Come celebrate the lives of two women whose “work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism.”
“We didn’t chain ourselves to anything, or clash with cops. We stood outside an elementary school in Queens as open dykes, and gave balloons to school kids.”
Happy Way Less Problematic Explorer Day, everyone!
“There was a great heyday in the 80’s in which I felt like you could publish anything, you could say anything – any of the initials, L, G, B, or T.”
“I am glad to be here with you in 2012. But I am glad someone was there in 1950.”
You know about Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, but what about the women who wrote classical music?
“The birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches.”
Carmen’s Team Pick: “‘Don’t you know that these people have no place to go and need a place like that bar?’ she shouted.”
“I’m not sorry we can now enter the military, and I’m not sorry that we can now marry. But frankly I come from a moment in time, and a radical vision in time, that never made marriage or the military my criteria of success.”
The story of two women who escaped their homes in the middle of the night, lived in a castle and loved each other for over 50 years.
“And so while I would have loved to have done what Laura did, to go to New York and try to find myself, I did the more conventional thing, and I think I was not alone in that.”
Riot showed us what revolution could look like. We had a new concept of what power could be. We could find it within ourselves and in each other — and we didn’t have to ask.
Unfortunate representation of queer communities may piss us off but it doesn’t mean it won’t help in some wacked out way. Just look at lesbian pulp fiction novels.
“This little book… is to my mind the progenitor of all funny queer blogs written in the first-person. Yes, this is the story of the first queer blogger.”
On the lady who wrote this to Virginia Woolf – “You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it.”
Robert Giard took 500 photographs of queer writers in the 80’s and 90’s. They’re pretty f*cking awesome.
If you’re really sick of the lesbian scene where you live, why not build a time machine and go back to when everyone hated us? Here are some excellent places to meet ladies from history.
“Madison has a great history of creative women… So when we saw all the great events they were putting on, we wanted to do that, too.”
A history lesson, a poetry lesson, and a some famous queer black ladies.
Laura’s Team Pick: How the first woman to sail around the world did it as a man.