Everyone should know the stories of the lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans women of color who’ve been the backbones of LGBT communities forever and ever. So make some popcorn and put your learnin’ pants on!
We asked Kelly Rakowski of Herstory Personals for some of the tips and tricks she’s gleaned about writing a good personals ad from playing matchmaker to the queer lonely hearts Instagram crowd, and she was happy to oblige.
She inspired a Nina Simone song. She was clocked by the Feds. She wore pearl earrings. She gave a generation of Black actors the roles that would define their careers.
Jessica Platt is the first out trans player in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Disney gal pal pairing you’ll freak out over, rare vintage photos of 18th and early 19th-century lesbians, 90-year-old lesbian veteran sues the U.S. Air Force, and lesbian herstory accounts you need in your life.
A record number of LGBTQ Texans running for office, Nafessa Williams as Thunder in Black Lightning (swoon), America’s first lesbian mag herstory lesson, first trans woman in British Vogue suffragette spread, and choppin’ a whole hell of a lot of cilantro.
Hekate is the goddess of outcast women and taking power where you find it.
“Butch/Femme is important to me because butches and femmes writing and discussing what it meant to be who we are shaped my understanding of myself and how I can show up in the world.”
Get to know Lisa Ben, please do not resurrect the wooly mammoth, what we think poverty looks like, lots on The Stonewall Generation, the role of midwives for queer and trans parents, that fcking climate change piece, and so much more!
“When I opened the bar in 1991, we had a jukebox. Yeah that’s about it. Back then folks were not so intent on being in fabulous spaces. They just wanted a safe space to congregate.”
Even one cauldron full of blood is one cauldron we didn’t have before!
“It was one of those rare moments in American history when there was something worse than being a lesbian, and that was being a Communist.”
TGIF! Let’s take a look at all the fuckery the world has delivered to our doorsteps this fine week!
An homage to all the unique ways queer women have marked themselves and dog-whistled each other throughout the decades, the witch bitch switches and the techno hippie hyperdykes from the queer classifieds of the 80s, only this time it’ll be instant and without the anonymity.
Grey hair though, mushrooms, lesbians going every which way, smells and memories, prison protests, RBG apologizes, men can survive without us and should, feminism and makeup, and so much more!
How did I, a girl growing up in 1970s New York City, relate to a drama about two women who fall in love during WWI? And, why has it remained with me for 40 years?
The sexist coverage in Rio joins a rich tradition that dates back over 100 years.
In my last installment of Rebel Girls, I briefed you on some of the badass glass ceiling crashers currently serving in office who are queer as f*ck. These six women came before them.
These memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies tell the stories of women who ran countries around the world — from the top.
“There are many American readers for whom The Price of Salt would still be a revolutionary, shocking, immoral novel, the kinds of readers who have never, to their knowledge, met a lesbian or bisexual or pansexual woman before and who imagine us all as monstrous caricatures.”
The stories of 10 American women who fundamentally altered history simply by showing up and working like hell — in their own words.