Musings of an Aging Lesbian
Brené Brown said What we know matters but who we are matters more. Who are you? What are your identities? Mine are woman, lesbian, Jewish, old, grandma, mom. Now think about your visible and INvisible identities? With which do you enter a room? In which is your power? Finally, think about WHO you are. Don’t base it on what you do/did, your work. I used to identify myself by my work because it was easy to hide myself within my work. Today I’m simply me, showing up in all of my identities, and finally living life to the fullest. I hope you are, too.
I’m working on a project that will bring lesbian herstory to life. I’ve gathered a gaggle of old gals to do some brainstorming and then I’ll connect with some younger women to so the same. My question here is: what do you want to know about old lesbian herstory?
Rudyard Kipling said: If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. The snippets of LGBTQ history here are the stories of our lives, the stories of the giants on whose shoulders we all stand. Learn about them then tell the stories and remember…
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Now go write your story!
Today in LGBT History – OCTOBER 26
Intersex Awareness Day
1955 – The “Village Voice” newspaper is launched. Founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, John Wilcock, and Norman Mailer, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City. No longer in print, it is still kept alive online.
1956 – Neil G. Giuliano (born October 26, 1956) is an American politician who served as mayor of Tempe, Arizona for four terms, from 1994 to 2004 (Three two-year terms and one four-year term). After serving in elected office he served as President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from 2005 to 2009, and served as President/CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from December 2010 to December 2015,. Giuliano was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the United States, and Tempe was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor for nearly six years, 1996- 2001.
1962 – The National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Masquerade Ball is raided by police.
1988, Ireland – The European Court of Human Rights rules that laws in Ireland criminalizing sex between men are in violation of the Charter of Human Rights. The court was petitioned by David Norris, an MP in the Dail of Ireland.
1992 – Portland Oregon police chief Tom Potter testified before a state senate committee, saying many victims of anti-gay assaults do not report the crimes because of fear that their identities will be made public.
Today is Intersex Awareness Day. In 1996, it staged the first public demonstration by intersex people. The Intersex Society of North America demonstrated in Boston, carrying signs saying “Hermaphrodites with Attitude.” Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.
Stand up, speak out, share your story!
(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, #LavenderEffect, DataLounge.com, #ArronsGayInfo, #AllThingsQueer, #RSLevinson, #AmaraDasWilhelm, out.com, #SafeSchoolsCoalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)