to sum everything up since ive seen a lot of discussion on it, for people who dont know: why are people so upset about ariana performing at manchester pride?
- she’s straight
- homophobes are coming to this event just to see her
but how is this ariana’s fault? why are we blaming her? she isn’t a bad person
- ariana had the choice to decline this but came anyways. she is being congratulated as progressive while actual lgbt artists are being swept under the rug
- pride is for lgbt people. it always has, it always will.
- ariana profited off of fetishising wlw, made fun of trans women in one of her music videos, and has been doing brownface for years
- not only all of that, she refuses to accept this and genuinely apologize, but instead plays victim and depicts anyone who calls her out as some big bully
- homophobes! are coming to one of the few events! made to be 100% safe for lgbt people! and she is profiting off of it!!!
[S]eeking justice as a transgender woman is not easy in Guyana due to a colonial-era law, now 124 years old, that criminalises cross-dressing.
Passed in 1893 when Guyana was still a British colony
Makes it illegal for men to dress as a woman and vice versa, if done for “any improper purpose”
The definition of “any improper purpose” is open to interpretation by magistrates
Its opponents say it is open to abuse as its wording is “vague” and “broad”
While the Institute was one of his most prestigious achievements, it is not his only one. As a doctor, Hirschfeld spent much of his life researching queer people and their lives, believing knowledge would be the bridge to equality. He was the first recorded person to run a scientific survey of queer people, and while some information he gathered has since been disproved or modified, he was still years ahead of his time.
“Sapphics had little trouble figuring Greta Garbo out. The word lesbian was abhorred, and women in love with women preferred a more fluid terminology or no labels at all. They thought of relationships in the singular and couched an attraction as a nonsexist friendship.
‘They hate lesbians even more,’ Louise Brooks would say of Hollywood’s loathing of gay men in remembering how Louis B. Mayer fired William Haines after he refused to put distance between himself and his boyfriend by marrying Pola Negri or some other actress. Although Garbo was the least bisexual of the actress stars in love with women, that is, the one who in private referred to herself as a man (‘When I was a young man’: ‘Oh what a funny man I am’), and never sought refuge in a lavender marriage, she was the one who was never found out.”
From The Sewing Circle: Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
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This week we find ourselves again surrounded by political turmoil. And in moments like these, we always have to consider if our voice is needed in the dialogue. If we could say anything that hasn’t already been said. And this week we found there is nothing we need to add, so instead we will take this time we have with our dearest readers and tell you all a love story. The story of the Ladies of Llangollen, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, two Irish women who fell in love, and lived happily ever after. A type of story that is all too uncommon in our history, but we are happy to share with you now. (Read full article here)
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
You may forget but
let me tell you
this: someone in
some future time
will think of us