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A project to remember and celebrate the queer/lgbtq community today and throughout history!

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“I think it's really difficult for folks that aren't transgender to really wrap their mind around the feeling of having a gender identity that differs from their sex assigned at birth. 
But for me, it felt like a constant feeling of homesickness.” - @sarahemcbride . In her book, “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality”, Sarah McBride writes about coming out as a trans woman, her activism for LGBTQ equality in her home state of Delaware and around the US, and finding love with her late husband Andy. The book is a wonderful testament to one woman’s experience and shares vulnerable moments of love and loss. . Like everyone, McBride can’t speak for everyone but reading her memoir is a great way to understand one woman’s experience with coming out, transition, and activism. . . . #bookstagram #books #memoir #sarahmcbride #lgbtqa #lgbt #transgender #lgbthistory #thislgbtqlife #lgbtqcommunity #pride #lgbtq #lgbtqlove #queerlife #activism #quote #recommendation #bookrecommendations #trans #transquotes #homesick #transmemoir #lgbtqactivist

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Love this! #Repost @frizzkidart with @get_repost ・・・ All Witches Welcome!! From my feminist Halloween flash sheet 🎃🦇🕷 #art #artist #illustration #lgbtq #witchy #witches #tattooflash #flash #halloween #spooky #smashthepatriarchy #witch #feministart

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#Repost @lgbt_history with @get_repost ・・・ “NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY… OCTOBER 11-1988 – National Gay Rights Advocates,” Keith Haring, 1988. . The Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, held on October 11, 1987, injected the American gay rights movement with renewed energy and purpose, as activists across the country left Washington intent on staying connected, getting organized, and fighting the cultural and political realities that not only continued to marginalize the queer community, but also contributed directly to the increasing number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths. . In the months following the Great March, two longtime activists, Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary conceived of the idea for a National Coming Out Day (NCOD). The NCOD organizers chose October 11, 1988, thirty years ago today, to commemorate the anniversary of the Second March on Washington and, using the resources of the National Gay Rights Advocates organization, of which O’Leary was the director, they sent out a call to arms: “Let’s Stand Up and Be Counted! … Millions of gay men and lesbians live all across these United States, but our invisibility is robbing us of our rights. Let’s demonstrate our strength by showing our numbers.” . Organizations from eighteen states participated in the first annual National Coming Out Day, a number that grew to fifty states and seven other countries by 1990; also in 1990, the NCOD organization merged with the Human Rights Campaign. . @lgbt_history wishes everyone a happy National Coming Out Day and urges all those who are safe to stand up and be counted by sharing their truth with those around them. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment, we’d suggest today’s the day. . At the same time, to those who are not ready or able to come out, please remember: you are a deeply important part of a beautiful community that loves you. Take your time, be careful, remember you’re not alone and you’ve nothing to be ashamed of, and do not hesitate to contact @trevorproject or @translifeline for help on your journey. Whenever you’re ready, we’ll be here. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #NationalComingOutDay

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“Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.” - Sir Ian McKellen. . Today is #nationalcomingoutday, a day to celebrate who you are. For those who feel safe, coming out is an amazing experience but it isn’t a singular event. When I first came out, I thought that would be it. I came out primarily on Facebook almost 7 years ago but in that time, I’ve realized that coming out is an on going process. But coming out that first time felt like unclenching a fist I didn’t know I was holding. It was relieving but at the same time, I’m also very aware of how I now exist in the world as a publicly queer person. . Come out today if you feel safe. For those who aren’t queer/LGBTQ, take some time today to confront your own assumptions and privileges. . . . . . #celebration #pride #lgbt #lgbtq #queer #lgbtlife #lgbthistory #queerhistory #stonewall #stonewallinn #pridehistory #gayliberation #lgbt_history #makinggayhistory #comingout #queer #comingoutday #sirianmckellen #quotes #queerquotes #thislgbtqlife #comeout

