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gkoskovich. This afternoon at the Main San Francisco Public Library (@sfpubliclibr

This afternoon at the Main San Francisco Public Library (@sfpubliclibrary): Presenting “Magnus Hirschfeld & Weimar Modernity: Viewing the Film ‘Different From the Others.’” . I spoke for just 15 minutes to introduce the showing of the 1919 silent movie that was the first in the history of cinema to feature a homosexual protagonist. . Homosexual and transgender emancipation pioneer Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld cowrote the film — and appears in the role of the helpful sexologist. . The Sascha Jacobsen Trio (@jacobsen.sascha) accompanied the film with music composed by Jacobsen and improvisation by the musicians. The accompaniment was highly effective. . About 70 people attended — a good turnout for a workday at lunchtime. The projection was followed by a lively Q&A with Sascha Jacobsen and me joining in discussion with the audience. . The event was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco (@sfgoethe) in conjunction with its "Queer as German Folk" exhibition currently on display at the Main Library and the Eureka Valley branch. . PHOTO ONE: The beginning of my talk. Photo by Trent Garcia of the San Francisco Public Library. . PHOTO TWO: My shot of the Sascha Jacobsen Trio playing as the film credits appear. . #lgbt #queer #homosexual #lesbian #gay #transgender #lgbthistory #queerhistory #homosexualhistory #lesbianhistory #gayhistory #transgenderhistory #history #queerculture #gayculture #gayfilm #filmhistory #silentfilm #silentmovie #magnushirschfeld #berlin #germany #1910s

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Hey y’all. We’re hard at wor

PUTTING OUT A CALL FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS! Hey y’all. We’re hard at work on editing and putting together Pansy Pachanga and are super excited to tell the story of this amazing community. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the Pansy crew. We’ve been lucky enough to get a hold of tons of historic photos from some of the people we’ve interviewed as well as a few incredible VHSs including some fundraisers, drag shows, and people hanging out before a night out from the late 80s/early 90s. Now we’re putting out a call for more videos and photos of the Rio Grande Valley’s LGBTQ+ community from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the early 2000s. We know that people have treasure troves of photos and videos in their homes and we want to use them to help bring our community’s rich history to life. If you have any, please reach out to us! For now, keep following for more updates on RGV LGBTQIA+ history and progress on #pansypachanga. #lgbtqiahistory #queerhistory #transhistory #dragherstory #lesbianherstory #gayhistory #lgbtq #nonbinary #documentary #queerfilm #rgv #riograndevalley #texashistory #queerlatinx #latinxfilm

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gigawatt1. I made another tarot for @fuck_you_im_clyde_petersen ‘s film @ourforbi

I made another tarot for @fuck_you_im_clyde_petersen ‘s film @ourforbiddencountry ! The characters choosing the Death card was too grim, so they will draw the World card too! I love these cards and am planning to continue this tarot exploration and show them at EAST studio tour this November, where I will be participating @littlepinkmonstergallery with six other stellar artists! Huzzah! . . . #eastaustinstudiotour #EAST2019 #tarot #ourforbiddencountry #stopmotionanimation #queerhistory #collage #watercolor #tarot #theworld #atxart #atxartists #austinart #wheretreessplit

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gigi_grinstad_art. I made another tarot for @fuck_you_im_clyde_petersen ‘s film @ourforbi

I made another tarot for @fuck_you_im_clyde_petersen ‘s film @ourforbiddencountry ! The characters choosing the Death card was too grim, so they will draw the World card too! I love these cards and am planning to continue this tarot exploration and show them at EAST studio tour this November, where I will be participating @littlepinkmonstergallery with six other stellar artists! Huzzah! . . . #eastaustinstudiotour #EAST2019 #tarot #ourforbiddencountry #stopmotionanimation #queerhistory #collage #watercolor #tarot #theworld #atxart #atxartists #austinart #wheretreessplit

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thehistoricalhomo. (1 of 3) Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson:  Multiracial, Bisexual, Activist,

