commentary: survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis speak

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via Gay Star News:

As the UK celebrates LGBT History Month, users of Reddit revealed what it was like to be living in what felt like a constant state of tragedy.

Real LGBTI people remember the confusion, the lack of information, the lack of support from the government because of the suffering from the virus known only at the time as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

‘I’m a 62-year-old gay man. I thankfully made it through the epidemic that started in the early 80s and went right through the mid-90’s. You ask what it was like? I don’t know if I can even begin to tell you how many ways AIDS has affected my life, even though I never caught the virus,’ one user said.

scholarship: tallulah bankhead (1902-1968)

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via The Biscuit:

Tallulah Bankhead’s sultry, androgynous voice and catchphrase “Hello, dahling” were a mainstay of 1950s radio programme The Big Show.She is legendary in gay mythology for her larger-than-life diva attitude, her decadent lifestyle, and multitudinous affairs. An extravagant woman, who called everyone “darling” because she couldn’t remember names, she was glamorous, unpredictable, and highly sexed. She was bisexual but never used that word, instead defining herself as “ambisextrous”.

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31st , 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of a distinguished Democratic politician father. A wild child even then, he sent her to Catholic convent schools in an effort to tame her and keep her out of trouble. His hopes went unrealised.

“My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.”

Read the rest of Tallulah’s story at The Biscuit.

scholarship: anne lister (1791-1840)

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via FWSA Blog:

When I made a casual visit to my local archives some three decades ago I was quite unprepared for what I found. My interest in Anne Lister had been sparked by the knowledge that extracts from her letters had been published some years ago in the local press. As I was looking for a subject around whom I could write a short article I decided to investigate the archival resources of the Lister family.

What I found, and subsequently published, has provided a new perspective on the subject of sex between women in a different era to that of our own, for Anne Lister was a lesbian who lived in a society that did not recognise a nature such as hers. She therefore had to devise ways and means whereby she could keep her sexuality secret while attempting to find another woman with whom she could share her life. Her journals tell the intimate story of that quest in addition to giving a fascinating and detailed account of life in the Georgian era as it was lived by people in a small English town during the early era of the Industrial Revolution. She also relates in detail her adventurous travels, her studies in Greek and Latin and her management of the Shibden estate. Her business acumen was as sharp, if not sharper than many of her male counterparts in her home town of Halifax.

Read on at FWSA…

news: university of birmingham’s inclusive curriculum working group

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via PinkNews:

The University of Birmingham (UoB) [England] has launched a 2 year research project to produce a guide for colleagues as a way of ensuring LGBT inclusivity.

UoB has developed an Inclusive Curriculum Working Group that will develop a guide for colleagues who want to embed LGBT issues in the institution’s academic disciplines.

via Liz Chapman (@lgbtlibrarian)