skyvirus  asked:

hi isa, i saw a post recently by a black lesbian talking about how the idea that butch is only a lesbian identifier is more a thing in white lgbt communities, and in black communities its has more meanings. i lost the post unfortunately but idk if you saw it or had an opinion on the idea?

i know op! she’s @lemonyandbeatrice and i agree with her – butch/fem (as in a “butch queen” or someone “voguing fem”) have different meanings in black gay and trans communities who engage in ball culture. but for the majority of women butch and femme still hold as lesbian-exclusive identifiers – while a black gay male ball performer might call himself butch or a butch queen, a cis bi woman not affiliated with that culture still shouldn’t do so

Fact: The first Pride was a riot. On June 28, 1969, the police were raiding a gay bar in New York called the Stonewall Inn. They were harassing people, arresting them, humiliating them and invading their space to be a community. They raided gay bars and made arrests regularly. But June 28 was different.

People were gathering outside to watch the arrests. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, was at the Stonewall Inn celebrating her birthday. And I guess she must have had enough, because when they came for her, she said, “I got my civil rights!” and threw a shot glass against the mirror. Others joined her. They shouted, they threw bottles and bricks, and they drove the harassing cops out. They rioted for six days and the police failed to stop them. There were drag queens, QPOC, butch lesbians, sex workers, feminine gay men, queer people and gender nonconforming people of every description. All unified in a wider community of people who were marginalized by straight and cis society, people who were resisting those who kept them down.

And the next year, activists organized a remembrance on the one year anniversary. They came back together again and again, year after year. Forty-eight years later we are still coming back together. It is a celebration of what we have fought for and accomplished, both individually and collectively. But it is also a reminder of the diverse community we belong to, the people we must uplift and support and fight alongside all year long.

anonymous asked:

Top 5 lesbians from history?


  1. mable hampton - black lesbian philanthropist dancer activist bad ass
  2. queen christina - 1600s butch lesbian queen who abdicated her throne rather than marry and sleep with a man
  3. anne lister - 1700s lesbian who wrote her diaries in code because she was writing in graphic detail about all the women she banged
  4. ruth ellis - came out in 1915, made her home a safe haven for gay black kids in the 1930s
  5. barbara gittings - founded the 1st ever lesbian org in the usa, one of the pioneers of getting homosexuality dropped as a mental illness from the American Psychiatric Association

all the other lesbian history posts are here

May 16th is Honor Our LGBT Elders Day.

Today, let’s remember our history and acknowledge that while the world we live in today is not a perfect place it’s still better than it was 50, 40, even 10 years ago, and that that didn’t happen by accident.

Let’s remember the LGBTQ+ people who fought and died for our rights so that we would live in a world that was more accepting than the one they lived in.
Specifically, let’s acknowledge the people who fought and died for LGBTQ+ rights but whose roles are still forgotten and ignored by us today, whose names many of us don’t even know.

Marsha P. Johnson–the black trans woman who started the Stonewall Riots which grew into the LGBTQ+ rights movement as we know it, who co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) through which she supported young drag queens, trans women, and other homeless kids, whose mysterious death in 1992 is STILL unsolved.

Storme DeLarverie–the butch lesbian drag queen, singer, and bodyguard who fought back against the police during the riots, whose obituary described her as “Tall, androgynous and armed…She literally walked the streets of downtown Manhattan like a gay superhero. … She was not to be messed with by any stretch of the imagination.”

Sylvia Rivera–the then 17 year old puerto rican trans woman who was one of the first bystanders to throw a bottle, who dedcated her life to helping homeless trans women, who was a founding member for the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance and with Marsha P. Johnson co-founded STAR.

Tammy Novak, Allyson Allante (who was only 14 when she was arrested), Diane Kearney, Zazu Nova, Miss Peaches, and so many more people whose names most of us do not know, so many people who are still alive today and still fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.

Don’t forget LGBTQ+ history. Don’t forget the people who made it. Don’t take the world we live in today for granted.