49 years ago today

“To watch Funny Girl now is to witness a born performer not only basking in her spotlight but confidently using it to hone her craft and flex her abilities. There is no tentativeness, no betrayal of her admitted inexperience. Streisand may have been new to this more understated medium, but the camera never diminishes Streisand so much as it actually magnetizes her larger-than-life presence." — Matthew Eng

Funny Girl opened 49 years ago today. Here’s how the sensational Barbra Streisand innovated a new type of film star.


some excerpts from a poem in my upcoming book Have Some Pride 🌈 “49 things to know about the 49” 🖤 i’ve posted this poem on my blog before but have since edited it/improved it for my book.

a year ago today, 49 beautiful brown queer babies lost their lives. not a day goes by where i don’t feel such unexplainable sorrow and anger about this massacre, which is why i wrote this poem. it was so hard to put my thoughts and feelings about this day into words but i knew it had to be done, for them. they lost their voices but i promise to always scream for them.


Sia - “The Greatest”

A year ago today, 49 beautiful souls lost their lives in a horrific attack inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Rest in peace. We will never forget you. 

“Today’s #SignOfResistance is in remembrance of the 49 people who lost their lives one year ago today. On June 12, 2016, a man walked into Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on Latinx night and opened fire, killing 49 people. Today, we pledge to never rest until all people can live, dance, love, and exist safely and freely. Artwork by Kelly O'Brian.”

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An illustrated graphic with drawings of the faces of the 49 Pulse victims forms the shape of a heart in the rainbow colors. “Love wins” is written at the bottom of the graphic.

“…It is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it. For there is much to dissent from. We dissent from the fact that millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich. We dissent from the conditions and hatred which deny a full life to our fellow citizens because of the color of their skin. We dissent from the monstrous absurdity of a world where nations stand poised to destroy one another, and men must kill their fellow men. We dissent from the sight of most of mankind living in poverty, stricken by disease, threatened by hunger and doomed to an early death after a life of unremitting labor. We dissent from cities which blunt our senses and turn the ordinary acts of daily life into a painful struggle. We dissent from the willful, heedless destruction of natural pleasure and beauty. We dissent from all those structures-of technology and of society itself-which strip from the individual the dignity and warmth of sharing in the common tasks of his community and his country.”

Robert F. Kennedy, Address, Berkeley Campus, University of California, October 22, 1966. Mortally wounded on June 5, he died 49 years ago today.


This speech was made 49 years ago, but is very relevant today. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

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To all 49 dead and 53 wounded one year ago today in the Pulse Nightclub shooting: it is my duty to remember you. I stand and mourn with the LGBT community and can’t help but think about the few times I’ve been out clubbing on “gay night” - how I took my safety for granted; Something I felt I could do with so much thanks to the Stonewall riots, to every lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person that came before me and fought, fought. And maybe in today’s world I don’t feel as safe as I once did. But someday love will be just love and not a death sentence. I believe in this.

today, one year ago, 49 lgbt people were murdered in orlando, florida during the night club pulse’s latin night. keep their families in your thoughts and prayers today and, if you can, donate. (oneorlandoalliance.org)

rest in peace🏳️‍🌈