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Some Boys Have a Vagina
Sweet Lad, Tender Lad
A Pictorial History of Afro-American Gay Couples
Sweet lad, tender lad,
Have no shame, you’re mine for good;
We share a sole insurgent fire,
We live in boundless brotherhood.
I do not fear the gibes of men;
One being split in two we dwell,
The kernel of a double nut
Embedded in a single shell.
(From ‘Imitation of the Arabic’ by Afro-Russian poet, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
Playwright & historian, Trent Kelley, has curated these photographs from his personal collection documenting love and affection among African American gay male couples. The essay is entitled ‘Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro-American Male Couples.”
Kelley has written in the Huffington Post:
Afro American same-sex loving gay men who were coupled with one another in the distant past walked the streets, ate at the dinner tables, and generally participated in their larger ethnic community out in the open, their relationships known only to those who were consequential to their everyday lives. In this respect, they were out in the open but hidden to those who didn’t know about their sexual proclivities. Hence, the title of this series of pictures dating from the mid 19th century to the late 20th century is “Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro-American Male Couples.”
Some of these images are sure to depict gay couples, whereas others may not.
The end result is speculative at best, for want in applying a label. Not every gesture articulated between these men is an indication of male-to-male intimacies. Assuredly, what all the photographs have in common are signs of Afro-American male affection and love that were recorded for posterity without fear and shame. Friendships where men often wrote romantically to one another, walked arm in arm were not uncommon to straight and gay men alike during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Depending on economic situation, many even slept together and this may have precluded or included physical intimacy between the sheets.
But there were past generations of Afro American gay men who lived and love bravely. They exist in these photographs. Like today’s gay male of African descent, the majority of them were never victims who whined nor required rescuing. Their presence here defy a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community often wanting to make them an impotent footnote absent of any self-empowerment within gay culture and those vocally homophobic pockets within a black community wanting to write these men out of the narrative to Afro-American history.
See the rest of this outstanding collection here.
Trans Women of Berlin, ca. 1920s
The woman in the monocle is extremely cool.
For those of you who aren’t aware, this is the list of gender options now available on Facebook.
They then offer the option to use male: he/him pronouns, female: she/her, or neutral: they/them pronouns.
Currently this only works if your language settings are set to English US but I’m hopeful it will be available on all languages soon.
I know it’s small but I’m very excited by it.
Asked by wornout-denim wornout-denim
It’s not my place to speak on this issue, so I’m going to open this up to the followers/other admins on the blog.
Special design to hold a sanitary napkin in place. Therefore, no need to worry about it slipping out of place during menstruation. Has a swelling in the crotch as a fake male genitalia. Feel more comfortable in a gym or when you receive a massage.Here comes new underwear finally designed for FtM.
※ an artificial genital (included)
1.Pocket in the middle to insert artificial genital.
2.Elastic strap to hold sanitary napkin.
3.Sanitary can be firmly held. No slipping out.
This is what a trans woman of color who works full time as a trans activist and advocate that lives on less than 400 a month and has only this as her job looks like.
How do I do it? I focus on what I can do, on what matters, on solutions and possibility; and let go that which others say I cannot do, or should not do, or who forget the past is then and this is now, for when all you see is problems, you cannot see solutions.
People like me exist, undaunted, resilient, and indefatigable. Driven by a passion not for ourselves, but for others.
Don’t believe anyone who says we do not exist. They are lying to you.
REFUGE restrooms is now live on the web at http://www.refugerestrooms.org. It is viewable on any browser.
REFUGE seeks to provide safe bathroom access for transgender, intersex, and other gender nonconformist individuals. A few months back the valuable safe2pee database stopped working. We present Refuge as a replacement. Starting with the existing database of listings from Safe2Pee, refuge makes the database easily searchable and mappable to allow folks to find the nearest safe restroom.This is very much in its alpha stage and had a lot of growing to do. I started learning how to code not that long ago so I’m still learning how I can make the app better and better. The app is open source so please contribute to the project on github @http://www.github.com/tkwidmer/refugerestroomsstay tuned both here and on twitter @refugerestrooms.
So my friend Teagan from Virginia Commonwealth University built this app…How kick ass is this?