A History of Lesbianism

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    How they came into the world,
    the women-loving-women
    came in three by three
    and four by four
    the women-loving-women
    can in ten by ten
    and ten by ten again
    until there were more
    than you could count

    they took care of each other
    the best they knew how
    and of each other's children,
    if they had any.

    How they lived in the world,
    the women-loving-women
    learned as much as they were allowed
    and walked and wore their clothes
    the way they liked
    whenever they could. They did whatever
    they knew to be happy or free
    and worked and worked and worked.
    The women-loving-women
    in America were called dykes
    and some liked it
    and some did not.

    the made love to each other
    the best way they knew how
    and for the right reasons.


    Judy Grahn
     
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    GLBT History Quiz

    Q: Event marking the beginning of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights movement in the United States?

    Q: Symbol for Gay Pride that originated in Nazi Concentration Camps?

    Q: Prolific Gay American Playwright who won two Pulitzer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for best play?

    Q: Greek philosopher who authored the first extensive writings on love between men?

    Q: British archaeologist and military strategist who carved a statue of his Turkish partner and placed it on top of their home?

    Q: Author who first used the word “gay”, meaning homosexual, in print?

    Q: Nineteenth Century writer who boldly proclaimed his pride in being gay

    Q: First professional athlete to come out of the closet while still actively competing?

    Q: Who said, “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”?

    Q: Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple who discussed her bisexuality in a later work?


    Q: Openly gay U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts?

    Q: Openly gay advisor and speechwriter for Martin Luther King, Jr. who was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, in which Dr. King proclaimed, “I have a dream" ?

    Q: Gay Russian composer who started his professional life working as a civil servant for the St. Petersburg department of justice?

    Q: Sculptor and Painter who wrote poetry inspired by the love of men?

    Q: Greek Poet whose home gave rise to the modern use of the word “’lesbian" ?

    Q: Macedonian King who, in his grief over his male lover’s death, visited the oracles to learn if his lover was a god?

    Q: Nobel Peace Prize winning suffragette and founder of the Hull House who shared her life for 40 years with Mary Rozer Smith, her “spouse-surrogate" ?
     
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    Famous Gays and Lesbians in History

    Sappho (600 B.C.) Greek Poetess

    Socrates (470-399 B.C.) Greek Teacher and Philosopher

    Plato (427-347 B.C.) Greek Teacher and Philosopher

    Alexander The Great (356-323 B.C.) Macedonian King and Military Leader

    Wu (140-87 B.C.) Chinese Emperor

    Hadrian (76-138 A.D.) Roman Emperor

    Richard the Lion Hearted (1157-1199) English King and Crusader

    Edward II (1254-1327) English King

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian Renaissance Artist, Teacher, Scientist and Inventor

    Michelangelo (1475-1564) Italian Renaissance Artist and Sculptor

    Montezuma II (1480-1520) Aztec Emperor

    Julius III (1487-1555) Catholic Pope

    Ieyasu Tokugawa (1542-1616) Japanese Shogun and founder of the Edo Shogunate

    Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British Statesman and Writer

    Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) English dramatist and poet

    Christina (1626-1689) Swedish Queen

    Peter the Great (1672-1725) Russian Czar (pictured at left)

    Frederick the Great (1712-1786) Prussian King and Military Leader

    Madame de Stael (1766-1817) French Writer and Intellectual

    Lord Byron (1788-1824) British Poet

    Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish Poet and Writer

    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Euro-American Writer and Journalist

    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Euro-American Philosopher, Naturalist, and Peace Activist

    Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Euro-American Poet

    Herman Melville (1819-1891) Euro-American Writer

    Chief Crazy Horse (Tashunca witco) (1849-1877) Oglala Sioux Chief

    Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Russian Composer (pictured at right)

    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish Writer and Dramatist

    Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) British Composer, Writer, and Activist

    Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French Writer

    Sergei Diaghileff (1872-1929) Russian Ballet Impresario

    Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) British Writer

    Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950) Russian Ballet Dancer

    Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) British Author and Gay Rights Pioneer

    Willa Cather (1873-1947) Euro-American Writer and Critic

    Colette (1873-1954) French Writer and Actress

    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British Writer and Dramatist

    Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967) Euro-American Writer; Stein's Domestic Partner

    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) Euro-American Writer and Art Collector (pictured at right, photo by Carl Van Vechten); Toklas' Domestic Partner

    Bessie Smith (1894-1937) African-American Blues Singer and Entertainer

    E.M. Forster (1879-1970) British Writer

    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British Writer and Publisher

    Ernst Rohm (1887-1933) German Nazi and SA Leader

    T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) (1888-1935) British Soldier

    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French Writer and Filmmaker

    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) British Economist and Nobel Prize Winner

    Cole Porter (1893-1964) Euro-American Composer

    Bayard Rustin (1910-87) African-American Civil Rights, Labor Rights, & Peace Activist/Leader

    Alan Turing (1912-1954) British Mathematician and Computer Scientist

    James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American Writer and Civil Rights Activist

    Truman Capote (1924-1984) Euro-American Author

    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983) Euro-American Dramatist

    Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) Belgian-American Writer

    Federico Garcia Lorca (1894-1936) Spanish Poet and Dramatist

    Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) British Author

    W.H. Auden (1907-1973) British Poet and Writer

    Harvey Milk (1930-1978) Euro-American Politician

    Audre Lorde (1934-1992) African-American Writer and Activist

    Billie Jean King (1943 - ) Euro-American Tennis Champion and Activist

    Martina Navratilova (1956- ) Czechoslovakian-American Tennis Champion and Activist

    Andy Warhol (1930-1987) Euro-American Pop Artist

    Frieda Kahlo (1907-1954) Mexican Artist and Activist

    Gore Vidal (1925- ) Euro-American Writer

    Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) Russian dancer The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation

    Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) British Singer/songwriter/musician

    Elton John (1947 - ) British Singer/songwriter/musican

    Janis Ian (1951 - ) Euro-American Singer/songwriter/musician

    Nathan Lane (1956 - ) Euro-American Actor

    Ellen Degeneres (1958 - ) Euro-American Comedian/actor

    Melissa Etheridge (1961 - ) Euro-American Singer/songwriter/musician (pictured at right) Click here for a sample of Melissa's music from her official website. Requires Real Player

    k. d. lang (1961 - ) Canadian Singer/songwriter

    Gays and Lesbians in History
     
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    freddie mercury was not british.....
     
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    I have a question. WTF is a 'euro-American'?
     
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    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફારોખ બલ્સારા*), 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991)[2][3] was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range.
    Freddie Mercury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I don't give a flying fuck who they like to pork, I consider them people like anyone else. Your sexuality should never define you as a person as it is simply one small facet of your life.
     
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    Personally, I'm good with American-no hyphen. :lol:
     

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