“Sylvia Rivera kicking ass on stage after some radfems & transphobes tried to refuse her the right to speak at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day rally. Said radfems then had their own march in part protesting trans participation in Pride. A precursor to today’s Dyke March.”
It is women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson who started the Stonewall riots and queer liberation. 43 years later, trans women of color, the people who started the movement, are the people maligned and left behind by it.
In Sylvia’s words, “What the FUCK is wrong with you all?”
[[Trigger warning: suicide]]
Sylvia went home that night and attempted suicide.
Marsha Johnson came home and found her in time to save her life.
Sylvia left the movement after that day and didn’t come back for twenty years.
this is incredible, she is incredible, I highly recommend watching it
but I think the addendum re: the effect of this day on sylvia is really important
so often we valorise decontextualised moments of tough, articulate resistance and rage
and the suffering of the people who embodied them is not acknowledged, it’s uncomfortable, it’s not inspiring, we want them to stay tough and cool and stylish forever
which is particularly terrible when I think about how sylvia felt like that because of women like me — women who are now watching this video and feeling inspired and impressed and maybe a bit pleased with ourselves for finally having watched a speech by the famous and really cool to name-drop sylvia rivera
rebloggin for the true as fuck commentary (bolding mine)
n like, on one hand this moment is decontextualized as fuck, but on the other hand a lot of ppl try to hyper-contextualize it to make it “history” and a very specific historical moment, so we (cis women) can be like “oh so sad that’s how it was in the 1970s, radfems were so awful, but it was only the whole second-wave scene that was the problem, glad that’s over.”
Like have we forgotten the fact that Sylvia only died in 2002? And she died young, if she were still alive she wouldn’t even be 65 yet. I know hella older ppl in NYC who knew her personally, and hella “leaders” of the NYC queer scene pulled horrific shit on her constantly in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, like literally until the day she died (ppl from Empire State Pride agenda literally went to St. Vincents to beef with her on her death bed) Where are the video tapes/memorializing of that shit?
N now the Manhattan LGBT center on 13th st has a room dedicated to her memory, despite the fact that very center permanently banned her in 1995 for daring to suggest they should let homeless QTPOC sleep there in sub-zero weather.
N now there’s a whole homeless trans youth shelter on 36th st named after her, Sylvia’s Place, that kicked my TWOC friend out on the streets for testing positive for marijuana; failing to recognize how fucked up that is in a shelter named after a woman who struggled with addiction all her life, and was very vocal about the relationship between drug use and the stress of living under constant threats of violence.
N from the late 90s onward rich gays and lesbians openly fought against Sylvia to try to shut down 24/7 access to the piers that she n hella other QTPOC cruised and lived on bc they were bringing down the property values of their multi-million west village apartments.
N like 90% of the individual people who perpetuated fucked up violence against Sylvia are still alive and high-profile leaders in the NYC LGBT “community” today.
So like yes, good, remember the oppressive weight of our history of transmisogyny…but also remember that this shit specifically ain’t even history, it’s the current reality of the NYC queer/trans hierarchy today—like not even figuratively, literally the same people who pulled shit like this on Sylvia are still alive n well n all over NYC cutting the ribbons to the newest Sylvia Rivera memorial n eulogizing her like they never tried to fucking kill her themselves.
Incredible commentary all over this post
i know i reblogged this before, but check out all this on point commentary
important historical knowledge.
My mom got me this shiRT AND I AM LAUGHING SO HARD SHE DOESNT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT SHES DONE SHE DOESNT GET THE IRONY IN THIS I AM A CLOSETED LESBIAN THIS IS COMEDY GOLD I MIGHT COME OUT TO HER OVER THIS FUCKING SHIRT JUST TO EXPLAIN WHY I CANT STOP LAUGHING
UPDATE: When I told her I’m gay she crossed her arms and said in a really pissed off voice “Are you telling me I spent $15 on that shirt for nothing??”
Recently my grandmother found out I’m queer. Her response was to tell me that she disapproves of me living with my “friend” (i.e. my girlfriend) and that I should give up my vile queer ways and become a Christian (Lol). She even sent me a bible. Here are its remains, which I made into black-out poetry.
Poem 1: Bisexual (from Leviticus 19:9)— “Have sexual relations with her. Have sexual relations with him. Have sexual relations with both a woman and a man. Have sexual relations with yourself. Vomit on everyone who does not respect you.”
