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LGBTQ* Tumblrs We’re Watching: smith-q-and-a
Q: Trans women at Smith?
A: Trans women at Smith.
Note from Ruth Elizabeth:
I’ve been looking for a way to articulate my feelings regarding this post from Calliope Wong regarding the dismissal of her application to Smith after the school noted that her gender marker was male on her FAFSA. As a student at Hollins University (a women’s institution with a rather problematic trans* policy we’ve been trying the modify for years), I am thrilled to see such solidarity and support for trans* women from our family at Smith.
LGBTQ* Comedians You (Might Want) To Know
Mae Martin on Russel Howard’s Good News
Does the Holiday break have you in desperate need for a bit of comedy and a queer* individuals who says what you wish your family would just get?
Here’s Mae Martin to lighten some of the day.
Some material may NOT BE SAFE to play on speakers/openly at work/while on your laptop next to certain family members.
If you’d like to jump to the “Lil’ Bit Gay” clip, jump to 6:30
If you’d like to know more about Mae, check out her website HERE
Queer Avoidance, Vocabulary, Euphemisms, and the Language of Lesbians
9 Ways the Early Twentieth-Century Newspaper
Reviewed Broadway Plays & Avoided Saying the “L” Word
16 (Ninetieth/Twentieth Century) Euphemisms for Lesbian Relationships
Richards, Dell. Lesbian Lists: A Look at Lesbian Culture, History, and Personalities. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1990
LGBTQ* Vintage Photography
“Good Day, My Lady.”
LGBTQ* Novels/Books To Keep On Your Radar
Novels with Black/African-American Lesbian Themes or Characters (1920s-1970s)
Richards, Dell. Lesbian Lists: A Look at Lesbian Culture, History, and Personalities. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1990. p.34
Queer* Relationship Appreciation Post
Photographs of Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (sculpture/translator) and Marguerite “John” Radcliffe-Hall (author of Well of Loneliness), partners for 28 years
LGBTQ* Comics and Illustrations
Your “Coming Out Kit” by Dykesville
LGBTQ* Artist You Should Know
-Illustrations/art/etchings part of the series “Chop Suey Dancers”
-Depicted couples of the same sex dancing together in New York nightspots
-Many characters intentionally created to be ambiguous (Marsh wanted audience to ask if dancers were assumed gender, in drag, or androgynous)
LGBTQ* Sketch Comedy
Lesbian Speed Dating on the Big Gay Sketch Show
LGBTQ* Appreciation Post
Vintage Lesbians & Vintage Lady Friendships
KNOW Your Health
(Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual Health for Female Bodied Individuals)
Pictures above from Stonewall.org.uk
All Information Below from WomensHealth.Gov
All women have specific health risks, and can take steps to improve their health through regular medical care and healthy living. Research tells us that lesbian and bisexual women are at a higher risk for certain problems than other women are, though. It is important for lesbian and bisexual women to talk to their doctors about their health concerns, which include:
Heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of all women. The more risk factors you have, the greater the chance that you will develop heart disease. There are some risk factors that you cannot control, such as age, family health history, and race. But you can protect yourself from heart disease by not smoking, controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, exercising, and eating well. These things also help prevent type 2 diabetes, a leading cause of heart disease.
Lesbians and bisexual women have a higher rate of obesity, smoking, and stress. All of these are risk factors for heart disease. As such, lesbians and bisexual women should talk with their doctors about how to prevent heart disease.
Cancer. The most common cancers for all women are breast, lung, colon, uterine, and ovarian. Several factors put lesbian and bisexual women at higher risk for developing some cancers. Remember:
Depression and anxiety. Many factors cause depression and anxiety among all women. However, lesbian and bisexual women report higher rates of depression and anxiety than other women do. Bisexual women are even more likely than lesbians to have had a mood or anxiety disorder. Depression and anxiety in lesbian and bisexual women may be due to:
Lesbians and bisexuals often feel they have to hide their sexual orientation from family, friends, and employers. Bisexual women may feel even more alone because they don’t feel included in either the heterosexual community or the gay and lesbian community. Lesbians and bisexuals can also be victims of hate crimes and violence. Discrimination against these groups does exist, and can lead to depression and anxiety. Women can reach out to their doctors, mental health professionals, and area support groups for help dealing with depression or anxiety. These conditions are treatable, and with help, women can overcome them.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the most common hormonal problem of the reproductive system in women of childbearing age. PCOS is a health problem that can affect a woman’s:
Five to 10 percent of women of childbearing age have PCOS. Lesbians may have a higher rate of PCOS than heterosexual women.
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Lorraine Hansberry (you can read more about her HERE)
* African-American Playwright, Author and Speech Writer
* Most known work: A Raisin in the Sun
LGB* Articles You May Have Missed
(the following article was posted on the Advocate’s webpage)
STUDY: Women More Affected By The Closet Than Men
A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual people up to age 64 found that if parents were supportive of their children when coming out, usually in their twenties, they went on to live healthier lives.
Two-thirds of out participants had supportive parents, found researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health. And they experienced much lower rates of mental health and substance abuse problems compared to those whose parents wouldn’t accept them.
Gay men without supportive parents went on to face six to seven times the odds of serious depression and binge drinking. Women experienced five times the odds of serious depression, and 11 times the odds of drug use.
The study, published in the Journal of Homosexuality, also found that women are much more affected by living closeted lives than men.
“It’s possible that the stress of not disclosing your sexuality to your parents affects men and women differently,” said lead researcher Emily Rothman in an announcement of the findings. “In general, gay and bisexual men may be able to conduct their sexual lives apart from their parents with less stress.”
Read the full study here.