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I finally got around to listening to @lgbtqpod this morning! I started with the episode with @smartassjen. So far, I love the show and really appreciate the conversation Jeffery and Jen had on gender, community, race, and Jen’s web series ‘Her Stories’. Excited to finish the episode and listen to more of the show! . The show LGBTQ&A is an interview show hosted by Jeffrey Masters, an actor and writer based out of LA. So far, the show has had guests like Jen Richards, Jasika Nicole, Gaby Dunn, Laura Jane Crace, Kathy Tu, Alexander Chee, and Eliel Cruz. You can find the show on @applepodcasts and many other platforms! . . #queerlife #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqa #audio #podcast #queer #queerpodcast #lgbtqanda #lgbtcommunity #queer #pod #podcasts #lgbtqpodcast

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“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” . Born in 1934 New York City to immigrant parents from the West Indies, Audre Lorde grew up to become a librarian, writer, mother, and so much more. She described herself as ‘a black feminist lesbian mother warrior poet’ and her published work includes ‘Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches’, ‘The Cancer Journals’, ‘Lesbian Party: An Anthology’, among others. . Lorde’s writing often touches upon the injustices of racism, misogyny/sexism, and homophobia, as well as the need for coalition building across differences in identity. Some of her most popular work was ‘The Cancer Journals’, in which she vulnerably shared her struggle with breast cancer, and ‘Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches’, a collection of works about feminism and anti-racism. . Audre Lorde died on November 17th, 1992 on the island of St. Croix after more than a decade’s struggle with two different cancers. Her writing and poetry continues to inspire and challenge many. . . . . . #lgbthistory #queerlife #audrelorde #quotes #sisteroutsider #lgbt #lesbian #feminist #feminism #lgbtq #queerhistory #pride #justice #intersectionalfeminism #lgbtcommunity #audrelordequotes #ourlibertyisboundtogether #liberation #feministhistory

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Today would have been Sylvia Rivera’s 67th birthday. Born on July 2nd, 1951 in the Bronx, New York, Sylvia had a tough childhood and left home at a very young age. She dealt with homelessness on and off throughout her life, something that propelled her into starting a short-lived shelter called the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R House) with friend Marsha P. Johnson in the early 1970s. . Rivera also spent a tremendous amount of time advocating for gay and trans people in New York City. She was present at the Stonewall Inn Riots in June 1969, helped occupy NYU’s Weinstein Hall in 1971 after the school shut down two LGBTQ+ dances and worked with groups like the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance for a couple years. But when leaders of the Gay Activists Alliance eliminated language in a gay rights bill that would have also protected drag queens, trans people, and other gender variant people in an attempt to pass the bill, Rivera reportedly responded with the phrase ‘hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned’. . Sylvia Rivera died in 2002 with her partner Julia Murray by her side. . Photo by Kay Tobin, NYC 1970. . . . #queerlife #lgbtq #lgbt #lgbthistory #lgbt_history #stonewall #sylviarivera #transgender #todayinhistory #makinggayhistory #gayhistory #trans #transwoman #queehistory #nyc #rip #gayliberation #activism #dragqueen #history

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#Repost @jessxsnow ・・・ 🌈 I made this downloadable poster featuring the magical resistance of queer diasporic people of color because I felt like many of our stories and vision are being erased from the art currently being made about migration. The words are by @thesoniag ft the queer diasporic love of @thesoniag & @brownroundboi ❤️🌈 My queerness and my migration are not mutually exclusive. Families of all across the gender spectrum and of all orientations are separated and affected by borders. Support the migrant artists and writers in your communities. Support the queer artists. There are a lot of us out there who are not being given the spotlight right now even though we have spent lifetimes making a body of work about our personal and community migrant experiences literally to heal ourselves and our communities. We have been creating worlds without borders long before protests became cool and since the day our migration and queer journeys began. 🌈 Download this and many more protest posters at: www.jessxsnow.com/protest-art , I’d love to see you take this to the streets. ✊🏽✊ prints coming soon 🌈 #abolishice #familiesbelongtogether #jessxsnow #soniaguinansaca #brownroundboi #queer #queerasinabolishice #queerart #pride

