“The idea was influenced by a number experiences but, for me, the idea for the series began a few years back when Black Lives Matters stopped the Toronto Pride parade to protest a variety of issues. I just happened to be at that intersection filming and, after hearing the various reactions from the crowd and subsequent dialogue afterwards, it became very clear to me that a lot of folks in our community didn’t know much about LGBTQ2+ history or, in many cases, even about Pride itself. And who could blame any of us? Nobody taught me about Stonewall growing up. I never learned about all the many amazing LGBTQ2+ heroes whose shoulders we stand on. They weren’t in the history books. Their stories were demonized, altered, censored or, in most cases, erased altogether. When I wanted to learn about them, I had to seek it out and it wasn’t — and still isn’t — always easy to find. As Stonewall was nearing its 50th anniversary, I thought it would be the perfect time to release a history series that really celebrates LGBTQ2+ heroes of the past and ties that past to our communities’ issues today so that we might all better understand each other.”
The way we tell stories is often just as important as the stories we choose to tell. Today we look at the footnote, the home of many queer people throughout history, and we look closer. (Read full article)
Just curious, what's the difference between the rainbow flag and the one with the black and brown stripes on top?
This is the Philly pride flag, meant to be an inclusionary way to represent black and brown people in the LGBTQIA+ community, since there’s a huge history of racism in the community even though LGBTQIA+ POC are more likely to face violence because of the intersection of those facets of their identity, especially black trans women
This is the version you know, which is a simplification of this flag from 1979 due to the fact that lampposts in San Francisco’s Market Street would obscure the middle stripe:
Which, in turn, is a simplification of this flag, because of the unavailability of pink fabric:
The colors of which had these meanings:
And was made to represent the entire community, not just gay men as is commonly believed.
Tldr bc whoops this turned into a short history lesson: the difference is basically the Philly flag is an effort to reaffirm the community’s commitment to combatting racism in our community and offering support to LGBTQIA+ POC while the rainbow flag is meant as a symbol for the community as a whole
Daria Kerschenbaum is an asexual writer and artist working in New York City. You can follow her on Instagram @Daria_Kersch.
“[…]spinsters were seen as queer, not because they were not mothers or wives, but because they wanted to go into the public sphere and to break the gender boundaries between the private and the public.” — Hellesund Tone (Read Full Article)
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