1. finntellectual:

    If you’re not from the Great Lakes region, you probably didn’t sing “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” in elementary school music class. Perhaps that is a stroke of luck. Regardless, since it was on this date in 1975 that the Fitz sank, I’m posting this video of the song, because it is a thoughtful, moving combination of news clips, film of the freighter, and search tapes that document a sad day in Lake Superior history.

    A woman I am honored and proud to call friend was a recent college graduate, working at the Sault Evening News, on that singular day.

    Pat Kight: Remembering the Fitz

  2. subluxate:


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[The iconic picture of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square after WWII ended. Text: “‘That man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me.’ So wrote Greta Zimmer Friedman, recalling the day in 1945 when a drunken sailor named George Mendonsa sexually assaulted her in Times Square. Such incidents happen all the time; though of course not many enter our cultural consciousness as iconic (and widely misinterpreted) photographs. Source: ‘The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture’ © Cratesandribbons.com”]

    subluxate:

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    [The iconic picture of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square after WWII ended. Text: “‘That man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me.’ So wrote Greta Zimmer Friedman, recalling the day in 1945 when a drunken sailor named George Mendonsa sexually assaulted her in Times Square. Such incidents happen all the time; though of course not many enter our cultural consciousness as iconic (and widely misinterpreted) photographs.
    Source: ‘The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture’ © Cratesandribbons.com”]

  3. thenjw:

    hoaxzine:

    verbalprivilege:

    fromonesurvivortoanother:

    ood:

    BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them

    This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.

    Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall.  The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.

    wow.


    never forget

    we were here is an interesting (and, uh, heartbreaking) look at the early years of the aids epidemic.

    I will always remember.

  4. gowns:

josé julio sarria, gay latino who ran for public office in 1961 - many many years before harvey milk

he ran for the san francisco board of supervisors and almost won by default, until people noticed there was a gay man running and immediately submitted everyone possible for the position. he didn’t win, but he still got 6000 votes, which shocked conservatives
he was also a drag queen popular at many of the balls at the time…and he still does it today (lookin good for a guy in his late 80s)!


Empress Jose I, The Widow Norton, founder of the International Court System. God save the queen, indeed.

    gowns:

    josé julio sarria, gay latino who ran for public office in 1961 - many many years before harvey milk

    he ran for the san francisco board of supervisors and almost won by default, until people noticed there was a gay man running and immediately submitted everyone possible for the position. he didn’t win, but he still got 6000 votes, which shocked conservatives

    he was also a drag queen popular at many of the balls at the time…and he still does it today (lookin good for a guy in his late 80s)!

    Empress Jose I, The Widow Norton, founder of the International Court System. God save the queen, indeed.

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