july in san francisco

anonymous asked:

(1) hi im a lesbian and this is probably ridiculous but... i dress more "masculine" and have short hair so i always thought i was a butch lesbian and i felt fine like thats where i fit. but lately ive just had a major self esteem drop. i read this book and the way it talked about butch lesbians was awful. saying they're just like men or that they're ugly and stupid. like is that what people think when they see me? i hear what people say at school about the girls with short hair and it kills me.

(2) it makes me feel so shitty about myself and i feel like nobody will ever love me if i look this way so i should try looking more feminine. i know i worry far too much about what others think but i cant help it. sorry if this makes no sense

oh, anon, i’m so, so sorry. that sounds like a really horrible book, and my heart hurts for you & the things it told you. you look amazing; butchness is amazing; your comfort and confidence are amazing; you are participating in a long, beautiful history of butch lesbians & butch lesbianism, which is multifaceted and wonderful and an integral part of lesbian culture. for example (this is american-centric, for which i apologize; i live in america and most of my knowledge of lgbt culture comes from home, although i am working to expand my horizons as best as possible):

mannish women, as they were known in the early 20th century, were one of the first visible expressions of gay female sexuality in america. they absolutely fascinated the public. powerful, confident, commanding attention and respect, they won the hearts of their feminine girlfriends and caused many to marvel. blues singers during the harlem renaissance were at the forefront of this trend; they electrified audiences with their bulldagger flair and their lyrics, which often proudly declared their love for women.

“It seems I was born different. At least, I always thought so… From the time I can remember anything, I never wanted a man to touch me… Soon I began to feel more comfortable in boy’s clothes than in dresses.” — gladys bentley in an article for ebony magazine

mannish women were so common that songs were sung about them specifically (bd in these lyrics from the lucille bogan song “bd woman’s blues” stands for bulldagger, a specifically black term for a mannish lesbian):

B.D. women, they all done learnt their plan
They can lay their jive just like a natural man

during world war two, butch lesbians were a massively important part of the war effort. lesbians flocked to the women’s auxiliary army corps for many reasons, primary among them the fact that they provided an easy space to live among hundreds of women. butches found happy, fulfilling work and greater freedom of expression in jobs as grease monkeys, truck drivers, and welders.

the idea of butchness was firmly entrenched in the public consciousness by the 1970s, so well-known (and loved by the lesbian community) that many lesbians wore it with the utmost pride or poked fun at the prominence of the label.

shortly thereafter, the aids epidemic struck the world. there are countless stories of lesbians’ invaluable contributions to the relief effort. they worked as nurses, as warriors, as caretakers, as friends. many, of course, were butch.

and, today as much as always, butch lesbians are present, thriving, and absolutely incredible. like stephanie and julie, who were happily married at the san francisco zoo:

or alison bechdel, widely successful cartoonist and recipient of a macarthur genius grant (mom!) (there’s also a gorgeous song in the musical based on her memoir sung by a young version of alison bechdel about the time she saw a butch lesbian in a diner and was absolutely awestruck by how beautiful she was and the recognition and happiness that moment inspired):

and the absolute entirety of meg allen’s photo project, named butch.

your self-esteem drop isn’t ridiculous and it isn’t your fault. it’s the product of a society that expects women to be a single way and hates — absolutely hates — when they don’t fit perfectly into that predetermined box. as a butch lesbian, you overflow in more ways than one, and society isn’t happy about that. unfortunately for society, it’s going to have to suck it up and deal.

because you are amazing. again: you are amazing. you are existing as your genuine self and in a way that brings you comfort and happiness and you are confounding the expectations of everyone who would seek to restrict you as you do. you are the present continuation of a long, rich, complicated, beautiful history of lesbians who defy gender norms. it is yours, and it looks good on you.

butch lesbians aren’t ugly or worthless. they’re strong, brave, handsome or beautiful (depending on which term they prefer), loving, and good. you are all of these things, i promise. there will always be people who disagree, but they are nothing compared to the truth of who you are. people will love you and look up to you; i know that i personally feel a little jump of excitement and adoration whenever i see another butch on the street, a thrill of joy that we are here with a healthy dose of oh god she’s cute. all wrapped up in warm, overpowering pride. that’s your inheritance, and that’s your legacy.

be proud. you are something so good that you scare them. anyone who is worth anything will see you for the person you are. you will be loved, you are loved, you are loved. i wish you well. ♡♡♡♡♡

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang is going on tour! The cast of Netflix’s recent revival of the cult series will be riffing on B-movies live and in person around the country this summer.

