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Famous Lesbians, Lesbian History:

Ruth Ellis (1899 - 2000) - activist

  • became widely known as the oldest surviving open lesbian, and LGBT rights activist at the age of 100
  • came out as a lesbian around 1915
  • met her partner of 30 years Ceciline “Babe” Franklin in the 1920s. They moved together to Detroit in 1937, where their house was known in the African American community as the “gay spot”. It was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians
  • The Ruth Ellis Center honors the life and work of Ruth Ellis, and is one of only four agencies in the United States dedicated to homeless LGBT youth and young adults.
LGBT+ Fiction Rec

I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of lgbt+ fiction and stuff I have found. This list is far from complete and there are plenty more out there, these are just a few of some I enjoy. Feel free to add some of your own.

*Most of these are centered around gay guys. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find many lesbian centered works.

  • Welcome to Night Vale (podcast/book)
    • Imagine a town where every conspiracy theory is true. That's Night Vale. Radio host Cecil Palmer reports on the weird happenings in this small desert town and falls in love with a scientist named Carlos (and his perfect hair). There are five-headed dragons running for mayor, dogs that are literally Satan, mystic beings named Erika (who are definitely not angels), civilizations underneath bowling alleys, and so much more. There is a really diverse cast of characters and several lgbt+ characters (besides the main two). It has some horror elements but it’s more science fiction.
  • Yuri!!! On Ice (television show)
    • Japanese figure skater, Katsuki Yuri, comes in last place at the Grand Prix Final and returns home defeated. After a video uploaded of him skating to his idol Viktor Nikiforov’s (a Russian skater with 5 Grand Prix gold medals and considered to be the best out there) routine goes viral, Viktor himself shows up at Yuri’s place and becomes his coach. With Viktor’s help, Yuri attempts to win gold at the next Grand Prix Final and they both sort of fall in love along the way. Features a pretty diverse cast and doesn’t play into stereotypes. It’s considered to be in the sports genre but it has some romance moments in it.
  • Always Raining Here (webcomic)
    • Carter wants to get laid. Adrian is heartbroken. After Carter fails to get Adrian to have sex with him, the two end up becoming friends and have misadventures together. This is one of the cutest and most pure relationships I’ve seen (even though one of the very first things Carter says to Adrian is “We should bang”). There is some slight sexual content but nothing too major.
  • Check Please! (webcomic)
    • Eric Bittle joins the Samwell Men’s Hockey team but quickly realizes that this is way more intense than his Georgia hockey team and the team captain Jack Zimmermann isn’t making things any easier for him. There are lots of pies and you’ll end up learning about hockey. Lots of healthy relationships and does a wonderful job at portraying characters with mental illnesses. They’re also good friends with the Yuri!!! On Ice fandom.
  • Alice Isn’t Dead (podcast)
    • By the makers of Welcome to Night Vale, a woman becomes a truck driver in order to find her wife, Alice, who has been considered dead (she isn’t look at the title). She encounters a not-quite-human serial murder and ends up being chased by him wherever she goes. She learns more and more about her wife and finds out things better left unknown. Another wonderful portrayal of mental illnesses. It’s much darker and scarier than Welcome to Night Vale and I would not recommend listening to it at night.
  • Knight’s Errant (webcomic)
    • Wilfred is on a quest. However, being imprisoned in a city under siege puts a halt on their quest. Fortunately, they have a prison guard on their side. This one is different from the others since the main character so far isn’t in a relationship of any sorts (and doesn’t show to be in one anytime soon). There is a side relationship that will make your heart melt and Wilfrid is just a really likable character (they also don’t have a confirmed gender yet. It’s pretty likely they’re non-binary though). Also despite being set in a medieval European town it does feature some pocs which is nice.
  • Requiem of the Rose King  (manga)
    • The previous ones have featured very healthy and loving relationships but this one is a bit different. It focuses on Richard the third of York who is intersex in this case. This causes some really messed up and really confusing love triangles. There is some incest (not very large at least for now) in it and large age differences so if that bothers you then I would advise against this. Despite all this Richard is in a pretty cute relationship but it’s pretty tragic at the same time. If you want happy gays stay away from this. Also features gore and violence.
  • 19 Days (manga)
    • The adventures of Jian Yi and his best friend Zhan Xixi. This one is another cute one. Their relationship goes at a believable pace (but sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever) and there is a pair of very lovable side characters to go with it. Some sadness but nothing life ruining at this point.

If you think asexuals face a level of discrimination and oppression anywhere near or even greater than the oppression faced by gay men and lesbians, I urge you to:

1. Go outside

2. Actually talk to a gay man or a lesbian because if you think the ace experience is at all similar to the gay/lesbian experience, you’ve either never met a gay man or a lesbian or you’re extremely self centered and want to be a victim

Cute & Productive Date Ideas for You & Your Girlfriend 👭
  • Volunteer together at your local women’s domestic violence shelter, gay & lesbian center, library, animal shelter, or food bank.  Not only is it helpful to those in need, but working together for the greater good helps form healthy relationships.
  • Attend PRIDE or any other event involving the LGB community!  You can to spend the day together in a positive, glitter-filled space AND get meet other same-sex couples while you’re at it
  • Get athletic!  Go ride bikes together or hit up the nearest pool or beach.  It’s healthy and much more fun when you’re together
  • Put a soft picnic blanket outside so you can snuggle and look at the stars.  As cliche as it is, stargazing is relaxing and meditative, and there’s no better person to do it with than your gf

Feel free to reblog + add more!