(1 of 3) Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson: Multiracial, Bisexual, Activist, Teacher and Poet. (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935) Alice was the first of her generation to be born free in the South after the Civil War. Her father, Joseph Moore was a Marine and freed slave, her mother, Patricia Wright, a seamstress. They lived amongst the Creole community of New Orleans before the turn of the century. With her Creole heritage, blended African-American, European, and Native American roots. Her mixed ancestry would give her a broad perspective on race as she matured, while she personally struggled with the issue of belonging. Alice graduated from Straight (Now Dillard) University and began teaching in the public school system in 1892. At this time, less than 1% of Americans were college graduates, let alone, women and people of color. Her hobby of poetry turned professional when “Violets and Other Tales” in 1895 was published. It was the first-ever short story collection printed by an African-American woman. Alice’s writing already had the aroma of feminism and social justice. She moved to Boston, then New York to pursue her career as an educator and co-founding the White Rose Mission (“a Christian, nonsectarian Home for Colored Girls and Women”). During this time, she met poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar when he was at the peak of his career and the beginning of Alice’s. He saw her photo and poem in the 1987 Monthly Review issue. He wrote amorous letters to her conducting their relationship and during their engagement, he raped Alice brutally while into intoxicated. Working to pursue her forgiveness, they married secretly in NYC. The couple then moved to Washington, D.C. It wasn’t unusual for women to marry their rapists and seducers. Once the word got out, as it did in Alice’s case, they were considered “damaged goods”. Dunbar was the most famous African American poet of his time. But we was an alcoholic and suffered from tuberculosis. Alice was bisexual, and it has been posited by Lillian Fadiman, author of “Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America”, among others, that Dunbar was angered by her affairs. However, this was no

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thehistoricalhomo. (2 of 3) excuse for the abuse that he heaped on her. Interestingly, he

(2 of 3) excuse for the abuse that he heaped on her. Interestingly, her bisexuality is absent from the book on their relationship, “Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore” by Eleanor Alexander (2001). The Dunbars seemed like an ideal, charmed couple, with the story of their romantic courtship and elopement widely known. In 1902, four years into their marriage, Dunbar beat Alice so brutally that she almost died of her injuries. Eleanor Alexander wrote in the book’s introduction: The Dunbars’ bittersweet romance vacillated between ‘days that were delightful beyond compare … and a dog and cat existence,’ wrote Alice. While that brutal night of January 25, 1902 was not the first time that Paul had physically assaulted Alice, she made certain it was the last. She refused to see him again. For two years he wrote her letters of love, contrition, and news. Alice answered only once, and in one word: “No!” She finally left left Paul to move to Wilmington, Delaware, where she would teach and continue writing under the name of Alice Dunbar. Despite their heated separation, Alice never formally divorced him and found out about his death, like everyone else did... in the news paper. Not long after her husband passed in 1906, she married and divorced again. This time to Henry Callis, a doctor and founder of a fraternity at Cornell University. And despite her third marriage to poet and activist Robert J. Nelson in 1916, Alice had relationships with activist Fay Jackson Robinson and artist Helene Ricks London, which were documented in her diaries as well as Gloria T. Hull’s “Color, Sex & Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.” Her relationship with Robert may have been the catalyst for her growing involvement in social justice issues. Her writings became more of a focus in 1913 when she became the coeditor of the A.M.E. Review, a well-known church publication, and went on to edit the progressive black newspaper ‘the Wilmington Advocate’ in 1920. She became and activist around the same time she became a suffragette and noted figure in the

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thehistoricalhomo. (3 of 3) Harlem Renaissance. Time and time again, she was denied pay f

(3 of 3) Harlem Renaissance. Time and time again, she was denied pay for her work, which, she (of course) wrote about! She was also rejected by many publishers who disapproved her writings about race, the color line, and oppression. Alice joined the leading Anti-Lynching Crusaders of Delaware in support of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill and directing the Democratic political campaign among black women from New York. Her and her husband became passionate public speakers from 1928-1931, worked with the American Friends Inter-Racial Peace Committee to take their messages of racial and gender equality on the road. Alice’s personal diaries became public when she passed at the age of 60 from heart trouble in 1935. The University if Delaware adopted her collections of diaries and published them in a single book form as “Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson” in 1985. Her candid musings on being bisexual, biracial and a woman in the 19th century is an incredible piece of history that is only available because she documented her extraordinary life, pushing boundaries and tirelessly advocating for her communities. Some of her other works include a one-act play (“Mine Eyes Have Seen”) and pieces selected for anthologies such as “Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence” and “Caroling Dusk: A Collection of African-American poets.” Each husband knew of her affairs with women. Robert would throw temper tantrums about her relationships, though they stayed married until the day she died. Thank you Alice Dunbar-Nelson for being strong, powerful and never letting life get the best of you! 🙏🏽 YOU ROCK

