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lgbt_history Have Pride In History® Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown Authors of "We Are Everywhere,” @tenspeedpress [email protected] https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/570409/we-are-everywhere-by-leighton-brown-and-matthew-riemer/
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“marriage is not enough: fight racism, poverty, police violence” – “equality is beyond marriage,” national equality march, washington, d.c., october 11, 2009. photo © daniel nicoletta (@dannic100 ). #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist #night

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“and god created he and she but he also created me!” sylvia rivera (right), banner emblazoned with a street transvestite action revolutionaries (s.t.a.r.) logo, christopher street liberation day, new york city, june 26, 1983. photo by steve zabel, c/o @lgbtcenternyc.
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at christopher street liberation day 1973, sylvia rivera famously made her way to the stage in washington square park to address the crowd at new york city’s fourth annual g*y pride. in a powerful speech, sylvia implored the increasingly assimilationist g*y rights movement—a related but distinct ideological force from the g*y liberation movement, which sylvia helped found—to remember the most marginalized. specifically, sylvia spoke on behalf of trans siblings and q***r people in prison.
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although many in the crowd supported sylvia, leaders of the ascendant mainstream successfully framed her speech as a “hostile takeover.” for a host of reasons—sexism, accommodationism, transphobia, ignorance, fear—the slight possibility of incremental progress for members of the moderate g*y and lesbian community necessarily shrunk the space for those living beyond binaries. “the whole g*y movement,” national g*y task force spokesman ron gold said, “is public relations,” and “freaks and radicals” like sylvia were bad optics.
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after the 1973 debacle, sylvia swore she’d never return to a pride event, disappearing from the scene for a few years.
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the mid-1970s were a time of relative progress for g*y rights. in 1977, however, the crushing defeat of a g*y rights ordinance in miami and the emergence of anita bryant and a newly emboldened evangelical wing of the republican party signaled that g*y and lesbian freedom was far from inevitable.
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that summer, g*y pride events were larger and more militant than ever. and, in new york city, sylvia rivera came out of retirement with a reminder that she’d carry for years: “and god created he and she but he also created me!”
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sylvia rivera’s story is at the center of our book, “we are everywhere: protest, power, and pride in the history of q***r liberation,” which includes this newly-discovered image, taken 36 years ago today. #resist

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Las ramblas, barcelona, spain, june 26, 1977. photo by isabel steva hernández.
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under francisco franco’s regime, spain’s s****l and gender outlaws were considered dangerous and subject to violent repression. while strict catholic values always were a priority of the regime, the 1970 ley de peligrosidad y rehabilitación social (social danger and rehabilitation law)—which criminalized homosexual acts, let police arrest suspected homosexuals, barred homosexuals from living in certain areas or visiting certain establishments, required q***r people to “submit to the vigilance of the deputy,” and called for “reeducation” in order to “guarantee the reform and rehabilitation of the dangerous with more technical means of purification”—was particularly draconian.
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with franco’s death in 1975, social change came quickly; that year, the region’s first visibly q***r political organization, the catalan g*y liberation front, emerged. from the outset, stephen tropiano argues, leaders of spain’s q***r movement “recognized that they could achieve their goals only by becoming an active part of the larger, more unified social movement struggling to maintain democracy.”
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“our struggle,” the 1977 platform of the coordination committee of spanish homosexual liberation fronts read, “will only attain its objective when closely united with those movements being developed by feminists, young persons, prisoners, and the marginalized, which together with the working-class movement can make possible a society without classes and with full democratic freedoms for all, including the national minorities.”
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as a result, when q***r activists defied a government ban and held spain’s first pride march through the ramblas section of barcelona on june 26, 1977, forty-two years ago today, they were joined by progressive activists of all stripes. and, when police used riot gear and rubber bullets to end the march, q***r activists were galvanized: “not only did we emerge from a long silence,” joan andreu bajet remembers, “but we also showed our faces. we said, ‘i’m gay, i’m gay,’ not just to our colleagues, but to the whole world.” #haveprideinhistory #resist

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"quarter million homosexual federal employees protest civil service commission policy," members of the east coast homophile organizations (echo) (including craig rodwell, far right, and lilli vincenz, left) picket the civil service commission, washington, d.c., june 26, 1965. photo by kay tobin, c/o @nypl.
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on june 26, 1965, fifty-four years ago today, members of the east coast homophile organizations (echo) continued with their controversial new direct-action approach, holding their first protest at the civil service commission (csc), the federal agency charged with implementing the government's "merit-based hiring" scheme.
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while the group previously had picketed the white house (twice, in fact, once on april 17, 1965, and again on may 29), the csc protest was of particular importance to frank kameny, the president of mattachine society washington (msw), who had lost his government job in 1957 pursuant to csc regulations requiring the termination of known homosexuals.
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the protest garnered enough press that csc officials soon requested a meeting with msw members; while it took another decade before the csc officially changed its policy regarding homosexual employees, the meeting between g*y activists and federal officials was a first.
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in 2009, john berry, the openly-gay director of the office of personnel management, the csc's successor agency, formally apologized to frank kameny on behalf of the federal government, saying "please accept our apology for the consequences of the previous policy of the united states government, and please accept the gratitude and appreciation of the united states office of personnel management for the work you have done to fight discrimination and protect the merit-based civil service system."
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kameny responded, "apology accepted!" #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist