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Today is the end of #pridemonth but there are still a few more celebrations happening around the country in the next couple weeks! Pride can and should be both a celebration of being LGBTQ (and our community) and a continued fight for justice. I absolutely love this quote and sentiment from Tyler Ford (drawn/made by @sogayjen). . #Repost @sogayjen ・・・ Happy Pride! If you don’t know @tywrent, you should. Not only are they the amazing editor of @them, they are a powerful writer & activist. And today, they were one of the Grand Marshals of NYC Pride! 🌈👏🏻🎉 . . #NYCPride #Them #TylerFord #HappyPride #Pride #lgbt #lgbtqia #queer #trans #loveislove #artofinstagram #instaart #instaartists #sogayjen

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#Repost @jessxsnow ・・・ 🌈✨This transient piece was one of my favorite things I made in 2017. This is a public prayer to the queer body–in a world where finding home in our bodies is a struggle for many LGBTQ+ people of color. In 2018 I hope to bring more rumination so queer intimate healing into public space. 📸 asssited by @jocelynkng ❤️ Read the whole story at bit.ly/queercathedral on @vandalog ✨ 📸@hellochadcat & @ittaiwong #publicart #poetry #pride #queerart . . . #queer #pride #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtart #streetart #cathedral #queerlife

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On this day 49 years ago, the Stonewall Inn Riots happened. After years of police harassment and regular raids of the few gay bars that existed in 1960s New York, many people were fed up when yet another raid happened at the Stonewall Inn on June 28th, 1969. There were a few people arrested at the beginning of the raid and the crowd that was inside moved out into the street. But instead of dispersing, the crowd started throwing coins, bottles, and even a brick at the police. That soon escalated into a full on riot. For days, people would congregate at the Stonewall Inn, still upset over the constant police harassment and societal pressure. . A year later, the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March started at the Stonewall with a few hundred people to remember what had happened a year before. By the time it reached Central Park, there were a few thousand people marching. . Pride as we now know it grew out of these events. Celebration, remembrance, and protest are all in the spirit of pride. . . . #celebration #pride #pridemonth #lgbt #lgbtq #queer #lgbtlife #lgbthistory #queerhistory #stonewall #stonewallinn #history #nyc #pridehistory #christopherstreet #gayliberation #lgbt_history #makinggayhistory #protest #todayinhistory

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On last week’s #UnhappyHour (the podcast), @mattbellassai talked to @raymonbraun about many different things, including the fact that many people tend to forget the roots of Pride. . The history of Pride is steeped in protests and rebellion against the status quo, as the celebration was started in remembrance for the Stonewall Inn Riots (also called the Stonewall Uprising). Police raids on gay bars were common during the 1950s and 1960s and people were frequently arrested for different reasons, including for not wearing three articles of gender appropriate clothing. People who frequented the Stonewall and other bars like it often dealt with police harassment in many different ways. . On June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn again but instead of dispersing like they had before, people fought back for days. This event is often credited as the beginning of the gay rights movement and like Miss Major Griffin Gracy said, it was an empowering moment for many folks. It wasn’t the first moment that LGBTQ folks stood up and fought back but it was a moment that helped push the US towards justice and equality for the LGBTQ community. . . . . . . #lgbtlife #pride #protest #pridemonth #bisexual #transgender #lesbian #gayhistory #gay #lgbtq #lgbt #queer #queerlife #queerhistory #lgbthistory #stonewall #stonewallinn #stonewallinnriots #history #celebration #justice #equality #mattbellassai #podcast #audio

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[In] the aftermath of [the Stonewall Riots] ― there was a sense of pride that stood up for ourselves and we fought back. That they didn’t just roll over us like one of those concrete things that smooths the roads. We actually stood up and it was empowering. . Miss Major Griffin Gracy is a trans elder and activist and was present at the Stonewall Inn Riots in 1969. She’s worked tirelessly over the decades to support other trans girls/women and the LGBTQ community, especially those who are or have been incarcerated. She’s a community leader and has played a large role in TGI Justice Project, an organization dedicated to supporting incarcerated trans folks. . The documentary, Major!, interviews Miss Major and her friends about her life and work and really highlights just how much work this elder has done for her community. If you want to learn more about Miss Major, I’d recommend reading about her and watching that film! . . . . . . #missmajor #missmajorgriffingracy #transgender #lgbtlife #lgbtq #transwoman #transgender #pride #pridemonth #stonewall #stonewallinn #history #lgbtlife #lgbthistory #quotes #tgijusticeproject #justiceproject #queer #lgbt #trans