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mobqueenspod. Here at #MobQueensPod, we bring you mobsters, queens, and new taglines

Here at #MobQueensPod, we bring you mobsters, queens, and new taglines weekly. Subscribe now to be the first to hear next week’s tagline. #ShitOurHostsSay - - - - - #MobSquad #podcast #truecrime #truecrimepodcast #truecrimecommunity #womenempowerment #womenofhistory #girlboss #ladyboss #mafia #mob #queerhistory #podcastlife

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Join us this Sunday for our Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walk! @heritagetoronto! Ticket link in bio. • • • [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: people gathered around a statue in downtown Toronto during a previous walk] • • #lgbtq #lgbt #archive #queerhistory #toronto #torontoevents #heritage #canadianhistory #walk #pride #gay

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#LynnSegerblom: #RainbowFlag Creator, #Actress & #LeeMentley: #GayActvist Part 6/7:⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ LYNN SEGERBLOM: "I read online that Gilbert Baker said he named me “Faerie Argyle Rainbow,” a complete lie. The Princess of Argyle named me. I chose the name Rainbow because I was known as a rainbow artist."⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ LEE MENTLEY: "Even Lynn’s driver's license said her name was 'Faerie Argyle Rainbow.'"⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ LYNN SEGERBLOM: "In 1976, I filled out a form at the DMV and my name became Faerie Argyle Rainbow. Back then, they didn't ask you for a birth certificate. The employee just said, “This is your name now,” and gave me a driver's license that said Faerie Argyle Rainbow.⁠⠀ ​•⠀⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ It all sounds crazy now, but back then it wasn't."⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ #FaerieRainbowArgyle #LGBTQ #330Grove #HarveyMilk #LGBTQHistory #GayPride #Castro #SanFranciscoPride #GayLove #QueerHistory #GayLiberation #Stonewall #GilbertBaker #FirstGayCenter #AngelsofLight #QueerStories #LGBTQLiberation #GayPower⁠⠀ #GayHistory #QueerHistory #Pride #UntoldPride•⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ © ALL TEXT OWNED BY AUGUST NATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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dailyxtra. #Tbt to January 2011, when @rupaulofficial appeared on our cover ahead

#Tbt to January 2011, when @rupaulofficial appeared on our cover ahead of the Canadian premiere of @rupaulsdragrace on @outtv. In the interview, Ru noted, “I think people are hungry for a show like Drag Race.... After 9/11, this country became very dour, took itself very seriously. Drag is really the antithesis of that.” Today, Drag Race has taken over the world, with a UK version launching this fall and a Canadian series in the works! 💄💅🏾💃🏿 From the archives: Issue no. 684, January 13, 2011. (Every Thursday we share memories from Xtra’s print archives...look out for next week’s!) . . . . . #throwbackthursday #rupaulsdragrace #rupaul #dragqueen #dragrace #gaymedia #queermedia #queerhistory #lgbthistory

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Authors Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown discuss their book, “We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation," at BMAC on Saturday, September 7, at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to all. After the talk, the authors will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the Museum. “We Are Everywhere” is a sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement, featuring more than 300 images from more than 70 photographers and 20 archives. The book traces queer activism from its roots in late 19th-century Europe to today. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has said: “If you think the fight for justice and equality only began in the streets outside Stonewall, with brave patrons of a bar fighting back, you need to read ‘We Are Everywhere’ right now.” Riemer and Brown are the creators of queerhistory.com and the popular Instagram account @lgbt_history . Their talk is presented in connection with the exhibit DONA ANN MCADAMS: PERFORMATIVE ACTS, on view at BMAC through September 23. @matthew.riemer @brown.leighton @dona_ann_mcadams #weareeverywhere #pride #lgbtq #lgbtq🌈 #lgbtqhistory #lgbt #lgbthistory #queer #authortalk #booksigning #brattleboro #brattleborovt #downtownbrattleboro #queerhistory #brattmuseum

