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Anthropologists Hid African Same-Sex Relationships | JSTOR Daily
Sex between people of the same gender has existed for millennia. But anthropologists in sub-Saharan Africa often ignored or distorted those relationships.
history  queer  queerhistory  africa  anthropology 
9 weeks ago by bobrhyn
'I feel exhausted by being exposed': kd lang on being a lesbian icon
It must have been hard, so much of her life being public property. “I grew up with the adage that there is a wealth of purpose in being mysterious,” she says. “And I feel like I haven’t had the chance to be mysterious. My sexuality, and everything, was so much out in the open, and has been for many years. I feel exhausted by being exposed. And it’s truly not that interesting!” She tails off with a laugh.

Although it might not seem interesting to her, at the time lang came out, she pretty much represented an entire section of society. The early 90s were a fallow time for famous lesbians – she quickly became a sapphic north star. As someone who was barely scraping into their teens when Ingénue was released, I was aware of lang, although I don’t think I had heard her music. Awareness of her existence allowed me to realise that there was another choice available apart from heterosexuality.
by:HannaHanra  from:TheGuardian  KDLang  homosexuality  ComingOut  date:1990s  music  QueerHistory 
9 weeks ago by owenblacker
Two Transgender Activists Are Getting a Monument in New York
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, pioneering transgender activists who were at the vanguard of the gay rights movement, will be immortalized in a monument that may be placed down the street from the Stonewall Inn, the city said on Wednesday.

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Rivera were both drag performers and vibrant characters in Greenwich Village street life who worked on behalf of homeless L.G.B.T.Q. youth and those affected by H.I.V./AIDS. They are also believed to have been key figures in the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising who fought police as they raided the gay bar on Christopher Street.

The planned monument will be publicly announced on Thursday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the uprising, which was a seminal moment for gay rights. It is also part of the city’s effort to fix a glaring gender gap in public art. Statues of L.G.B.T.Q. individuals are virtually nonexistent among the city’s monuments, and the city says the dedication to Johnson and Rivera will be one of the world’s first for transgender people.
by:JuliaJacobs  from:TheNewYorkTimes  MarshaPJohnson  SylviaRivera  QueerHistory  geo:NewYork 
may 2019 by owenblacker
Freddie Mercury and the Erasure of Queerness in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
The problem, then, lies in the way history has chosen to remember him, simply as a flaming frontman or as a gay man, bisexuality erased and deeper looks into his life left in the shadows. Bohemian Rhapsody shamefully reinforces these things in its revisionism, a problem that stems from both its PG-13 rating and the fact that the surviving straight members of Queen had too much of a hand in telling a dead queer man’s tale.
To think about how much is missing from Bohemian Rhapsody hurts, not simply because it doesn’t paint a full picture of the man we know as Freddie Mercury, but because it paints something that doesn’t feel honest. It feels like a film made by the remaining members of Queen, for an audience that isn’t actually queer; a film made for some, not all. Freddie can be treated as someone who needs forgiveness, as someone less than good, because he left the band for a short time, because he was too busy being seduced by a queer lifestyle of sex, drugs, and alcohol, because he wasn’t like the rest of them.
by:JuanBarquin  from:Into  FreddyMercury  QueerHistory  film 
october 2018 by owenblacker
Doctor for Early HIV/AIDS Patients Among Dead in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
On Saturday, anti-Semitic gunman Robert Bowers opened fire on attendees at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As names of those killed in the shooting were released throughout the weekend, people began to pay tribute to the 11 victims, including Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, a Pittsburgh-based doctor who helped treat patients living with HIV.

According to Michael Kerr, a New York City-based activist and member of ACT UP, Rabinowitz, 66, treated HIV-positive people prior to the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy, when few doctors were willing to even touch those living with HIV. Kerr wrote on his Facebook about Rabinowitz and what it was like to be in his care.

“Before there was effective treatment for fighting HIV itself, he was known in the community for keeping us alive the longest,” Kerr wrote. “He often held our hands (without rubber gloves) and always always hugged us as we left his office.”
by:MathewRodriguez  from:Into  QueerHistory  HIV/AIDS  geo:UnitedStates 
october 2018 by owenblacker
LGBT History Is the Instagram Account Making Queer History More Accessible
While there always has been a great deal of joy in our work, we are ultimately propelled by an angry determination to learn the details of queer history, as well as to expand, add nuance to, and correct the public record of that history. Being denied history is a fundamental part of queer persecution; dominant cultures work very hard to diminish the importance of our lives and our stories, and that absolutely includes the erasure by queer people of women, people of color, trans people, disabled people, those with non-normative body types, femmes, butches, radicals, undereducated individuals, and anyone else who doesn’t “fit the mold” cast by heteronormative forces from within and outside the queer community.

