For too long, Tove Jansson’s lesbianism has been ignored or written out of history. But scratch the surface, and the true impact of her queerness on her work becomes apparent.
What do the first Chinese-American filmmaker, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the first woman to wear man-tailored shorts at Wimbledon all have in common? They had romantic feelings about other women, just like you!
These are the ladies who made kickass sculptures, movies, music, children’s books, regular grown-up-books and, of course, wrote fabulous, sick, neurotic, tortured love poems to one another.
Just a little vintage eye candy for you.
“Numerous Hollywood actresses — Garbo, Gish, Dietrich, Jean Arthur, um, Kay Francis, Stanwyck, Bankhead, Del Rio, Janet Gaynor, etc., etc., — have enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships. Have you ever…?”
Just some low-key relationship goals for ya.
Summaries of the historical events chronicled in “When We Rise” and background on some of the incredible women portrayed in this historical miniseries, debuting tomorrow on ABC.
“Somehow convincing the convent that she genuinely wanted to take holy orders Julie entered the nunnery with her girlfriend. Around a month in an elder nun died of natural causes and the two of them saw their chance; putting the dead nun in the girlfriend’s bed they set the nunnery on fire and ran off into the night.”
From Winnaretta Singer to Nats Getty, you’ll learn so much in this post and even meet another Mountbatten!
“Most clearly I remember your eyes with a kind of teasing smile in them, and the feeling of that soft spot just northeast of the corner of your mouth against my lips.”
The alleged behavior of witnesses to the 1963 murder of Kitty Genovese, a lesbian barmaid who lived in Queens with her girlfriend, inspired the concept of “the bystander effect.” The only problem is that the story of the 38 apathetic bystanders isn’t even remotely true.
Really unclear why we didn’t spend at least one semester reading Emily Dickinson’s love letters to her girlfriend.
We’ve broadly written off intense and deep relationships between these fearless suffrage leaders as “friendships” for years, but it’s worth considering what we’re erasing when we do.
When HBO’s Bessie premieres May 16 to bring the Empress of Jazz back to life, nobody will be skirting the issue of Bessie Smith’s bisexuality.
“I slept in your place and on your pillow — it was most as good as the cigarette you lit and gave me all gooey — not quite, for we had you and the sweet taste too — I am foolish about you I admit.”
This epic megapost is your glorious opportunity to meet more than 100 amazing black LGBT women who’ve made their mark over the last 150 years.
Photographs of lesbian, bisexual and otherwise-identified women, 1850-1999. Seriously this is really cool.