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lilboyblueish. 20 years ago, in August 1999, a trans woman named Monica Helms created

20 years ago, in August 1999, a trans woman named Monica Helms created the trans flag. This is her explanation: “The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.” 👍 #TransFlag #TransPride #Transgender #Nonbinary #GenderQueer #Agender #GenderFluid #TransHistory #TransArt #TransArtist #QueerHistory #QueerArt #QueerArtist

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theydidwhatnowpod. Our first episode is now on Spotify! In 'Historical Trans Fuckboys and

Our first episode is now on Spotify! In 'Historical Trans Fuckboys and a Big West Virginian Fuck You', MJ Stokes fellow comedian and Felix O'Connor talk about an early 20th-century trans grifter with a gender-related get-out-of-jail-free card and a small town that embarrassed the US government to the tune of $1.3 million. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7uhRgrpaWrT1QRcW1KMouV?si=Qi4EHFrzTxabGu-aQIbQxQ #irishcomedy #transgender #transhistory #historypodcast #queer #queerhistory

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Exploring Fire Island was cool, mostly to imagine the history and reflect on how far we've come. Queer writers, actors and businesspeople would come here as early as the 1940s to love openly in a relatively safe haven. There were still police raids and arrests and attempts to out people to their workplaces and communities, which would ruin their lives and livelihoods. Everyone should Google the 1968 police raids and trials. LGBTQ history is at once heart-wrenching and empowering. It was also surprising and inspiring to sunbathe among several trans and non-binary beach goers, comfortably and safely enjoying the ocean in the full nude of their glorious perfect bodies. Looking forward to watching the doc film Cherry Grove Stories scored by my talented friend @barb__morrison 👏 Got this shirt from @thephluidproject #lgbtq #transmasculine #fireisland #cherrygrove #transgender #guyslikeus #rainbow #rainbowflag #queer #queerfashion #beachvacation #ftm #femaletomale #thisiswhattranslookslike #transgender #transrightsarehumanrights #pride365 #lgbtqhistory #transman #queerhistory #transandhappy #lgbt #instaqueer

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queerbible. INSTA TAKEOVER @ojlondon_books 
Michael de Forest. The Gay Year (1949)

INSTA TAKEOVER @ojlondon_books Michael de Forest. The Gay Year (1949) “This is the story of one year in the life of a young man who entered the world of New York’s third sex... an existence that is ironically called ‘gay’ - without roots, barren and without future” @ojlondon_books is the book-collector account of London based art publicist @ojlondon ‘I have been collecting vinyl records and rare books for almost 20 years including vintage gay literature from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I was first attracted by the covers and then fascinated to see how negatively gay people were being portrayed in books pre-decriminalisation and pre-stonewall. For my takeover I have chosen books from 1949 to 1967 and copied an extract from the cover blurb which will show how far we’ve gone since then!’ #vintagebooks #queerhistory #gayyear #michaeldeforest

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#tbt in memory of Ms. Colombia. This picture was taken at #JacobRiisBeach in September 2014. I remember Ms. Colombia as a fixture at GMHC, Queens Pride, and of course Jacob Riis. She is missed, but her legacy of living one’s authentic life with verve, joy, and fierceness goes on. Rest in power, Ms. Colombia! • • • #instagay #instaqueer #lgbtq #lgbtqicon #lgbtqhistory #queerhistory #gay #gaysian #feverentlyextra #oneposepony #gaynewyork

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harry_james_h. Willem Arondeus, artist and poet, was born on 22nd August 1894 in The

Willem Arondeus, artist and poet, was born on 22nd August 1894 in The Netherlands. In 1943 he was involved in a successful Dutch Resistance plot to bomb and destroy the Amsterdam public records office to hinder the Nazi occupiers identifying Dutch Jews and others wanted by the Gestapo. Over 800,000 records were destroyed and undoubtedly hundreds of lives were saved. The group responsible for the bombing was betrayed and Arondeus and his comrades were rounded up and shot. His last words, defiantly shouted in the faces of the firing squad, were “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards”. #bumboysagainstboris #lgbthistory #lgbt #gayhistory #gay #queerhistory #queer #homosexual #homosexualhistory #resistance #ww2 #wwii #history #onthisday #bornonthisday #happybirthday