Poem 2: Fisting (from Judges 8:5)— “water/ lap the water/ drink/go down to drink/your hands/go down/I give into your hands/go down/encouraged/down/on the seashore/the whole hand/your hand/inside/I get to the edge/and shout/grasping/crying out/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/God/I came”
Poem 3: A Letter to the Exiles (from Jeremiah 28:13) — “Ze said: ‘Do not let lies name you, nor harm your heart. Gather. Raise the sword against them. They scorn and reproach, for they have not listened— again and again have not listened.’ “
Poem 4: Child (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “Your father and your mother rubbed salt in. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough for you, for on the day you were born you were despised. Live! Grow. I looked at you and saw you were enough.”
Poem 5: Father (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “You never adored us. You became very angry. You took some out on us. Your sons and daughters were not enough? You slaughtered— in all your detestable practices— our youth.”
Poem 6: Misandry (from Acts 27:41) — “Dangerous men should be broken.”
The Guardian‘s website decided to have a rainbow “G” in its title during the past few days in order to support LGBT rights, and to thumb its nose at Russia (a few other news broadcasters/outlets did, too), just as Google did last week with its rainbow doodle. I’m sure they feel very pleased with themselves. But did they do anything symbolic in support of Nigerians, Ugandans, Malawians, Zambians when they needed support most, when the hate that US televangelists were funding throughout subsaharan Africa was coming to fruition, in tandem with opportunist political manoeuvres by savvy local politicians? Nope. These are powerful corporations. They can do a whole hell of a lot more than include pretty pictures and colours in “support” of causes (this sort of gesture is similar to other inane nonsense like buying red stuff to spread “awareness” of HIV and AIDS). Google and the Guardian: what about doing something substantial, like countering the monies that US evangelical churches siphon to African countries with funding for the LGBT communities in those key warzones?
Russia’s disgraceful treatment of LGBT people has also given US liberals a fake moral premise to take the piss out of Russia (see US internet passim – reporters have even started making stuff up to get hits). These are the same people who have nothing to say about the US’s own anti-LGBT laws, who are uncomfortable saying anything about how political prisoners like Chelsea Manning have been relegated to the rubbish heap of US history, while those whose actions she spoke up against remain quite free to receive my taxpayer dollars as part of their salaries/retirement. While companies with cute graphics project themselves as serious, sophisticated, ultra-modern advocates of LGBT rights (and don’t do “evil”), they are just old-fashioned nationalists who do nice things that don’t cost them politically or financially.
This just in: the Cold War is over, people. And anyway, that war was actually fought in Africa and South/S.East Asia all along. For all the morally superior US Google-liberals, over the weekend one of our readers posed a question for you: “Should other countries boycott if the US hosts an Olympics because of its drone program?”
"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain. I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise." - Ellen Page
Jason Jones talks to a Russian woman protesting against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
these olympics are going to be a huge milestone for the gay rights movement.
as people are giving less and less shits (along with our wonderful governments), i feel those places that dont already accept the oh-my-god-gay-people-actually-exist agenda will soon be following suit with the rest of the world.
i’ve never seen so much gay in the world all at once
this canadian commercial
and this british commercial
you go world
I want lgbt book stores, lgbt coffee houses, and lgbt theaters to replace lgbt bars as centers of community, places to meet people, and lgbt rights of passage.
the fact that this sounds odd to me sort of confirms the…
Trigger warning: graphic images of violence, homophobia
Thanks to Human Rights Watch, we’re able to see the harrowing footage of the brave LGBTQ community in Russia standing up for their rights despite being severely threatened, tortured, and in fear of their own lives.
Yet their attackers seem to not fear the law at all — and that is because they are essentially free to get away with this type of treatment. So much so that they even upload their own videos of torture onto YouTube. See the footage below and speak out against this horrifying behavior.
Warning: This video is truly horrendous, and it contains graphic images (pretty much from 11 seconds in).
We recommend that Minister Gan Kim Yong ignore the ridiculously misinformed and regretfully bigoted petition Review HPB’s FAQ on Sexuality….
"Homosexuality. Is. Criminalised."
"nobody talks about this shit and nobody cares."
”You may have noticed that ‘fighting for change’ isn’t a considered option, and I am telling you that nearly every single person I asked about this simply told me ‘There’s no point. We’ll never win.’”
"Please give this country bad press, because damn, that’s definitely what the government cares about, and I cannot describe the terror I feel at even typing those words. If nothing else, please sign the petition.”
"I was lucky. I had money and resources and worked my ass off for twelve years to drag myself out of there, where in a supreme move of selfishness, I proceeded to plug my ears and hum very loudly and aggressively forget it all.”
I’m so angry right now my first instinct was to swear, but I hate it when I see reblogs with stupid anger and stupid debates, so I’m going to do my best to temper my words.
What you’re saying completely discredits the good work that people who are STILL living here to push for more rights and visibility.
