So! Let’s talk about Barbara Jordan…
Who was she?
Only one of the most badass queer women you will ever hear about. She was the FIRST southern black woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives. That’s right. SOUTHERN.
The gal was born in Houston Texas February 21, 1936. Raised there. And died in Austin Texas in 1996. But not before leaving behind a legacy for all queer folk, Texans, colored folk, women, and the like to aspire to. And in the 60s no less.
Was she a lesbian or a bisexual? We’ll never know for sure because she was never out publically in her lifetime, but her obituary in the Houston Chronicle mentioned her 20 - year relationship with Nancy Earl.
Whether L or B in LGBT+, today seems like as good a day as any to spread the word about this amazing Woman who loved another woman.
Five years ago, we learned in Texas what can happen when efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are carried out: The network of health-care providers falls apart and women lose access to essential preventive services. Now Trump and his allies are poised to wreak the same havoc on the country that the 2011 Republican state legislature imposed on Texas.
The motivation for the Texas action was the same as the motivation for what Congress plans to do: appeasing groups opposed to legal abortion. But none of these family planning programs pay for abortion care, which the law already prohibits spending federal money on. Defunding Planned Parenthood only reduces access to contraception and other necessary health care. Indeed, by reducing unintended pregnancies, the programs Republicans want to cut Planned Parenthood out of actually reduce the number of abortions.
My nun friend: “Well, I could never vote for Hillary, she’s for abortion!”
*Me* “Between you and me: How many do you think Trump has paid for? On the side. This is an honest question and I would like an honest answer. How many?”
*Her* “He’s pro-life now.”
*Me* “He took his mistress on the family vacation once, you know. He’s bragged about all those hundreds of women he’s been with.”
“I actually made this banner after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, and there’s one ‘Love Is’ for every person who died in that massacre. I thought it was appropriate for this, it’s served its purpose in multiple protests, because it’s always a good message. The end goal is love.”