Series creator Joel Hodgson, host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, and Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen will be appearing live on stage. Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) will join them via a video screen.

Every city on the tour will feature all-new riffs and sketches for the notoriously bad 1962 horror movie Eegah, while select stops will receive a separate second show with a surprise film.

Tour dates can be found below, along with a promo video. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 19, at noon local time via AXS.com and the venue box office.

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Shirley Jackson

(December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American author. She was a popular writer in her time, and her work has received increased attention from literary critics in recent years. She influenced Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson. She is best known for the short story “The Lottery” (1948), which suggests a secret, sinister underside to bucolic small-town America, and for The Haunting of Hill House (1959), which is widely considered to be one of the best ghost stories ever written. In her critical biography of Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when “The Lottery” was published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that “no New Yorker story had ever received”. Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, “bewilderment, speculation, and old-fashioned abuse”. In the July 22, 1948, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson offered the following in response to persistent queries from her readers about her intentions:

Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story’s readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.

Jackson’s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work, “she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements. She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years.” Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson’s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of “personal, even neurotic, fantasies”, but that Jackson intended, as “a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb”, to mirror humanity’s Cold War-era fears. Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman’s statement that she “was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned ‘The Lottery’, and she felt that they at least understood the story”. Read More || Edit

NEW MOVIE ANNOUNCED!: Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance

Based in 1976 San Francisco, Ivy Ling is a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. With the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Vietnam War so recent, embracing her heritage doesn’t feel appealing to young Ivy. All she wishes is to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright. But, when Ivy’s All-City Gymnastics Tournament and her family’s big Chinese New Year dinner land on the same day, she must decide between the two.

With Nina Lu as Ivy Ling, and Hannah Nordberg as Julie Albright!

Why Does This Always Happen to Us, Jane?

“Ugh, this isn’t accurate at all,” Darcy whined.

Jane gave her some epic side-eye while adjusting a dial on the machine, but said nothing. The I told you so rang clearly between them without ever passing Jane’s lips.

“It’s supposed to be sunny in California. And warm! Why is it so dang windy? I can no longer feel my toes, Jane, and it is July.” They were setting up on a lawn at the edge of the Bay, too, so “windy” was sort of an understatement.

“It’s San Francisco, Darce. It’s always like this in July.”

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Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects Summer Tour featuring The Maine and Social Animals

Who’s ready for the hottest (and most emo) tour of the summer? Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects are heading out on a huge summer tour with support from two great bands, Social Animals and The Maine. 

Both bands play many of your old favorites, and also have some exciting new music coming out as well. Check this tour out if you can when it comes through your area, you’ll be glad you did.

Some tickets are already on sale for some dates- festivals, Costa Mesa, Sandy Ampitheater, Tags, Wolf Trap, and Ravinia. Most dates go on sale Friday with presales this week, but check your local venue’s site for more information.

May 12- Rock The Ranch New Caney, TX-

May 20- Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Richardson, TX-

July 13- Pacific Amphitheatre Costa Mesa, CA, US
July 14- The Masonic San Francisco, CA, US *
July 15- Pearl Concert Theatre, Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, NV, US*
July 17- Idaho Botanical Garden  Boise, ID, US*
July 18- Sandy City Amphitheater Sandy, UT, US*

July 21- Myth St. Paul, MN, US*

July 22- Stir Cove, Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel Council Bluffs, IA, US*
July 23- The Pageant St Louis, MO, US*
July 25- EXPRESS LIVE! Columbus, OH, US
July 26- The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI, US+
July 29- Tags Big Flats, NY, US+
July 30- Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA, US+
August 3- SummerStage, Central Park New York, NY, US+
August 4- Foxwoods Casino & Resort Mashantucket, CT, US+
August 5- Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, NH, US+
August 6- Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA, US+
August 8- Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA, US+
August 9- Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Philadelphia, PA, US+
August 10- Wolf Trap Vienna, VA, US+
August 12- Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN, US+
August 13- Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC, US+
August 15- Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL, US

August 19- Marshall Army Airfield Fort Riley, KS-

- Denotes The All-American Rejects only

* Denotes Support from Social Animals

+ Denotes Support from The Maine

in court felipi solano, who testified under a grant of immunity, admitted that he bought the stolen goods from a man he identified as defendant richard ramirez. solano said he paid ramirez a total of $2,000 and had hoped to sell the items for $10,000. he also placed the defendant in the san francisco area about the time a night stalker murder was committed there. he said ramirez phoned asking for money and he wired some cash to him in san francisco last july or august.   