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The rainbow flag has now become a symbol for the LGBTQ community and thousands of people march with the flag through streets all over the world during Pride month. Today happens to be the rainbow flag’s 40th anniversary, as June 25th, 1978 was the first time the flag made an appearance! It flew over San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade after a group of activists in the area worked towards finding and creating a new symbol for the community. . Gilbert Baker is often credited for creating the flag and he did play a huge role in how the flag looks and what it represents. But he also had a team and community that helped him. Harvey Milk and Artie Bressan Jr both encouraged him to create another symbol for the LGBTQ community to celebrate what the community was becoming. Lynn Segarblom and James McNamara both played an instrumental role in the actual creation of the first flags, helping to dye and sew the large flags. . There is a lot of meaning that goes into the rainbow flag, as Baker says it was to represent all the different folks that also make up the community. Plus, each color represents something: red means life, orange means healing, yellow means sunlight, green means nature, blue means serenity, and lilac means spirit. The first flags had two more colors but they were eliminated on later flags not long after the first flags were created. . . . #lgbtcommunity #lgbt #lgbtq #gay #rainbow #rainbowflag #gilbertbaker #gayhistory #lgbthistory #queer #queerhistory #flag #todayinhistory #pride #pridemonth #symbol #history #sanfrancisco #lgbt_history #makinggayhistory #gayflag #bisexual #lesbian #transgender #lgbtlife

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Speaking from personal experience, it feels so fucking good to be out. It’s still scary sometimes—I feel like an outsider so often. But those moments of discomfort are worth it, because living authentically gives me so much joy and feels so honest and good. – Stephanie Beatriz in GQ . Stephanie Beatriz is an actress, who is known for her role as Rosa Diaz on the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and her role as Jessica in the film, Short Term 12. She came out as bisexual on Twitter in July 2016 and recently penned a personal essay for GQ about being bisexual and how being engaged to a man doesn’t make her less queer. . Coming out is different for everyone. Some are met with immediate love and acceptance while others might face outdated assumptions of what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ community. There’s no universal path to take or way to come out but for many, doing so and living their truth is revolutionary and freeing. . . . . #stephaniebeatriz #beingout #comingout #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtlife #bisexual #queer #queerlife #pride #pridemonth #brooklynninenine #bi #thislgbtqlife #truth #lgbtcommunity #engaged #rosadiaz

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Today (June 22nd, 2018) is Trans Day of Action, an annual day organized by The Audre Lorde Project in New York City to demand safe access in public and private spaces for trans and gender nonconforming folks and to honor all the victories made in the trans movement over the last year. The NYC event is happening today, 4pm-7pm at Christopher Street Pier (Pier 45 on Manhattan’s West Side). . This march is a reminder that there is still so much work to be done for justice and equality for the LGBTQ community. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Pride month (as Pride was founded as a commemoration of a police riot) and it fights for trans and gender nonconforming folks while they’re still here. Many issues that affect trans and gender nonconforming folks are addressed at the rally each year. #TDOA #transjustice #justice4allofus #tdoa #pride #pridemonth #lgbt #lgbtq #dayofaction #audrelordeproject #march #protest #resist . Repost @womensmarch ・・・ TOMORROW: We join @audrelordeproject and @womensmarchnyc for #TransDayOfAction. We must turn out to defend ALL immigrants seeking asylum and a better life. We must take action to defend ALL our trans sisters, brothers, and siblings. Join us in NYC at 4pm at the Christopher St. Pier. Go to alp.org for more information. #TDOA2018 #SignOfResistance by @micahbazant and Jane Cordova of @ellaparatranslatinas

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