A Week of Pride and Thanks
Our intern Kevin loved this new book from Sarah Prager, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World, and felt compelled to say thank you for all they did. In the book, Prager outlines the extraordinary lives of LGBTQ figures throughout history – a project of painstaking research and devotion, and a task not made easy by the many who have erased and revised the rainbow’s visibility within some of our world’s greatest contributors.
This is a series of Thank You notes to those figures featured in Prager’s book who have paved the way toward today, where Pride parades (or marches) may dance down city roads, streets clogged by the sheer multitude clamoring to participate in festivity; where marriage equality drapes its long laced veil across a vastly more accepting world, nation by nation; where LGBTQ stories win the highest cinematic awards; where LGBTQ athletes can proudly reveal their truths; where LGBTQ world leaders stand tall amongst their peers; and where there’s still terrible things we need to fix, but we know it gets better when we look behind us and see all that has hitherto been accomplished.
Dear Gertrude “Ma” Rainey,
Thank you for your performances based – not in acting – but in revealing truth. Your sexually-empowered Blues music (even with explicit reference to lesbian love) has allowed so many to follow your example throughout the decades. For pretty much all of the modern sexually charged popular music that we love (begrudgingly or otherwise) today, thank you!
Dear Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon,
Thank you for providing a visible (though invisible) space for lesbians in a dangerous time when governments sought them for prosecution, when gay rights groups ignored women, and when women’s rights groups ignored gay women. Through your newsletters, you provided a chance for lesbians to recognize themselves as valid with the ability to pursue their happiness. Add this to the countless Thank You letters you’ve received from scared gay women you talked out of the darkness.
Dear Sylvia Rivera,
Thank you for your ferocity in fighting for your rights even when the community you called your own abandoned you. Through your tireless selflessness, homeless trans youth had a place to call (STAR), and a place to stay. Your refusal to remain silent even as you were beaten by your own peers has inspired so many fighters in our journey for acceptance both for ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
Find out the full true stories of these people and 20 others in Queer, There, and Everywhere, on sale now here.