knowhomo
knowhomo:

LGBTQ* History You Should Know
and probably never heard of…

JUGGS - The Place To Be
The following text and above picture from Trent Kelly’s Out In The Open:
Just Us Guys and Gals, or JUGGS for short, was the name of a East Coast social organization back in the 1930s. Membership was made up of Afro American men and women. By all outside appearances, JUGGS was the average nondescript social organization where professional men and women came to socialize, network, and throw the occasional fancy dress ball. These appearances were deceiving. This particular social club was made up of gays and lesbians. To onlookers from the street, straight couples were always seen entering and exiting the JUGGS premises as members mad every effort to “pass.” One sex used the other as a cover, often going so far as to wed each other to keep up the appearance of being a straight couple and keep questions from friends and family at bey. Behind the safety of its closed doors, freedom was found to live momentarily outside the closet and maybe find that special same gender romantic relationship in a secure environment absent from the fear of misreading the signs and mistaking a straight person as gay or lesbian.

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* History You Should Know

and probably never heard of…

JUGGS - The Place To Be


The following text and above picture from Trent Kelly’s Out In The Open:

Just Us Guys and Gals, or JUGGS for short, was the name of a East Coast social organization back in the 1930s. Membership was made up of Afro American men and women. By all outside appearances, JUGGS was the average nondescript social organization where professional men and women came to socialize, network, and throw the occasional fancy dress ball. These appearances were deceiving. This particular social club was made up of gays and lesbians. To onlookers from the street, straight couples were always seen entering and exiting the JUGGS premises as members mad every effort to “pass.” One sex used the other as a cover, often going so far as to wed each other to keep up the appearance of being a straight couple and keep questions from friends and family at bey. Behind the safety of its closed doors, freedom was found to live momentarily outside the closet and maybe find that special same gender romantic relationship in a secure environment absent from the fear of misreading the signs and mistaking a straight person as gay or lesbian.

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janetmock:

Heroes — a Collaboration with artist Julio Salgado

I was honored when undocuqueer artivist Julio Salgado emailed me about wanting to collaborate on a project about my biggest influences. He drew portraits of me embracing my heroes, and I provided words about their significance in my life. 

These images moved me to tears, and I am grateful to Julio for creating them with me. 

AUDRE LORDE

Audre Lorde was the first black lesbian feminist writer I was exposed to in college, and she blew my world up. Her body of work, from her poetry to her prose, pushed me to transform silence and define myself.

MAYA ANGELOU

I first read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in the 10th grade, and Maya Angelou pushed me to make freedom my lifelong quest. She wrote about being a black girl who was touched without permission and protection, and it emboldened me to share my most uncomfortable truths.

SYLVIA RIVERA

Our elders are our greatest untapped resource, and Sylvia is my blueprint. Without the work and legacies of my foremothers (including Marsha P. Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy!) I could not and would not be able to thrive as a young trans woman writer of color.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Without Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” there would be no “Redefining Realness.” Zora was a revolutionary woman and writer. She centered a black woman’s quest for identity and love, making Janie Crawford my No. 1 heroine. This book is a lifemap!

JAMES BALDWIN

I adore no man more than James Baldwin. I’ve devoured all his writings and find myself seeking his guidance by watching footage of his interviews. There is no better orator and thinker than Baldwin. He slays, all day, every day.