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"no more transgender murders! brandon teena (1972-1993) should have been here," heritage of pride, new york city, june 25, 1995. photo © mariette pathy allen (@mariettepathyallenofficial ).
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this is one of the 300+ images we proudly feature in our book, “we are everywhere: protest, power, and pride in the history of q***r liberation,” available via the link in our bio. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #night

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“stonewall was a riot . . .
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“a call for action in the spirit of stonewall . . .
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“from clinton’s betrayal of promises on g*y rights to the refusal to take on the aids epidemic, to anti-gay ballot initiatives and outright ‘queer bashing’—we are under attack.
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“but we are also seeing a growing anger and willingness to fight back. only by expressing this through collective resistance can we win our liberation—not through appeals to the institutions that oppress us.
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“‘lesbian and g*y pride day 1994’ will mark the 25th anniversary of the stonewall rebellion. people from across the us and around the world will be coming to new york to take part in the march and other activities. this mobilization, like the march on washington, shows our numbers, but focuses on the demands of a narrow segment of the lesbian and g*y population.
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“the stonewall rebellion was an action of the oppressed fighting back from below. butch and femme, transgendered people, street hustlers and drag queens—of all colors—fought back against the police raid on the stonewall bar. the rebellion lasted several nights and changed the course of q***r politics.
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“many of the liberatory aims of the stonewall rioters have yet to be realized. join us in reclaiming the festive defiance of
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stonewall now!
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“10 pm · june 25, 1994 · sheridan square · new york city,” flyer, june 1994. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist

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“all power to butch bull-dykes” — “she kissed you once ... will she kiss you again? be certain with lesbian revolution,” christopher street liberation day, new york city, june 25, 1972. photo by/copyright of ellen shumsky. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist

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"we are your children," g*y & lesbian freedom day, san francisco, june 25, 1978. photo by william s. tom, @onearchives.
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in 1977 and 1978, as anita bryant's "save our children" campaign worked to repeal equal rights ordinances on the premise that children needed protection from q***r people, activists across the u.s. answered: "we are your children."
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we proudly feature this image, and discuss the roots and ongoing impact of “save our children,” in our book, “we are everywhere: protest, power, and pride in the history of q***r liberation,” available via link in bio. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #weareeverywhere

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“the most important fact is that g**s have been here since day one. to say otherwise is a gross denial and stupidity. we played an enormous part in the history of america.” – larry kramer (b. june 25, 1935) (pictured july 1972). #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist

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"representing those who cannot march openly," lesbian & g*y pride parade, atlanta, georgia, june 24, 1979. photo c/o @ajcnews. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #night

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Heritage of pride, new york city, june 24, 1990. photographer unknown. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #resist

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“there is no pride in how lgbtq immigrants are treated in this country and there can be no celebration with an administration that has the ability to keep us detained and in danger or release us to freedom.” – jennicet gutiérrez (@jenctegtz ), june 2015
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on june 24, 2015, four years ago today, a number of the most prominent leaders of the lgbt rights movement gathered at the invitation of then-president barack obama for a white house pride celebration. just days before the supreme court announced its decision in obergefell v. hodges, striking bans on same-sex marriage, the white house ceremony was meant to be one of good cheer.
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near the beginning of obama’s remarks, as he mentioned the ongoing violence directed at trans women of color in the u.s., a shout cut through the crowd: “president obama,” a woman yelled, “release all lgbtq immigrants from detention and stop all deportations!”
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jennicet gutiérrez, an undocumented trans activist and founding member of @familiatqlm, hadn’t intended to speak up during the event; once there, however, she realized she had an opportunity to speak for those at greatest risk.
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it wasn’t the first time obama faced interruptions over his immigration policies, but it was the first time he responded with pure dismissiveness.
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“you’re in my house. shame on you,” he snapped, before asking security to remove gutiérrez, who continued shouting as other activists booed her and chanted “obama!”
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"obama’s argument seems to be that if you’re invited to a party, it’s only polite not to criticize the host,” @1demerith wrote days later. "but when the host is in charge of a system that leads to members of a community he’s supposed to be celebrating being routinely abused and assaulted, and he has so far taken little action to address it, then breaking this rule is justified."
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jennicet gutiérrez spoke truth to power exactly thirty-two years after sylvia rivera famously confronted establishment g**s at new york’s pride festivities. today, as trans women and q***r immigrants remain the most marginalized in our community, maybe we can start listening to those brave enough to speak up. #resist

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