
gaffer: Roger Lee
key grip: Andy Keyes, Andrew Naugle
best boy electric: Ian Jung
grip and electric: Tyler Gilbert, Henry MacLean, Adam Silverstrim
production design: Cheyanne Lee
makeup: Lia Nagamatsu
young son: Ben Manoli
older son: Cameron Stetz
father: Bob Whitelock
principal: Jan Waldo
young woman: Lindsay Kopit
schoolgirls: Riain Keefe, Sadie Keefe, Hannah Perreault
The above video was successfully supported through KickStarter.
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)
LBGTQ* Flag History
Left Photograph: (most widely recognized) Transgender Flag created by Monica Helms (1999).
*baby blue and pink to represent assigned gender colors; white to represent intersex and gender variant; pattern allows flag to be flown any way and remain the same (versatile to symbolize any path is the correct path)
Right Photograph: (alternative flag) Transgender Flag created by Jennifer Pellinen (2002).
* blue and pink to represent assigned genders; purple, lavender, and lilac to symbolize genders outside of male/female binary
LGBTQ* Playwrights You (Should) Know
And a Playwright’s Request
The Next Thing; Evensong; Enter Your Sleep;
Gumbo; Scissoring; The Gay Play; Blank Canvas
"The playwright, poet and essayist Cherríe Moraga once described art as “the expression of the deep soul that inspires collectivism and wards off the suicide of isolation.” With inspiration from every soul I come across and these words as my manifesto, my plays proclaim, “You are not alone.”
A Playwright’s Request:
Rebecca, of KNOWhomo, here. Playwright extraordinaire and close friend, Christina Quintana, is starting a new project and is seeking out one-on-one time to conduct a series of interviews and coffee house conversations for her next production.
“Friends, I’m very interested in developing a play/piece of theater specifically about the experiences of significant others of trans individuals. I am particularly looking at the role of identity in partnership, how that identity shifts, and the varying impacts, both positive and negative, on that partner. Like all my projects, the interview process is purely to gain truth, and for anyone who offers his/her time and stories, all will remain confidential.”
I have personally read many of Christina’s plays and am always humbled the dedication and talent she has for transforming individual stories into masterful works for hungry audiences. I can personally vouch for her charming spirit and sincere passion for creating safe spaces.
If you are in the NYC area or are comfortable communicating and sharing your insight through online media, you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering being a part of this project. Please feel free to tell her that you’re part of the amazing internet community and family we have made.
And as always,
Keep On, Keeping On!
Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr
Alan L. Hart
Podcasts You May Have Missed:
Alan L. Hart from Stuff You Missed In History Class
Following from Missed In History:
“Alan L. Hart was a novelist and a doctor who did groundbreaking work in the world of public health and tuberculosis detection. He was also one of the first people in the United States to undergo surgery as part of transitioning to a different gender than the one to which he had been born. His gender and sexual orientation influenced both his writing and his career. After his transition, he faced extensive discrimination and harassment: For much of his life, he had to move from place to place after colleagues discovered that he had been born female.”
NOTE: Some of the language may cause triggers. I highly recommend listening to Tracy and Holly speak at the end of the podcast. Missed in History works diligently on their research. Language is incredibly complicated and it is quite clear in their discussion that their intention is to be P.C. and inclusive. This may be a bit problematic to some listeners at times, due to language/phrasing used. Please remember we are all learning together and the Stuff You Missed team is very receptive to insightful, polite responses.
I’ve heard parents say all they want is “the best” for their children, but the best is subjective and anchored by how they know and learned the world.
- excerpt from Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (via queerbetweenthelines)
LGBTQ* Conferences You May Have Missed:
International Trans Women of Colour Gathering at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI
From the organizers (via “about” on their awesome Tumblr page):
"This network gathering will seek to connect diverse and dispersed trans women of colour so that we can begin to build the bridges, networks, and resources necessary to transform our communities using media and technology. Our network gathering will focus on sharing wisdom and skills between the Trans Women of Colour already living/working/existing on the front lines through a combination of workshops, skill shares, and networking activities. We hope that all of the people involved will walk away with not only the knowledge and connections needed to make change in their own communities, but with an international network of Trans Women of Colour that will aid us all in creating real and lasting change.