I have a crush on a female trumpet player. Few people assume guard girls are gay or bisexual. A lot of stereotypes about lesbians are centered around being “boyish” (for lack of a better word) and guard is all about glitter and makeup and looking traditionally feminine; so people rarely suspect it. Shoutout to all the wlw guard girls out there! You’re loved and valid!
—  anonymous
Trans narratives I'd like to see in the media:

-didn’t “always know”, figured it out later in life.
-carefree self-love
-stories not centered on dysphoria
-stories not centered on transition
-trans women not being jokes
-trans women not being used for gross-out effect
-gay/lesbian/bi/ace trans stories
-stories centered on trans POC (especially those who identify with their own culture’s third gender)
-trans women allowed to be badass, Michelle Rodriguez-style action heroes
-trans men being explicitly MEN (ie no “is that a guy or is she just really butch” ambiguity)
-nonbinary ANYTHING
-trans people allowed to have happy endings

One in three LGBT kids will go through some form of “conversion therapy” in their lifetime. But not all of them get away with an unhealthy dose of sex-shaming and a handful of ignorant lectures; some of those kids will be locked in a room and literally tortured.We spoke to Sam Brinton, a spokesperson for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and veteran of conversion therapy, about what happened to him. If you own a particularly fluffy puppy, now would be a good time to call them over in preparation for emergency snuggles.

5 Things I Learned At A ‘Pray Away The Gay’ Camp

There is so much wrong with this picture I can’t even….

But if you want to know why many black lgbtq folks are wary of the mainstream LG movement, here’s a prime example.

A cartoon artist rips off an image important to radical black history, specifically the moment when U.S gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos raised the black power fist during the American national anthem at the 1968 Olympics, all to make a point about how gay marriage is a victory for everyone.

Nevermind that it decontextualizes blackness, black power, and the socio-political atmosphere of the late 1960s in the U.S that would make raising the black power fist during the American anthem revolutionary in the first place. Nevermind that black power was a strike against the white supremacist antiblack status quo. 

Nevermind that this movement has tried to make ‘gay is the new black’ and deeply haphazard parallels between gay rights and civil rights happen that center the experiences of white gay and lesbians while silencing black LGBTQ folks at the intersections.

Does anybody remember the photos invoking Jim Crow segregation to make a point about gay marriage? 

Cause I sure do 

This is why I’m not here for the mainstream

Because it is possible to make a point about gay marriage without being antiblack, without being racist, without erasing folks at multiple intersections of marginalization 

But instead people opt not to, they do something offensive, and then expect the rest of us to shut up and take it 

Black bisexual women are often misunderstood, excluded or fetishized. Black bisexual men, on the other hand, are routinely vilified. Who expresses love and support for our black bisexual brothers? Bisexuals comprise over half of LGB-identified people in the United States, yet we are routinely rendered invisible and marginalized. The erasure of bisexual people is particularly problematic for African-Americans, who already face the strain of racism. Bi black people exist at the intersections of many forms of oppression, and this difficult positionality makes it complicated for us to find love. We not only have to deal with homophobia in our families – we also have to navigate biphobia among black gays and lesbians – while dealing with racism in the broader LGBT “community.” There is also the reality that most “LGBT” spaces are actually not for us. Very often, they are implicitly white centered and/or mostly geared toward gays and lesbians.
—  #ThisIsLuv: A Black Bisexual Manifesto | Crystal Fleming, the Huffington Post 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm pretty sure I like girls, but I think the reason I'm having a hard time being sure is (besides conservative family) a complete lack of knowledge of lesbian culture. Do you know some blogs or such that would help me know more about lesbian culture to help me figure myself out?

I’m right with you!  It’s hard to be able to grasp lesbian culture when you’re not surrounded by… well, lesbians.  Unfortunately, I doubt learning about lesbian culture will help you figure out whether or not you like girls because homosexuality exists independently of the subculture.

I would recommend getting in contact with older lesbians and asking them about their identity and personal take on lesbian culture.  Check to see if your city has a Gay and Lesbian Community Center or a library with LGB books.

If you’d like some reading, there’s also a wikipedia page (here’s the one specifically for butch-femme identity), a book called The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture by Bonnie J. Morris, and The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life by Sherrie A. Inness.

I hope this helps!
- Mod Koliada

Re: Where to find your Crones

You need to put in some footwork. They are not used to being sought out in this way. Find out where events are going on centered around lesbian feminist publications. Find women’s groups. You may have to travel a bit. Keep looking. It can take awhile - we’ve been at it for a year down here and it’s only just started to take root. Ask at your local gay and lesbian center where the older women meet. Send emails, reach out to women you know already, send out your intention, and really network. Get in touch with a Contact Dyke from LC in your area and ask her. Use the amazing array of resources that older Lesbian Feminists have been relying on for years.
You won’t find them on the Internet.

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