Queer books out in March 2014. Know any others?
[Image description: ten book covers, including Prarie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi, Mysterious Acts by My People by Valerie Wetlaufer, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman, Underserved Women of Color: Claiming a Seat at the Table edited by Sonja M. Brown Givens and Keisha Edwards Tassie, Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell, Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman and Chris Case, This Way to the Sugar by Hieu M. Nguyen, Part the Hawser Limn the Sea by Dan Lopez, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers, and The Sowing by Steven Dos Santos.]
The following text is taken from the HerStories digital collection. There you will find lots of interesting documents to explore, not only about Mabel but about other lesbian women in history. It is run by the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
"Mabel Hampton (1902-1989) was an African-American lesbian, an activist, a domestic worker, and a dancer. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she lost her mother when she was only two years old. For the next five years, Mabel was raised by her maternal grandmother, but she too passed away. In 1909, she moved to Greenwich Village in New York City at age seven. Less than a year after moving in with her aunt, Mabel was raped by her uncle, a minister. She ran away to New Jersey, buying a bus ticket purchased with a nickel given to her by a woman on the street. Luckily, Mabel was taken in by a family that cared for her for the next several years.
As a young woman, Mabel gravitated toward the lively scene in Harlem. In 1920, when she was seventeen, Mabel was wrongfully arrested during a prostitution sting and sentenced to time in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Upon her release, she danced at clubs like “The Garden of Joy”, sang as a member of the Lafayette Theater Chorus, and performed with Harlem Renaissance stars such as Gladys Bentley. Mabel engaged in several relationships with women and lived openly as a lesbian.
In 1932, Mabel met Lillian Foster, who would be her partner until Lillian’s death in 1978. With the Harlem Renaissance waning, Mabel sought out employment in other areas, primarily working as a domestic worker and hospital attendant. As a domestic, she worked for the family of Joan Nestle. Mabel and Joan developed a friendship that lasted for decades. When Joan started the Lesbian Herstory Archives in 1974, Mabel joined her as a founding member. Mabel donated her huge collection of lesbian pulp fiction novels and worked tirelessly with Joan and other volunteers to amass lesbian-related materials—literature, biographical information, academic publications, and ephemera—as a resource for the lesbian and gay community.
Mabel was also a vital, enduring element in the gay rights movement-she participated in every gay pride march that occurred during her lifespan, including the first, historic march and demonstration for gay rights in Washington, D.C., which took place in 1979. In 1985, Mabel was named the grand marshal of the New York City Gay Pride March. That same year, Mabel was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays.
After the Lesbian Herstory Archives were founded, Mabel carried the LHA banner in many marches. She also worked tirelessly for SAGE, an organization devoted to promoting advocacy and developing services for elderly members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Interviews with Mabel are featured in “Before Stonewall” and “Silent Pioneers”; both movies document the struggle for gay rights and the efforts made to obtain equality.
Joan Nestle started recording Mabel’s oral histories in the late seventies, realising the importance of documenting Mabel’s life story as an example of racial and sexual freedom. In these histories—many of which are featured on this website—Mabel discusses her relationships with women, her struggles with racism, and her identity as an African-American lesbian in the twentieth century. Mabel died of pneumonia in 1989 at the age of eighty-seven. Her life as an advocate, activist, performer, and storyteller lives on in the images and oral histories collected by the Lesbian Herstory Archives.”
The new documentary, “Spies of Mississippi” reveals that civil rights activists were spied on, targeted and co-opted in the 1950s and 1960s by a secret spy agency the state of Mississippi set up to subvert racial integration and equal voting rights campaigns. This photo is part of that surveillance. Watch the Democracy Now! interview with the filmmaker and the investigative journalist that uncovered the story.
this is Hourou Musuko, an anime/manga about a young trans girl and her friends, all figuring out their gender identity and sexual orientations
From bathroom etiquette to pronoun courtesy, it’s not rocket science, people.
1. Start seeing gender all the time.
Gender is a rule set based on our ideas about sex. Those rules used to say that women couldn’t vote or wear pants and that men couldn’t date other men. Today, gender still prevents many women from reaching the same pay grade as men. It also boxes in transgender people who feel that the gender they were assigned at birth is inaccurate. Simply recognizing gender and its many mandates challenges us to change the game.
2. Can you de-gender that?
Think of every time you are asked to choose between male and female in any given day: picking out clothing, filling out forms, using public restrooms, choosing hygiene products, planning get-togethers. Think about how you can make room for gender-variance. Can you rid your language of generalizations about men and women? Can you suggest that the single-stall bathrooms at work be labeled with gender neutral signs? Your efforts here create more room for people of all gender identities.
A judge has ruled that Texas ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional!
I’ve compiled this list of resources to help trans* people like myself. Even if you’re not trans* and/or can’t use any of this, please reblog for the sake of others. Thanks!
The Tumblr Transgender Clothes Exchange
How to Take Measurements
Reflectore Voice Pitch Tracker
The FTM’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Looking Like a Hot Dude
The Male Fashion Fit Guide
AK’s Guide to Suits (this is a drawing guide, but contains useful info)
Throat Exercise to Deepen Voice
Big Brother Binder Repository & Re-Disbursement Program
In a Bind Binder Donations
Underworks Pullover Binders
Les Love Boat Binders, Packers, Underwear, Shoe Lifts, Etc.
Cheap Clasp Binder
Discreet STP Device
Women’s Clothing Terminology
Tucking How-to Guide
Realistic Breast Form Tutorial
The Breast Form Store
Mastectomy Bras with Built In Flap for Breast Forms
How to Contour and Highlight Using Makeup
How to Apply Eyeliner with a Spoon
How to Apply Foundation
How to Apply Blush
How to Apply Eyeshadow
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
IMAlive Online Crisis Network
Transgender Housing Network
National Center for Transgender Equality
Transgender Law Center
Change your Name for Free - Civil Indigent Status (Tumblr post)
Copwatch Infographic Guide
Transgender Surgeons in the U.S.
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
FTM Hormone Guide
FTM Surgery Guide
MTF Hormone Guide
MTF Surgery Guide
Mcalc Gender Neutral Menstruation Calculator
Mental + Support
Online Gender Therapy (can also issue letters of recommendation)
Emotional Baggage Check
School + Education
Trans Student Equality Resources
Study Abroad for GLBT Students
Applying to College as a Non-Binary Trans* Person
Susan’s Place Transgender Resources and Forums
Laura’s Playground Transgender Resources
These Grandfathers Getting Married Might Be The Best Thing You See TodayThe New York Times first posted this video of two men who had been together since the Vietnam War, adopted a baby, became grandfathers, and finally got married.[Buzzfeed]
Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery has identified 10 important trends that will affect America and its transgender community in 2014.
Speaking up is #GayPropaganda »» REBLOG this image in honor of #LGBT Russians who cannot speak out for themselves.