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A hidden history

A hidden history

Apr 9, 2012

uwmpost.com - By Steven Franz

The lesson on display at Jenni Olson's "We Who Are Sexy: The Whirlwind History of Transgender Images in Cinema" was quite simple: the depiction of transgendered individuals is incredibly complex.

 
No. 73: Lou Reed, 'Walk On The Wild Side' - Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

No. 73: Lou Reed, 'Walk On The Wild Side' - Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Apr 7, 2012

ultimateclassicrock.com - by: Karen 'Gilly' Laney

Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' may have been the first transvestite rock song that middle America heard.

It was late 1972 when Reed, who never ceased to offend somebody, managed to land a No. 29 hit with a single that strung themes of oral sex, Valium and "colored girls" into a four minute masterpiece.

 
Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs on South Side, 1900-1985

Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs on South Side, 1900-1985

Mar 28, 2012

windycitymediagroup.com - by Tristan Cabello - Third of a multi-part series

Part III: Constructing Black Homosexuality on Chicago's South Side: The Black Press, Queer Identities, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1965

During the 1950s, Chicago's most important Black publications redefined African American sexuality and acceptable sexual behavior in Black communities. An original discourse aimed at explaining the limits of certain sexual behaviors was created...

 
Queer Bronzeville: A History of African American LGBTs on Chicago's South Side, 1900-1985

Queer Bronzeville: A History of African American LGBTs on Chicago's South Side, 1900-1985

Mar 14, 2012

windycitymediagroup.com - by Tristan Cabello

Part II: Being Black and Queer in 1940s Bronzeville: Race, Class and Queer Identities in Black Chicago, 1940-1950

This is the second of a multi-part series.

In the 1940s, queers were certainly present in all social strata of Bronzeville's society, silent and visible at the same time.

 
Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs on Chicago's South Side, 1900-1985

Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs on Chicago's South Side, 1900-1985 (Feb 29, 2012)

windycitymediagroup.com - by Tristan Cabello

This is the first of a multi-part series.

In the early 1920s, African American LGBTs were integrated to Bronzeville's mainstream culture and accommodated by its inhabitants, religious figures and political leaders, much unlik... [more]

He was a she. But a killer?

He was a she. But a killer? (Feb 18, 2012)

smh.com.au

By all accounts, Annie Birkett died a horrible death. Her charred body was found in open land near a flour mill in Chatswood, with cracks to her skull that could have formed through intense heat or by violence.

But it was not the victim that gave the case suc... [more]

The Gay '30S

The Gay '30S (Sep 13, 2011)

chicagomag.com - By Lucinda Fleeson

As midnight approached on Halloween Eve in 1932, men in vampy satin ball gowns, French-heeled slippers, teased coiffures, and rouged lips crowded into the Chicago Coliseum. Over the years, the old building, at Wabash Avenue and 15th Street, had play... [more]

Still QQ after all these years

Still QQ after all these years (Aug 6, 2011)

xtra.ca - Kevin Dale McKeown - Vancouver

It was three in the morning at the Granville St White Lunch, where the night was ending for some and the party was in full swing for others.

Faces, Champagne Charlie’s and the August Club had sent their revellers home for the ... [more]

Who Made That Rainbow Flag?

Who Made That Rainbow Flag? (Jun 30, 2011)

6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com - By Hilary Greenbaum

Noah considered it a sign from God, Aristotle wrestled with its geometry and Dorothy sang about it as an escape from Kansas. For centuries, the semiotics of the rainbow have evolved through the fields of art, science and beyond, but hav... [more]

Little Richard unleashes rock's transgressive possibilities

Little Richard unleashes rock's transgressive possibilities (Jun 12, 2011)

guardian.co.uk - Jon Savage

In February 1955, the music that would become known as rock'n'roll was still latent. Bill Haley and the Comets were in the pop top 20 with Dim, Dim the Lights. Elvis Presley had recently released his third Sun Records single, Milkcow Blues Boogie. Fats Domi... [more]

Chaz Bono and transgenderism's rich history

Chaz Bono and transgenderism's rich history (May 26, 2011)

newstatesman.com - Posted by Juliet Jacques

These are two of the more eye-catching statements in Mary McNamara's LA Times review of American TV documentary Becoming Chaz, on Chaz Bono's transition from female to male. The assertions may sound accurate, but they belie a more complex re... [more]

Transgender History, Present and Future

Transgender History, Present and Future (Mar 26, 2011)

globalcomment.com - By Feature Writer Mary-Beth Snow

Susan Stryker, Transgender History, Seal Press, 2008.

Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, eds. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Seal Press, 2010.

The feminist press Seal has carved out a distinctive... [more]

"Pleasure Bound": The Victorian era's kinky side (Feb 20, 2011)

salon.com - By Tracy Clark-Flory

Pornography, S&M, gay "cruising," cross-dressing -- these don't sound like relics of the Victorian era. We think of it as a time of buttoned-up prudery and repression -- and it was -- but loosen the corset of 1860s England and out spills the kink.
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Crossing Over: A History Of Black Comedians Dressing In Drag

Crossing Over: A History Of Black Comedians Dressing In Drag (Feb 19, 2011)

complex.com - By Dimas Sanfiorenzo

Maybe Dave Chappelle wasn't as crazy as we all thought he was. In a 2006 interview on Oprah, the former Chappelle's Show star, who'd fled from fame and fortune, theorized that Hollywood is trying to emasculate strong black funnymen by making them wea... [more]

A Short History of Cross-Dressing in Media

A Short History of Cross-Dressing in Media (Feb 19, 2011)

flavorwire.com - by Emily Temple

All the hubbub about Brian Bedford's spectacular performance as Lady Bracknell in the recent Broadway revival of The Importance of Being Earnest has gotten us thinking. So much media in our culture revolves around, or at least includes, elements of cro... [more]

Drag History Archive - A Million Words

Drag History Archive - A Million Words (Feb 18, 2011)

blogout.justout.com - By Erin Rook

Archivist's vast collection speaks volumes on Portland drag history

Dusty Polaroids, faded posters, yellowed newspaper clippings. To some, these items are nothing but clutter, better off recycled. To community archivist Greg Pitts, the... [more]

Take time to remember drag history

Take time to remember drag history (Feb 18, 2011)

goqnotes.com - by Janice Covington

The art of drag is a very serious part of the LGBT community. Being a drag queen makes you a member of a unique family that many others, either straight or LGBT, don't understand. I hope this article will enlighten you in a way that will... [more]

Look Back: Pink Floyd's Debut Single Recorded 44 Years Ago

Look Back: Pink Floyd's Debut Single Recorded 44 Years Ago (Jan 29, 2011)

rttnews.com - RTTNews

Pink Floyd recorded what would become their first single, "Arnold Layne," on January 29, 1967. Then known as the Pink Floyd, the band released the song in the U.K. that March. The song marked the change that had taken place in the short time since the band was fo... [more]

Find out Windsor and Eton's murky history

Find out Windsor and Eton's murky history (Dec 7, 2010)

news.bbc.co.uk

Today Windsor bustles with tourists visiting its famous castle, which was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, and buying souvenirs.

However, centuries ago, the town's popularity ensured a brisk trade of another kind was conducted.

Prosti... [more]

Born A Century Too Soon

Born A Century Too Soon (Nov 15, 2010)

andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

Your recent posting of a gay vintage photo blog made me want to share this circa 1860 carte-de-visite from my collection with you. It is the only photograph of a would-be transsexual I have ever discovered in 40 years of photo collecting:...

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