I am a Singaporean still living in Singapore. LGBT issues are very close to my heart, and I fight for them as I can on a personal basis. I am not afraid to go to LGBT workshops, attend seminars, organise LGBT dinners, or go to gay clubs and bars for fear of my or my friends’ lives.
Living as a gay person in Singapore is NOT easy. I am not going to deny that. BUT GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT LOCKED UP. GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT CRIMINALISED SIMPLY FOR BEING GAY. TRANS PEOPLE ARE NOT LOCKED UP FOR BEING TRANS. IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE.
I must disclaim here and acknowledge that YES, Section 377A criminalises homosexual sex between men. And YES, Section 377A has been used to charge consenting men for having sex in public places, instead of Section 294 (basically ‘no sex in public places’).
So yes, gay sex IS illegal in Singapore, and this country’s official stance is that we are anti-gay, and there was ONE notorious instance of an entrapment raid in a public place where gay men were known to have sex, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHEN THAT WAS? IN 1993. i.e. MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.
THINGS. HAVE. CHANGED.
MORE CRUCIALLY: at no time has anyone ever been charged for having gay sex in a private place, i.e. your home, or own room. At no time has there ever been a case of police or government brutality against gay people, or anybody supporting gay rights. We do have a history of detention without trial, but at no time was this ever because of gay issues.
The government is not demonically oppressive of gay people. You’re writing about a SOCIAL CONDITION OF IGNORANCE, which is extremely different from a state of terror and fear for people’s own lives that you seem to be suggesting.
It is incredibly, incredibly rude, dishonourable and disingenuous to even insinuate that such a thing is happening in Singapore when the situation is much, much worse in Sochi.
In other words - what’s happening in Russia is REAL. People are bashed in the streets. People live in real fear for their lives. People might go to jail, or worse, die, or even worse, just plain never heard from ever again.
Singaporean LGBT people? While I’m not decrying how willfully and sickeningly ignorant our people and our government is regarding LGBT (or generally queer) issues, it is MOST EMPHATICALLY NOT TRUE that people are afraid for their lives.
WHAT IS PINK DOT? Pink Dot is the biggest pride event in Singapore and has been going strong for closing in on 5 years. Last year 21,000 proud Singaporeans (yes, with the Pink IC) came together and made a stand about gay rights in Singapore. We are here, we are proud, and we will stand together, LGBT and straight allies alike, in peaceful celebration about the right to love. READ MORE ABOUT PINK DOT.
Pink Dot is so successful there have been copy events in Malaysia, Alaska, New York, London, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Montreal. That’s right, an LGBT event born and bred in Singapore has made its way around the world as a pride parade worthy of copying. So what’s this about fear and terror again?
I could go on with more examples but this is already long enough.
You’re a coward. You’re a coward for saying these words and releasing outdated information about the state of LGBT in Singapore, when you’ve clearly left this country behind. You’re a coward for exaggerating the kind of police state we live in, when every day, people in Singapore are openly and publicly fighting the laws that deny LGBT people rights. I know of these people. I am friends with these people. We talk about these things openly, in schools, workplaces, cafes, restaurants, online, all across Singapore. Actually, the girl who wrote that counter-petition is an acquaintance of mine. And while I don’t agree with the way it was written, I have seen all the public outpouring of support on our mutual Facebook pages. I have attended workshops openly organised by these people. I know so many people who are not afraid of declaring that they are queer with no fear for their lives.
There ARE problems with this country and the way we deal with LGBT issues, but these are caused by IGNORANCE, not willful HATRED.
"Please give this country bad press, because damn, that’s definitely what the government cares about"
I can’t even believe you can say this with a straight face, because the government doesn’t give two shits about bad press. Michael Fay, anyone? We refuse to review our human rights record despite pressure from the UN. Last year Anonymous attacked government and private websites, and instead of bowing to their demands, the government found out who they were and arrested them. The government really doesn’t care about bad press, and it’s a joke that you think so. It’s not a good thing and I don’t condone it, but you have to realise that giving the country bad press is only going to do more harm to the people who HERE, trying to do good HERE. LGBT people and allies will be seen as troublemakers and our demands won’t be taken seriously. Everyday we are pushing the boundaries of what we can do and say. Everyday we find that the answer is: ‘more and more’. So don’t damage the progress we’ve made over the past 20 years.
IT IS TRUE THAT the HPB had a pretty good FAQ about sexuality (though not perfect in that it omitted transgender people altogether) and it was feted as a sign of progress and opening up. IT IS TRUE THAT conservative idiots want it gone.
IT IS NOT TRUE THAT BEING LGBT IN SINGAPORE MEANS YOU NEED TO FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE.