songsforgorgons: “Very often this year, when people asked me what I was working on, and I answered,…

songsforgorgons:

“Very often this year, when people asked me what I was working on, and I answered, ‘A book about Jewish lesbians,’ my answer was met with startled laughter and unmasked surprise bordering on disbelief, ‘Are there many?’ — as if the juxtaposition Jewish/lesbian were just too much. To me, these responses had the force of warnings. I got the message. Or rather, it got to me. While I fought against silencing myself completely, I did begin to hesitate before answering, to assess the safety of the terrain. I began to understand the limits that the dominant culture places on ‘otherness.’ You could be a Jew and people would recognize that as a religious or ethnic affiliation or you could be a lesbian and some people would recognize that as an ‘alternative lifestyle’ or ‘sexual preference,’ but if you tried to claim both identities — publicly and politically — you were exceeding the limits of what was permitted to the marginal. You were in danger of being perceived as ridiculous — and threatening …

“Combatting invisibility. At first it seemed an easy task. I would talk to Jewish groups about homophobia. I would talk to lesbian groups about anti-Semitism. I would talk to both groups about the need to affirm and accept difference. I would remind each group that invisibility has a trivializing, disempowering and ultimately debilitating effect on its members. And both groups would remember and understand. But it hasn’t been that simple, for each group has absorbed some of the myths and distortions about the other without any apparent consciousness of irony …

“I was pained but not surprised to feel invisible as a lesbian among Jews. I was terribly disappointed and confused to feel invisible as a Jew among lesbians. While lesbian-feminists have increasingly begun to acknowledge diversity, anti-Semitism is still not taken seriously in the lesbian-feminist movement. Anti-Semitism has not been included by name in the important litany of ‘isms’ against which the movement has pledged itself to struggle: sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism, able-bodyism …

“I have been distressed to find that many gentile lesbian-feminists with otherwise highly sensitive political awareness, are reluctant to give attention to anti-Semitism, to understand how it operates, and to consider seriously their participation in it. For it seems unlikely that any individual can altogether avoid internalizing the prejudices of the dominant culture …

“It seems incredibly ironic that the strong presence of Jewish lesbians (many with radical activist backgrounds) in the lesbian-feminist movement goes essentially unrecorded and unnoticed in any positive way by Jews and gentiles alike. Few lesbians have recorded the Jewish lesbian presence to any extent, and they are all Jewish writers: Nancy Toder, Elana Dykewomon (Nachman), Melanie Kaye, Irena Klepfisz, Alice Bloch, Ruth Geller, Harriet Malinowitz, Martha Shelley. The near invisibility of Jewish energy in the lesbian-feminist movement may itself be a result of anti-Semitism, real or feared: a response to the fear that if Jews were more visible as Jews, they would be accused of controlling the movement …

Again the nagging question. Should I make a fuss? … Then I remember. Whenever I ‘made a fuss’ (i.e., raised the issue of lesbian invisibility) at a feminist session where the speakers failed to include lesbians in their presentations, I had the support of the lesbian community. It was understood that the discomfort was to be theirs, not ours. Speaking out now, as a Jew, would there be the same lesbian support?”

Evelyn Torton Beck, from the introduction to Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology (1982).

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Hey Gays Here’s Truman Capote’s Hardcore Gay Screenplay of The Great Gatsby (For Real This Time)

Hey Gays Here’s Truman Capote’s Hardcore Gay Screenplay of The Great Gatsby (For Real This Time):

conan-doyles-carnations:

mellifluous-bee:

roofbeams:

I finally uploaded the full version of capote’s gatsby screenplay!! apologies to everyone that it took me so long. enjoy!!

@conan-doyles-carnations

@mellifluous-bee I cannot thank you enough

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aunty-anti: gabberflastic: were-all-queer-here: @ trans women: You are a woman. You have the…

aunty-anti:

gabberflastic:

were-all-queer-here:

@ trans women:

You are a woman. You have the experiences of a woman. You face the hardship of woman hood.
You are a woman, and you have always been as much of a woman as every cis woman out there.

And some nasty terf on Tumblr will never be able to take that away from you.

Replace women with man and you have a true statement

Ok…

@ Trans men:

You are a man. You have the experiences of a man. You face the hardship of manhood.
You are a man, and have always been as much of a man as every cis man out there.

And some nasty terf on Tumblr will never be able to take that away from you.

Better?

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queerasfact: From the 1860s, French artist Rosa Bonheur was so…

queerasfact:

From the 1860s, French artist Rosa Bonheur was so popular across the Atlantic that young American girls were given dolls dressed in trousers to mimic Rosa’s unconventional outfits.

One such girl was Anna Klumpke, born in 1856, who refers in her autobiography to “the
little doll miniature dressed like Rosa Bonheur” which her mother gave her, along with a copy of one of Rosa’s paintings. Anna was so inspired that she went on to become an artist herself, eventually meeting and moving in with Rosa. Despite its strange inception, the two women had a very happy relationship, which Rosa described as “a divine marriage of two souls”.

Learn more about Rosa and Anna in our podcast

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clevergirlfriend: Space Gays restocked, now with brand new pink…

clevergirlfriend:

 Space Gays restocked, now with brand new pink variant. Get your pin here.

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“Seventeen things you have to learn for yourself as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,…”

Seventeen things you have to learn for yourself
as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual
or otherwise Queer youth
by the time you are seventeen.

One is that the first Pride was a riot
I don’t mean that it was full of laughter, or that it was some grand party
where everyone spiraled up to dance among the stars
because the only glittering that night
was broken glass on cobblestones.
The first Pride was a riot
on the backstreets of New York
and they never tell us
that night
we won.
The only protest
in a decade full of turmoil
where the cops had to hide out in the bar they raided
and run from shouting rioters
who fought to reclaim the only patch of ground they had ever claimed as theirs
the first Pride was a riot,

and two, around the same time it took place
it was a debated topic in the gay community
whether or not they should say
that they weren’t mentally ill

which, three, homosexuality was removed
from the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental illnesses
in 1974
congratulations
all it took was a vote to declare that, whoops, we were never mentally ill

except, four, there are still teenagers being tortured today
in what some dare blaspheme as “therapy”
used to destroy their self-identity
in the hopes of making them normal.
except, four, the queer community still carries overwhelmingly high rates for poverty and homelessness and depression.

Did you know that, five,
over half the children forced into conversion therapy
commit suicide?

And six, that lesbians
were regarded as “hangers-on”
of the movement
by much of the gay community
before the AIDS crisis?

Because it turns out, seven, you can wear a rainbow on your shirt
and still be a bigot.
There are people who stick rainbows in their ears
or wear them on their fingers
or slap them across their cheeks in badges of defiance
and will still hate you for the color of your skin
or the size of your thighs
or your gender
or the way you like to kiss two or more genders
or none of the above.
Don’t ask me why this happens
it just does
I think it might be that we’ve all been taught to hate ourselves
for so damn long
that we don’t understand what to do
in a space with no hate.
Or maybe it’s that the space seems too small, because

eight, there are people who will tell you that you are not enough
that you do not reach the magical benchmark of “gay enough” to pass through the gate even
especially
when you are some flavor of the rainbow other than straight-out gay.
eight, this is bullshit
eight, those people are bullshit.
eight, you are enough.
eight, there is always enough room.

nine, there is no overarching “homosexual agenda”
sorry
we’re all kind of flailing along in here trying to figure out some way to make it work
when most of us have nothing in common
except that society looked at us in different ways and decided we didn’t fit
so we could all go be misfits together
under one big rainbow flag

but just so you know, ten, there are plenty of other flags
there is one for you, I promise

and eleven, misfits may not all need the same things
but we need to stick together, especially in a world where

twelve—refer to point seven—there are lesbians who hate other lesbians
for having the audacity to be born in a body
that everyone looked at and saw “boy”
which brings me to

thirteen, there is so much to understand.

fourteen, you need to understand
because we need to stick together
and to stick together we do not have to be the same but we do have to understand
and it will be hard because
you were probably thrown into this world with no warning because

fifteen, being queer is not genetic and we are not unique among minorities
in that we collect our heritage through broken bits of history and research in a world constantly working to make those misfit bits go away
but we are unique in that when we try to prove our legacy
we can be laughed down
or re-erased
or flat out ignored
but I swear to you
you have a history as old as Alexander the Great
as beautiful as Sappho
as dignified as Abraham Lincoln
and as proud as Eleanor Roosevelt.

But even with that behind us
sixteen,
they have always watched us die.
because even though the bystander effect is bullshit, sixteen
Kitty Genovese was a lesbian, sixteen
Ronald Reagan is a mass murderer, sixteen
our children, your brothers and sisters and  siblings of all stripes and all colors and sexualities and genders are being murdered
through neglect
and rejection
and hate.

Sixteen, there is an entire generation of gay and bisexual men
missing from history
because the government chose to do nothing
when they were dying by the thousands.
sixteen, we died from the disease and died from going back into the closet and died for staying there and died for coming out,
sixteen, they laughed at us because they believed god was punishing us for daring to love,
sixteen, ashes of your forerunners rest on the lawn of the White House because
SIXTEEN, THEY HAVE ALWAYS WATCHED US DIE.

SEVENTEEN
you are allowed
to be angry.
You do not have to be one of the nice gays
or one of the nice trans people
or sweet or kind or educate the rest of the world in something less than a yell
you are allowed to be so furious it scalds your bones
at the way we are forgotten
and passed over
at the way, as soon as June becomes July
we are expected
to go back to dying in silence
and mourning our dead
and kissing all alone
when no one can be offended
at the sight of us.
You are allowed to be angry
and scream down the stars
to shatter like broken glass at your feet
because you know what?
The first Pride
was a riot.

October 11 (via spondee-soliloquy)

UPDATE FROM 2017: it’s officially been a year since I first wrote and posted this and it’s taken off and grown in ways I could never, ever have imagined. Thank you, all of you, for listening.

If you’re not sick of listening to me ramble yet, I’ve put up an annotated version of this poem here, including links to some sources and some of my own personal thoughts and feelings on what I put into this poem.

(via spondee-soliloquy)

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queercontent: Sometimes I talk a little too irreverently about…

queercontent:

Sometimes I talk a little too irreverently about politics, and many assume I don’t care. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s simply a displeasure in the reactionary nature of today’s politics, and the subjective way in which people explore stories. In the end, it’s usually clear that their opinions are entirely selfish, and lazy, and that’s what gets me.

Minorities don’t like being minorities all the time. This is something you learn very quickly when you cut yourself off from internet social politics and start talking to people in real life. We want somewhere to relax and be ourselves without being told how we’re oppressed or what we need to change. Trust us: we already know. We just want a safe spaces to feel safe, rather than to be radicalised for this kind of social action.

And when it comes to returning to politics, I feel storytelling workshops are essential to engaging in real change. Here you shut the fuck up and listen to what people need instead of shouting over the top of them. For minorities it says ‘I acknowledge you beyond the labels placed on you, and I’m ready to stand with you against your fears’. Anything less than that is a cop out.

Storytelling is also the best way to build camaraderie with your enemy and get them invested in your cause, but you’re probably bored already so I’ll shut up.

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gaywrites: In honor of Spirit Day, I uplift, honor and validate…

gaywrites:

In honor of Spirit Day, I uplift, honor and validate anyone who has ever been bullied, harassed, or abused for their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; recognize that while things are improving for LGBTQ youth, we have a hell of a long way to go; and commend those on the front lines working toward safer and more inclusive and just schools for LGBTQ students.

Happy Spirit Day. You matter. 

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carmillaseries: T-7 DAYS! The Carmilla Movie premieres only 1…

carmillaseries:

T-7 DAYS! The Carmilla Movie premieres only 1 week from today! Who’s excited? AND, Grace Lynn Kung is all over the @CarmillaSeries Instagram today!

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Vincent Price’s Daughter Confirms Father’s Bisexuality

Vincent Price’s Daughter Confirms Father’s Bisexuality:

vinegardoppio:

this Halloween take a moment to remember that the King of Horror was not only fine as fuck, he was bi!

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