The Pink Choice - Maika Elan
Photographs of gay and lesbian couples in Vietnam
her website: http://www.maikaelan.com/index.php
more about The Pink Choice at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/real-faces-real-people-real-love-in-vietnam/
I know the anger that lies inside me like I know the beat of my heart and the taste of my spit. It is easier to be angry than to hurt / Anger is what I do best. It is easier to be furious than yearning / easier to crucify myself and you / than to take on the threatening universe of whiteness by admitting we are worth wanting each other.
Tongues Untied | Marlon Riggs, 1989
[LGBT Muslims - Yes, we exist!]
this is all sorts of great
When Islamophobic, racist, xenophobic “allies” and gay (white) people claim that Muslims are homophobic or that Islam is Islamophobic or that the so-called Muslim / Arab world are unsafe for gay people, they are erasing the existence of gay, lesbian, queer, intersex, and transgender Muslims. YES they exist, too, and YES homosexuality exists in the “Muslim world,” too!
Photo courtesy ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Photograph Collection.
Love seeing this around my hometown.
LGBTQ* History You (Probably) Never Heard Of
New Orleans, the Fire and the Eraser
* Trigger Warning: murder, arson, homophobia, church refusal
The (arson?/fire?) made the newspaper on one day. After details were shared the day after the fire, the story never made New Orleans’ print again.
Filed by Jesse Monteagudo
On June 24, 1973 an arsonist started a fire that consumed the UpStairs Lounge, a second-floor gay bar in New Orleans’s French Quarter. The UpStairs Lounge Fire was both the deadliest fire in the history of New Orleans and the largest mass-killing of gay people in the US.
Among the 31 men and one woman who died in the fire were members of the local Metropolitan Community Church, who frequented the Lounge after services for its Sunday “beer bust.” (One particularly grisly photo was of MCC Pastor William R. Larson, who burned to death while trying to escape through a window.)
The UpStairs Lounge Fire showed New Orleans at its homophobic worst as many families refused to claim the victims’ bodies and most local churches refused to conduct their funerals. MCC founder Troy Perry and other activists rushed to New Orleans to help bury the victims who, as many locals thought, “got what they deserved.”