On View—Urs Fischer at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

April 22, 2017

“Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private” at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco is now on view through July 2, 2017.

In conjunction with the exhibition “Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation,” the Legion of Honor has invited Fischer to bring a contemporary perspective to our understanding and appreciation of the Museums’s permanent collection.


Lgbt Hero: Jose Julio Sarria 

December 13, 1922 -  August 19, 2013

José Sarria, a drag performer and gay rights advocate who many historians contend was the first openly gay person to campaign for public office in the United States when he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

Mr. Sarria worked as a waiter and performed at the Black Cat Cafe, a gay bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco, in the 1950s and ’60s. His campy satires of operas like “Carmen,” performed in elaborate regalia and makeup, made him a recognizable face in the city’s gay neighborhoods and a de facto community leader.

Laws against sodomy were in place throughout the United States at the time. In California, bars serving homosexuals could legally be raided and their patrons arrested. Mr. Sarria helped found civic groups to fight discrimination against gay people. His frustration with the system led to his run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, the legislative body for the city and county of San Francisco.

“I had a right to run for office,” Mr. Sarria told The Atlantic in 2011. “I was angry, and I did it to prove a point.” He borrowed a suit for campaign photos and ran under the watchword “Equality!” He came in ninth out of a field of more than 30 candidates for five spots on the board and received more than 5,000 votes.

“From that day on,” Mr. Sarria said, “there’s never been a politician in San Francisco, not even a dogcatcher, that did not go and talk to the gay community.”

José Julio Sarria was born on Dec. 12, 1922, in San Francisco. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and after the war stayed in Berlin, where he was active in theater. He returned to San Francisco in 1947 hoping to become a teacher but was arrested on morals charges that year in a public bathroom at the St. Francis Hotel. He was fined and, because of his arrest record, not permitted to teach, so he began working at the Black Cat.

Mr. Sarria helped found the League for Civil Education, a group dedicated to overturning laws that prohibited serving alcohol to gay people, in 1960; and the Society for Individual Rights, a broader gay advocacy and community group, in 1963. He worked at the Black Cat until it closed in 1963.

In 1965, Mr. Sarria proclaimed himself the first Empress of San Francisco and founded a gay rights organization called the Imperial Court de San Francisco (playing off a tradition of comically exaggerated royal titles among gay men). It became the International Court System, which now has 65 chapters (each of which elects its own empress and emperor) in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Sarria did not run for office again. He was an ardent supporter and friend of Harvey Milk, who was elected supervisor in 1977, becoming the first openly gay elected official in California more than a decade and a half after Mr. Sarria’s attempt.  

Sarria reigned over the Courts for 43 years until 2007. During his reign, he and members of the Imperial Court appeared in the opening scenes of the film, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). On May 25, 2006, the city of San Francisco named a portion of 16th Street in the Castro District Jose Sarria Court, and a metal plaque commemorating the event (with a picture of the Empress I) was embedded in the sidewalk. 


From September 1947 until January 1949, the Declaration of Independence crossed the country in a traveling museum called the Freedom Train.

A group of 27 Marines protected the 133 documents, which came from the US National Archives​, the The Library of Congress​, and private museums and personal collections.

The Freedom Train stopped in cities in each of the 48 states (Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states), and the documents it carried were seen by more than 3.5 million Americans.

True to its name, the Freedom Train mandated that the admission lines for the exhibit were to be desegregated. Memphis, Tennessee, rejected this condition; in response, the Freedom Train did not stop there as scheduled.

After a successful national tour, the Freedom Train arrived in Washington, DC, for President Truman’s Inauguration Week. At the end of the week, the scrolls of 3.5 million names signed under the Freedom Pledge were donated to the Library of Congress.

Learn more about this amazing traveling museum in our Google​ Cultural Institute exhibit.

Today is a very good day for a Jaymes Young fan like me. Not only did the morning kick off with great news regarding a new tour, one that will bring the creamy voiced singer songwriter to Popscene in San Francisco on July 13th, but he’s unveiled yet another sensational treat from his forthcoming debut album. I’m still obsessing over last single Stoned On You yet I must make swift way for heartstring tugging, rich stirring title track Feel Something. We feel more than just “something” as the fast rising Los Angeles artist presents us with a lavish rousing form of R&B inflected, satin swelling, & synth surging alt pop. Feel Something’s cathartic effect is all consuming. No doubt his debut album is going to be a tour de force experience. You can pre-order the album on iTunes ahead of its June 23rd release, here. In case you forgot how insanely good Stoned On You is (or just want to re-visit it like I do), stream below.

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