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A photograph of Charles C. Francis standing next to George W. Bush. In the spring of 2000 Charles Francis organized a meeting between Governor George W. Bush and a group of twelve gay and lesbian Republicans who came to be known as the Austin 12. This meeting, the first time any Republican presidential candidate had met publicly with a group of gay Republicans, led Governor Bush to declare that he was “a better man” for having listened to the Austin 12, and raised hopes in the gay community that the Republican Party would become more inclusive. Francis advised the Bush/Cheney presidential campaign staff on issues important to gay and lesbian Republicans. After the election, Francis formed the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) that included a political action committee dedicated to making sexual preference a non-issue in the Republican Party. The RUC boasted many high-profile members and supporters, including Mary Cheney, former-Senator Alan K. Simpson, and former-President Gerald R. Ford. The Republican Unity Coalition disbanded in 2004 in the wake of President Bush’s public support of a federal marriage amendment and after facing increasing criticism from far-right and family values Republicans. Francis continues to live in Washington, D.C. with his husband. He is currently a Senior Counselor with a public affairs consulting company and also President of the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C., a historical society dedicated to original archival research of LGBT history.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ https://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=728⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ [Photograph of Charles Francis and George W. Bush], photograph, 1999~; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc505000/:), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #lgbthistory #queerhistory #gayhistory #lgbtqhistory #texashistroy #dallashistory #dallas #texas #georgewbush #georgebush

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thecounternarrative. From our first public event back in 2014. The \"Blueprint Dialogues\" wa

From our first public event back in 2014. The "Blueprint Dialogues" was an intergenerational conversation about issues impacting our community. Pictured @charlesdotsteph @activistfreak #blackgayhistory #LGBThistory #queerhistory #blackmen #blackgayman #blackpride #blackboyjoy

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Tomorrow night, poet @rrmscott reads his epic tour de force Oh My Soho! in its entirety for the first time. 🌆 The poem is described by publisher Faber & Faber as “a night stroll under the street lamps of Soho Square becoming a search for true lineage, a reclamation of stolen ancestors, hope for healing, and, above all, the finding of our truest selves”. By way of annotation, Scott has compiled a collection of imagery referencing the work’s rich strata and seams of historic, geographic and cultural references. 🏙 Richard Scott is a poet whose work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, @poetry_london, PN Review, @swimmers.london, The Poetry of Sex (@penguinukbooks) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the @wasafirimag New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet ‘Wound’ (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. His first book, Soho, was published by @faberbooks in 2018. 🌃 A Map to Fall Through, @arcade_east, 15:30–22:00 🌌 #richardscott #soho #sohosquare #queerpoet #londonpoetry #queerpoetry #poetryreading #poetrylondon #londonhistory #queerhistory #queergeographies #sohohistory #livepoetry #poetryreview #butt #buttmagazines #amaptofallthrough

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jddoylearchives. .
The Iconic TWT Bumper Sticker, for This Week in Texas Magazine. Th

. . The Iconic TWT Bumper Sticker, for This Week in Texas Magazine. That weekly statewide mag ran faithfully from 1975 through 2000, and then had a couple rebirths, as a much lesser bar rag, in the 2000s, finally departing in 2013. If you displayed the bumper sticker on your car and it was spotted, you could win real money....mostly during the 1980s. . #gayhistory #queerhistory #gayagenda #gayhouston #houstonlgbthistory #lgbthistory #texasobituaryproject #houstonlgbthistory #transhistory #queermusic #lesbianherstory

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For the next weeks, we will be presenting young scholars working on #gender, #diversity, #intersectionality at @fu_berlin. Today, meet Mathias Foit and learn more about his PhD project „Queer Histories of the Western Territories“. For more video take a look into our #youtube Channel. Link in Bio #4genderstudies #queerhistory #queerhistorymatters

