I was cleaning out my high school Google drive folders, and I just found my old study group’s guide for the AP US History exam. one of our notes is “if two people are arguing and you can only remember one of their names, the other is Alexander Hamilton.”
I loved my previous life, I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. I actually, this is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier. I do miss my old life. This – I like work. But this is actually more work.
Beyond the obvious beauty and grace of our First Lady, one must consider the historic importance of this photo. Our history books sweep under the rug the fact that the White House was built by African American slaves. For the next 150 years the majority of the serving staff of the so called “people’s house” were African American. In 1901 Booker T. Washington was the first African American to be received there as a guest by Theodore Roosevelt, to the horror of Washington society. They are all at last vindicated in our first African American first family. Note…It is my humble opinion that no matter what family should occupy the White House after January 2017, and the following generations for that matter, they will never equal the style, debonair, and class as that of the Obamas.
- June was chosen as Pride Month to commemorate the stonewall riots (which happened in June 1969).
- The stonewall riots were demonstrations by lgbt+ people against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. They led the way to the modern lgbt+ movement/fight for lgbt+ rights. (Here’s the Wikipedia article)
- Brenda Howard, a bisexual and polyamorous activist, is known as the “Mother of Pride” for her role in coordinating the first lgbt+ Pride March.
- The first president who officially declared June Pride Month was Bill Clinton (Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, 2000).
- Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month each year from 2009 to 2016.
- The world’s biggest Pride event (by attendance) was a parade in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2006.
3000000 people attended.
- There were lgbt+ events before “Pride” was a thing (before the stonewall riots happened). Some examples are the “Annual reminders” in the 1950s where lgbt+ activists carried signs with pro-lgbt+ slogans and information.
- One of the slogans was “Gay is good” by Frank Kameny, a gay activist who, among other things, worked to get the classification of homosexuality as a mental illness removed. He was also the first openly gay candidate for the United States congress.
- The first rainbow flags (a widely known symbol for Pride) were hand-dyed and stitched. Gilbert Baker (gay activist who came up with the idea) assigned a meaning to each color:
With all my love,
Your Tumblr Mom
(PS: Just a note to avoid confusion: As “lgbt+” is a relatively new term, other terms may be been used when the events took place and the mentioned people may have not used the term to describe themselves. I use “lgbt+” in this post to make it easier to read/understand, not as a statement which term is the “right” one to use).
“What people don’t understand is that you run, their lives stop at any age. The next family that comes in here, every person in that family ― every child, every grandchild ― their lives will be turned upside-down in a way that no American really understands. And it’s not for us to complain about it, so you don’t hear complaints. But it is a truth, an actuality, that there is a weight to it.”