I kind of hate the term homophobic because of it’s inaccuracy.
Someone you would consider a homophobe is not scared (at least not by conventional definition of the word) of a homosexual.
On the other hand you could reasonably say that I am heterophobic, which is to say I am terrified that at any given moment a straight person is going to fucking lynch me.
ATTENTION: TUMBLR USERS IN NORTH CAROLINA
The North Carolina General Assembly has introduced a constitutional amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution which would “provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Voting on the amendment is at the 2012 PRIMARY on MAY 8th, not in November.
Aside from the obvious discriminatory nature of the amendment, it is poorly worded and thought out and would harm the rights of ALL couples.
Remember to vote ‘AGAINST’ this amendment.
- Check if you are registered to vote and find your sample ballot here.
- Find a place to vote early here.
- Join the Facebook page and spread the word here.
(Artwork from Strange Feelings for Steve)
LGBTQ* Fashion History
At the turn of the twentieth century, wearing a red neck tie was a “signal” for (and to) those in the know. Following the green carnation, but predating the pinkyring, gay men would adorn a red neck tie “outing” themselves quiety in public
LGBTQ* Perspective and Insigh
Homo History- Eli Sanders (following text)
“The problem is as follows: Gay people, since forever, have mostly been born into straight families.
Heterosexual procreation is great and all—thanks, mom and dad—but heterosexuals tend to be better at making gay babies than raising them. Even if a hetero couple is thrilled to have made a gay, they’re not likely to regale their son or daughter with tales of Stonewall, or what the baths in San Francisco used to be like before they were closed, or why the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is so important, or why Brandon Teena should be remembered.
Every queer person has to figure all of this out on his or her own. Some do, but a lot don’t, especially now, when being gay seems to require less and less explanation—to oneself and to the culture at large.
But really, homos. Even if the bad old days are receding, there’s no excuse for gay cultural illiteracy. “
LGBTQ* Symbols, Acts of Love and Gifts of Affection
If You Bring Me Flowers
- Flower symbolized and used to celebrate same-sex love (though primarily exchanged between lesbians in the 1920s-1940s) Origins of the violet can be traced back to Sappho and her poem about wearing garlands of violets with her lovers.
- In the 16th century, men and women planning to marry would wear violets
- 19th and 20th century English poets used ladslove to symbolize homosexuality and exchange of same-sex love in their works
- Egyptians believed the plant was a powerful aphrodisiac
- Walt Whitman used this plant as the centerpiece to his forty-five poems dedicated to homoerotic love
- The flower was exchanged between soldiers as a sign of love and romance prior to WWI
- Flower later became known as the flower of the eternal sleep (and used often for those who have died during times of war as a soldier)
- The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz is the only other character who falls asleep in the Poppy Field with Dorothy (representing possibly both the Queer and the ‘eternal sleep’)
Photos From Various Sources -
LBGTQ* History Through Photos
The Radical Faeries
The above photos are from various gatherings of The Radical Faeries. The group was founded by Harry Hay, one of the leading LGB rights organizers of the mid-20th century and founding member of the Mattachine Society. The Radical Faeries was founded as a way for queer men to use spirituality and nature to replenish and nourish the body and mind. The group worked as an activist group, using naturalistic healing and ritual practices to unite members and create open forums for discussion.
Heard about this for the first time on Queer as Folk.