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NEW BLOG ALERT: This Is a Very Extraordinary Story About a Man Called Harry Stokes. A Local Story from Our Home Town Of Manchester 🐝 But We Wanted This Extraordinary Historical LGBTQ+ Story Bringing to The Surface! 🏳️‍🌈🖤 LINK IN BIO 🖤 — Let Us Know If You Have Any More Historical LGBTQ+ Stories That You Would Like Us To Discover Of Research More About Below ⬇️⬇️ — #lgbtqhistory #lgbtq #lgbt #queerhistory #pride #pridemonth #lgbthistory #lgbtqpride #theatre #queer #lgbtqmusical #transpride #nonbinary #gayhistory #bi #lesbian #gay #stonewall #extraordinary #manchester #localhistory #victorian #history #transhistory #transvisibility #transrights #trans #harrystokes #allgaylong

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The major archival exhibition I curated 69 POSITIONS : Porter témoignage | Our Vanishing is up for 3 more days at @mtlartsinter (12-6pm) till Saturday evening. Admission free. . Don’t miss it! Among works by @hazelmyr @bill_b_burns and @projetshybris the show features rare materials from the queer and trans cultures of the 1960s including the first moving images of a self-identified group of gay and lesbian people in Québec ever filmed, on the Front de libération homosexuel. The incredible doc on 1960s lesbian motherhood by Brazilian exile directors Rita Moreira and Norma Bahia Pontes is included along with archival materials from the three gay archives in Canada @thearquives and @vivomediaarts @videographemtl and @artexte. I wrote a fierce essay you can pick up that weaves threads through my year of research. Remember: Canada didn’t decriminalize anything in 1969 — we organized despite the government, not because of it! . « As we rebel against our planet, our only option is to brand it with our filthy footprint, our moral calamity and our human pollution. Perhaps we will finally decide to derail the planet and desire it completely, it’s history and geography, it’s insects and hippopotamuses, it’s young and old, it’s males and females. It will be with stories of interdependence and enmeshing with the greater-than-human societies that we might one day pick out of the half-light the promise of queer liberation. Till then, it does not get better. There is so much work to be done. » — Jamie Ross 📷: Paul Litherland . . #queerart #queerhistory #queercanada #queerarchive #archivefever #queerarchivalart #omnibusbill #gayarchive #gayhistory #transarchive #transhistory #transarchivalart #gay1969 #queer1969

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bihistory. Alvin Baltrop was an American photographer whose work documented LGBTQ

Alvin Baltrop was an American photographer whose work documented LGBTQ+ people, particularly gay and bisexual men in the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on the Hudson River piers in New York city. The Piers, particularly the Christopher Street pier developed as a gathering place for men cruising. Baltrop was born in the Bronx in 1948, he had no formal education and was taught by photographers from his neighbourhood how to use a camera and develop photographs. . . . During the Vietnam War he enlisted as a medic and continued his photography, building his own developing lab in the sick bay. After the Navy he worked various jobs but ultimately became a self-employed mover to allow him more time taking photographs on the piers. He was a well-known part of the community and many of the subjects in his photographs volunteered to be photographed. Throughout his life Baltrop had relationships with men and women but identified as gay. He had a long-term girlfriend, Alice, who supported his photographic work. . . . He died of cancer in the 1990s at the age of 55, he was unable to access health insurance. Shortly before his death a gay filmmaker tried to take advantage and get him to assign the copyright of his photographs away. . . . His photographs capture the cruising and hook-up scene before the HIV/AIDS crisis in America, showing sexual acts, graffiti, homelessness, and the surrounding, decaying warehouses. During his life the value of his work was not recognised, he faced constant racism from curators and gallery owners, including by members of the gay community, and his work was sometimes stolen. He was part of the community he was depicting, which gave him a valuable insight and the trust of many of his subjects who he knew personally. . . . Images: Alvin Baltrop, Three Navy Sailors, 1969–72, Alvin Baltrop, Untitled (Portrait of Marsha P. Johnson), Alvin Baltrop, Pier 52 (Gordon Matta-Clark's "Day's End"), 1975–1986 . . . Sources: https://www.colorlines.com/articles/alvin-baltrop, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Baltrop . . . #alvinbaltrop #newyork #lgbtqhistory #queerhistory #bihistory #gayhistory #blackhistory #gayphotographer #gayarchive #queerarchive

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