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.

exhibit: that’s so gay: outing early america

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via The Library Company of Philadelphia:

The exhibition That’s So Gay: Outing Early America will show that – like African Americana and women’s history – the abundance of resources documenting homosexuality at the Library Company merely needs to be revealed. To paraphrase the late gay activist Harry Hay (1912-2002), history knows more about gay people than it knows it knows.

How can we know whether someone was gay? There are many answers to that question, but ultimately we cannot know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.

That does not mean that we cannot study gay history. Individuals took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. Gayness can also be considered a shared cultural experience based on an intrinsically gay outlook on the world.

Exhibition is both physical and online. Go explore!

Thanks to @lizcovart for the tip.

event: the 2014 historymaker awards

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via The History Project

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
On October 2nd, 2014, The History Project invites you to celebrate Boston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) history and to join us in honoring the community members and organizations who make history every day.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Club Cafe | 209 Columbus Ave | Boston

Tickets are $75.00. More information and the link to purchase tickets can be found in the full announcement.

review: body counts: a memoir of politics, sex, aids, and survival

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via GLBT Reviews (ALA):

Strub, Sean. Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival. Scribner. 2014. $30. 432p. HC. 978-1451661958.

“Powerful.” Lily Tomlin’s succinct thought on the cover of Body Counts ideally describes the book’s impact. Strub is an AIDS and LGBT activist, the founder of Poz magazine, U.S. Congressional candidate, producer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, etc. etc. His memoir covers his personal and political life during the tumultuous AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and into the 90s. Seemingly present at all of the widely-publicized movements and protests, Straub name-drops so many well-known figures that the book feels like a gay version of Forrest Gump.

Click through for more.

collections: national park service lgbt heritage initiative

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via the National Park Service:

On May 30, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Secretary Jewell made the announcement outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The theme study is part of the broader heritage initiative with the following goals:

  • engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBT associated properties;
  • encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBT stories associated with them;
  • identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBT-associated sites as national historic landmarks;
  • increasing the number of listings of LGBT-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places.

We Welcome Your Participation!

Please submit your comments and ideas to us online at parkplanning.nps.gov/lgbtlaunch or via email:lgbthistory@nps.gov

(h/t to Jill Snyder, NEA president, for the link!)