[Image Description: Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy, a white trans woman with curled and styled orange hair. She is wearing a white camisole nightgown and poses facing the camera.]
A sentiment that is found all throughout our project is the idea that just by existing queer people have the ability to change the world. This idea is rooted in the fact that by living and thriving in a world that wants you to be ashamed and erased, you are performing your own subtle revolution. And while subtly was not exactly Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy’s forte, we find this basic philosophy very visible in the impact her life left. (Read Full Article)
[Image Description: A bust of Zimri-Lim. The nose has been broken off.]
For this week’s article, we will be going farther back than we have in a while, which also means we will be working with less information and primary sources than we usually have access to. Information about this man only became available in 1933 when the ancient city of Mari was discovered in Syria. There they discovered 20,000 tablets filled with writings. More than 3000 of these tablets are letters, one of which reveals that the King of Mari, Zimri-Lim, had male lovers. (Read Full Article)
100+ LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost:
Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community. In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner, Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mockhave become the most visible transgender women in media.
So, in honor of Black History Month, below you’ll find over 100 lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and transgender women you should know about. If she was still alive, the oldest person in this list would be 189 years old. The youngest person on this list is a mere 21 years of age. Like all our lists of this sort, this post aims to contain a wide variety of humans of all ages and backgrounds, from reality TV show stars (despite its numerous failings, Reality TV has been a major mainstream source of LGBTQ visibility dating back to the early ’90s) to State Representatives to actresses to game-changing activists.
Keep in mind, there are so many more prominent black LGBT women than are represented below. This list isn’t representative or comprehensive, but I did aim to include the “big names” and beyond that, present a broad and diverse range of visible women. The hardest part of making this list was that it was originally twice as long! So please feel free to share some of your heroes in the comments and we’ll have more lists like this in the future!
There is something powerful in reclaiming language. There’s the shock value of it, but it’s also a way to take back some of the power. It’s a way to navigate a difficult experience; it’s not right for every person, but for many, it’s empowering. For queer crips, it’s a way to connect, to reject, and to describe the experience of feeling trapped between two communities. (Read Full Article)
Often, the history of the queer community can only be found in whispers. When carefully kept records fail, by accident or malice, we must look for ourselves in between the lines of the world around us. Queer people leave a trail of breadcrumbs meant to speak only to others like them; symbols, side notes, carefully crafted sentences. And these breadcrumbs are what define the life of Edward Carpenter. (Read the full article here)