[First image: a stylized graphic of black hands breaking free from chains. Second image: a black and white photo of a large crowd of black Americans in their Sunday best celebrating Juneteenth.]

Happy Juneteenth! This holiday marks the end of the official institution of slavery in the United States, and was historically widely celebrated by black Americans. The photo above is of a 1905 celebration in Richmond, Virginia. 

On this day in 1865, enslaved people in Texas were informed of their freedom, two years following the Emancipation Proclamation. Also on this day, the Civil Rights Act of 1963 was passed, after an 83 day filibuster in the US Senate. 

“The text of my childhood was the patriarchal one: men are the more important sex; they have the information, the skills, the tools, the opportunities, and the say so; women participate in knowledge and power only through men. That text was articulated for me by movies, schools, churches, newspapers, books, magazines, and radio programs; certainly I saw it at work in the social structures of my small town and in the big city of Richmond.

“Yet the unspoken message of my days, the subtext of my childhood, was a different one: Men do not matter. No voice spoke those words, no headline announced it, no sermon suggested it. The women who surrounded me simply lived their lives as if men were, though occasionally nice or sometimes interesting, basically insignificant. Women, they seemed to say, are the source of power, the heart of the action, the focal point of love. Women trust, honor, and enjoy one another.

“That subtext became a fundamental part of my worldview, sustaining me in rough times and firing in me a tremendous creative energy; more recently it has granted me hope that the earth can be restored, that all its creatures can regain their sanity, health, freedom, and dignity.”

Sally Miller Gearhart, from “Small-Town Girl Makes Dyke,” in Testimonies: Lesbian Coming-Out Stories (1994).

Today while I was out, I noticed a mural with various pride flags at the LGBTQ+ youth center in my city (Richmond, Virginia) is a Pokestop, and the picture they have for it shows the genderqueer and ace pride flags. ^_^ 

I couldn’t screencap it on my phone, but here’s the mural:

The fact that this is a Pokestop makes me so damn happy. :D


England - Crawley, Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, London/Richmond, Lincoln, Bath, Brighton, Chipping Campden, Hutton Le Hole

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