Despite the incredible work of many academics, archivists, photographers, and grassroots historians, the community has only begun to understand its own story. We know what we’ve sought out and we know what we’ve heard (the former tends to be that which the individual wants to hear, and the latter that which people with access to the machines of power want us to hear). But it’s nearly impossible to find broadly inclusive, accessible guides to queer history, ones that present the interrelated stories of the countless subcommunities that make up our past, present, and future.

That should piss you off.
by:MatthewRiemer  by:LeightonBrown  QueerHistory  Instagram  history 
september 2018 by owenblacker
How ‘Pose’ Will Make History for Trans Storytelling
The notion of a trans woman saving a young boy’s life moved me. It was a radical departure from what I had seen on screens. I grew up the middle of five kids raised by a working single mother. The television served as a babysitter, of sorts. I devoured shows as a young viewer, from re-runs of classics like “I Love Lucy” and “Designing Women” and soaps like “General Hospital” and “90210” to ’90s sitcoms like “Living Single” and “Family Matters.” I was thoroughly entertained by these shows, but as a black and Native Hawaiian trans girl, I never felt fully reflected.

When girls like us flitted onto my screen, we were seen through the narrowest lens — either as points of trauma, treated as freaks, or mere punchlines. Rarely were we given a chance to be the center of the story, to be the protagonists, the antagonists and the damn villains. And I knew with “Pose,” I would hold the pen, writing narratives that would show the totality of what it meant to be brown and black, to be trans and poor and femme in an era in New York City dictated by a series of ills, from HIV and gentrification to crack and greed.
by:JanetMock  from:Variety  television  RyanMurphy  transgender  QueerHistory 
july 2018 by owenblacker
LGBT people need to rediscover their rage in this age of protest | Caspar Salmon | Opinion | The Guardian
When director Robin Campillo won the prize for best film last month at France’s César awards, he used the opportunity to plead for the rights of French sex workers, drug users and migrants. The star of 120 Beats per Minute, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, upon winning a César for most promising actor, spoke out on the subject of abortion rights in his home country of Argentina. This is all to say that the film, released in the UK last week, has politics coursing through its veins. In a time of great political division, its clarion call for protest and its questions about queer identity are perhaps more urgent than ever.
by:CasparSalmon  from:CommentIsFree  activism  ACTUP  politics  QueerHistory 
april 2018 by owenblacker
Anti-Fascist and Gender-Nonconforming: Our Hero, Claude Cahun
The reason I find myself thinking about Claude Cahun today, however, is not their photography, but rather, their resistance to Nazi forces during World War II. … When German forces conquered France and began using the island as a training ground for new recruits, Cahun and Moore waged a secret, two-person campaign of disinformation and morale-destruction, using a weapon the Nazis never expected: Surrealism.
by:HughRyan  from:them  ClaudeCahun  MarcelMoore  antifascism  geo:Jersey  WW2  QueerHistory 
november 2017 by owenblacker
Tom Blunt - When I was a gay teenager, I quickly learned that men…
When I was a gay teenager, I quickly learned that men might make physical contact as a way of exploring availability. A grope or a squeeze is made to test boundaries or establish consent — this is likely to be a conversation that occurs entirely without words.

Maybe straight men are like that too, I can't say. But I know that as usual, gay culture takes it 100× further. You learn at an early age that you'll get petted and fondled as you squeeze through a crowded nightclub, that a guy will explore your package with his hands on the dance floor, and while there are certain lines definitely not to be crossed (no means no), this is part of what sets us apart from the rest of society — our ability to relax about body privacy and be sexy and anonymous together, to express what has been held back for so long. A man might not hazard trying to kiss you until after he's grabbed your dick.

Growing up [editing here to specify that I'm referring to my late teens early 20s] I loved this aspect of gay culture and rarely felt conflicted about it. I could barely speak out loud about what I wanted, but learning the basics of cruising and finding people to explore with — outdoors, in restrooms or other isolated places, because I still had to hide, couldn't risk having people over, etc. — seemed like the best solution available.

There were times when I came home and cried because the contact was too brutally impersonal and I couldn't see a future in living a gay life. Some men took what I never would have freely given.
by:TomBlunt  from:Facebook  SexualAssault  via:QueerSlack  QueerHistory 
november 2017 by owenblacker
Gay bars are under threat but not from the obvious attackers
The experience of going out to a gay bar is an almost universal one for homosexual men and lesbians in the rich world. They are places that contain memories of first kisses or heart break; they are where people, often persecuted or misunderstood by others, made friends and felt accepted at last. As such, they became central points for gay people. This is why, when 49 people were killed by a homophobic shooter at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, it carried such an emotional burden. Thousands of people conducted vigils in their local gay bars in America, Britain and elsewhere. Outside the Admiral Duncan pub in London’s Soho, where a nail bomb killed three people in 1999, hundreds of people came together as they had that night, waving rainbow flags and holding one another in grief.

And yet despite their importance, gay bars are vanishing.
gentrification  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  geo:London  geo:NewYork  from:TheEconomist  by:AdamSmith  QueerHistory 
december 2016 by owenblacker

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