A new photobook captures gay life in post-Stonewall L.A. and SF
In 1969, photographer Anthony Friedkin began documenting the drag queens, hustlers, and activists in gay L.A. His newly published The Gay Essay is an extraordinary document of a tumultuous era.

😳😳😳 I don’t get it, I just don’t get it. What did we ever do to them? Why don’t they want us to be happy? Why do they think it’s a choice? Why would we choose to be discriminated against, why would we choose to be hated, why would we chose to deal with the things shown in the picture? Being gay is not a choice!!! All we want is to be happy with the one we love, just like anyone else! Is that asking too much?!

Reasons why being gay is hard

•we have to buy abundant amounts of glitter
•being fabulous all the time is exhausting
•straight people crushes
•dressing/looking nice all the time is time consuming
•going to hell after dying
•facing discrimination everyday
•constant hair cuts
•possible rejection by the people who raised you
•the ignorance of other people
•being afraid of expressing your existence
•being illegal in 78 countries


You may be able to get married

But put that wedding photo on your desk and you may find yourself without a job. 

The fight isn’t over. 

Stonewall Riots

“When the first patrol wagon arrived, Inspector Pine recalled that the crowd—most of whom were homosexual—had grown to at least ten times the number of people who were arrested, and they all became very quiet. Confusion over radio communication delayed the arrival of a second wagon. The police began escorting Mafia members into the first wagon, to the cheers of the bystanders. Next, regular employees were loaded into the wagon. A bystander shouted, "Gay power!”, someone began singing “We Shall Overcome”, and the crowd reacted with amusement and general good humor mixed with “growing and intensive hostility”. An officer shoved a transvestite, who responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo. Author Edmund White, who had been passing by, recalled, “Everyone’s restless, angry, and high-spirited. No one has a slogan, no one even has an attitude, but something’s brewing." Pennies, then beer bottles, were thrown at the wagon as a rumor spread through the crowd that patrons still inside the bar were being beaten.

A scuffle broke out when a woman in handcuffs was escorted from the door of the bar to the waiting police wagon several times. She escaped repeatedly and fought with four of the police, swearing and shouting, for about ten minutes. Described as "a typical New York butch” and “a dyke–stone butch”, she had been hit on the head by an officer with a baton for, as one witness claimed, complaining that her handcuffs were too tight. Bystanders recalled that the woman, whose identity remains unknown (Stormé DeLarverie has been identified by some, including herself, as the woman, but accounts vary), sparked the crowd to fight when she looked at bystanders and shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something?” After an officer picked her up and heaved her into the back of the wagon, the crowd became a mob and went “berserk”: “It was at that moment that the scene became explosive.” 

Read about the Stonewall riots

To the man standing on the corner holding the sign that said
“God hates faggots.”

I’ve never seen,
who it is that you paperclip your knees,
meld your hands together and pray to
But I think I know what he looks like:

I bet your God is about 5’10”.
I bet he weighs 185.
Probably stands the way a high school diploma does when it’s next to a GED.
I bet your god has a mullet.
I bet he wears flannel shirts with no sleeves,
a fanny pack
and says words like “getrdun.”
I bet your god—I bet your god—I bet your god watches FOX news,
Dog the Bounty Hunter, voted for John McCain, and loves Bill O’Reilly.
I bet your god lives in Arizona.

I bet his high school served racism in the cafeteria
and offered “hate speech” as a second language.
I bet he has a swastika inside of his throat,
and racial slurs tattooed to his tongue
just to make intolerance more comfortable in his mouth.
I bet he has a burning cross as a middle finger and Jim Crow underneath his nails.

Your god is a confederate flags wet dream
conceived on a day when the sky decided to slice her own wrists,
I bet your god has a drinking problem.
I bet he sees the bottom of the shot glass more often than his own children.
I bet he pours whiskey on his dreams until they taste like good ideas,

Probably cusses like an electric guitar with Tourette’s plugged into an ocean.
I bet he yells like a schizophrenic nail gun,
damaging all things that care about him enough to get close.

I bet there are angels in Heaven with black eyes and broken halos
who claimed they fell down the stairs.

I bet your god would’ve made Eve without a mouth
and taught her how to spread her legs like a magazine
that she will never ever ever be pretty enough to be in.

Sooner or later you will realize that you are praying to your own shadow,
that you are standing in front of mirrors and are worshipping your own reflection.
Your God stole my god’s identity and I bet he’s buying pieces of heaven on eBay.

So next time you bend your knees,
next time you bow your head
I want you to
tell your god—
that my god
is looking for him.

—  Rudy Francisco, Your God

Privileged, rich conservative white trans lady: *comes out*

Mainstream gay movement: “WOW!” *applause and praise*

Undocumented trans woman of colour: *risks safety and well-being to come out against racial injustice and institutional abuse perpetuated by the Obama administration*

Mainstream gay movement: “HOW DARE YOU INTERRUPT OBAMA!” *comments with racism and transmisogyny and ignores the issues at hand*

I, for one, am hoping that Jennicet Gutiérrez gets more positive attention in the media than Caitlyn Jenner.


I posted this on my facebook, and the post can be found here.

Apparently two students that go to my school were showcasing the gay pride flag. Shortly after, some bigoted dude came down to them, and started cussing and disrespecting them. Then, a TEACHER at Clyde A. Erwin High School told the students to not display the flag again and then compared it to nazism, saying that raising the Gay Pride flag would be like raising a Nazi flag. 

Let me tell you something, 
These rednecks that display the “Rebel flag” on almost every shirt they wear are not given such grief or strife. I don’t care how you justify it, the Rebel Flag has a RACIST history. But no, that’s not a problem, but a flag representing equality for everyone is? 

How dare that teacher humiliate students that were expressing love and peace. How dare that teacher compare the Gay Pride flag to the Nazi flag. How DARE that teacher give one of the kids OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION for defending the flag and not give it to the boy who cursed at the two students and yelled offensive insults at the two students. 

I refuse to let an innocent boy expressing equality, love and peace, get punished. Especially when their was another boy harassing, and bullying them.

Mozambique decriminalises homosexuality
Mozambique has scrapped a colonial-era law which outlaws homosexuality in the country for a new penal code which came into effect on Monday

“The decriminalisation, seen as a major victory for gay rights groups in Africa, now places Mozambique within a minority of African countries where homosexuality is not punishable by law.

Even though homosexuality-related acts were punishable by up to three years of hard labour, no known prosecutions took place in the country after independence in 1975.  According to EWN, the penal code dates back to 1886.

This event almost coincides with the nationwide legalisation of same sex marriage in the US, as ordered by the country’s Supreme Court last week.


More Info: LGBT Rights in Mozambique