Trans Women of Colour exist at an intersection of oppression that has resulted in our high levels of poverty, unemployment, incarceration, death (Black and/or Latina trans women make the majority of names on the global Trans Day of Remembrance list), among other serious problems too numerous to name.
While we have intentionally chosen to use ‘Trans Women of Colour’ this Network Gathering is inclusive of non-binary trans feminine people of colour as well, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people of colour who identify as bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, provided that they/we understand that this gathering will focus on and centre the most vulnerable in our community — Black, Indigenous, and/or Latina trans women, binary or not, sex workers, incarcerated people, disabled people, immigrants.”
If you’d like to attend, check out more info HERE.
If you’d like to show some support, check out more info HERE.
Facebook News We’re Following, Pt. 2
Facebook.com officially launched their “Custom Gender” option, along with “Pronoun Preference” today.
KNOWhomo Throw Back Thursday
On todays date, in 1953, Christine Jorgensen returned to New York following the first internationally recognized sex reassignment surgery, performed by Dr. Christian Hamburger
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989)
- Jorgensen was the first transgender individual to gain wide press and conduct interviews following sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)
***Note, Jorgensen’s SRS was not the first. It was the first to gain international attention.***
- While serving in the army in 1945, Jorgensen found supportive surgeons and endocrinologists while in Copenhagen
- During this time, sexual reassignment surgery was illegal in many countries
- America had no known surgery available
- Jorgensen’s surgery was front page news in 1952 (making the headline of New York Daily News reading “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.”)
- Jorgensen, after returning to America, became close to Dr. Harry Benjamin, who would go on to oversee much of her physical transition later in life
- During the course of her life, Jorgensen became an advocate and voice for the transgender community.
LGBTQ* Ally Cookies and Ally Rules
from GayWrites.org’s creator, Camille.
Camille, the creator and moderator of Tumblr’s GayWrites as well as AskGayWrites, is a site you I (Rebecca) will stand up for as one of my favorites on Tumblr. It is well sourced, researched, and like many blogs, Camille puts endless hours of her own time into the large project that is GayWrites.org.
Check her out! And, If you feel inclined, subscribe to her YouTube Channel.
LGBTQ* News On Our Radar
Pamela Raintree and ‘Stone the Vote’
Pamela (to Shreveport Councilman Ron Webb): Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death’,I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.
Video from KMSS of Shreveport, Fox 33.
*screams of full support* GO, PAM!
This beautiful, intelligent, and driven woman is a good friend of mine. Pamela Raintree has a special spot in my heart. She was the first person to speak to my parents when they attended their first PFLAG meeting with me. She is a talented artist. A loving friend. A compassionate neighbor. And just one hell of a woman.
We know that Pamela Raintree has been blowing up Tumblr but I wanted to keep the conversation going. Stone the Vote, Pam. And as always -
Keep On, Keeping On!
-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr
With the twentieth anniversary of Brandon Teena’s death tomorrow, the KNOWhomo team realizes how far we all still have to go to educated ourselves about the Trans* community and create a safe world for all of our fellow neighbors. One way we can do this is by exposing/researching narratives other than our own.
Keep On Learning/Sharing,
Quintessential Movies from the Trans* Film Canon You Should Know*Please note: All language is taken from press releases/movie information/film write ups. Some language may seem problematic. The films are presented to a mass audience with the descriptions below.
- Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink) — story of a young MAAB child and her expression
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Transexual punk rocker Hedwig leads us through her life, Eastern Europe, mega-stardom, and love in this rock opera
- Boys Don’t Cry — biopic about Brandon Teena and the final days of his life
- Beautiful Boxer — biopic story of Nong Thoom (born Parinya Kiatbusaba), a famous kathoey, Muay Thai fighter, actress and model.
- Soldier’s Girl — biopic about Barry Winchell, his relationship with Calpernia Addams, and the events of his fellow soldiers
- Breakfast on Pluto — follows the life of Patrick “Kitten” Braden in the fictional Irish town of Tyrellin in the 1940s
- Orlando — based on V. Woolf’s novel of the same name, this film follow the forever young Orlando through life (an all it’s incarnations)
- Transamerica — follows Bree as she travels cross-country with her son
- The Adventures of Sebastian Cole — Sebastian returns to the US to reunite with his father after his sexual reassignment surgery
- 20 centímetros (20 Centimeters)— Spanish film following a woman as she works towards surgery to fix her “20 centimeters of problems”
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