Also.Also.Also: Lilli Vincenz, a Powerful Voice in Early Queer Media in the 1960s, Has Died

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Queer as in F*ck You

In sad news: Trailblazing Lesbian Activist Lilli Vincenz Has Died at 85. Vincenz made many contributions to queer history, activism, and archival work, including her documentaries, which can be watched on The Library of Congress’ website. She was also a very early voice in queer media. In 1966, she was the editor of a monthly newsletter called the Homosexual Citizen. In 1969, she helped co-found the newsletter’s spinoff newspaper the Gay Blade, which then became the Washington Blade, which still exists as the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ newspaper. In 1966, she was the first person to appear on the cover of the lesbian magazine The Ladder with her face showing:

A view of some of Lilli Vincenz memorabilia featuring her as an early gay and lesbian activist in Arlington, VA on June 5, 2013. Vincenz was an early LGBT activist in the 60's and 70's and has donated much of her activism memorabilia to the Library of Congress. Shown is some of her personal memorabilia which includes a photo of her with Phil Donahue and pictures of her and others rallying for equal rights for homosexuals.

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One More Thing

I just really like this sentiment:

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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1 Comment

  1. Wimbledon how could you??? Class politics in the UK are obviously horrific so assessing them on that metric is super flawed but at the same time….for WIMBLEDON?? I am stunned this wasn’t deemed ‘beneath’ the event. As someone who’s gone it feels like their whole thing involves the last bastion of (air quotes doing a lot of work) “a more civilised age. If AI can even get there…

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