Category: bisexual

makingqueerhistory:

Don’t let people convince you that queer history is unimportant. That we are a side note, that our identities aren’t important enough to be mentioned in anything but the footnotes. While you cannot blame any one source for the erasure of our history you most certainly can hold every source accountable. Don’t let people off the hook for a second when they try to ignore the history of our community, we deserve better.

makingqueerhistory:

Queer history did not start with Stonewall. That doesn’t make Stonewall unimportant but it is critical to realize that by only talking about queer history in context of Stonewall and America is erasure, and feeds into the attitude that queerness is somehow a recent development.

Even if it is not intentional, the impact of not directly addressing the fact that there are queer people and queer movements before Stonewall is harmful.  

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Lesbia Harford

In the course of this project, we’ve looked at dozens of stories, dozens of lives. The most excited and difficult part is often picking through all of the stories to find the truth. So often our stories are rewritten when we are no longer around the tell them. In uncovering our history, we must find the truth of the lives lived and not the truth we want. (Read Full Article)

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Lesbia Harford

In the course of this project, we’ve looked at dozens of stories, dozens of lives. The most excited and difficult part is often picking through all of the stories to find the truth. So often our stories are rewritten when we are no longer around the tell them. In uncovering our history, we must find the truth of the lives lived and not the truth we want. (Read Full Article)

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I think the hard times have passed now, the community is stronger and our response (to homophobia) is much more active and aggressive than before.

But we need to continue to strengthen young people from the LGBT community to understand and to continue the challenge, because it’s not finished yet –- I think it’s just the beginning.

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via MUSIC VIDEO: Tessa Thompson Makes Janelle Monáe (and Us) Feel Pretty F*cking Queer Today

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Bricktop, and the Happy Ending

In the first week of women’s history month we go to the second half of a two-part article about the incredible Ada Smith, or as she was more well-known as, Bricktop. As we reviewed last time, she was an incredible woman who was successful and loved throughout the nightlife in 20’s Paris. We left off in that light note, but just like most of the world Bricktop’s life changed when World War 2 began, and that is what we will be exploring next.

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Bricktop, the Fabulous

To wrap up Black History Month we are going to do another two-part article looking at a woman who was the center of the night scene in Paris during the 20’s. We will look at a woman who was not only talented in her own right but also fostered the talent of the people around her and made connections with some of the most incredible rising stars of her day. And we will discuss the impact of a woman who was loved by almost everyone she interacted with. This woman was named Ada Smith, but went by the name Bricktop.  And although she was a force of nature who created one of the most well-known meeting places for artists and socialites at the time she gets left out of discussions about the lost generation. So today we hope to rectify this mistake by looking at the life of the wonderful woman called Bricktop. (Read full article here)

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Josephine Baker, a Woman with Eclectic Talents

For our fifth article in our World War 2 series we move to Josephine Baker, a dancer, singer, spy, mother, and bisexual woman. It is a rare for us to be able to so clearly identify a historical figure, but with some help from her son, historian Jean-Claude Baker, we can. Born in America June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri,  Baker’s life was never without it’s share of obstacles. Josephine Baker, however, wasn’t familiar with the word “stop”, she worked as an entertainer, an activist, a military woman, and a mother, and did not rest.  Summarizing her life in a brief, concise, and full manner is next to impossible, but we will have to do our best.

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The Complex and Controversial Brenda Fassie

This week we are excited to begin our celebration of Black History Month! To start off, we will be looking at some more recent history, specifically the life and times of Brenda Fassie(1964-2004). Brenda Fassie was a South African pop star who gained international fame for her work and for the many media storms that built up around her. She was the niece of famed activist-turned president, Nelson Mandela, and also held many of the same political stances throughout her life, strongly enough so, in fact, that some of her songs were banned in America. She was incredibly influential during her lifetime, exchanging the safety privacy could have offered her for a dramatically public life. It seems only right that we explore that life now. (Read Full Article at our Website)

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